Several industry trade groups collaborated on an educational briefing for Congressional staffers. Held by the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, speaker Victor Fulgoni, Ph.D., senior vice president of Nutrition Impact, LLC, discussed nutrient shortfalls among the U.S. population and how such gaps could be filled. The American Herbal Products Association, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Council for Responsible Nutrition, Natural Products Association and United Natural Products Alliance all represented the natural products industry.

Several companies have joined the Council for Responsible Nutrition of Washington, D.C., as voting members: Arbonne International, LLC, Bergstrom Nutrition, HORN Nutraceuticals and SmartyPants. New associate members are Jones Day and MCS Associates Inc., and The Boots Company PLC joined as an international member.

Carlson Laboratories of Arlington Heights, IL, won a 2014 Clean Eating Choice Award in the supplement category for its Super Daily D3.

The Natural Products Association Southwest Healthfest 2014 held in Irving, TX, experienced increased attendance with double the retailer attendees over last year and 25 extra vendor spots. “What this tells us is that regional shows such as this are needed and appreciated,” stated Angie O’Pry Blades, NPA-SW president.

The ninth annual international HerbDay is scheduled for May 3. Event listings are posted at

Fairhaven Health’s Milkies Freeze won a best new product of 2013 award from The Cribsies.

Women’s Voices for the Earth launched a new campaign, entitled “No Secrets.” The nine founding companies (which includes Natracare, Seventh Generation and others) believe in full disclosure of ingredients in their products and eliminating harmful ones. The “No Secrets” campaign will pressure makers of women’s products to improve standards for transparency and safety.

Vitamin Angels of Santa Barbara, CA, debuted a short documentary about its efforts at Footage was filmed in India, Peru and the United States.

Vitamin Angels also issued a save the date announcement for its golf outing, gala and dinner event at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA. The event will be September 14–15, and sponsorships are available.

Advanced Nutrition by Zahler, Inc., based in New York, NY, announced that its remarkable DMG product is back in stock and is now available in two different strengths, a 125 mg and 250 mg.

Garden of Life held some fan events with the Tennessee Titans’ wide receiver Isaiah Williams at several Northeast Whole Foods Market locations in honor of National Nutrition Month. He spoke about the importance of nutrition and fitness and gave out Garden of Life samples to consumers.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, May 2014