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Organix-South launches Butter to Go for face, lips and body

Organix-South launches Butter to Go for face, lips and body

You love your Naked Organix Body Butter so take it with you wherever you go -- with Butter to Go, a USDA certified organic lip and body balm from Organix-South. Packaged in a .25 oz tube, the rich, organic butter glides on smooth and allows for convenient, quick application of exotic and nourishing botanicals found in the Naked Organix line.

Each balm is made from concentrated plant-based oils and butters that offer therapeutic and nutritive benefits to help replenish the skin and slow the signs of aging. The five formulations include:

·       Argan, rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, nourishes extremely dry or dehydrated skin

·       Tamanu balances oily, blemish-prone skin and helps reduce the signs of scarring and stretch marks

·       Neem  soothes and protects sensitive skin that is prone to redness and other challenges

·       Sea Buckthorn, prized for cellular rejuvenation, is excellent for dehydrated, depleted or mature skin

·       Kukui, a specific for too much sun and environmental exposure, replenishes dry or mature skin

Autumn Blum, founder and formulator of Organix South, notes “Butter to Go is designed specifically to provide men, women and children with a pure product that encourages beautiful and radiant skin while also tackling some common skin challenges. It is intended to be used from your nose to your toes, wherever your body needs some nourishing butter.” 

Butter to Go is the newest addition to the Naked Organix product range, which includes organic handmade soaps and luxurious body butters. Like the other products in the line, Butter to Go is “naked with nothing to hide™” meaning the line is scent-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and synthetic-free. Naked Organix is formulated from the finest quality organic, wild-crafted and sustainably harvested ingredients.

Based in rural central Florida, Organix-South, a division of the Nutraceutical Corporation subsidiary Nutragarden offers a range of therapeutic lines: TheraNeem Naturals, TheraVeda Organix and Naked Organix.  Manufactured in the USA, TheraNeem Naturals offers the world’s leading line of certified-organic Neem based products.  The organic TheraNeem body care range includes Neem Leaf capsules and extracts, oral care, hair care, bar soaps, skin care, and pet products.  Products are available at health food stores, pharmacies, yoga studios and other fine outlets. For information, see, friend us on facebook or call 888.989.NEEM.


Global natural & organic beauty product sales reach $9B

Global natural & organic beauty product sales reach $9B

Global sales of natural & organic beauty products are projected to reach $9 billion this year. In its upcoming report on the Global Market for Natural & Organic Personal Care Products, Organic Monitor ( predicts revenues to climb to USD 14 billion in 2015. Demand for natural & organic products has spread to every region,however sales remain concentrated in Europeand North America.
Natural & organic products have 2% share of global personal care product sales. In some countries – such as the USA, Germany, Austria– the market share is reaching 10 percent. The large market share is because of high consumer awareness and extensive distribution of natural & organic products.
Widening availability is a major driver of market growth. Natural & organic personal care products are crossing over from specialists to mainstream channels. Premium brands, such as Dr. Hauschkaand REN, are targeting high-end retailers. Other brands are entering pharmacies, drugstores, supermarkets and department stores. Companies like ADA Cosmetics and Panpuriare developing natural lines for hotels and the spa channel.
Large cosmetic companies are entering the naturalsarena. Some like L’Oreal and Colgate-Palmolive have taken the acquisition route, whilst others have developed natural / organic lines. Recent newcomers, such as Garnier, Henkeland Amore Pacific, are launching certified organic products.
Retailer private labels are also becoming prominent for natural personal care products. They are most successful in Germanywhere they comprise about 20% of natural personal care product sales. Alverde, the private label of DM drugstores, is leading with over 300 products across categories. Private labels are most established in Europe,however they are also becoming popular in the US, Russiaand other countries.
Competitive stakes are rising as new entrants continue whilst market growth rates slow. Organic Monitor finds successful brands are those that focus on marketing and distribution to differentiate their products. Vertical integration is occurring whereby brands are operating at several levels of the supply chain. Concept stores have become en vogue, with leading brands like Aveda, Melvitaand Korresopening international retail networks.
Latest findings from this new report as well as future growth projections are given in dedicated workshops at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit ( Organic Monitor will be conducting workshops titled ‘Business Opportunities in the Global Market for Natural & Organic Cosmetics’ at the European and Asia-Pacific editions of this summit.
Workshops at Sustainable Cosmetics Summit
Asia-Pacific edition:                  Nov 7-8th  Hong Kong
European edition:                      Nov 28-30th  Paris
Research Publication
#7001-60   The Global Market for Natural & Organic Personal Care Products  (Publish date: Dec’11)
Sustainable Cosmetics Summit
Organisedby Organic Monitor, the aim of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit is to encourage sustainability in the beauty industry by bringing together key stake-holders and debate major sustainability issues in a high-level forum. More information is available from
About Organic Monitor
Organic Monitor is a specialist research, consulting & training company that focuses on the global organic & related product industries. In 2011, we are celebrating 10 years of encouraging sustainable development. Since 2001, we have been providing a range of business services to operators in high-growth ethical & sustainable industries. Our services include market research publications, business & technical consulting, summits, seminars & workshops. Visit us at

