Arlington, VA; Santa Monica, CA—Fresh foods are in higher demand than ever before, according to a poll taken from the 2014 National Grocers Association–SupermarketGuru Consumer Survey Report.

Crush is the word that came to mind as I navigated Hall E, the lower level of Natural Products Expo West, in Anaheim, CA, in early March. This is where newer companies exhibit, some launching at the show. The aisles were packed, something I expected since hotels had sold out last fall.

Nutrition Research has published one of the largest studies on the benefits of krill oil to date. The research was conducted on a branded krill ingredient (Superba, from Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS, based in Oslo, Norway).

Ankeny, IA—Industry supplier Embria (maker of immune health ingredient EpiCor) has released new data showing that cold and flu symptoms get in the way of intimacy in the bedroom.

Landing, NJ—New data published in PLoS One suggest that a branded curcumin (BCM-95 from Dolcas Biotech, based here) may have some positive effects on cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Researchers hypothesize the nutrient sensitizes cells to chemotherapeutics so the treatment is more effective and may also have some direct effects on cancer cells.

Silver Spring, MD- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released their its proposed Nutrition Facts label to replace the current one that has been deemed outdated.

A recent trend popping up in health food is that of boxed snacks sent to customers’ doors on a monthly basis. Online-based snack companies are packaging dried fruits, seeds, nuts and other nutritious goodies and shipping them out to their customers each month. Some pre-made packages come in themes like “Healthy Holiday Habits” and “Around-the-World Snacks,” while other online companies let you hand-pick which snacks you want delivered.

An annual growth rate of 41% is highly impressive for any business or industry. Would you believe that fair trade and eco-friendly products are currently seeing just such an explosion? The good news comes in a report called The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014, compiled by a coalition of fair trade and sustainable development groups. It presents an optimistic outlook for sustainability standards and certifications and the companies that choose to pursue them. Some areas that need improving were also identified.

When the alarm clock rings on March 6, there’s a good chance you’ll be saying, “Good morning, Anaheim!” From March 6 to 9, more than 60,000 natural products industry members will once again convene at the Anaheim Convention Center for Natural Products Expo West. This iconic industry event offers the chance for attendees to learn about new products, get educated on important issues, learn some new merchandising tips and mingle with friends old and new.