One in five shoppers seek out gourmet foods when grocery shopping (1). Though you may not see yourself as a gourmet store per se, it’s likely that shoppers see your products as upscale and expect you to offer high-end foods and beverages.

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The road to good health starts during childhood when good habits for optimal wellness are formed. But, any parent can tell you that embedding these behaviors in a child isn’t always easy.

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Lots of things are hard to do on an empty stomach, and thinking is foremost among them. For one thing, you can’t keep your mind off finding something to eat. Worse still is that without the proper dietary nutrients in sufficient quantities, the brain will have trouble doing much at all, period. For this reason, consumers are looking to power up their brains while they chow down.

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The organic industry is perhaps one of the most dynamic markets in the food industry today, as it grew 8% in 2010 to $28.6 billion in sales even during a down economy (1). To keep shoppers in the know, it’s important for retailers to have hard facts about why spending extra for organic is worth it.

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Once Again Nut Butter, located in Nunda, N.Y., is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Without a doubt, the company sticks to its promise of integrity like peanut butter on bread.

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Be they energetic or docile, pocket-sized or king-bed-sized, pets of all shapes and sizes are warming the hearts of Americans. Millions of households consider their furry friends to be lifelong companions, and they’re treated as such. States Butch Smith, natural national sales manager for WellPet, Tewksbury, MA, “There’s no doubt that pet parents have developed a more intimate relationship with their pets than ever before…As people are adopting healthy, natural diets for their families, they also want to provide the same for their pets.”

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Of the two words making up the term “functional food,” the operative one in a commercial sense is most definitely the latter. Consumers will not buy a product, even one with great health claims, that does not meet their basic criteria for a satisfactory food experience: convenience, familiarity and taste.

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For years, WholeFoods Magazine has shined a light on natural products companies that market some of the country’s best top-selling products and has honored them with a Natural Choice Award. This year is no different. Once again, we are proud to honor some of the many excellent products that the natural products industry calls its own.

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Snack foods can be a blessing or a curse. Done well, a nutrient-dense pick-me-up is an important tool in helping to maintain a proper weight, healthy blood sugar levels, proper focus and good energy. But if you regularly pick the wrong snacks, well, expect the opposite to happen: weight gain, see-saw blood sugar and trouble concentrating.

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Vegetarianism and veganism are increasingly common lifestyle choices, while raw foods constitutes a health craze that is gaining in popularity. But practitioners of the three diets discussed in this article are all likely looking, at least in part, to further their wellbeing.

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