The Manhattan Chili Co. now has eight varieties of chili available for retail: poultry (High Plains Turkey and Ginger Chicken), beef (Numero Uno, Chain Gang and Choral Society) and vegan (Red Lentil, Totally Vegetable and 4 Bean Butternut Squash). The line of chili is all natural, contains no preservatives and is minimally processed.

Gold Mine Natural Food Company makes available its Ohsawa Organic Gluten-Free Tamari in a 5-oz. bottle. The smaller variety is particularly beneficial for those wanting to use the product at the dinner table, and for those who stock epicurean gifts, create specialty baskets and cross-merchandise it with other foods.
SRP: $5.95 per 5-oz. bottle.

Catalyst Gourmet offers Gourmet Finishing Sugars, blends made from Catalyst Tea Enhancers and turbinado cane sugar. The all-natural, gluten-free, artisan blends are also suitable for baking and grilling. There are currently four blends: Enchanting Chai, Sensational Saffron, Gourmet Ginger, and Fennel Fusion. They are available in 6.5-oz tins, as well as in bulk and food service sizes.

Anaheim, CA—Natural Products Expo West revisits the west coast next month, March 10-13, with a colorful schedule for attendees. The keynote speaker will be Bridget Brennan, the author of Why She Buys: The New Strategy for Reaching the World’s Most Powerful Consumers. Other featured speakers include founder and creative insurgent of Fearless Cottage Alex Bogusky, and founder of the Pachamama Alliance and the Soul of Money Institute, Lynne Twist.

Parsippany, NJ—If accepted by shareholders, DSM will pay $1.087 billion in cash for Martek, maker of life’sDHA and life’sARA ingredients. DSM makes a fish-sourced ingredient, but does not have a vegetarian version (like Martek’s algae platform) that is appropriate for infant nutrition. The firm plans to grow the Martek brands through such products overseas. To date, DSM says it will not be selling off Martek’s Amerifit business.

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Are you a salesperson? Whether you own your natural products store or just work in one, if your job duty is to interact with customers, you are in sales. You may not think of yourself primarily as a salesperson—maybe you are a nutritionist—but your customer does.

Farming is a wonderful life lesson. With a little care and patience, something that starts out as small and seemingly insignificant as a seed can flourish into a beautiful plant with the capability of nourishing others. It’s also a great example of garbage in, garbage out. Try growing a great vegetable garden next summer with nutrient-deficient soil and waste water. Not easy, right?