NewsBriefs: September 2016


Pacific Pioneer Brokerage of Cypress, CA, now represents UP4 Probiotics.

Bloomingdale, IL-based NOW Foods will donate more than $100,000 in funding and vitamin D supplements to support Protect Our Children NOW! This two-year project aims to improve health outcomes with prenatal vitamins. The hope is to expand from the Western Montana Clinic in Missoula, MT, to other cities soon. In other news, NOW relaunched with a new look, updated content, a mobile-responsive design, new recipe and NOWledge databases and more.

PCC Natural Markets opened its 11th location in Bothell, WA, on July 12.

The American Botanical Council (ABC) of Austin, TX, now has every issue of HerbalGram available online to ABC members at

President Barack Obama has signed into law Bill S.764 that requires companies to indicate via symbol, QR code or text whether foods contain GMOs. The Department of Agriculture has two years to develop exact rules.

Fitness coach and television personality Jillian Michaels and Thrive Market partnered with Care2 to petition for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to use food stamps online.

Sprouts Farmers Market of Phoenix, AZ, partnered with Vitamin Angels during the month of August. Sprouts donated 25 cents to Vitamin Angels when certain products (nearly 1,000 in total) were purchased. In October, participants can simply ask to have their purchase total rounded up to the nearest dollar or make a donation with the money going to Vitamin Angels.

The newest issue of Organic Connections—6 Super-Healthy & Delightfully Easy Summertime Recipes—is available at

Published in WholeFoods Magazine September 2016