Joplin, MO—When devastating tornados hit Joplin, MO in May, the nation froze in its tracks as it heard news of 150+ deaths. But one retailer that did not stand still was Suzanne Charron, owner of Suzanne’s Natural Foods of Joplin, who mobilized the community to help hundreds of its displaced community members.

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) believes consumers need better information about supplements, and wants to have legislation enacted to make it so. The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, he feels, will do the job.

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Once Again Nut Butter, located in Nunda, N.Y., is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Without a doubt, the company sticks to its promise of integrity like peanut butter on bread.

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When asked to describe Natur-Tyme, WholeFoods Magazine’s 2011 Retailer of the Year, customers in a focus group associated the store with terms like “wellness,” “health,” “information” and “learning center.” No one ascribed to it the generic title of “health food store,” and that is likely because this Syracuse, NY natural products retailer is anything, and everything, but generic.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Washington, D.C.---The iconic food pyramid for a balanced diet will now be replaced with a plate segmented to show appropriate nutritional proportions. According to the US. Department of Agriculture, MyPlate will help Americans make better food choices because the tool gets them thinking about balanced meals.

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Eden Prairie, MN—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seized several UAS Laboratories’ probiotic products because the agency believes they are being marketed as drugs. This action follows a facility inspection from earlier this year when FDA found the company was making disease claims despite several warnings.

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Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity work, certifications, company news and more.

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Chico, CA—Three large plastic bag makers are suing ChicoBag Company, claiming that the eco-friendly company has caused irreparable harm to their businesses.

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Austin, TX—Continuing an upward trend apparent since 2003, sales of herbal supplements grew in 2010, according to a report published in the HerbalGram (published by the American Botanical Council). 2010 herb sales were $5.2 billion, marking a 3.3% increase over 2009 figures.

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