Chicago, IL—Market research firm Mintel estimates that U.S. retail sales of homeopathic and herbal remedies increased 3% in 2012. Total sales from various channels were approximately $6.4 billion.

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Hartford, CT—Lawmakers in Connecticut overwhelmingly passed a bill on June 3 that would require foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled with the words “Produced with Genetic Engineering.” It became the first state to pass such a law, but there is a multiple part catch. The law will only go into effect if and when any four states not including Connecticut, including at least one bordering Connecticut, and including states in the Northeast region with a combined population of at least 20 million, pass similar GMO labeling laws.

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oklahoma tornado

Moore, OK—Some 16 southern Oklahoma counties are still reeling from the catastrophic tornados that ravaged the area on Monday of this week. Many homes and businesses were destroyed, leaving thousands of Oklahomans with nothing.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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

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What’s Selling is our monthly review of what our retailers nationwide say is selling well in their stores. This month, we’ve compiled all the data since April to see what’s been popular this quarter.

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Phoenix, AZ—Sprouts Farmers Market has been named the WholeFoods Retailer of the Year for 2013. A chain of neighborhood grocery stores with the feel of an old-fashioned farmers market, Sprouts has 155 locations and counting as of April 2013. Customers can find everyday staples and value-priced specialty items in every bright and friendly store, says the company.

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NPA membership

Washington, D.C.—It has been 27 years since the Natural Products Association (NPA) revised its membership guidelines, and the association now feels it is time to make some changes.

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New Chapter of Brattleboro, VT hosted a seminar to help clear up any rumors over the recent investment of Procter and Gamble (P&G) in the company. “We’re here to share our truth,” said Paul Schulick, founder of New Chapter, with CEO Kyle Garner nodding at his side.

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The Beer, Wine and Spirits Marketplace at Expo West hosted 23 companies showcasing new and interesting products, representing what the natural alcoholic beverage section of the industry has to offer from all over Europe and the United States.

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