Natural Products Expo East and West receive top honors

Natural Products Expo East and West receive top honors

New Hope Natural Media announced that Natural Products Expo East and West, the world's premier trade shows for the natural, organic and healthy products industry have recently been honored with top accolades from the top trade show and multimedia industry leaders. Natural Products Expo East and West are produced by New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media.

Trade Show Executive magazine awarded Natural Products Expo West with their Gold 100 Award as the leader in green initiatives amongst the trade show industry for the fourth year running. The Natural Products Expos are committed to implementing the highest-level eco-friendly practices available to host the most sustainable events possible, including: elimination of a printed buyers' guide, providing an energy offset program for the venue and associated event travel; creating a donation plan for excess product from show floors to benefit charities and nonprofit organizations; providing a paperless press room; developing waste management programs inclusive of not just recycling but composting; and providing environmentally friendly booth package options for exhibitors.

The Natural Products Expo West show directory map was named winner of the green collateral printed piece by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) in their 2011 Art of the Show competition. This piece has been condensed significantly from a book format, to a folded map style directory, drastically reducing paper usage; additionally, the map is printed on 60% post consumer, 100% recycled paper processed chlorine free, ancient forest friendly and FSC certified, through a local printer reducing the carbon foot print further.

Trade Show News Network (TSNN) announced Natural Products Expo West as one of their winners for 2011 Top 20 fastest-growing trade shows in attendance. In 2010 Expo West drew an impressive 56,000 attendees and grew to over 58,000 attendees in 2011. Both Natural Products Expo East and West are on TSNN's 2010 Top 250 Trade Show list, which is ranked by net square footage; Expo West was No. 58 at 334,300 net square feet, and Expo East was No. 172 at 134,200 net square feet.

Natural Products Expo West received honorable mention from Min's 2011 Integrated Marketing Awards, and was among other top multimedia brands being recognized for innovation, creativity and community. The show was nominated based on its grand scale and production including exhibitions, education, events and sponsorships, and its impact in the natural products industry.

"We are committed to being progressive in our strategies to drive quality attendance to our events. We are passionate about providing an in-person experience aligned with our market. The variety of recognition we have received is a testament of our holistic approach in delivering leading events in the tradeshow industry," said Sandy Voss, director of exhibitions and conferences for Penton Media.

Natural Products Expo West 2012 will take place March 8 - 11, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California and Natural Products Expo East 2012 will be held September 19 - 22, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Natural Products Expo West Attended by more than 58,000 industry professionals from across the globe, Natural Products Expo West is the premier trade show for the healthy products industry. Co-located with Engredea, the Nutracon conference, the Healthy Baking Seminar and the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace, these combined events showcase the entire value chain of healthy products from start to finish, identifying the bestsellers of today and the trends of tomorrow.

Natural Products Expo East is the largest natural, organic, and healthy products trade show on the East Coast. With the newest and best-selling products and branded ingredients available this show features the best in organic at All Things Organic-BioFach America, offers an extensive retailer training program and provides an advocacy platform through a strategic partnership with Natural Products Association East.


New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media Inc., is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry, with print, in-person/event, and e-business products and services. As a leading, independent, business-to-business media company, Penton knows business and how to create and disseminate the vital content that moves markets. Penton is where professionals turn to gain the critical insight, expert analysis, and relevant connections needed to compete and succeed. Headquartered in New York City, the privately held company is owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its co-investors. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit

Bioforce announces winner of the Secure Denture Venture

Bioforce announces winner of the Secure Denture Venture

Secure® Denture Adhesive users experience an improved quality of life with Secure’s® extraordinary 12-hour holding power and natural feel.  To highlight these wonderful benefits, as well as raise awareness that denture wearers can improve the way their dentures hold, Secure® Denture initiated its exciting “Secure® Denture Venture – An Artistic Rendition” for a chance to be star and win $1,000.

