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.
Meditation, yoga, retreats, nutrition, nature … all things we are encouraged to do to nurture and nourish our spiritual side. Well, this is all fine and really nice, but how do we continue the growth or manage this growth when we spend a good part of our days at work interacting with rejects who look only to fill the voids in their lives by sucking the life entirely out of yours?
It's the end of summer and the temperature is still soaring. Take time to chill out with aromatherapy! Whether you want to get rid of that frazzled feeling after work or inhale something energizing and refreshing to beat the heat, essential oils are a simple and natural way to change your mood and balance stressed-out, over-heated, and over-worked physiology.
When I discovered spa culture in the 90s, I felt at home as the luminaries in this industry were at the forefront of the natural revolution. Now that natural is trending and mainstream, the natural products industry can learn a lot from the early adaptors in spa about consumer perception, expectations and exceptions.
Authors, coaches, motivational speakers, guru’s all talk about reaching the height of your maximum potential. Are these misleading statements? Can we truly achieve what is referred to as our maximum potential? If we did, what would that look like?