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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Silver Spring, MD—On July 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is taking steps to remove dietary supplements from the market that it says are associated with illegal health claims. The agency sent warning letters to 15 companies it feels are making illegally marketed diabetes products, insisting the firms respond sufficiently and correct violations within 15 days. Otherwise, FDA may seize products or file for criminal prosecution.