Anaheim, CA—Natural Products Expo West revisits the west coast next month, March 10-13, with a colorful schedule for attendees. The keynote speaker will be Bridget Brennan, the author of Why She Buys: The New Strategy for Reaching the World’s Most Powerful Consumers. Other featured speakers include founder and creative insurgent of Fearless Cottage Alex Bogusky, and founder of the Pachamama Alliance and the Soul of Money Institute, Lynne Twist.

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SOHO NPA

Orlando, FL—The 2010 SOHO Expo, celebrating 39 years, was held during the first weekend of December.

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Rockville, MD—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to amend the regulation of health claims on food labels.  In 2000, Unilever submitted a petition to the FDA requesting permission to label products containing phytosterols as beneficial for cardiovascular health.  Now, in 2010, the FDA is finally making a proposal to amend to regulation of this particular food additive and allow manufacturers to make disease-related claims on product packaging. 

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

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Chicago, IL—Market research firm Mintel believes that 2011 will see several small changes to consumer goods industries rather than significant changes in the marketplace. Such trends will continue some of the changing consumer demands that surfaced in 2010.

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Rockville, MD—Manufacturers of tainted products masquerading as legitimate dietary supplements had better change their ways—or else. Such was the message in a strongly worded letter to supplement makers from Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dated December 15.

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NPA

For the 14th year in a row, the Natural Products Association (NPA) will host Natural Products Day. The 2011 date is set for April 6, 2011.

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Washington, D.C.—After reviewing the current research behind the health benefits of vitamin D and calcium, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued a report that updates dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for these nutrients.

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Secaucus, NJ—Kosherfest 2010 proved that with innovative new products expanding the variety in the market, the rules may stay strict, but the taste and nutritional values are improving.

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