Vancouver, WA—Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural sulfur well known in the joint health arena. Now, a patented form (OptiMSM from Bergstrom Nutrition) may have a unique new application: helping to keep personal care products fresh and efficacious.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

This year marks the extraordinary 100th anniversary of Bragg Live Foods, located in Santa Barbara, CA. In those 100 years, Bragg has dominated even the smallest of health food stores’ shelves with their books and food products and is still continuing to develop new ways to keep its place on those shelves for many more years to come.

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

News and notes from industry food companies.

Chicago, IL—Reusable tote bags are an eco-friendly way to shop, but many users are putting themselves at risk with the way they use them, according to a survey conducted by Home Food Safety program, a joint effort between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and ConAgra Foods. Apparently, one in six, or 15% of consumers do not regularly cleanse their reusable bags before bringing them back to the store. This practice creates fertile ground for harmful bacteria and can lead to food poisoning, the Academy says.

San Diego, CA—Lovers of spicy jalapenos, habaneros and other chili peppers are in luck because a recent study found that they are heart-healthy foods. This report was part of the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Should your employees receive a discount for purchasing products from your store? In my view, there are several compelling reasons why you should consider it.

San Diego, CA—Jimbo’s…Naturally!, comprised of four natural retail outlets in San Diego County, is the official selection for WholeFoods Magazine’s Retailer of the Year in 2012. Since its first store was founded by Jim “Jimbo” Someck in 1984, newer locations have flourished into valued presences in their communities on the strength of natural and organic values along with a commitment to quality.