Sprouts Farmers Markets announces plans for 1,200 U.S. stores. In response, Whole Foods Market ups its projections to 1,200 stores from 1,000 stores. Fresh Thyme targets the Midwest for 50 stores, saying there are “gaps” in service from conventional grocers they plan to exploit. Mrs. Green’s, with nearly 20 stores in the northeast now, sets a goal of 20 new stores, branching out even more to the Midwest in the next couple of years. Earth Fare moves out of its southeastern hub up into the Midwest with store counts climbing over 30. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, with 81 stores, plans 15–20 openings per year for the foreseeable future.

Wichita, KS—WholeFoods Magazine has selected GreenAcres Market, based here, as its 2014 Retailer of the Year. This is the 25th year the award has been given.

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For those unfamiliar with the term, in the context of oceanography, a gyre refers to any large system of rotating currents in Earth’s oceans. There are five primary gyres, from which the environmental group 5 Gyres takes its name. A new partnership has been formed in support of this group’s mission, which is to “research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.” Supplement company Rainbow Light now sponsors 5 Gyres, as its team embarks this month on its next sailing expedition.

What’s Selling is our monthly look at what our retailers are saying is selling best in their stores. This month, we’ve compiled our data since April to see what consumers are drawn to this quarter.

Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) recently installed Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., as its new executive director and CEO. He returns to NPA after serving as the director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for three years.

Little Rock, AK—At the request of state leaders, Nourish America has mobilized to deliver aid in the wake of the recent tornadoes that hit six Southeastern states, killing 36 and injuring many others. To help provide said aid, the non-profit is reaching out for cash and product donations (like energy drinks, protein bars, multivitamins and more) from the natural products industry.