Expo West

Here is a round-up of some educational sessions covered by WholeFoods editors.

What’s Selling is a monthly review of the best-selling products determined from unit sales at six natural products stores around the country, rotated from a base of selected stores. The intention is to provide indications of sales trends.

Jonny Bowden

In anticipation of my upcoming free Truth About Fat Loss Summit—(which, by the way, is going to be AWESOME)—I decided to put together a dream “reading list.”

These are books that I think are really important and have changed the national dialogue about health and nutrition.

Super foods are the new normal, with just about everyone incorporating the benefits of the new supermarket staple. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, March 9-13, 2016 the Natural Products Expo West 2016 showcased the best and most exciting new products in the super food realm. 

CRN's Industry-Wide Dietary Supplement Product Registry

Washington, D.C.— In a unanimously authorization by its board, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) announced today its creation of an industry-wide dietary supplement product registry, which will be launched by the end of the year.

oxilofrine

On March 31st, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued 14 warning letters to manufacturers that illegally included methylsynephrine, also known as oxilofrine, in illegal sports supplements. Soon after, Pieter Cohen, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and NSF International, published a study conducted in partnership with Harvard University and University of Mississippi in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis. The group found oxilofrine—a stimulant not approved for use in supplements—either disguised as another substance or not listed at all on dietary supplement bottle labels. This ingredient is said to pose a safety risk to consumers.

organic

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that certified organic operations have seen significant growth. According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the amount of domestic organic operations have increased by nearly 12% between 2014 and 2015, the highest growth rate since 2008 and a nearly 300% increase since 2002, when the count began. Monetarily, the total retail market for organic products is valued at $39 billion domestically and $75 million worldwide.

hain

Lake Success, NYHain Celestial has reported it will be removing the claims that certain Earth’s Best personal care products contain “no harsh chemicals” and "no sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate," according to The Wall Street Journal.