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Natural Foods Merchandiser

3 natural retailers share what's flying off their shelves

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Vegan products, frozen food and grab-and-go are some of the most popular items in these stores.

“We are seeing increased interest in what I see as both ends of the natural dietary spectrum. Vegan meat alternatives, cheeses, yogurts and jackfruit have been very popular along with bone broths and collagen products. CBD supplements are really blowing up for us right now as well. Our neighborhood’s interest in delicious, sustainable healthy foods with simple ingredients continues to evolve with some of these new products. It’s an exciting time for vegan products especially.”

-Bull Gervasi, manager, Mariposa Co-op in Philadelphia

“We are responding to customer requests for time-saving measures in both their shopping experience and food preparation at home. A well-organized store with bold signage, eager clerks and efficient checkout is a must. Grab-and-go items in the café/deli are more popular than ever. The frozen food category has grown because of more great choices in vegan and gluten-free items that can complete a meal. The market for local produce has grown and many times will be chosen over organic because of price point and freshness.”

-Angie O'Pry Blades, owner, Fiesta Nutrition Center in Monroe, Louisiana

“Two requests come to my mind immediately. First would be plant-based products. From pili nut yogurt to a variety of nut-based milks, I believe that plant-based food products are going to continue to evolve and create new alternatives for consumers. Another request is transparency. The ability to enter a product code and meet the farmers behind the product is becoming more intriguing to consumers.”

-Kimberly Osborne, general manager, The Common Bond Market in Shelton, Connecticut

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