• 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 […]

Legacy Brands Offer Lebron Limited Edition Soda and Doritos Roulette, Tiny ReGrained Offers Dull Giants Insight on How to Innovate

Legacy Brands Offer Lebron Limited Edition Soda and Doritos Roulette, Tiny ReGrained Offers Dull Giants Insight on How to Innovate

It’s rare for this old industry goat to get excited about new products these days.  The CPG innovations are as about as exciting as a self-flushing toilet while many natural/organic brands offer great products that are the grocery equivalent of a Maserati sedan.  You know those oh-so-lovely ice creams that sell for $14 a pint […]

Starbuck's Shuttering of La Boulange stores in SF Bay Area No Surprise

Starbuck’s Shuttering of La Boulange stores in SF Bay Area No Surprise

The $100 million acquisition now looks so clearly what many expected from the start. That the coffee giant cared less about anything La Boulange offered than a brand name and a bit of added cache to the chain’s superbly boring pastries and fresh food.  Today they have a new brand, but the products are as […]

Part 2 of The Original Urban Cheapskate Shops at Whole Foods Brooklyn

Part 2 of The Original Urban Cheapskate Shops at Whole Foods Brooklyn

If you missed the first part of this semi-ongoing series (or should we say, with apologies to Homer, saga, find it here.  Warning:  if you read this over breakfast you might laugh so hard you’ll choke on your locally roasted Ethiopian Amaro Gayo.   I solved the problem of cycling to Whole Foods by going […]

Warwick, New York Black Dirt Region

As Amy’s Kitchen Plans for East Coast Plant Emerge, Farmers There Get Excited

While Amy’s is an exceptional company, when it comes to locating their new plant, the organic frozen foods powerhouse is about as conventional as the bottom line.  Not that’s there’s anything wrong with that but we’re certain more than a few public officials in Santa Rosa, California and Ashland, Oregon were disappointed as it looks […]

Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal by Monsanto Litigants

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal by Monsanto Litigants

The Supreme Court will not review a lower court decision  protecting Monsanto’s right to sue farmers inadvertently found to have crops containing  the company’s GMO  patents.  As noted in the FoodDemocracyNow website, “farmers had sought Court protection under the Declaratory Judgment Act that should they become the innocent victims of contamination by Monsanto’s patented gene-splice technology they could not […]

The Original Urban Cheapskate Meets His Brooklyn Neighbor, Whole Foods Gowanus. Part 1 of A Continuing Tale

  It finally happened.  I patronized the long-in-arriving Whole Foods in Gowanus Brooklyn. WhF-G has been scheduled to open in a lovely location at 3rd Ave and 3rd St right on the edge of the Gowanus Canal Superfund site since before I moved here almost nine years ago, so it was a bit of a surprise […]

San Francisco Green Festival November 9 & 10;  Don't Miss It

San Francisco Green Festival November 9 & 10; Don’t Miss It

There are so many reasons to attend the Green Festival in San Francisco this weekend that we’ll spare you a long read and tell you “for crying out loud just get there.”  Or said another way the recession has our underpaid editorial staff making money elsewhere.  The catering company’s gain is our loss.  Let’s hope […]