8 stories about natural products’ leaders and change-makers of 2023

Throughout the year, the natural products community worked to improve the health of the planet and its people. Learn about the people leading the way.

Douglas Brown, Senior Retail Reporter

December 22, 2023

2 Min Read
Feature image of Jake Karls, Julia Collins and Heather Terry
From left, Jake Karls, Julia Collins and Heather Terry.

The natural and organic products industry supports a huge range of players, from just-launched brands to legacy companies that have been around for decades, as well as nonprofits, regulators, thought leaders and more. Among this rich diversity of brands and people, some provide especially thought-provoking, engaging and consequential contributions. Throughout 2023, quite a number of game-changing companies and leaders emerged, sharing entrepreneurial best practices, compelling sustainability stories and a broad range of education.

In an industry that in many ways is defined by and celebrated for its commitments to things like regenerative agriculture, fair trade, founder diversity and sustainability, there’s no shortage of praise-worthy candidates to spotlight this year.

These stories by no means capture the breadth and depth of the industry’s many leaders. But they do represent a measure of New Hope's 2023 coverage that showcased industry leadership.

  • NBJ Award for Education goes to Amy Summer—Amy Summer's learning platform, INICIVOX, hosts a webinar series to awareness around sexism in the natural products and supplements industries. Find out how it supports women and opens men's eyes.

  • Julia Collins talks about selling Moonshot Snacks—After building a climate-friendly food company and, in March, selling it to Patagonia Provisions, Moonshot Snacks' founder Julia Collins talks about her commitment to climate and her plans for Planet FWD.

  • GoodSAM CEO Heather Terry talks fundraising—Leading up to Natural Products Business School, TIG Brands founder Elliot Begoun and GoodSAM Foods founder Heather Terry discuss in this video how to navigate fundraising during difficult economic times.

About the Author(s)

Douglas Brown

Senior Retail Reporter, New Hope Network

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