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Articles from 2013 In August

Natural retail news: Locally focused in Connecticut

Local in Connecticut and food service in New Mexico

From the opening of a locally focused store to an expansion to add food service, here are a couple of natural retail stories that caught our attention this week.1. First is Wilton, Conn.'s Mrs. Green's Natural Market. The first story below tells more about the market. The second links to a nice slide show of the store.Wilton Welcomes Mrs. Green’s Natural Market August 30, 2013 · The Norwalk Daily Voice · Mrs. Green's Natural Market in will Wilton boasts a ...

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NeoCell brand ambassador's book becomes top seller

NeoCell brand ambassador's book becomes top seller

NeoCell congratulates Rachael Pontillo on her new book,Love Your Skin, Love Yourself: Achieve Beauty, Health, and Vitality from the Inside Out and Outside In. The book was the top seller in Amazon's highly-competitive skin care category for several days in its first week and continues to rank at the top of the category.


Pontillo has been a NeoCell brand ambassador for the past year. She is a board-certified holistic health coach, licensed aesthetician, speaker; and health/nutrition/holistic skincare educator with more than 15 years in the health care, skin care and beauty industries. She's the creator and publisher of the popular blog,

In her new book, Pontillo gives readers a variety of ways to get the skin that they've always dreamed of through natural, holistic means. She knows firsthand of the emotional toll that skin problems have on women's psyche, having struggled with severe acne herself.  

"There's plenty of advice out there on how to address skin issues, but this book is different in that it looks at the causes of many common skin problems and gives readers ways to deal with them both physically and emotionally," said Pontillo.  

Her philosophy is similar to that of NeoCell—that beauty starts on the inside, and a key part of achieving a healthier, more beautiful outside begins by providing the body with nutrients that help the body repair itself and fight the effects of aging.  

"Rachael has a great perspective on taking a holistic approach to health, wellness and beauty," said Jessica Mulligan, vice president of sales and marketing at NeoCell. "She offers great advice in this book and provides not only a path to better skin, but also an improved sense of self-worth."

Pontillo uses NeoCell's Super Collagen Powder, Hyaluronic Acid Blueberry Liquid and Resveratrol.

"My skin was already good, but the combination of these three products working together synergistically has given me great results," said Pontillo.

Pontillo will be appearing on behalf of NeoCell at the upcoming Expo East trade show in Baltimore, signing books and holding seminars.

Love Your Skin, Love Yourself is available through Review copies and interviews are available by emailing For more information on NeoCell, visit


First Bite: Non-dairy and delicious ice cream?

Can this new non-dairy ice cream from Steve's truly deliver? I put it to the test in this week's episode of First Bite.

First thoughts: Unbelievable! This is dairy free? Amazingly creamy and decadent—possibly the best texture of any dairy-free ice cream I've come across. What non-dairy milk is used?  Ahhh … organic coconut cream. Robust coffee cinnamon flavor masks the coconut.  This will be a new staple in my house.

Yay! Tastes like a true indulgence, not a poor facsimile of the real deal. Love the not-too-sweet coffee flavor, and use of organic ingredients.

Nay!  If only it was distributed nationally. Steve, when you coming to Colorado?

Overall rating: 5 bites

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New Seasons Market opens 13th store

Portland, Ore.-based News Seasons Market, a Certified B Corporation that focuses on local, opened its 13th store this week at 3445 N. Williams Ave.

Community highlights of the new 30,000-square-foot location, according to a New Seasons Market press release, include:

  • Filling 162 living-wage jobs
  • Using excess heat from the store to warm a future mixed-use building being developed nearby in Portland's first eco-district
  • Stocking of thousands of locally sourced or inspired products, including Sinner's Sausage, a new German-style sausage made to honor the late John Sinner, a butcher and sausage maker who once had a grocery store on the site of this new location
  • Expanding operating hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. to meet the needs of an adjacent hospital community
  • Offering even more New Seasons Market private label products produced in partnership with local kitchens and food producers

Among additional features:

  • A tandoor clay oven
  • An EVO Grill
  • Full-service butcher and seafood department
  • A cut-to-order cheese counter
  • Four local wine and beer taps for filling reusable growlers
  • A 16-foot raw-food aisle
  • Additional gluten-free offerings

“Each one of our stores is distinct and reflects the character and needs of the community,” Bill McGee, New Seasons’ Williams store manager said in a press release. “We set out to create a welcoming and fun shopping experience offering lots of choices for everyone. We’re sincere when we say we strive to be the ultimate neighborhood grocery store.”

