Emeryville, CA—At mile 120 of a 175-mile bike ride in 1990, Clif Bar & Company founder, co-owner and co-CEO Gary Erickson came up with the idea for CLIF Bar. A short time later, he baked the first bar in his mother’s kitchen, and the rest is company history. 2012 marks the company’s 20-year anniversary, and it is marking the occasion with new product launches and events throughout the year for customers and retailers.

April. Your taxes are done. Flu season’s over, and supplement sales are cooling down. Unless your store is located in a summer tourist area, you are facing relatively lower sales over the next few months. This might be a good time to take advantage of the lull and improve your merchandising plan.

There is a direct relationship between the business practices of certain mainstream toilet paper brands and the continually shrinking habitat of the endangered Sumatran tiger, according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Entitled Don’t Flush Tiger Forests: Toilet Paper, U.S. Supermarkets, and the Destruction of Indonesia’s Last Tiger Habitats, the investigation puts a spotlight on the forest-clearing habits of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), the company that provides the fiber for two U.S. toilet paper brands, Paseo and Livi.

Washington, D.C.—Multi-level marketer Amway may be slapped with a class action lawsuit because of what prosecutors say is misleading labeling on its Nutrilite supplements.

Brattleboro, VT—Supplement maker New Chapter will now exist under the wing of Procter & Gamble (P&G), its new owner. New Chapter, which was approached by P&G, will be a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of the mass market giant.

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity, certifications, company news and more.

Phoenix, AZ—On March 9, 2012, a planned merger was announced between Sprouts Farmers Market and Sunflower Farmers Market to eventually become one under the Sprouts Farmers Market name.

University Park, PA—While parents of autistic children often sing the praises of a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet, skeptics point to the lack of data support. Now, however, a group from Penn State has added some fuel for the fire.