speaker

Anaheim, CA—The Natural Products Expo West tradeshow and exhibition will return to Anaheim, CA from March 11 through 14. The conference organizers have booked author Bill McKibben to address the crowds on “Food, Economy and 350.”

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St. Augustine, FL—In June, WholeFoods reported that Royal Wessanen nv, owner of Tree of Life, based here, wanted to sell this natural products distributor to focus on its European businesses. Now, several months later, Royal Wessanen nv announced it has found a buyer: Kehe Food Distributors of Romeoville, IL.

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receiving award

Orlando, FL—The Southeast Natural Products Association gave its 2009 President’s Award to Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation of Sugar Land, TX, for its “notable contributions above and beyond commercial success.”

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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ginko

Chicago, IL—At the end of last year, Ginkgo biloba became a top story as research printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), published here, indicated that the herb did not prevent cognitive decline in older adults. The group came to this conclusion after analyzing data from the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study conducted between 2000 and 2008.

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Austin, TX—On December 24, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, announced he would step down as the chain’s chairman of the board, but continue on as CEO. John Elstrott will assume the role of chairman.

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Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance intended to help manufacturers determine whether liquid products should be labeled as beverages or supplements.

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personal care products

It may not be long before we see shampoos, moisturizers and soaps made with organic ingredients bearing that familiar green and white USDA Organic seal.

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man looking at product

Chicago, IL—Market trend predictions for the packaged goods industry reported by Mintel, a global market research consultancy, forecast a facelift in 2010. As the recession recedes, manufacturers will lure consumers out of hiding with new package design and merchandising strategies.

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greens

Washington, D.C.—A unanimous vote by a U.S. Senate committee has brought food safety reform a step closer to reality. The hope among many is that the full Senate will approve the food safety bill early this year, though the timing could change given that its attention is still being tied up with the healthcare reform debate.

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