Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up and feel refreshed and alive? Before you even step out of bed you already have a sense that it is going to be a great day. You know you have a busy day but can feel that everything is going to click from the moment you step out of bed. It's dark outside but somehow the sun is already shining for you.
In recent months, I have given extra attention to the GMO and mandatory labeling debate in a sincere attempt to have an objective understanding of the issues. Reflecting the desire of the growing number of consumers who wish to consume safe pure food, supplements, personal care and household products to protect human health and environment, the issue of labeling seems to be a straightforward one.
When I first stepped foot on the trade show floor at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Nashville earlier this month, I was confused by the huge booths hosted by PepsiCo, Chick-Fil-A, Kellogg’s, Hormel and other major food brands that have traditionally not been known for nutritional value. Tim Garry of Hormel Foods explained that these classic American brands are acquiring new brands and trying deliver to consumers what they want...healthier nutrition.
It’s hard to pinpoint what the hottest news was at this year’s Natural Products Expo in Baltimore, Sept. 17 to 19. There was so much of it. Company sales like Vega had everyone buzzing. So did the latest studies, like Cheeky Monkey’s research showing that keeping children from peanuts may be causing allergies.
Often times, I wonder what holds me back from achieving more or perhaps from something as simple as living or being in the moment. There are a growing number of us that continually strive for more and also want more and want to live a fulfilling life. I want to know that my life meant something and that I made a difference.
The clipboard. It wasn’t long ago that this indispensable ordering tool was chock full of order forms, scraps of paper containing customer special orders, some product flyer you may have found interesting at some point and whatever other detritus that had found its way to being pinched by that large metal clasp. As with many other low-tech retailer solutions in recent years, the clipboard has often found itself buried in a drawer collecting dust.
Natural, non-GMO, sustainably produced and balanced fat composition: These are all words increasingly used to describe Malaysian sustainable palm oil. According to a Credit Suisse financial analysis, this versatile oil is expected to become much more prevalent in the coming years. The Malaysian Palm Oil Council has long advocated this stance and agrees with this projection. We estimate demand for Malaysian palm oil to increase by 2030 in line with the Credit Suissse projections. The worldwide interest in healthy, natural fats and the global recognition of Malaysia’s sustainable palm oil industry are part of the reasons for this potential increase in its usage.
“Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate,” wrote Tom Goodwin, senior vice president of strategy and innovation at Havas Media in TechCrunch, March 2015.