polyphenols

Barcelona, Spain—A 12-year study has found a 30% reduction in mortality among adults that consume a lot of polyphenols. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Barcelona (UB), is the first to use nutritional biomarkers instead of questionnaires to gather data regarding polyphenol intake.

epicor

Ankeny, IA—Last winter (November 2012–March 2013), Swanson Health Products employees took part in the Swanson Wellness Awareness Program (SWAP) in which 120 people agreed to take EpiCor (from Embria Health Sciences, based here) to support their immune system. Of those, 72 completed a survey about their experience, and the results have just become available.

bernie lucich

After a two-month fight with esophageal cancer, Bernard “Bernie” Lucich passed away at the beginning of October.

expo east

Natural Products Expo East, held September 25–28 at the Baltimore Convention Center, put nearly 22,000 attendees in good spirits as they had the chance to visit 1,200 exhibit booths (including 480 new ones) and three days of events.

expo east

WholeFoods editors attended several education sessions at Expo East 2013, and bring you some key take-home points here. Additional coverage of speakers is available in the full-length story at www.wholefoodsmagazine.com.

WholeFoods Magazine wanted to know: How did Expo East 2013 stack up this year? Here is what some exhibitors and attendees had to say about their experiences at the 2013 show.

colorado flood

Boulder, CO—The September flooding that affected heavily populated northern areas of Colorado, causing at least eight deaths, displacing thousands and damaging untold amounts of property, was a cause rallied around by the natural products community. The state as a whole, particularly the area including Boulder and Denver, is a financial and cultural center for the natural and organic industry.

apples oranges

Orange and apple growers are battling two major scourges that threaten their crops: citrus greening, a bacterial disease spread by tiny insects called psyllids, and fire blight, a contagious disease that attacks apple and pear trees.

retailer competition

Sharing a combined 100 years of professional experience, a Expo East panel of retailers shared ideas on how independent natural products retailers can continue to compete successfully not only with other independents, but also with Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, conventional supermarkets, Wal-Mart and other big-box stores, and even Internet suppliers like Amazon.com.