Natural Synergies National Buying Network for Independent Natural Products Retailers Reaches 250 Members, $300 Million in Collective Purchasing Power

Natural Synergies, the leading national network of independent natural, organic and health food retailers, also announces that procedures are in place to pass along exclusive deals through leading distributors UNFI, Tree of Life and Nature’s Best.

Visit Natural Synergies in Booth #4124 at Natural Products Expo West, March 8-11, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Boca Raton, FL — (March 7, 2007) – Natural Synergies, the nation’s leading network of independently owned and operated natural, organic and health food retailers, established in 2005 and based here, announced that its membership has grown to nearly 250 stores, representing a collective buying power of $300 million.

Additionally, the network announced that it has reached agreements with leading natural products distributors UNFI Inc., Tree of Life and Nature’s Best, to pass along exclusive promotions and discounts to Natural Synergies members, and is currently working to expand these programs on a national basis. Through “Action Grams” sent to its members, Natural Synergies also works with direct-selling vendors to serve its independent retail members with exclusive discounts and promotional programs.

“With the addition of UNFI, Tree of Life and Nature’s Best as active distribution partners, we are well positioned to serve our independent health food retail members, and provide them with solutions to lower costs and maximize profit margins,” says Eric Gutmann, president and COO of the Natural Synergies network. “In negotiating with one collective voice, we are able to empower independents with greater buying power and coordinated promotions, which gives them the ability to compete more effectively with larger natural foods stores as well as with mainstream grocers and others offering natural and organic products.”

Natural Synergies also will be featured in Exhibit Booth # 4124 at Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural and organic products trade show, held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The organization has scheduled a number of educational seminars and meetings at the show exclusively for its retail members. “Also, we will be meeting at the trade show with a number of natural and organic products vendors and service partners to develop unique programs for our membership,” says Gutmann.

Gutmann says Natural Synergies also is available for private meetings at Natural Products Expo West. Media, vendors and others who have interest are encouraged to visit Natural Synergies at Booth # 4124 to arrange a meeting during the show.

With nearly 250 independent natural and organic products retail members throughout the United States that have joined to date, representing a buying power of $300 million, the Natural Synergies independent retail network recently merged with the Authentic Independent Health Retailers Association (AIHR), based in the Southeast, and is on target to achieve its goal of 500 members in 2008.

About the Natural Synergies Independent Retail Network
Natural Synergies, established in 2005 and based in Boca Raton, FL, is a member-based national network of independently owned and operated natural and organic products retailers. The purpose of the organization is to provide independent retailers with greater access to business resources, education, information, coordinated promotional programs, improved buying power and unity of voice. Natural Synergies’ mission also is to help independents adapt to an increasingly competitive environment and become more profitable and successful retail operators.

Natural Synergies works with major distributors including UNFI Inc., Tree of Life and Nature’s Best, and also direct-selling vendors and service partners to serve independent retail members with exclusive discounts and promotional programs. With more than 8,500 independent natural products retailers in the United States, Natural Synergies’ goal is to include more than 500 retail members in 2008.

Natural Synergies recently move to new headquarters in Boca Raton, FL. The new offices are located at 7900 Glades Road, Suite 450, Boca Raton, FL 33434, tel 561.488.8040; fax 561.488.8084.

You can learn more about Natural Synergies by visiting or please contact Nina Minnerly at [email protected], tel 305-705-0135.


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