suzy carrol

Interviews with retailers nationwide about their private label lines.

Frank Guzzo

In June of this year, LinkedIn topped 70 million users worldwide. But, what does this really mean? 

Guest Blogger, Debby Swoboda, founder of askDebby.com: Let’s look at another hot new social communication (marketing) program: foursquare. It’s a social networking, location sharing application or service that supports local businesses by encouraging users to visit while in the neighborhood and earn points (rewards) for doing so.

alfalfa

Washington, D.C.—Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) were joined by 49 other representatives and five other senators to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to retain the regulated status of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa.

Whole Foods

Ken Whitman, president of Peter Gillham’s Natural Vitality and the publisher of Organic Connections magazine, talks about the importance of eating "nutrient dense" foods.

Alfalfas

Boulder, CO—On June 21, A-M Holdings, LCC, received approval from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to acquire the Whole Foods Market branch located on Broadway in Boulder. The store is the original site of Alfalfa’s Market .

 

NPA

Washington, D.C.―Starting September 1 of this year, companies seeking to certify personal care products under the Natural Products Association’s (NPA) Natural Standard for Personal Care Products program must now be sure their products only contain all-natural fragrances. Unlike what is the case now, organizations must have documentation their fragrances’ composition; and they must be made with all-natural processes. Although companies with products that have been previously certified are not required to immediately make these changes, they should be prepared to do so once their recertification time comes.

Junk Food

King County, WA—According to a study done by a team of researchers at University of Washington, childhood obesity is often linked with socially disadvantaged neighborhoods as reported in the Social Science & Medicine journal. A study in King County was recently conducted with 8,616 children between the ages of 6-18.

npa

Las Vegas, NV—From June 10 to 12, natural products industry members had their pick of events to attend at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Co-located at this venue were the 73rd annual Natural MarketPlace (the Natural Products Association Tradeshow), the World Tea Expo and the first NutriCosmetic Summit. The three events also plan to co-locate next year from June 23 to 25, 2011.