walmart marketplace

Redmond, WA—Natural products retailer VitaminLife, with a 4,000-ft2 store and an online business based here, is now selling products—including brands traditionally only sold by natural products retailers—through Walmart.com. This appears to be the first supplements retailer to have made such a partnership with Walmart. While this news may be disconcerting to some independent retailers, just how such eCommerce marketplaces are intersecting with the natural products industry is complicated.

healthcare costs

Washington, D.C.—A new report by market analyst Frost & Sullivan examines how supplementation can lead to lower healthcare costs.

chris kilham

After a tour through the Naturex facility in South Hackensack, NJ, WholeFoods editor/associate publisher Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner spoke to "Medicine Hunter" Chris Kilham about the company and its products, including green coffee bean extract.

omegas

A recent statistic unveiled by Discovery Research Group highlights the need for a growing number of consumers to be vigilant about their omega-3 supplement preferences. This investigation into consumer behavior around omega-3 intake revealed that as many as 40% of consumers are looking for non-fish oil sources to meet their current supplement needs (1).

Frustrated with a lack of progress from negotiators, activists groups made a dramatic exit just before the close of this year’s world climate change meetings by walking out en masse from Warsaw’s National Stadium, where the meetings were held. The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held November 11–22, was meant to firm up the timeline for a legally binding 2015 agreement on climate change goals, but observers were dismayed by continued fighting over details among the delegates.

The updated food safety rules proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are being criticized by many parties, especially small farmers. The rules, which are mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), have had their public comment period extended twice after technical issues prevented users from uploading comments to the Web site. The deadline now sits at January 27, 2014.

Washington, D.C.—A prohibition on the use of trans fat as an ingredient in food products could be coming from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By removing the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation from trans fat, the agency would, in effect, make its inclusion illegal.

Beijing—Chinese officials recently denied entrance to a cargo shipment of corn from the United States on the grounds that it was contaminated with an unapproved strain of genetically modified corn, Reuters reports.

East Lansing, MI—New research shows that consuming a high-fat diet during puberty may be linked to the development of breast cancer.