Women who dream of being leaders have a new resource at their disposal, thanks to the D.A.W.N. (Developing and Advancing Women in Naturals) Network.

Baltimore, MD—Natural Products Expo East brought together a strong educational program and a large tradeshow of 1,550 exhibits at the Baltimore Convention Center, September 19–22, 2012. According to show organizers, over 21,000 industry members were in attendance. The tradeshow featured several newcomers to the natural channel, including 36% of all exhibitors.

WholeFoods editors attending many of the educational sessions at Expo East 2012. The following are a few of the highlights.

Marley Coffee, a partner company of Marley Beverage Company, LLC (makers of Marley’s Mellow Mood), showcased its ground, whole bean and single-serving packages of coffees, particularly the Jamaica Blue Mountain line, which is grown, processed and packaged on their certified organic, 52-acre Jamaican coffee farm. The chairman, Rohan Marley, bought the farm 11 years ago and is dedicated to sustainability and paying his local workers above a living wage, says Brent Toevs, CEO of Marley Coffee.

Nationwide grocery store Trader Joe’s has voluntarily recalled its one peanut butter after cases of Salmonella were reported.

Rockville, MD—While many Americans have been cutting back their spending during the recession, nutritional supplements are one area that has not been affected. In fact, according to the report released by Packaged Facts, Nutritional Supplements in the U.S., supplement sales increased 7% to $11.5 billion in 2012, and are projected to reach $15.5 billion by 2017.

An extensive study into the buying habits of organic shoppers has found some surprises about the current state and the future of the organic industry, according to Maryellen Molyneaux, president of the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) in “State of the Organic Industry.”

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Ulm, Germany—A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that vitamin C and beta-carotene may play a role in deterring the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).