Jane Hoback

Reducing store energy consumption
Greening your grocery is good for business. Here’s how to do it.
Natural and organic pet category thriving
Despite the recession, the natural and organic pet products industry is holding its own. In fact, sophisticated pet owners drove up natural and organic pet category sales 6 percent last year.
The future of distribution

The natural products industry is a business whose fundamentals haven’t changed, while the world around it won’t stand still. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the symbiotic relationship between natural products distributors and retailers.

Organic vs. natural 3
In this corner: organic. In the other: natural. It’s not exactly the fight of the century, but at least as far as some consumers are concerned, the term natural seems to be getting in a few good punches. Not to mention a lot of head-scratching among organic-industry officials. While products certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are tightly regulated and inspected, few rules exist for products using the “natural” label. Yet consumers seem confused about the two words.
Naturals retailers keeping an eye on rising coffee bean prices
Green Arabica coffee beans hit 13-year price high.
Distribution update: retailers and distributors adjust their partnerships
In part four of our distribution series, we look at how retailers view their evolving relationships with distributors
Industry and consumer groups push for action on stalled food safety bill
A group of 21 organizations representing the food industry, public health and consumers are asking the Senate to schedule a vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act “at the soonest possible date.”
Distribution update: smaller companies finding niche
In part three of our distribution series, we look at smaller natural and organic specialty distributors.
Distribution update: the Tree of Life-Kehe consolidation
Part two of the NFM distribution series analyzes how the Kehe acquisition of Tree of Life might succeed - or fail.
The changing natural products distribution industry
In part one of this four part series, NFM analyzes how the largest distributor in the business, UNFI, works and what
Get to know the 2012 Farm Bill
The House Agriculture Committee is holding public hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill, which will succeed the current 2008
Organic pet food standards get groomed
After years of discussion, government standards specifically for organic pet food are on the fast track. The
What are recent changes to the National Organic Program?
The National Organic Program regulates the standards for production, handling, product labeling, certification and
Egg recall expands, naturals not included
A major egg recall has been expanded to 380 million eggs because of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of
Many independents still facing sales declines
Independent retailers are still suffering the effects of the recession while their larger publicly held counterparts
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