Battle Creek, MI—Here’s a new reason why you shouldn’t pass on the avocados during your next meal. Data collected in the 2001–2008 National Health and National Examination Survey (NHANES) suggest that avocados improve diet quality among other positive factors.

In today’s health-conscious world, consumers are interested in doing everything they can to achieve maximum health and wellness. This trend is certainly playing out in the market for omega-3 supplements, which has experienced significant growth in recent years, and all signs point to further growth in the future. With this growth comes increased demand for fish that supply much of the omega-3 market and, along with their own health, buyers should be concerned about the health of fish stocks around the globe. 

Rajinder K. Bammi, Ph.D., friend and mentor to Sabinsa Corporation of East Windsor, NJ, passed away in mid-December. Sabinsa credits Bammi with being “one of the primary people responsible for Sabinsa’s portfolio of health-enhancing ingredients”

Stockholm, Sweden—Researchers from Sweden (Umeå University and Karolinska Institute) published new data in Pediatrics indicating that iron supplements may help ward of behavioral problems in children.

Boston, MA—Nearly every woman is concerned about lowering her risk of breast cancer, and increasing carotenoid levels may be part of the solution.

Sherbrooke, QC, Canada—Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc., which suffered the loss of its krill oil production plant and three employees in November due to an explosion and fire, says its new plant will be up and running within six to nine months. At this time, krill oil production is said to be “significant,” in sharp contrast to an investment Web site’s speculation of “meaningful” production beginning in 2014.

North Bergen, NJ—A collaboration between two powerful supplement chains has been held up by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Vitamin Shoppe, based here, announced in mid-December it planned to buy Super Supplements, Inc. of Seattle, WA for a cool $50 million in cash.

Kissimmee, FL—The Southeast Natural Products Association’s 2012 President’s Award was given to Greg Leonard, executive vice president of independent retail sales for Tree of Life (the business unit of KeHE Distributors, based in Romeoville, IL). Leonard received the award at the 2012 Southeast Natural Products Association Show (SOHO) held here in early December. The award is intended to honor industry members or companies that have “made long-time and notable contributions to the industry above and beyond commercial success.”

Auckland, New Zealand—Maybe that ban on large sodas implemented in New York City isn’t necessary; just tax them, and people will buy them less. So says a new paper published in PLoS Medicine, which also found that making healthy foods like fruit cheaper will increase their intake among consumers.