• GE Salmon Update:Target S…
    • May 31, 2013 5:16 pm
    • As reported in Food Safety News Target is the latest retailer to sign a pledge to not sell genetically engineered salmon.  Th ...
    • Grist’ Story Offers Insig…
    • May 13, 2013 6:43 pm
    • Context is everything.   Half-full or half-empty?  All or nothing?  White or black? New York Mets or New York Yankees?  (Okay ...
    • Monsanto’s Man in the Sen…
    • April 21, 2013 9:43 pm
    • Mother Jones details the previously mysterious Senator who added a rider to unrelated legislation protecting Monsanto and the ...
    • Is Peet’s Coffee A Billio…
    • August 1, 2012 9:27 pm
    • While some  believe Peet's is a sweet billion dollar deal for the German JAB Holdings, NBN has some doubts.  Yet the price fo ...

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New Food Podcast, Cornucopia-The Cult, Culture and Business of Food

New Food Podcast, Cornucopia-The Cult, Culture and Business of Food

Check out Cornucopia – The Cult, Culture and Business of Food, a new podcast with NBN’s Matt Levine and Jeremy Spiro-Winn. Food isn’t just fuel. It’s a part of culture. A ritual we share with others. A unifier. Cornucopia will explore these meanings and myths, the influencers and the influenced. Why people eat this and not […]

Open Letter to Natural Products Expo West Attendees

Open Letter to Natural Products Expo West Attendees

Once again we reprint an NBN classic. ‘Confessions of a Booth Babe’ first appeared in March, 2006. Submitted by An Anonymous Body Care Booth Babe: Dear Retailers and Expo West Attendees, I had the dubious pleasure of working in a booth in the Personal Care Pavilion at Expo West earlier this year. Initially I was […]

Rumors of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated. Cornucopia, Our New Podcast Launches March 10th

If this website was a bear we’ve been hibernating irregularly.  While NBN has been on top of trends our insights and commentary have been directed elsewhere, namely to clients and others that pay the old fashioned way, with checks rather than clicks.  Yet we’ve got some exciting news.  We’ll be launching a new podcast that […]

Congressional Support For Organic Weak; Organic's "Lack of Respect for Traditional Agriculture" Troubling to One Congressman

Congressional Support For Organic Weak; Organic’s “Lack of Respect for Traditional Agriculture” Troubling to One Congressman

A recent story by the Associated Press reported on the growing consumer demand for organic products also detailed the challenges to getting more supportive policies from a USDA and a Congress dominated by the interests of large agriculture. An effort to change current federal law to allow organic farmers to create an organic industry-wide marketing […]

SPINS Study Shows Strong Growth for Natural Retailers Despite Recession

SPINS Study Shows Strong Growth for Natural Retailers Despite Recession

While we’re still fuming from a study by Stanford researchers , news from the market research firm SPINS reminds us once again that consumers often ‘speak’ and think with greater clarity than the increasingly hazy world of  science not to mention what brand managers in Northfield, Illinois, Battle Creek, Michigan and Purchase, New York would like us to […]

Austin Business Journal on Whole Foods' Mackey's Real Message

Austin Business Journal on Whole Foods’ Mackey’s Real Message

Okay its been a busy week and the weekend is here, but before you start blathering your opinions about Whole Foods John Mackey and his blundering book tour at that dinner party tonight, make some time to look at this story in the Austin Business Journal.  Read it and perhaps you’ll understand why we still admire […]

Streisand's I'll Be Home For Ramadan CD to be Promoted by Near East Foods

Streisand’s I’ll Be Home For Ramadan CD to be Promoted by Near East Foods

Quaker Foods Near East brand announced today that the company would be offering free downloads of Barbra Streisand’s soon to be released I’ll Be Home For Ramadan CD.  The announcement came just one week after the noted Semitic Songstress unveiled her new effort. According to the press release Streisand hopes to facilitate a new dialogue […]

Best-Selling Author John Berendt's New York Kitchen

Best-Selling Author John Berendt’s New York Kitchen

Our featured celebrity is the man who made history with his non-fiction masterpiece, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. While best known for his literary blockbuster, the non-fiction Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt began his career as a classic New York City journalist. At Harvard he worked on the […]

CPG Anti GMO Brands Face Boycott

CPG Anti GMO Brands Face Boycott

The Organic Consumers Association is calling for a boycott of  natural/organic brands whose parent companies donated heavily to defeat California’s Proposition 37 that would have required the labeling of GMO ingredients.  We agree.   The culprits include Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen and LaraBar (owned by General Mills), Odwalla and Honest Tea (owned by Coca Cola), […]

Green Cleaning Deal: Ecover Acquires Method

Green Cleaning Deal: Ecover Acquires Method

San Francisco based Method was purchased by Belgium based EU leading green cleaning products manufacturer Ecover on Tuesday.  The combined company will be the largest green cleaning company in the world. Method  transformed the Plain Jane green cleaning category with its trendy packaging and product colors, appealing to everyone from Martha Stewart fans,  climate change deniers […]