News from industry food companies.

In this issue we present our 37th Annual Retailer Survey Overview, which breaks down the results for independent natural products retailers for the 12 months ending June 30, 2014. In addition, I hope you’ll feast your eyes on Retail Insights’ 2015 Retail Universe for Premium Natural, Organic Food, Supplement, and Personal Care Sales, my company’s latest estimate of total natural products industry size through all eight channels of retail food distribution.

Norway—Low-carbon energy technologies, like wind and solar power, produce a net environmental benefit when compared with fossil fuels, according to a new study.

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

In this What’s Selling Analysis, we’ve analyzed data from October to December to see what ‘s trending.

Laval, Québec, Canada—Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. has appointed Jim Hamilton as its new president and CEO, effective February 2, 2015.

St. Louis, MO—As reported in several publications including The Wall Street Journal, seed and pesticides maker Monsanto has agreed to pay $2.4 million to resolve a series of complaints about genetically modified soft wheat. Under the terms of the agreement, Monsanto, without admitting liability, is to put $2.1 million into a settlement fund to compensate farmers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho who sold soft white wheat between May 30 and Nov.13, 2013, and an additional $250,000 to wheat growers associations.

As the several year-old drought in California wears on with no end in sight, the state’s agriculture industry is scrambling for answers. Perhaps the hardest hit sector is organic dairy, where regulations make it harder to maintain business as usual through a severe lack of rainfall.

Louisville, KY—The chia seed boom is in full swing, as consumers nationwide are seeking it out due to its growing reputation as a nutritious and versatile addition to the diet.