Retailer of the Year

This year, as we celebrate New Seasons Market’s accomplishments, we are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of honoring the industry’s most notable retailers. Congratulations to all past winners of the Retailer of the Year Award. We’d love to hear from past winners and retailers nationwide—tell us what’s on your mind! Share your thoughts and  see how these businesses have fared over the years.


Enough of the tired excuse, I haven’t had my coffee yet. It’s common for people to blame their morning grogginess on a lack of caffeine, but a recent study suggests that the morning jolt may be nothing more than a figment of the imagination.

sunscreen bottle

Washington, D.C.—The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the 4th edition of its annual Sunscreen Guide. In all, the guide assessed about 1,400 products with SPF, including beach and sports lotions, sprays and creams, moisturizers, make-up and lip balms.

FDA Health Claims

WholeFoods Science Editor, Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D. reports that the District Court in Washington, D.C., has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take corrective action to restore first amendment protection and allow reasonable and truthful health claims.

To help retailers discern what they can and cannot say in stores, the NPA said it would create additional tools designed to help stores train their staff about customer education

Sprouts Farmers Market

Phoenix, AZ—Sprouts Farmers Market is branching out again. The successful natural products grocer will open its 50th location on June 2—that’s 50 stores in the chain’s brief eight-year history. Nineteen of these new locations were opened in the last 13 months, a time during which many other stores were closing.

john mcloughlin

John McLoughlin passed away in May at the age of 69. McLoughlin had been with Soft Gel Technologies for 15 years, most recently serving as the company’s sales director. Previously, he worked in sales at Banner Pharmacaps.

washington, d.c.

Washington, D.C.—In defending against recent attempts to expand dietary supplement regulations, much talk has centered around the fact that sufficient regulations are in place, but regulators aren’t using their full authority under those laws to enforce them. Now, however, new legislation is on the table to help.


Last month, WholeFoods reported on some pending legislation that would expand the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s authority. Since the writing of that article, the Senate passed its   Financial Services Reform Bill (H.R. 4173/S. 3217) without the provision that would inflate the FTC’s power. Since the House version of the bill does contain the controversial provision, a conference committee will now negotiate the bills and iron out the differences between the two.