News from industry food companies.

Washington, D.C.—Providing the big picture and some compelling statistics for the specialty food space is a new report published by the Specialty Food Association. Sales are up and growing almost across the board, and specialty foods are grabbing market share from conventional foods, according to the report.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Newcastle, UK—Drinking Montmorency tart cherry concentrate before a workout may lower levels of post-exercise inflammation and oxidative stress, according to a recent study out of Northumbria University, based here.

Hoboken, NJ—The branded French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol from Horphag Research, based here, may minimize pain and inflammation caused by endometriosis when combined with oral contraceptives, according to a study conducted by the Brazilian Instituto da Mulher and Itaigara Memorial Day Hospital.

At this point, we all know that social media can be a great marketing tool and many stores are active on Facebook, Twitter or both. Once you’ve signed up for a social media account and placed the Follow Us on Facebook link prominently on your Web site, you’ll inevitably ask yourself the question, “What do I post?”

If sustainability is ever going to take hold as an economic and social force, it may have to become a part of the educational process and instilled as a value in children. Aiming to do that on a grand scale is the recently released National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability. It lays out a course of action to ensure that by 2040, every student graduating from a U.S. K–12 school “will be equipped to shape a more sustainable future,” according to the Center for Green Schools.

natural products association

Washington, D.C.—The National Products Association (NPA), based here, has announced that Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., will be its new chief executive officer (CEO) and executive director. Fabricant had previously served as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs for three years.

natural products association

Washington, D.C.—The National Products Association (NPA), based here, has announced that Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., will be its new chief executive officer (CEO) and executive director. Fabricant had previously served as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs for three years.