The Organic Trade Association (OTA), as part of its All Things Organic Conference Track, hosted a session at Expo East on the state of the organic industry. A panel of speakers provided updates on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and other issues. The panel included moderator Samuel Fromartz, editor in chief of the Food and Environment Reporting Network; Doug Crabtree, farmer and co-owner of Vilicus Farms; Anne Alonzo, administrator of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service; Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group and Laura Batcha, executive director and CEO of OTA.
Some 23,000 natural products industry members convened at the 29th annual Natural Products Expo East, held September 17–20 at the Baltimore Convention Center. More than 1,275 exhibitors attended the show, and many product trends were evident at this year’s event. Gluten-free foods, for instance, continue to be a hot commodity.
Washington, D.C.—Food companies that aren’t certified organic and that have a form of the word “organic” in their name may be scrutinized more closely, following a rule clarification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The agency released a notice limiting the ways such companies can display the word “organic” on packages, and instructing organic certifiers to enforce the policy.
Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) will honor several industry members at its annual business meeting, to be held during Natural Products Expo East on September 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center in Room 310. Two members of the WholeFoods family are on this year’s list of winners.
Austin, TX—Recent statistics published in HerbalGram show that herbal dietary supplement sales in 2013 rose by 7.9% in the mainstream retail markets in the United States, reaching a total figure of approximately six billion dollars for the first time ever.