MOM’s Organic Market, Alexandria – now with added beekeeping paraphernalia

When family-owned US organic food retailer MOM’s Organic Market recently revamped its Alexandria (Virginia) store it added a whole new category into the store mix – beekeeping tools and paraphernalia.

Lonza completes US$5.5 billion Capsugel acquisition

Swiss chemicals and biotech multinational Lonza says that it has completed the acquisition of leading capsule casing and drug dosage specialist Capsugel from KKR for US$ 5.5 billion.

The Big Natural – tough-minded forum ‘marks pivotal point for NPA’

The inauguration of a new discussion forum that promises tough-minded debate between natural products professionals “marks a pivotal point” for the Natural Products Association, says the newly appointed chair of the US trade group, Mark Ledoux.

Amazon/Whole Foods – early reaction

Financial commentators, retail analysts and industry insiders have been reacting to last Friday’s bombshell announcement that online retail giant Amazon is set to acquire Whole Foods Market for US$13.7 billion. 

Amazon set to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn

Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, is buying Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at approximately $13.7bn, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt.

Nordic duo up for top trade show award

Products Scandinavia and Nordic Organic Food Fair – the Nordic region’s biggest trade show for the natural and organic industry, has been shortlisted for Best Overseas Tradeshow Over 2,000sqm at the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Excellence Award.

Diversified Communications acquires Australia-based Naturally Good Expo, expands natural and organic portfolio

Diversified Communications this week announced the acquisition of Naturally Good Expo in Australia from National Media, strengthening its global natural and organic products brand and aligning with Diversified Communications Australia’s Fine Food, FoodPro and FoodTech brands.

Whole Foods appoints new CFO in board shake-up

Whole Foods Market has appointed Keith Manbeck as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).

Naturally Good Expo set to welcome thousands of natural and organic professionals to Sydney

Thousands of retailers, distributors, importers/exporters and brand owners are due to converge on Sydney, Australia, this weekend (4-5 June 2017) for Naturally Good Expo – the biggest trade show in the Southern Hemisphere for the natural and organic sector.

UAE businesswoman’s Organic Oasis in the desert

Michael Wale meets Sheikha Muhairy, the 26-year-old owner of an organic farm in the desert on the edge in Dubai which supplies the Spinneys supermarket chain as part of a unique retailer-farm partnership scheme.

Second Spar Natural store opens on Gran Canaria

SPAR Mogán , a partner of Dutch multinational supermarket chain Spar, has opened a second store on Gran Canaria under its Spar Natural brand.

From ‘sick care’ to ‘self-care’ – how one US pharmacy retailer is reinventing itself

US pharmacy chain CVS Health is rolling out a radical new store design that repositions it to take advantage of a major societal shift in thinking about health.

Australian organic market on course to hit AU$ 2 billion in 2018

Australia’s organic products market is set to reach AU$ 2 billion (US$ 1.5 billion) in 2018, based on its current growth trajectory.

UK industry must agree clear post-Brexit goals

The UK natural health sector must adopt a unified perspective and agree clear objectives to present to government officials in order to secure the best outcome for industry and consumers in a post-Brexit future.

Danone agrees to sell Stonyfield as part of WhiteWave deal

French food multinational Danone had agreed to sell its US organic yoghurt business Stonyfield to get clearance for a proposed USD 10.4 billion acquisition of WhiteWave Foods.