Oceanside, NY—After two weeks without power and losing five of 30 employees to displacement after the storm, Howard Chasser, owner of Jandi’s Natural Market, had no problem rolling up his sleeves and jumping on the register to ring-up and listen to his customers’ horror stories.

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We’ve all heard the numbers: millions on the East Coast go without power for weeks in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. But, there are real faces behind these figures, and many of them are our friends and colleagues in the natural products industry.

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

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What’s Selling is our monthly review of what retailers nationwide say is selling well in their stores. This month, we’ve compiled all of the data from October until the end of the year for the final quarter as well as looked back at all 2012 data.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Growing up in the New York /New Jersey area, as well as the natural products industry, has taught me many things. First, we are tough survivors and will do what it takes to overcome. With that in mind, we were tested again with perhaps one of our biggest challenges last month when Super Storm Sandy hit our area.  Many people lost their homes, cars and items of sentimental value. Relief workers are helping them, but it is not enough.

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Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) and WholeFoods Magazine are working together to help Hurricane Sandy victims (specifically natural products retailers) get back on their feet with the NPA Retailer Relief.

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Las Vegas, NV—Speaking from SupplySide West, here, the day after the election, Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, predicted how the results could affect the industry in the near term.

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Sacramento, CA—The ballot initiative that became a ballot measure called Proposition 37, which would have required food products containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such, did not pass the popular vote on Election Day in California. It went down by an estimated count of 53% to 47%, leaving Big Agribusiness companies like Monsanto and other parties that were against the measure jubilant, while advocates are left to wonder what could have been.

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It has been one week since Hurricane Sandy (one of the worst storms to ever hit the United States), and many parts of the East Coast are still feeling the effects. While some areas remain without heat and power, and others are try to rebuild from wind and water damage, many natural and organic food distributors have stepped up to help the victims of Sandy by providing food and supplies in many devastated locations.
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