New York—Representatives of Sprouts Farmers Market, headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, recently made the trek to New York City to take part in NASDAQ Fit Week, which promotes NASDAQ-listed companies that are focused on health and healthy lifestyles. This is the fourth year that NASDAQ has held an official Fit Week in the first week of January.
Golden Valley, MN—Food mega-company General Mills has disbanded two segments of its business, the Small Planet Foods organic division and its frozen foods division, absorbing the brands into other parts of the company.
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.
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.”
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.