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Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance intended to help manufacturers determine whether liquid products should be labeled as beverages or supplements.

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Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

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reishi

East Rutherford, NJ—As of the first of this month, Maitake Products, Inc. changed its name to Mushroom Wisdom, Inc. According to the company, the new name better represents the company’s diverse line of mushroom supplements, which includes its newly launched Amyloban 3399 Lion’s Mane supplement and other medicinal mushrooms like reishi, turkey tail, cordyceps and more.

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supplements

Colorado Springs, CO—In early December, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), based here, announced a new public protection initiative aimed at shielding consumers from dietary supplements that contain illicit drugs. This “Supplement Safety Now” coalition of USADA and groups such as the National Football League and Major League Baseball will urge Congress to create regulations that better police dietary supplements, especially those that illegally contain steroids and other drugs.

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