food flavor trends

United States—Various sources are forecasting top flavor trends for 2016, and many have an international flair. These trends may affect 2016 options for foods, beverages, functional foods/drinks and food service items.

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whole foods ny pricing

New York, NY—The NY Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has made a deal with Whole Foods Market requiring it to pay $500,000 for allegedly overcharging shoppers.

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SOHO Expo

Orlando, FL—The Southeast Natural Products Association (SENPA) held its annual SOHO Expo in early December, and is said to have been its biggest tradeshow of all time. The tradeshow boasted an exhibit hall of more than 372 exhibiting companies and more than 3,000 attendees.

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newsbriefs

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

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fda supplements

Rockville, MD—The Dietary Supplement Programs has been elevated from a division to an office at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the parent Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling. Bob Durkin will serve as the acting office director of the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs while FDA finds permanent leadership.

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people news

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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person of the year

What stands out in your mind as the biggest issue affecting the natural products industry in 2015? Supplements safety is likely a major contender.

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Washington, D.C.—The Microbead-Free Waters Act (H.R. 1321), was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Dec. 28, 2015.

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natural products store

Pewaukee, WI—When Jody Nolan, co-owner of Good Harvest Market, was finalizing plans for her brand-new store, she was certain about one thing: she wanted space to serve as a community gathering space. 
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Sacramento, CA— As of Dec. 4, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has added Aloe vera, non-decolorized whole leaf extract, and Goldenseal root powder to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Environment Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) list of chemicals “known to the State of California to cause cancer.”  
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