Ancient Ayurveda Cutting Edge in Functional Health

Ancient Ayurveda Cutting Edge in Functional Health

Behind these popular health-food ingredients is a menu of more traditional Ayurvedic staples. Herbal and medicinal teas, as well as a slew of novel ready-to-drink functional beverages, tout their potent botanical benefits that connect with consumers interested in holistic well-being


Natural Foods Shoppers are Calling Retailer Shots

Natural Foods Shoppers are Calling Retailer Shots

America's perennial enthusiasm for health and wellness is expressed in their food product choices, and natural & organic retailers are often the first to meet this demand.


A New Grocery Age Not Just for Natural Grocers

A New Grocery Age Not Just for Natural Grocers

The Amazon/Whole Foods marriage marks the tipping point in a shift that is already underway, with the brick-and-mortar store of the future still alive and well but vastly different as a result of ever sophisticated mobile apps and new-generation brick-plus-click logistics including store remodels.


Amazon Online Grocery Sales Surge with Whole Foods Acquisition

Amazon Online Grocery Sales Surge with Whole Foods Acquisition

Whole Foods’ branded product web sales reached $500,000, after Amazon placed about 2,000 items from Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value brand on its site.


Store brand ice cream heating up competition

Store brand ice cream heating up competition

Sales of private label frozen desserts have grown steadily over the last couple of decades. In recent years, about two-thirds of consumers have come to accept that private label frozen desserts are equal in quality to name brand frozen desserts. This perception is based in reality, as private label frozen desserts have been on a steady rise in terms of quality over the past three decades.


Natural and organic foods and beverages full steam ahead

Natural and organic foods and beverages full steam ahead

The marketplace for natural and organic foods and beverages is undergoing tremendous expansion and change. At the retail level, while Whole Foods Market remains the dominant natural foods supermarket chain, it is being challenged by Trader Joe’s and by No. 1 supermarket operator Kroger Co.


Local foods: A sales boom on par with “organic”?

Local foods:  A sales boom on par with “organic”?

Will local foods overtake organic foods in popularity? Some members of the industry think so based in part on consumer demand now at an all-time high. Data from a November 2014 proprietary Packaged Facts National Consumer Survey published in Shopping for Local Foods in the U.S. found that 53% of the 2,271 adult respondents specially seek out locally grown or locally produced foods. Among the primary reasons for purchasing locally grown or locally produced foods, 60% of consumers who purchase loc...