The Organic Center held its annual VIP dinner at Expo West, with the overarching theme of organic research.

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) held its annual member meeting during Expo West with some noteworthy fanfare.

Expo West wasn’t just the site of numerous product launches. Several authors were also showing off their latest books at the show.

It’s getting scary out there for those marketing natural products. “A lot of companies are being sued right now,” said Loren Israelsen, executive director of the United Natural Products Alliance at an Expo West session. But they can arm themselves with knowledge. That was the takeaway from “GMOs and ‘Natural’ Claims Litigation: Five Ways to Protect Your Company.”

Retailers had better wake up to the realities of today’s marketplace, according to Corinne Shindelar, CEO of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA). “If you think, ‘I don’t have any competition at all,’ you aren’t paying enough attention to how much business is taking place online these days,” she said to begin a seminar called “How Your Store Can Make the Most out of Competition.”

Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) issued a statement regarding a study that found a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats and low in saturated fats does not provide heart health benefits.

Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity, certifications, company news and more.

News bites from Expo West 2014.