Simpli wants you to “Drink Your Oats!” The new Oat Shakes come in two flavors (Tropical Fruits and dairy-free Chocolate) and are packaged in 8.45-fl oz and 750-ml/25-fl oz cartons for adults and families. Also available are 6.76-fl oz cartons of Kids’ OatGrow Chocolate and Kids’ OatShine Fruits. They are all natural and do not contain lactose, GMOs or high-fructose corn syrup.

 News from industry food companies.

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

What’s Selling is our monthly review of what retailers nationwide say is selling well in their stores. This month, we’ve compiled all of the data from October until the end of the year for the final quarter as well as looked back at all 2012 data.

Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity work, certifications, company news and more.

 News from industry food companies.

For the third year in a row, I’ve been honored to assist in analyzing the data from WholeFoods Magazine’s Retailer Survey, which starts on page 20, and this year is outstanding! We’ve had the largest response in 35 years of doing the survey, and the quality of stores is truly remarkable. With nearly one million square feet and $665 million in sales represented, the survey offers a comprehensive view of our dynamic industry, from the smallest supplements store to the largest fresh-foods supermarket.

I thought I was prepared. Like most New Jerseyans, my husband and I had been following news of Hurricane Sandy and did everything we could to meet her head on. The patio furniture was secured, an über-load of clothing was laundered, the bare essentials were stockpiled, ice packs were in the freezer, and food that could be eaten cold was prepared.

Hoboken, NJ—A recent study published in Panminerva Medica indicates that Pycnogenol (distributed in the U.S. by Horphag Research, based here) may help control asthma symptoms. Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract that comes from the bark of French Maritime pine trees. The extract’s combination of procyanidins, bioflavanoids and organic acids has been studied for years in promoting healthy inflammation, but now researchers from the University in Pescara, Italy believe it may have other benefits, too.