Uelzen, Germany—The tragic E. coli outbreak in Europe, having taken the lives of at least 37 people mostly in Germany, has subsided at press time. Though the number of new illnesses has dwindled, the episode leaves lingering questions about organic farming in the minds of the public.

News from industry food companies.

New York, NY—It’s a good time to sell natural and organic foods. According to market research firm Packaged Facts, U.S. retailers sold nearly $39 billion worth of natural and organic foods and drinks in 2010.

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

Aquisitions, mergers, awards, charity work, certifications, company news and more.

Bordeaux, Dijon and Montpellier, France—Well-known in the kitchen as a light and tasty way to liven up food, olive oil also has been said to offer protective effects against many potentially dangerous cardiovascular risks like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.

Mercer County, NJ—Everyone is aware of the benefits of getting a restful night’s sleep. Now, a new study suggests that sleepy teens are more prone to crave carbohydrates.

Vancouver, Canada—A new small-animal study indicates that a low-carb, high-protein diet may impede tumor growth.

As you think about your future, you may be wondering what your store is worth. When it comes time to sell, if you are realistic about value, you’re more likely to succeed. Many natural products retailers I know run into trouble because they confuse the emotional value their stores hold for them personally with the dollars-and-cents value in the eyes of the buyer.