Austin, TX—Whole Foods Market has enacted new packaging guidelines that affect the personal care products and dietary supplements it sells. According to a press statement, the natural products retail chain will require that suppliers use less plastic in their packaging, switch to glass (when they can), use only packaging materials that can be recycled or are made with largely post-consumer recycled (PCR) content.

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St. Petersburg, FL—An article published by the Health Sciences Institute (HSI) touts bergamot extract as a way to support those with metabolic syndrome. This Italian citrus fruit, says the group, supports healthy LDL cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels.

As retailers, you may be known for the brands and products that are not carried in the mainstream—but you are also known as the reliable source for quality lifestyle enhancement. This means not just product education, but tips to improve quality of life, overall and every single day.

South Plainfield, NJ—Industry companies and retailers looking for information about natural products companies now have another resource. The WholeFoods e-Directory is now available at http://directory.wholefoodsmagazineonline.com.

In February of this year, the Natural Products Association launched the Natural Home Care Standard and Certification program with the intent of giving its stamp of approval to natural cleaning products that adhered to certain strict standards.

Kailua-Kona, HI—The September issue of Nutra Foods published a lengthy article about the various health benefits of spirulina microalgae.

Oslo, Norway—Krill oil has received a lot of attention lately as another way to boost one’s DHA/EPA intake. Now, industry has additional data to draw on about the benefits of krill oil for joint health.