After evaluating each unique and entertaining video received Bioforce USA has chosen Jai Catalano as the winner.  His award winning video can be seen at   Pierce Sioussat, President of Bioforce USA, distributor of Secure®, stated: “Since introducing Secure®, we have found that  many denture wearers are reluctant to talk about what its like wearing dentures, perhaps feeling a certain embarrassment.   It also seems that in our industry it is believed that people who shop in health food stores don’t wear dentures.  We had hoped to start changing this by bringing denture wearing out in the open in an artistic, humorous way.  We feel these entertaining videos have accomplished this, and we want to thank each one of the talented videographers who submitted an entry.”

Secure’s® patented waterproof adhesive provides a completely new and natural denture feeling. Because Secure® is waterproof, it doesn’t dissolve when eating or drinking.   Foods can be enjoyed again, including dining out, without worry or embarrassment.  Plus, Secure’s® neutral taste does not negatively affect how foods taste. Its extra strong bonding effect assures your dentures will be fixed to the gum for up to 12 hours. Plus it’s economical because you only need to apply it once a day. It is zinc free and always has been.

About Bioforce USA

Bioforce USA has created long-term strategic alliances with European manufacturers of product lines that have years of clinical research support for safety and efficacy, plus years of repeat consumer use. Bioforce USA has brought these lines, which include A. Vogel, Sanhelios, Herbatint, Bionorica and SECURE exclusively to the United States for distribution through natural products and health food stores.  

For more information, go to

Product profile: Hemp foods by Manitoba Harvest

In the mid-90s Mike Fata was overweight and unhappy. Then, a friend introduced him to hemp foods, with all their omegas, digestible proteins, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Now he's CEO of Manitoba Harvest, a maker of various hemp foods and oils.

Kelsey Blackwell of Natural Foods Merchandiser caught up with Fata at Natural Products Expo East 2011 and asked what makes his company different from other hemp food companies. Get the full picture of the state of the natural foods industry with the Expo East Digest.

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Remember pumpkin's cold weather cousins

Remember pumpkin's cold weather cousins

It’s Nov. 1 and pumpkin, the official holiday fruit, is everywhere—and I'm not referring just to my meticulously carved Jack-O-Lantern splattered on my front porch.

Indeed, pumpkin becomes ubiquitous when the weather turns. It's hardy, protective skin allows for a long storage time, making it a mainstay for fall and winter cooking, when fresh local produce is often rare.

But what about the other similar, albeit less-sexy (yes, pumpkin is sexy) winter squashes? Let’s take a gander at pumpkin’s cold weather cousins.

Butternut Squash

Pear-shaped and large, this pale yellow gourd is fantastic when roasted and puréed into soup—the fruit’s soft flesh yields a creamy, velvety texture. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg, a drizzle of cream, and lots of cracked peppercorns. Another option? Cut into chunks and simmer in a coconut-based sauce for an Autumnal twist on curry.  

Try: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Spaghetti Squash

A blessing for those looking for a pasta-substitute, the stringy fibers of spaghetti squash easily peel away from the flesh, and resemble translucent noodles. If you're pressed for time, forgo the oven and use your microwave. Place a seeded, halved squash cut-side down on a microwave safe plate. Cover with plastic wrap. Zap on high for 7-10 minutes, until tender. Carefully remove the plastic wrap with a pair of tongs and scrape the flesh out with a fork. Toss with sautéed garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese.

Try: Stir-Fried Spaghetti Squash with Dairy-Free Pesto Sauce

Acorn Squash

A hallmark of cornucopia decorations, this teardrop-shaped squash is delicious when baked with butter, brown sugar, and salt. Experiment by halving the squash, substituting butter with olive oil, and stuffing with a protein-packed grain, such as quinoa, for a filling vegan entrée.

Try: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Black Rice, Roasted Carrots, and Dried Cranberries


Often referred to as West Indian Pumpkin, calabaza has a brilliant, orange flesh and sweet flavor. For a truly divine side dish, roast chunks with butter until the interior can be easily pierced with a knife. Toss pieces with maple syrup, and serve with a healthy dusting of grated Manchego cheese, cilantro pesto, and sea salt.

ABC begins 24th year of nonprofit herbal education

ABC begins 24th year of nonprofit herbal education

From Mark Blumenthal, founder & executive director American Botanical Council:

It was 23 years ago, on November 1, 1988, that I filed the incorporation papers with the Texas Secretary of State to found the American Botanical Council. At that time, ABC was run out of my home (with a handful of employees) and now we have 16 staff members and a beautiful site in Austin, Texas, complete with 30 plus herbal demonstration gardens where members, pharmacy and dietetic interns, and other visitors come to see, work with, and learn more about herbs.

In the beginning, the ABC Board of Trustees consisted of our good friend, economic botanist Jim Duke, PhD, who had previously retired from many years of service at the Agricultural Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture; the late Prof. Norman R. Farnsworth, PhD, of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and myself. (The late Prof. Varro E. Tyler, PhD, would join the Board a few years later after retiring from his position of Executive Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Purdue University.)

