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Retailer Roundtable: How do you manage high-sugar products on your shelves?

Retailer Roundtable: How do you manage high-sugar products on your shelves?

Experts say sugar's to blame for many of our modern-day health problems. Natural retailers talk about how they handle high-sugar content products in their store.

Jim Cole Owner of Harvest Pantry in  Garden City, Kan.

We try to keep sugar off of our shelves by picking brands that are less obnoxious in the sugar category. That means we look for products sweetened with stevia instead of sugar or corn syrup. We really try to limit high-sugar foods because we’re in this business to support healthy lifestyles. Excess sugar leads to many health issues

Ben Martin-Horst Grocery manager at LifeSource Natural Foods in Salem, Ore.

For the most part, we won’t carry products with refined white sugar. We look for cane juice sugar as an alternative. We also strive to stock products with naturally lower sugar contents. However, we are a complete grocery store and some sugary products still are available.

Kara Krawczykiewicz Manager at Nature’s Way Market in Greensburg, Pa.

We do carry some processed foods with sugar because it seems sugar has crept into the natural foods market too. But as a manager, I’ve tried to bring in as many sweet raw foods and lower-glycemic alternatives as possible. We do carry items that have organic cane sugar. We also look for products that use substitutes such as agave and coconut sugar.

Natalie Bennett Owner of Lemongrass  Natural Foods in Wenatchee, Wash.

We don’t have a specific strategy to limit sugar, but we are very careful to look for high-quality sugar in product ingredients. We try to sell items containing sweeteners that are lower on the glycemic index, such as cane and coconut sugars. We tend to stay away from agave because of its high-glycemic rating. 

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