NewsBriefs: July 2016


The Clorox Co. has purchased digestive health specialist Renew Life of Palm Harbor, FL, for $290 million.

Whole Foods Market of Austin, TX, recently opened its first 365 by Whole Foods store with several more to come. Within two years, at least 19 locations will be spread throughout the country in states like Ohio, Georgia, California, Oregon and Washington.

Just Thrive Probiotic & Antioxidant, based in Chicago, IL, presented new information about probiotics at the 2016 Autism One conference held in Rosemont, IL, in May.

CV Sciences, Inc. of Las Vegas, NV, donated hemp seed to four farms and two university programs in Kentucky. CV Sciences hopes the donation will allow “Kentucky farmers to improve outcomes, make important research gains and keep Kentucky at the forefront in developing a domestic industrial hemp supply.”

NBTY of Hauppauge, NY, donated 421,315 pounds of Balance Bars and Pure Protein Bars to the Island Harvest Food Bank. The donation will allow the group to supplement approximately 350,000 meals to Long Islanders struggling with food insecurity. This is the largest single donation ever made through the Stamp Out Hunger Campaign.

Bloomingdale, IL-based NOW is now certified by Underwriters Laboratories for its dietary supplement manufacturing process. This program assesses the extent to which an organization conforms to certain regulations and/or standards regarding the products being manufactured.

The New York Small Business Development Center honored Topical BioMedics, Inc. of Rhinebeck, NY, as the Biomedical Company of the Year in the Mid-Hudson region. Topical BioMedics received a loan from the group when it was starting out 22 years ago.

Health Plus of Chino, CA, is partnering with Spectrum Success to provide assistance to adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. The firm will allow individuals to participate in a training program by shadowing employees on the job and gaining their own skills and training.

The Natural Products Association has relocated to 440 1st St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Health Quest Podcast now has a free easy-to-use app for iPhone and iPad users that gives listeners access to the latest podcasts as soon as they are posted. Search for “Health Quest Podcast” at the iTunes App Store.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine July 2016