New Seasons has three more stores in development.

Photos by Miles Sanguinetti

Soup's on! Campbell sales jump 13%

Soup's on! Campbell sales jump 13%

Campbell Soup Co. reported its results for the fourth-quarter and full-year of fiscal 2013.

  • Fourth-quarter sales increased 13 percent
  • Fourth-quarter U.S. Simple Meals organic sales rose 4 percent, fueled by U.S. soup
  • Fourth-quarter Global Baking and Snacking organic sales gained 5 percent
  • Fourth-quarter adjusted net earnings per share increased 10 percent to $0.45
  • Full-year adjusted net earnings per share increased 8 percent to $2.64
  • European Simple Meals business reported as a discontinued operation
  • Campbell provides fiscal 2014 guidance for continuing operations growth of 5 to 6 percent in sales, 5 to 7 percent in adjusted EBIT and 3 to 5 percent in adjusted EPS

Denise Morrison, Campbell’s president and CEO, said, “Campbell made solid progress in fiscal 2013 as we executed our dual mandate to strengthen our core business and expand into higher-growth spaces. Our full-year sales and adjusted EBIT growth were consistent with our most recent fiscal 2013 guidance, and our EPS growth exceeded that guidance.

“The centerpiece of our progress in strengthening our core business was the performance of U.S. Soup, which delivered 5 percent sales growth for the year by optimizing all the drivers of demand and accelerating consumer-focused innovation. In our Pepperidge Farm business, we delivered continued growth in Goldfish crackers, revitalized the cookies business and expanded our share in fresh bakery. We also faced some challenges this year and are taking actions to fix our underperforming U.S. Beverages and North America Foodservice businesses.”

Morrison continued, “We made tangible progress on the second part of our dual mandate to expand into higher-growth spaces by driving breakthrough innovation and accelerating external development. In fiscal 2013, we launched many new products, including Campbell’s Skillet Sauces and Campbell’s Go Soups to reach new consumers, such as millennials.

“We also added a trio of growth engines through our acquisitions of Bolthouse Farms, Plum Organics and the Kelsen Group. These acquisitions have combined annualized sales of approximately $1 billion and give us exciting new brand platforms to create value and attract new consumers. Bolthouse Farms, which delivered strong results in fiscal 2013, is a leader in the fast-growing packaged fresh foods category. Plum Organics is the number-two brand in the fast-growing premium organic baby food segment. The addition of Kelsen, a leading producer of premium butter cookies, gives us a position in baked snacks in China and Hong Kong. We also entered strategic alliances in Mexico to expand our access to manufacturing and distribution capabilities in this important market.

“As previously announced, we are in final and exclusive negotiations for the potential sale of our simple meals business in Europe, which includes brands such as Liebig in France, Erasco in Germany, Blå Band in Sweden and Devos Lemmons and Royco in Belgium. This potential transaction reflects a strategic choice. Across our company, we are focusing our investments, resources and talent on iconic brands that we believe we can grow around the world.

“Together, the actions under our dual mandate are reshaping our brand portfolio and shifting our center of gravity for a greater growth trajectory in the long term.”

Morrison concluded, “Looking ahead, we expect continued growth in our U.S. Soup and Pepperidge Farms businesses. We remain focused on increasing sales from faster-growing segments in North America; driving innovation with the launch of more than 200 new products; expanding availability in multiple channels; expanding our packaged fresh offerings; and accelerating growth in markets like China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Mexico. I’m excited about our direction and our progress. We have more work to do, but it’s undeniable that Campbell has come far in the last two years.”

Background on the presentation of results
On Aug. 12, 2013, the company announced the potential sale of its European simple meals business. This business, which was previously included in the International Simple Meals and Beverages segment, is now reported as a discontinued operation. Fourth-quarter results from discontinued operations reflect a non-cash impairment to reduce the carrying value of intangible assets, as well as a tax charge that is related to the potential sale.

Following a summary of total company net earnings and net earnings per share results, this news release separately presents the results of continuing operations and discontinued operations. We also present combined sales and adjusted EBIT of continuing operations and discontinued operations for ease of comparison to the company’s most recent fiscal 2013 sales and earnings guidance. A review of segment results from continuing operations for the fourth quarter and fiscal year is also provided.

