Question: What’s the most innovative product you’ve seen this year?
Claire Gelinas, general manager of Fare Share Market in Norway, Maine
The new products we get tend to feature local items. The most innovative thing this year would be the addition of another greenhouse in our community. More greenhouses mean we can supply more local greens.
Maryjane Stone, health and beauty buyer
at Kent Natural Foods Co-op in Kent, Ohio
We have a lot of products coming in now with hempseeds. We sell Plant Kingdom Bakery bars, which are made locally and are gluten free and vegan. I see hempseeds, locally made products and local produce as trends throughout the natural foods community.
Deborah Wiancek, owner of Riverwalk Natural Health Center and Natural Pharmacy in Edwards, Colo.
Vitamin D. With all the studies coming out on its anti-inflammatory qualities, as well as its role in preventing colon and breast cancers and asthma, there are so many things that vitamin D is good for. It’s also inexpensive. We sell a lot in our natural pharmacy because people walk in and buy it or we refer it to our patients, 75 percent of whom have low vitamin D levels when we test them in our clinic.
Eric Barbee, manager of Sunrise Natural Foods in Roseville, Calif.
Garden of Life probiotics have basically taken the cake compared to all other probiotic supplements as far as potency and sales. Generally, we see a lot of women buying probiotics, but recently we’ve seen a spike in men interested in probiotics for immunity.