Retailers had better wake up to the realities of today’s marketplace, according to Corinne Shindelar, CEO of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA). “If you think, ‘I don’t have any competition at all,’ you aren’t paying enough attention to how much business is taking place online these days,” she said to begin a seminar called “How Your Store Can Make the Most out of Competition.”

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It’s getting scary out there for those marketing natural products. “A lot of companies are being sued right now,” said Loren Israelsen, executive director of the United Natural Products Alliance at an Expo West session. But they can arm themselves with knowledge. That was the takeaway from “GMOs and ‘Natural’ Claims Litigation: Five Ways to Protect Your Company.”

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Expo West wasn’t just the site of numerous product launches. Several authors were also showing off their latest books at the show.

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The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) held its annual member meeting during Expo West with some noteworthy fanfare.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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The Organic Center held its annual VIP dinner at Expo West, with the overarching theme of organic research.

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Austin, TX—The American Botanical Council’s (ABC) 2013 Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award has been presented to Wakunaga Pharmaceutical Company, LLC (Osaka, Japan). Wakunaga is the maker of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract.

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In honor of its 30th anniversary, WholeFoods Magazine celebrated with industry friends at House of Blues. To all those who attended, thank you for sharing the evening with us, and for your support through these 30 years.

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Washington, D.C.—The National Products Association (NPA), based here, has announced that Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., will be its new chief executive officer (CEO) and executive director. Fabricant had previously served as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs for three years.

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In a presentation and panel discussion moderated by WholeFoods editor/associate publisher Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner, several experts shared perspectives on the use of natural versus synthetic astaxanthin. A carotenoid naturally found in microalgae, astaxanthin is known as a potent antioxidant.

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