Jeffrey Stephens, owner of Palmyra Natural Foods in Palmyra, Pa.
âI use some Internet, but I mostly refer to magazines. I also get the monthly catalog from UNFI.â
Alison Lively, natural health practitioner at Creative Health in Greenville, S.C.
âWe donât read specific literature, but instead use a direct marketing company (Natureâs Sunshine) and its materials to know what products to stock. We also go to regional seminars any chance we get, and try to go to a National Products Expo once a year. We never do anything just by a sales call. We do trial runs and things of that nature before we actually count on the product. Itâs worked for us.â
Diana Roach, owner of Village Apothecary in Cedar Crest, N.M.
âI read different magazines, and I get emails from some manufacturers to learn about new products. I also use Dr. Mercolaâs website [mercola.com] to stay informed.â
Jeff Hills, owner of Healthy Appetites Natural Foods in Plymouth, Mass.
âWe read magazine articles to see what is new and exciting in the industry. We go to trade shows like Natural Products Expo East. We subscribe to several newsletters. We do Internet searches to see whatâs available. Weâre always taking recommendations from our customers, because theyâre always keeping us up-to-date. We look at distributorsâ emails and publications to see all the new products that are available.â
David Kephart, owner of Simple Foods Market in Salida, Colo.
âNFM is one of the main things we read, as well as other trade publications. I get emails from those magazines and Iâve been to some trade shows. We stock products based on a fair bit of word of mouth. A lot of times what we do is check products out in Whole Foods Markets. Thatâs one way we keep abreast even though theyâre a little slower to bring things in because they have a stocking process.â