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.
Updating a store’s look and feel may seem like a daunting task, but the end result will be worth it if you zero-in on the areas of greatest need—and maybe get some input from knowledgeable partners along the way.
Lakewood, CO—In operation since 1995 as a natural products retailer in Independence, MO, Nature's Pantry, Inc. has been purchased by Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage. The store is expected to begin operating under the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage name by the end of 2014.
Denver, CO; Salem, OR—Two state ballot initiatives that would have required the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food to be called out on labels failed to pass on Election Day. The vote on Colorado’s Proposition 105 was not close, as voters shot it down 66% to 34%. Oregon’s Measure 92 came up short by less than one percentage point, or about 10,000 votes.
Simi Valley, CA—This year, skincare products maker derma e is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Over the last three decades, the company has became a top brand in the field, something that co-founder and chief formulator for the company Linda Miles, D.O.M., attributes to “honoring our customers with products that promote healthier looking skin and business ethics that promote a healthier world.”
Rhinebeck, NY—Topical BioMedics (maker of Topricin) celebrated its 20th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late September. Topricin friends and family, media and the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce were in attendance to honor the company, which was founded by decorated U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran Lou Paradise (president, chief of research, and Topricin inventor), Aurora Paradise (COO) and Steve Duricko (vice president).