What’s Selling is our monthly look at what our retailers are saying is selling best in their stores. This month, we’ve compiled our data since April to see what consumers are drawn to this quarter.

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Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) recently installed Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., as its new executive director and CEO. He returns to NPA after serving as the director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for three years.

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On the beautiful afternoon of April 8 in Washington, D.C., the Natural Products Association (NPA) held its 17th annual Natural Products Day. The event is designed to allow retailers and other natural products industry stakeholders to lobby their elected representatives on behalf of the industry’s interests.

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Montpelier, VT—The Vermont legislature overwhelmingly passed a law requiring foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to say so on the label. The state’s governor, Peter Shumlin, vowed to sign the bill, which will become the first to independently require GMO labeling in the country. Connecticut and Maine have passed similar laws, but those will only take effect once neighboring states also pass GMO-labeling laws.

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News bites from Expo West 2014.

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Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity, certifications, company news and more.

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Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) issued a statement regarding a study that found a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats and low in saturated fats does not provide heart health benefits.

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Retailers had better wake up to the realities of today’s marketplace, according to Corinne Shindelar, CEO of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA). “If you think, ‘I don’t have any competition at all,’ you aren’t paying enough attention to how much business is taking place online these days,” she said to begin a seminar called “How Your Store Can Make the Most out of Competition.”

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It’s getting scary out there for those marketing natural products. “A lot of companies are being sued right now,” said Loren Israelsen, executive director of the United Natural Products Alliance at an Expo West session. But they can arm themselves with knowledge. That was the takeaway from “GMOs and ‘Natural’ Claims Litigation: Five Ways to Protect Your Company.”

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