Summary of total company net earnings and net earnings per share
In aggregate, the company reported a net loss for the quarter ended July 28, 2013, of $158 million, or $0.50 per share, compared with net earnings of $127 million, or $0.40 per share, in the prior year. Excluding items impacting comparability in both periods, adjusted net earnings increased 9 percent to $142 million compared with $130 million in the prior year’s quarter, and adjusted net earnings per share increased 10 percent to $0.45 compared with $0.41 in the year-ago quarter. A detailed reconciliation of the reported financial information to the adjusted information is included at the end of this news release.

Net earnings for the fiscal year were $458 million, or $1.44 per share, compared with $774 million, or $2.41 per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding items impacting comparability, adjusted net earnings increased 7 percent to $836 million, and adjusted net earnings per share increased 8 percent to $2.64 compared with $2.44 in the prior year.



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Seafood by the seashore tour

Seafood by the seashore tour

As the nation’s blue crab production leader, the crustacean sits at the hub of Maryland’s economic and biologic ecosystems, and occupies a big piece of the region’s history.

Get a firsthand look at the inner workings during the Natural Products Expo East Sutainable Seafood Tour on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Here’s a sneak peek at some of what you’ll see and learn at one facility, The J.M. Clayton Co.

The World’s Oldest Crab House

Established in 1890, The J.M. Clayton Co. is the oldest known crab house in the world. Captain John Morgan Clayton opened the seafood processing facility in Dorchester County, Md., and, at the time, it focused on oyster shucking and packing. Today, the business processes only crabs and is now run by fourth-generation Clayton family members—brothers Joe, Jack and Bill Brooks. Clay Brooks, a member of the fifth generation, also works in the family business.

Now located in Cambridge, Md., J.M. Clayton annually packs 600,000 to 700,000 pounds of crab meat, which it sells to wholesalers, distributors, restaurants and chain stores across the United States. That’s a lot of crabs!

If you happen to take the tour when boats are pulling in, you will see some of the watermen who sell their catch to the company. “The boats pull literally right up to their door [at Clayton’s], and they offload the crabs right from the boats,” says tour leader Steve Vilnit, director of fisheries marketing for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Vilnit and one of the Brooks brothers will tell visitors everything they’ve ever wanted to know about Maryland blue crabs. Then, the tour groups will follow the crabs through their entire processing—from steaming to picking to packing. “[People] have no clue how much work goes into getting 1 pound of crabmeat,” says Vilnit.

Seeing the crab meat being picked is a tour highlight. “There are 90 women sitting shoulder to shoulder at these long tables picking crabs. It’s just an impressive sight,” says Vilnit. “There are hundreds and hundreds of crabs piled up in front of everybody. Some can pick a crab every 8 seconds. It’s an amazing sight to see, even if you’re from around here.”

You’ll even get to taste some crabmeat at the end of the tour. If you want to learn or see more, be sure to take the Expo East Sustainable Seafood Tour.

Environmental impact

How does a facility like The J.M. Clayton Co. impact the environment? Vilnit says the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has strict guidelines about what percentage of crabs can be taken out of the Chesapeake Bay each crabbing season based upon a winter dredge survey it conducts. “So regardless if the demand [for crabs] goes through the roof or not, J.M. Clayton and the watermen can only take a certain amount of crabs out of the water,” says Vilnit. “So we don’t have to worry about the demand getting so high that the crabs are going to be overharvested.”

In addition, the department ensures that watermen use only two gear types (which you’ll learn about on the tour) to catch the crabs with zero impact to the fishery—meaning that there’s no bycatch (unintentional catching of fish or other sealife).

Economic impact

Vilnit says that processing facilities such as J.M. Clayton are economically important to everyone from their direct employees to the 5,500 watermen who make their livings harvesting crabs every day during the crabbing season, which lasts from April 1 through mid-December.

Many others benefit as well, including those who make the boats the watermen use, those who maintain them (and they often require a lot of maintenance), and those who provide the bait. Often, watermen pay high school students to bait their lines, so they benefit, too. Some of the crabbers employ another two or three people on their boats to help them harvest the catch. Even the people who build the crab pots profit.

The facility also benefits other countries because many of the crab pickers are immigrant workers. Vilnit says they come from Mexico and Nicaragua to work during the crab season.

The economic effects keep rippling out and include countless others as well.

Besides its environmental and economic impacts, there’s one other crucial reason that The J.M. Clayton Company is so significant.

