Naperville, IL—The world of natural products distributors has become more compact with the acquisition of Nature's Best by KeHE Distributors, announced formally on July 18. The pairing is said to enhance and broaden KeHE's national distribution and its expertise in the natural/organic channel.
Montpelier, VT—As it gets set to develop rules concerning genetically modified food (GMO) labeling, Vermont has asked its citizens to weigh in. The state’s Attorney General, William Sorrell, announced preliminary results from the over 2,200 responses to a questionnaire his office issued in June. The survey asked people how they thought the nation’s first mandatory GMO labeling law, which Vermont passed in May, should be implemented.
England—Organic crops and the foods made from them have significantly higher amounts of certain antioxidants, less frequent occurences of pesticide residue and lower levels of a toxic heavy metal than conventionally grown crops, according to the findings of a recent report. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) calls it a landmark study, and one that should settle the debate about the benefits of organic.
Cincinnati, OH—Kroger Co., the largest supermarket chain in the United States, plans to buy online retailer Vitacost.com Inc. for $280 million, giving the grocery giant a new inlet into the healthy-living channel. This merger comes on the heels of its purchase of the Harris Teeter supermarket chain for $2.5 billion this past January.