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We know today’s shoppers love online shopping and the convenience of their local big-box store. But are they still drawn to independent natural products retailers?

Whole Foods Market (WFM) announced its 4Q15 and 2015 fiscal earnings on November 4, 2015 (year end September 27). According to a report by Market Realist, WFM had $15.3 billion in sales for the whole year, an 8.4% rise. However, at the end of this last quarter, they took a 56% hit in net profit, earning $56 million, compared to $128 million this quarter last year. The hit in net profit was due in part to increased operating expenses which grew 3% since 4Q14 to 32%.

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Put down that hot dog. A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) has linked processed meat with cancer.

Some 25,000 industry members came together in Baltimore, MD, for the 30th annual Natural Products Expo East tradeshow and conference. This year’s event boasted 1,363 exhibiting companies, including 400 new brands that launched at the show. Here are four observations from the tradeshow from WholeFoods editors.

Bragg offers Organic Apple Cider Vinegar All Natural Drinks in six flavors with the newest being Pomegranate-Goji Berry. According to the company, apple cider vinegar can promote natural detox cleansing and healing, as well as provide a boost in energy. Other flavors include Concord Grape Acai, Limeade and Ginger Spice.

tate and lyle sugarsTate & Lyle Sugars has developed Honey Granules, a blend of pure cane sugar and honey, which is now available for U.S. shoppers. The company says, “Honey Granules provides an easy way to add delicious honey taste without the sticky mess.” The sweetener can be used in tea, sprinkled over cereals or added to favorite recipes. The product is kosher.

Health-Ade Kombucha is the “only Kombucha fermented 100% in glass,” according to the company. It is cold pressed with organic produce and is naturally fermented. It is USDA Organic certified, gluten free and Non-GMO Project Verified. It comes in flavors such as Pink Lady Apple, Pomegranate, Beet and many more.

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cruncholaFreedom Foods introduced a variety of new allergen-free oat bars that are free from gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, soy and sesame. The bars also include a natural grain-based prebiotic to support digestive health with higher dietary fiber, lower sugar and less sodium. Flavors include Oats & Seeds, Apple Chia Crunchola and Apricot Chia Crunchola.