News and notes from industry suppliers.

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.

Parsippany, NJ—If accepted by shareholders, DSM will pay $1.087 billion in cash for Martek, maker of life’sDHA and life’sARA ingredients. DSM makes a fish-sourced ingredient, but does not have a vegetarian version (like Martek’s algae platform) that is appropriate for infant nutrition. The firm plans to grow the Martek brands through such products overseas. To date, DSM says it will not be selling off Martek’s Amerifit business.

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Are you a salesperson? Whether you own your natural products store or just work in one, if your job duty is to interact with customers, you are in sales. You may not think of yourself primarily as a salesperson—maybe you are a nutritionist—but your customer does.

News from industry food companies.

New York, NY—The United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has further increased existing concern over world food supply and prices by announcing alarming predictions for the near future. FAO chief economist Abdolreza Abbassian summarized the situation in a widely-circulated statement, saying ,“We are entering danger territory.”

Washington, D.C.—The Food Safety Modernization Act, since WholeFoods last updated its status in January, has been signed into law by President Barack Obama. But, the new year has brought some challenges to the implementation of the new law’s measures. The Act, which broadens the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) power to regulate food safety, has an uncertain future in terms of funding.