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This founder and investor explain how they learned to trust each other

The creativity and outside-of-the-box thinking that’s characteristic of most entrepreneurs is often at odds with an investors’ desire to minimize risk. Sheryl O’Loughlin, former CEO of Clif Bar and current CEO of beverage brand Rebbl, and investor Duane Primozich from BIGR explain how they’ve reconciled their different perspectives and built a trusting and transparent partnership. Read more at Fast Company…


That chicken from Whole Foods isn’t so special anymore

The food revolution is real. So real that a lot of the American grocery industry has beefed up its poultry standards and, in turn, narrowed the gap between what’s sold at stores like Whole Foods and what’s sold at large and discount supermarkets. Big poultry producer Perdue, for example, has converted 95 percent of its poultry production to antibiotic-free. What still sets Whole Foods apart (aside from price) is how it communicates its animal welfare standards to shoppers via its five-step rating system—and an overall set of standards that Whole Foods believes give shoppers a peace of mind. Read more at Bloomberg…


New bottle for kombucha brand quadruples company’s production rates

Kombucha is riding the wave of functional beverage success. Fort Worth, Texas-based Holy Kombucha uses organic ingredients in its concoctions, including specialty tea blends, but turned to packaging to really differentiate itself in the category. It worked with Berlin Packaging on a 16.9 ounce custom glass bottle that’s slimmer and taller so that it fits in car cupholders, and features a wider neck that makes it easier for consumers to drink and faster for the company to fill. Read more at Packaging World…


Amazon may force farmers markets, and grocery stores, to adapt

While the center of the grocery store becomes increasingly automated, fresh produce may be one area that avoids automation, providing opportunities for farmers markets and fresh grocers. Read more at San Francisco Chronicle…


How one popular beauty brand became organic

When many of her spa customers began demanding organic skin care products, FarmHouse Fresh Shannon McLinden knew it was time to step up. Read more at New Beauty…

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