Monheim, Germany—In a much anticipated move, raw materials giant Cognis Holding GmbH, based here, agreed to sell all its shares to BASF. The transaction, valued at nearly $3.8 billion (3.5 billion euros), will close in November of this year. Cognis made in $3.1 billion (2.6 billion euros) sales in 2009.

2010 Retailer of the Year

Retailer of the Year New Seasons Market ushers in a new era of natural products retail stores.

July 2010 People News

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

newsbriefs july 2010

Acquisitions, company news, web site launches and more.


Northumbria, UK—A new study conducted by researchers at Northumbria University found that multivitamins can improve mood and mental performance in middle-aged men. While most multivitamin studies deal with the elderly, this study is one of few researching the effects of multivitamins on healthy men.


According to the HerbalGram, sales of herbal supplements have grown from $4.1 billion in 1999 to $5 billion in 2009 (1). Retailers, it is vital that you stock the supplements that are in high demand so you can achieve optimal sales.


San Francisco, CA— On Monday, June 21, the Supreme Court overturned a controversial ban on the genetically modified alfalfa seeds created by U.S. biotech company Monsanto. In a 7-1 vote, the Court reversed a previous ruling by a federal appeals court judge in San Francisco that barred Monsanto from selling seeds due to their resistance to the popular weed killer Roundup.

technology for retailers

If your cash register is a glorified calculator and your Web site has been stagnant for the past year, you are probably missing out on some important opportunities for reaching customers.

Grocery Briefs

Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.