“This facility is important because it’s one of the last remaining,” says Vilnit. “We’re down to just 22 processors left from hundreds that were here at the turn of the last century … This is the history and tradition of the Chesapeake Bay.”

Take the tour

Join New Hope Natural Media and Steve Vilnit, Maryland Department of Natural Resources fisheries marketing director, for a day of learning about sustainable fishing, processing and buying.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Cost, including lunch, is $75.

Space is limited.

Registered attendees should meet at the check-in desk in the Charles Street Lobby 15 minutes before departure time. View pictures from last year’s tour and get more tour information at



Coldstream Naturals launches organic oral care

Coldstream Naturals launches organic oral care

In response to increased customer demand for products that provide cleaner labels for health-conscious consumers, Coldstream Naturals Inc. introduces four new U.S. Department of Agriculture certified organic and GMO-free oral care products, making it the only marketer of certified organic oral care products in the U.S.

Consumers of organic products can benefit from higher nutrient levels and by reducing the toxic burden on the body, and a growing number of retailers are seeking products that will enable them to offer consumers cleaner ingredients for oral care solutions.  

“Our USDA organic certification enables us to help like-minded retailers deliver such products to an increasingly health savvy public, and is already proving to be a valuable component of our business,” says Coldstream Naturals’ president, Bob Zahradnik.

Coldstream Naturals’ certified organic tooth creams and mouthwashes feature Citrozine®, a proprietary blend of natural fruit bioflavonoids, which are known to help maintain good oral health by neutralizing oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Both formulas safely cleanse and protect teeth and gums while helping to soothe gum tissue.

The tooth cream is a low foaming, fluoride-free, low abrasive formula with mild, natural polishers. The mouthwash is a gentle formula with no bite, burn or bitterness, which can encourage longer rinsing times for more effective results. Additionally, these awesome-tasting products are available in two flavors, peppermint and cinnamon, and offer an innovative option for those with sensitive teeth, cosmetic restorations or those experiencing dry mouth.

Coldstream Naturals’ products do not contain unnecessary ingredients, such as synthetic foaming agents, silica, titanium dioxide, bleaching agents, alcohol or harsh, processed chemicals. They are free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners, and are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



The blood pressure, breast cancer connection

The blood pressure, breast cancer connection

More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3 percent) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years old and almost three quarters (71.8 percent) of all American blacks in the same age group. High BP is a major risk factor for a heart attack or stroke. In fact, it is generally regarded as the most significant risk factor for a stroke.

Drugs to lower blood pressure are among the most commonly prescribed medicines in the U.S. More than 678 million blood pressure prescriptions were filled in 2010. All of the current classes of blood pressure lowering drugs possess significant side effects. A new study indicates that women taking blood pressure lowering drugs called calcium-channel blockers, like Norvasc (amlodipine) for 10 years or more had a 2.5 times higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who never took the medicine or who used other blood pressure treatments.

According to the National Cancer Institute more than 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year, and more than 39,600 will die of the disease. It is a sad fact that many of these women may have been the victims of the cancer being caused by taking a calcium channel blocker.

Background information

Each year about 100 million prescriptions are filled for calcium-channel blockers. Calcium-channel blockers lower blood pressure by preventing calcium from entering cells thereby relaxing blood vessels. Since calcium is required in the function of nerve transmission and muscle contraction, the effect of blocking the calcium channel is to slow down nerve conduction and inhibit the contraction of the muscle. In the heart and vascular system, this action results in reducing the rate and force of contraction, relaxing the arteries, and slowing the nerve impulses in the heart. Although calcium channel blockers have been shown to lower the risk of stroke, they have also been shown to produce an increased risk for heart attacks.

Although much better tolerated than beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics – other popular drug categories for high blood pressure – calcium channel blockers still produce some mild side effects including constipation, allergic reactions, fluid retention, dizziness, headache, fatigue and impotence (about 20 percent of users). More serious side effects include disturbances of heart rate or function, heart failure and angina.

