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.”

Alfalfas

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 .

 

SIDI supplements

Supplement makers are required under good manufacturing practices regulations to qualify their ingredient suppliers, but official guidelines for how have not been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An industry group, however, has taken the important step of doing so.

Philadelphia, PA—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration seized 64 drums of honey from a Philadelphia distribution center from Sweet Works Inc. of Monterey Park, CA. The honey was imported from Cheng Du Wai Yuan Bee Products Company Limited of Chengdu, China. The drums of honey were later sold and placed in storage by food ingredient supplier Alfred L. Wolff Inc. of Chicago, IL.

npa

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.

Junk Food

King County, WA—According to a study done by a team of researchers at University of Washington, childhood obesity is often linked with socially disadvantaged neighborhoods as reported in the Social Science & Medicine journal. A study in King County was recently conducted with 8,616 children between the ages of 6-18.

Ithaca, NY and Augusta, GA—New studies have shown that maternal intake of the nutrient choline during pregnancy can have a positive impact on the neural functions of children born with Down syndrome, as well as those whose mothers consumed alcohol during the first trimester. Choline, found in egg yolks, liver, nuts, broccoli and cauliflower, is part of several major phospholipids that are critical for normal membrane structure and function according to the Journal of Nutrition Web site. This nutrient is also present in numerous brain support supplements.

probiotic yogurt

Wageningen, Denmark—In a recent study conducted by Top Institute Food and Nutrition in Wageningen, researchers discovered that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt drinks change once in the intestines, thereby supporting digestive health.

sustainability

Which is more important: profit or purpose? While many businesses believe they must choose between making money and implementing sustainable initiatives, it is possible to achieve both by maximizing efficiency on all levels of operation.