Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Rockville, MD—U.S. retail sales of pet food are estimated at $20 billion, according to Packaged Facts, which is a 4.5% sales increase over the recessionary slump of 2011. That being said, with volume sales relatively flat, competition for every pet food dollar has never been more intense, according to a recently released report from Packaged Facts, Pet Food in the U.S., 10th Edition.

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Each month, we survey retailers nationwide to see what’s selling in their stores. This month, we’ve analyzed the July–September data to reveal the popular trends this quarter.

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Expo East

Baltimore, MD—Professionals from all areas of the natural products industry are getting ready for the East Coast’s biggest and most entertaining tradeshow in their field. Natural Products Expo East, scheduled for September 25–28 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will attract retailers from all over the country who are interested in improving and expanding their businesses while having a bit of fun, too.

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GMOs natural

Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) board of directors recently announced that it has endorsed the Genetically Engineered Food Right-To-Know Act, which mandates that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require the labeling of genetically modified ingredients to be labeled on foods. NPA is the first natural products industry trade association to back the legislation.

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CRN

Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Created in 1973 by a trio of companies and a single staffer, CRN is recognized as a leading trade association that defends the science behind supplements.

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gluten-free definition

 

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially set a final standardization for labeling foods as “gluten-free.” Previously, there had been no guidelines concerning what amounts of gluten in a product qualified it as “gluten-free” and thus safe for the 25 million Americans who suffer from celiac disease or gluten-intolerance.

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arthur rudolph

Arthur Rudolph passed away on July 24 at the age of 85 after a brief illness. “The nutritional supplement industry just lost its pioneer,” states Harvey Kamil, vice chairman of NBTY, Inc.

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Green Zebra Portland

Portland, OR—Portland Business Journal is reporting that a new natural products convenience store chain could take Portland by storm this fall.

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natural social media

Chicago, IL—Experts believe promotional posts should comprise only 20% or less of a business’s social media content. What about the remaining 80%? To help create informative, balanced content for natural products retailers, The Shelton Group (a public relations firm, based here) is now offering a social media service called The Organic Social Club.

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