Pollack "was born an entrepreneur," according to his bio on the store'swebsite. In 1967, he started a natural foods business out of the kitchen in his home, mixing natural ingredients into what he called “chunks o’ health." That kitchen business grew into what became Nature's Best distribution company. And in 1981, Pollack opened Rainbow Acres Natural Foods, which is the largest independently owned natural food store in the Los Angeles area.
The company said Rainbow Acres will continue to be a family owned and operated store in Howard Pollack's memory. Honoring the industry pioneer, the post read, "In addition, his dedication and love for Rainbow Acres and the natural foods industry will not go unnoticed, because none of it would have been possible without his tenacity and dedication. He will always hold a special place in the hearts of many simply because of the man he was. We appreciate the love and support that we have received and it is an enormous comfort to us as we navigate this difficult time."
Industry Members Honor Howard PollackThe love and support was clear with the outpouring of messages from natural products industry members who posted their fond memories and condolences on theRainbow Acresand the Naturally Connected Facebook pages.
"He was a true pioneer. I loved seeing him at every trade show, and will cherish the last time I saw him at Expo East in September. May his memory always be a blessing."--Heather Wainer,WholeFoodsMagazine Publisher and VP of Media
"When my uncle started he was living in California selling yogurt makers out of his garage. Howard would come pick up the orders in his pick up truck from my uncles garage for Nature’s Best. Howard was truly the OG of our industry. He will be missed."--Alan Cheung, Director of Operations at VMC Products For Health
"I saw him ateveryshow I ever did, even in the UK! He was always kind, and ready with a smile. This is really hurting my heart today."--Jessica Mulligan, Founder of Winged
"He will be missed. He always had a smile and twinkle in his eye. I will treasure the times we worked and laughed together. One of the best of us."--Claire Modjeski, Global Sales and Marketing Senior Leader
"I am so saddened by this news. Howard and Jonie watched me grow up since I was 11 years old. When he started Nature's Best, Howard would take orders for my family's health food store while I sat on the floor...Howard and his family will forever be in my heart." Denise Whitney, Owner, Creative Innovations.
On Caring Bridge, family members shared that they are currently searching for a venue for Pollack's memorial. The family will offer updates here.