Examples of calcium-channel blockers include:

  • amlodipine (Norvasc)
  • diltiazem (Cardizem CD, Cartia, Dilacor Xr, Diltia Xt, Tiazac)
  • felodipine (Plendil)
  • lacidipine (Motens)
  • lercanidipine (Zanidip)
  • nicardipine (Cardene, Carden SR)
  • nifedipine (Adalat CC, Procardia XL)
  • nimodipine (Nimotop)
  • nisoldipine (Sular)
  • nitrendipine (Cardif, Nitrepin)
  • verapamil (Calan, Covera-Hs, Isoptin, Verelan)

New data

Previous studies have indicated that blood pressure lowering drugs may increase the risk for certain cancers. To evaluate associations between use of various classes of blood pressure medications and risks of invasive ductal and invasive lobular breast cancers among postmenopausal women, a study was conducted in the Seattle-Puget Sound metropolitan area. Participants were women aged 55 to 74 years, 880 of them with invasive ductal breast cancer, 1027 with invasive lobular breast cancer, and 856 with no cancer serving as controls.

Results demonstrated that use of calcium-channel blockers for 10 or more years was associated with significantly higher risks of both ductal breast cancer and lobular breast cancer. This relationship did not vary appreciably by type of calcium-channel blocker used. In contrast, use of diuretics, beta-blockers, and ACE inhibitors were not associated with risk of breast cancer.

The relative risk for developing breast cancer was 2.5 times (250 percent) greater among users of calcium channel blocking drugs.


These results provide a significant cause of concern and underline the importance of using alternative therapies for blood pressure control in women, preferably non-drug therapies.

All of the current classes of blood pressure lowering drugs possess significant side effects. Every effort should be made to control blood pressure through diet, lifestyle modification, and the proper use of natural products.

For my specific recommendations to lower blood pressure naturally, see the article on High Blood Pressure in my Health Conditions section.

Dr. Murray is one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. His research into the health benefits of proper nutrition is the foundation for a best-selling line of dietary supplements from Natural Factors, where he is Director of Product Development. He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.


Li CI, Daling JR, Tang MT, et al. Use of Antihypertensive Medications and Breast Cancer Risk Among Women Aged 55 to 74 Years. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Aug 5. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9071.

Gaspari Nutrition shows off new look

Gaspari Nutrition shows off new look

Gaspari Nutrition, a globally distributed sport nutrition company, presented at this year’s Vitamin Shoppe Conference in Lanham, Md., to great acclaim. Gaspari showcased GlycoFuse—Rapid Performance and Recovery Supercarb in Watermelon flavor, which is an exclusive to Vitamin Shoppe. The company also featured the Vitamin Shoppe–exclusive Watermelon Superdrive—Pre-Training Energy Superfuel. Rich Gaspari was there to represent his brand, meeting store managers and owners throughout the weekend. Rich and his team had their own session with Vitamin Shoppe representatives to discuss the product line and review the innovations planned for 2014.

”Vitamin Shoppe is a valuable partner and it’s always great to get all the managers in one place to hear their feedback and get their insights. Our collaborative efforts have helped both of our brands prosper so we’re excited for 2014” said CEO Rich Gaspari.

Gaspari Nutrition products are prevalent in Vitamin Shoppe stores throughout the country. For the past decade Gaspari Nutrition has seen tremendous growth in Vitamin Shoppe. Vitamin Shoppe itself is enjoying expansion into Canada as well as in the northwest since acquiring Super Supplements.



Canadean partners with Ingredients Excellence Awards

Canadean partners with Ingredients Excellence Awards

This year Canadean Ingredients is teaming up with the 2013 edition of the Food Ingredients & Natural Ingredients Excellence Awards Programme. The programme recognizes exceptional innovations and talent within the food and beverage industry. This year’s winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, held at FiE on Nov. 19, 2013, in Frankfurt, Germany.

The focus of the health and wellness industry has switched gears as consumers now seek products that prevent illness and provide nutritional value. This move from reactive to proactive purchasing sees consumers seeking functional foods that provide benefits and solutions to the nutritional challenges they currently face or will face in the future.  The new categories, selected by the chairman of judges, Peter Wennström, president of healthy marketing, reflect this current shift in trends. "I wanted to make the judging criteria as representative as possible for the commercial reality in the market today," he said.

The awards are divided into eight categories including: The Most Innovative Food Ingredient Award, Bakery Innovation of the Year, Beverage Innovation of the Year, Sustainability Initiative of the Year and many others. As a partner to this event, Canadean Ingredients will provide the FiE Awards judging panel with ingredient reviews, as well as launch other awards together with sister company Ingredient Insights.  The Ingredient Insights awards will be chosen by the magazines panel and readers and following categories are shortlisted:  Inventors Award, Supply Chain Control Award, Clean Label Award, and Consumer’s recognition award. The winners will be published in collaboration with the FiE Awards event.