Austin, TX—After recently pulling krill oil off its shelves because of a sustainability issue, Whole Foods Market has halted the sale of Kombucha fermented tea after finding elevated levels of alcohol in the product, according to www.dailyfinance.com.
Prairie Village, KS—A recent life cycle inventory (LCI) study has shown that recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), two leading household and beverage plastics, can make a tremendous difference. The research, performed by Franklin Associates, an assessment firm based here, shows that recycling can lead to considerable “reductions in energy consumption, solid waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions.”
Rockville, MD—As more and more consumers are beginning to recognize the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle, manufacturers of household cleaners are learning that they too need to join the eco-friendly revolution.
Boulder, CO—On June 21, A-M Holdings, LCC, received approval from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to acquire the Whole Foods Market branch located on Broadway in Boulder. The store is the original site of Alfalfa’s Market .
Las Vegas, NV—From June 10 to 12, natural products industry members had their pick of events to attend at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Co-located at this venue were the 73rd annual Natural MarketPlace (the Natural Products Association Tradeshow), the World Tea Expo and the first NutriCosmetic Summit. The three events also plan to co-locate next year from June 23 to 25, 2011.
Washington, D.C.―Starting September 1 of this year, companies seeking to certify personal care products under the Natural Products Association’s (NPA) Natural Standard for Personal Care Products program must now be sure their products only contain all-natural fragrances. Unlike what is the case now, organizations must have documentation their fragrances’ composition; and they must be made with all-natural processes. Although companies with products that have been previously certified are not required to immediately make these changes, they should be prepared to do so once their recertification time comes.
Washington, D.C.—In June, WholeFoods told readers about pending legislation that sought to expand the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s authority so that the agency could devise and implement its own rules. Now, on June 25, Congress has decided not to include this language in its Wall Street Reform bill (S. 3217).
Monheim, Germany—In a much anticipated move, raw materials giant Cognis Holding GmbH, based here, agreed to sell all its shares to BASF. The transaction, valued at nearly $3.8 billion (3.5 billion euros), will close in November of this year. Cognis made in $3.1 billion (2.6 billion euros) sales in 2009.