organic

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that certified organic operations have seen significant growth. According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the amount of domestic organic operations have increased by nearly 12% between 2014 and 2015, the highest growth rate since 2008 and a nearly 300% increase since 2002, when the count began. Monetarily, the total retail market for organic products is valued at $39 billion domestically and $75 million worldwide.

hain

Lake Success, NYHain Celestial has reported it will be removing the claims that certain Earth’s Best personal care products contain “no harsh chemicals” and "no sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate," according to The Wall Street Journal.

Adam Goodman. NPA East

Many (many) years ago I began my career in this industry as a retail manager. The fact that the chain (once among the largest) I worked for is no longer in business, should tell a lot about the changing retail landscape we live in today. Change certainly can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be fatal.

Mushroom Wisdom

Mushroom Wisdom, East Rutherford, NJ, founded by CEO Mike Shirota in 1991, celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Expo West.  Addressing the audience at Mushroom Wisdom’s annual Expo West breakfast symposium, Shirota reflected on the company’s 25 years and expressed his gratitude. “On behalf of Mushroom Wisdom and all of its employees, I would like to thank all of you who have been supporting us for the last 25 years,” he said. “Without your warm patronage and big support, we wouldn’t be here today.”

Mushroom Wisdom

Mushroom Wisdom, East Rutherford, NJ, founded by CEO Mike Shirota in 1991, celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Expo West.  Addressing the audience at Mushroom Wisdom’s annual Expo West breakfast symposium, Shirota reflected on the company’s 25 years and expressed his gratitude. “On behalf of Mushroom Wisdom and all of its employees, I would like to thank all of you who have been supporting us for the last 25 years,” he said. “Without your warm patronage and big support, we wouldn’t be here today.”

lester burke

Industry is mourning the loss of Gary Burke, founder of Life Line Foods and Buried Treasure Liquid Nutrients of Pikeville, TN.

organic milk

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK—Is organic milk more nutritious than its conventional counterpart? New research suggests the answer is, “Yes.”

npa conference

Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) announced it is making a return to the business of national tradeshows.