Natural and Organic

Fresh Food

USDA launches $300M Organic Transition Initiative to Aid Organic Farmers, Producers and Supply Chains

Organic and specialty foods distributor United Natural Foods Inc. hailed it as a win not only for organic farmers, but for consumers as well.

Retailers

Food Lion’s Local Goodness Program Aids Not Only in Taste but Savings Too

"We pride ourselves on ensuring that our customers have access to fresh and healthy produce without putting a strain on their wallets," said Chris Dove, Food Lion’s VP of produce category and merchandising.

There was no shortage of innovative, new products designed for retail on the expo floor.

The Lakewood, Colo.-based grocer reported a daily average same-store sales increase of 4.3% in Q2, as well as a net sales increase of 4.9% to $271.8 million.

Sales in its fiscal first quarter increased by 4% and comps rose by 1.6%, which the Phoenix-based retailer said was driven by a slight increase in same-store sales and new stores opened.

Customers are invited to take the Ladybug Love pledge to protect insects and create pesticide-free local parks.

The Colorado-based grocer announced it’s putting the finishing touches on a 10,000-square-foot new store at 121 N. 16th St. in Cañon City, Colo., that is set open April 13.

The organic and natural neighborhood grocer highlights its commitment to establishing product standards that support human and environmental health.

The top trends and topics of conversation from the show floor in Philadelphia.

As the natural-products industry gathers in Philadelphia, show organizers address the need for greater diversity in this burgeoning sector.

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