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When asked to describe Natur-Tyme, WholeFoods Magazine’s 2011 Retailer of the Year, customers in a focus group associated the store with terms like “wellness,” “health,” “information” and “learning center.” No one ascribed to it the generic title of “health food store,” and that is likely because this Syracuse, NY natural products retailer is anything, and everything, but generic.

Once Again Nut Butter, located in Nunda, N.Y., is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Without a doubt, the company sticks to its promise of integrity like peanut butter on bread.

News from industry food companies.

Berkeley, CA—Researchers at University of California’s Berkeley School of Public Health believe that prenatal exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides is linked to lower intelligence scores in children.

Tallahassee, FL—Tart or sweet, green or red, apples are enjoyed by millions across the globe. Now, a USDA-funded study has highlighted the heart health benefits of consuming apples. The findings were presented at Experimental Biology 2011.

Columbia, MO—A recently published article in Obesity shows that eating a high-protein breakfast decreases hunger and increases one’s feeling of fullness.

The business world is competitive and marketing is everything. Promoting your store is crucial to drawing in consumers and developing your reputation. Advertising and marketing don’t always have to put a strain on your budget; there are cost efficient ways of promoting your store that can really make a difference in your consumer relations.

New data support the notion that, while all consumers may not care about their personal health, they are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of the products they buy.