Today, ABC is still governed by a highly motivated and active Board of Trustees. Also, we are grateful for the service of a diversified Advisory Board that provides ABC with advisory services on research, technical, and educational matters as well as expert peer review for our many publications, including HerbalGram, HerbalEGram, HerbClip, and special publications. We are also deeply grateful to the members of the ABC Director's Circle, a group of friends and allies who assist ABC in development, educational, and marketing opportunities.

While ABC's commitment to providing the highest quality, reliable, responsible, science-based information on the role that herbs and other beneficial plants can play in self care and healthcare remains the same, the ways we do that have grown over the last 24 years. In the beginning, we published HerbalGram as a black and white newsletter, and now it is a full color, glossy magazine, so beautiful and educational that our members eagerly await its arrival in their mailboxes.

We were committed to doing even more for herbal education so we began writing, editing, and publishing books. ABC's first book,The Complete German Commission E Monographs–Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines had a major impact in the medical and integrative health field and was the second most highly ranked medical book in 1998 in a field of 3,500 medical books and related publications published that year. In 2000, ABC published Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. This book has been an essential reference by updating and expanding the most popular herbs in the market. In 2003, ABC publishedThe ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs, which was approved as a textbook for classes at several universities.

And we have continued to expand the ways that we provide herbal education—a constantly evolving website filled with useful research and information, including the powerful database HerbMedPro®, monthly electronic communications like HerbClip and HerbalEGram, and exciting new projects that you'll hear more about in the upcoming months.

I want to express my thanks to the many individuals and companies in the herbal community who have supported ABC's unique nonprofit mission, publications, and programs. With their support (and hopefully yours), ABC will continue providing its many educational services to a growing world that is increasingly seeking accurate and reliable information on a wide variety of medicinal herbs and other beneficial plants.


Mark Blumenthal, Founder & executive director American Botanical Council

About the American Botanical Council

Founded in 1988, the American Botanical Council is a leading international nonprofit organization addressing research and educational issues regarding herbs and medicinal plants. ABC’s members include academic researchers and educators; libraries; health professionals and medical institutions; government agencies; members of the herb, dietary supplement, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries; journalists; consumers; and others within over 80 countries. The organization occupies a historic 2.5-acre site in Austin, Texas where it publishes the quarterly journal HerbalGram, the monthly e-publication HerbalEGram, HerbClips (summaries of scientific and clinical publications), reference books, and other educational materials. ABC also hosts HerbMedPro, a powerful herbal database, covering scientific and clinical publications on more than 225 herbs, as well as co-produces the “Herbal Insights” segment for Healing Quest, a television series on PBS. ABC is tax-exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Code. Information: Contact ABC at P.O. Box 144345, Austin, TX 78714-4345, Phone: 512-926-4900. Website:

'Truck Farm' documents mobile garden

'Truck Farm' documents mobile garden

What do crepes, tacos, coffee, kebabs, and local farms have in common? They are among the newest crop of New York City food trucks that have sprouted in the past several years—evidence of the growing urban agriculture trend.

The recent short documentary Truck Farm from filmmaker Ian Cheney, offers a quirky and fun depiction outlining the old 1986 Dodge pickup truck he converted into a mobile garden. “I had a strong urge to grow something other than corn and didn’t have any place to do it in the big city,” Cheney explains in an interview with Organic Connections magazine. “So I took a good long look at the old pickup truck that my grandfather had given me when I finished college and decided to give it a shot. From that very simple desire to grow a bit of my own food emerged this film and education project called Truck Farm.”

How does the garden work? A six-inch topping of nutrient-rich soil, root barrier, erosion blanket, drainage mat, Styrofoam, gel, and clay comprise the system to ensure proper drainage for the fledgling arugula, basil, parsley, tomatoes, lavender, peppers, and sweet peas planted there. In the film, notable food dignitaries such as Marion Nestle and Chef Dan Barber are depicted praising the project’s mission; and applauding it's efforts. 

But while Truck Farm is certainly an inspiring film, the growing movement surrounding it is perhaps the most rousing aspect. According to the Truck Farm website, 25 flatbed gardens exist across the country, with an increasing enthusiasm. Cheney continues, “We’ve had kids planting gardens in unusual little places as part of our Truck Farm Garden Contest, as a way to get kids thinking about what it takes to grow food and what goes into growing food.”

Indeed, Truck Farm is not only a motivational film to expand the notion of where food can grow, but also a call for creativity, innovation, and community development.

Read more in Organic Connections.