Megan Westgate

The natural products industry is host to a treasure trove of creative, intelligent and dedicated individuals that contribute to its success daily. This year, WholeFoods Magazine is starting a tradition of naming a Natural Products Industry Person of the Year, someone we believe has made a tremendous impact on the industry in the previous year.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

barons market alpine ca

Barons Market expands to Alpine and Murrieta, CA.

News from industry food companies.

Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity, certifications, company news and more.

Gluten Free

Chicago, IL—Since 2012, sales in the gluten-free (GF) food market have shot up 63%, according to a new report from Mintel called Gluten-Free Foods - US - September 2014. Yet a large number of consumers are skeptical of GF’s staying power, as the new report also found that 44% agreed with the statement, “gluten-free diets are a fad.”

For small business owners with limited marketing dollars, it’s a common conundrum: Should you focus your marketing budget on generating new customers, or should you focus your time and efforts into cultivating repeat customers? Which is going to have a stronger impact on the bottom line?

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

Portland, OR—The vote on Measure 92 in Oregon’s November election, which would have required special labeling for genetically modified foods, was close enough to trigger a recount. But despite the glimmer of hope that recount provided to supporters of the measure and a last ditch lawsuit, the recount came up short of allowing the measure to pass.