retailer competition

Sharing a combined 100 years of professional experience, a Expo East panel of retailers shared ideas on how independent natural products retailers can continue to compete successfully not only with other independents, but also with Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, conventional supermarkets, Wal-Mart and other big-box stores, and even Internet suppliers like Amazon.com.

Speaking at Natural Products Expo East, Arran Stephens, co-founder of Richmond, BC, Canada-based Nature’s Path Foods, expressed gratitude for the recognition he and his wife and fellow co-founder Ratana were about to receive from the Organic Trade Association.

vitamin angels

Santa Barbara, CA—Vitamin Angels, an organization whose mission is to provide vitamins and essential nutrients to those in need, has launched a campaign to raise awareness about hidden hunger.

WholeFoods Magazine interviews Frank Davis, founder and CEO of Activz, at Natural Products Expo East 2013.

At Natural Products Expo East 2013, WholeFoods Magazine interviewed Jim Nielsen of Sprouts Farmers Market, the WholeFoods Retailer of the Year for 2013.

WholeFoods Magazine chats with Merchandising Editor and founder of Retail Insights, Jay Jacobowitz, at Natural Products Expo East 2013.

aker neptune krill

Oslo, Norway—A discrepancy over patents is continuing in the krill market segment. On October 2, Aker BioMarine asked the U.S. Trademarks and Patents Office (USTPO) to consider some additional evidence regarding the legitimacy of patent (U.S. Pat. No 8,278,351, i.e., the “’351 Patent”) assigned to Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. of Laval, Quebec, Canada.

gourmet foods

A new report on the specialty food market presents a bounty of information on this broad and growing category. The report was based on consumer responses to a variety of survey questions about their buying and other habits. It defined specialty foods as those that are distinctive and of premium quality, often made by small or local manufacturers or having ethnic or exotic flavors.

monsanto

Washington, D.C.—A controversial provision that critics named the “Monsanto Protection Act” was stopped in its tracks when it was removed from the spending resolution Congress was engrossed with in late September. U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) successfully pushed to have the item in question, Sec. 735, removed from the Senate version of the bill. The provision was set to expire at the end of September 2013.