Ithaca, NY and Augusta, GA—New studies have shown that maternal intake of the nutrient choline during pregnancy can have a positive impact on the neural functions of children born with Down syndrome, as well as those whose mothers consumed alcohol during the first trimester. Choline, found in egg yolks, liver, nuts, broccoli and cauliflower, is part of several major phospholipids that are critical for normal membrane structure and function according to the Journal of Nutrition Web site. This nutrient is also present in numerous brain support supplements.

probiotic yogurt

Wageningen, Denmark—In a recent study conducted by Top Institute Food and Nutrition in Wageningen, researchers discovered that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt drinks change once in the intestines, thereby supporting digestive health.

sustainability

Which is more important: profit or purpose? While many businesses believe they must choose between making money and implementing sustainable initiatives, it is possible to achieve both by maximizing efficiency on all levels of operation.

NPA

Washington, D.C.―Starting September 1 of this year, companies seeking to certify personal care products under the Natural Products Association’s (NPA) Natural Standard for Personal Care Products program must now be sure their products only contain all-natural fragrances. Unlike what is the case now, organizations must have documentation their fragrances’ composition; and they must be made with all-natural processes. Although companies with products that have been previously certified are not required to immediately make these changes, they should be prepared to do so once their recertification time comes.

FTC Victory

Washington, D.C.—In June, WholeFoods told readers about pending legislation that sought to expand the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s authority so that the agency could devise and implement its own rules. Now, on June 25, Congress has decided not to include this language in its Wall Street Reform bill (S. 3217).

Cognis

Monheim, Germany—In a much anticipated move, raw materials giant Cognis Holding GmbH, based here, agreed to sell all its shares to BASF. The transaction, valued at nearly $3.8 billion (3.5 billion euros), will close in November of this year. Cognis made in $3.1 billion (2.6 billion euros) sales in 2009.

2010 Retailer of the Year

Retailer of the Year New Seasons Market ushers in a new era of natural products retail stores.

July 2010 People News

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

newsbriefs july 2010

Acquisitions, company news, web site launches and more.