Whole Foods appoints new CFO in board shake-up

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

UAE businesswoman’s Organic Oasis in the desert

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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

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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

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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.

Sprouts shares surge amid Albertsons ‘merger’ reports

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Shares of US natural food retailer Sprouts Farmers Market spiked to a four-month high last month after media reports suggested it was in “preliminary merger talks” with supermarket giant Albertsons.

Brexit fears dampen business optimism among UK health food retailers

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UK health food retailers saw average customer spend and footfall rise in 2016 but fears over rates and rents and the impact of Brexit have dampened business optimism for some.

First Bio c’Bon organic supermarket opens in Tokyo

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Bio c’Bon Japon has opened its first Bio c’Bon branded organic supermarket in Tokyo. The joint venture company was formed in 2016 and is a partnership between Japanese retail operator Aeon and French retail investor Marne & Finance Europe (operator of the Paris-headquartered Bio c’Bon organic supermarket chain).

India’s IOrderFresh gets cash injection from Singapore Angel Network

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Indian organic and deli food startup IOrderFresh has received an undisclosed amount of funding from the Singapore Angel Network (SGAN), the investment arm of the Thakral Group of Companies.

Amazon supplements launch will “undoubtedly disrupt” category, analysts say

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Amazon has launched a small range of dietary supplements under its ‘Amazon Elements’ label.

Vitamin Shoppe sees fall in comp sales but says ‘reinvention strategy’ is on track

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US natural products retailer Vitamin Shoppe has reported a fall in comparable store sales for the last quarter. But the company says that its ‘reinvention strategy’ remains on track.

Brexit has dented confidence, says UK food and drink body

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Confidence among UK food and drink manufacturers has declined, driven by increased input costs, squeezed profit margins and uncertainty over Brexit terms, according to the latest survey from Britain's Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

“Engaging authentically with customers – that’s our big opportunity”

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“Engaging authentically with our customers – that’s our big opportunity as independent retailers.” So says Food For Thought owner Alan Martin in a new video interview for Natural Products News.

Need I say More?

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Holland & Barrett CEO Peter Aldis talks here with NPN’s Jim Manson about the retailer’s new flagship More store at Marble Arch and how it plans to become a £1 billion business by 2020