The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken news steps to create a standard definition for the term “gluten-free,” according to a new consumer update. 

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A decades-old natural products retailer in New York City has been learning the value of starting from scratch over the past few months. Westerly Natural Market, perched on the corner of 54th Street and Eighth Avenue, didn’t have much choice in the matter after an electrical fire rendered the building untenable for business. CEO Michael Toback had to ask himself a tough question: Do we clean and make repairs, or cut our losses and start anew?

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Aquisitions, mergers, awards, charity work, certifications, company news and more.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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New York, NY—It’s a good time to sell natural and organic foods. According to market research firm Packaged Facts, U.S. retailers sold nearly $39 billion worth of natural and organic foods and drinks in 2010.

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Rockville, MD—The labeling and marketing of sunscreens just got a whole lot harder. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new rules that introduce revised parameters for what sunscreen manufacturers can say about their products.

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Las Vegas, NV—The Natural Products Association (NPA) MarketPlace show, held here June 23-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, presented attendees with an opportunity to celebrate the history and current mission of the NPA while discovering industry trends and making connections on the show floor.

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Joplin, MO—When devastating tornados hit Joplin, MO in May, the nation froze in its tracks as it heard news of 150+ deaths. But one retailer that did not stand still was Suzanne Charron, owner of Suzanne’s Natural Foods of Joplin, who mobilized the community to help hundreds of its displaced community members.

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) believes consumers need better information about supplements, and wants to have legislation enacted to make it so. The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, he feels, will do the job.

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Once Again Nut Butter, located in Nunda, N.Y., is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Without a doubt, the company sticks to its promise of integrity like peanut butter on bread.

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