High Anxiety

With anxious times stressing out even the most chilled consumers, there’s plenty of products on the health store shelves to help them relax. For even the happiest of health store regulars, life can sometimes feel really hard. Relationship problems, a difficult patch at work, or just a busy lifestyle can unexpectedly get the better of […]

February 18, 2013 Continue Reading

Rising stars

More consumers than ever are ditching the sugary cereals in order to feast on natural breakfasts. Natural Products gets an early start to check out the market, writes Matt Chittock Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but could it also change the world? Alara founder Alex Smith, would like to think […]

February 18, 2013 Continue Reading

Take heart

Innovative supplemental approaches and traditional herbal favourites form the heart of this dependable health store sector. Heart-related problems are a big issue here in the industrialised West. In fact, according to the British Heart Foundation, heart and circulatory disease cause a quarter of all deaths in the UK at an estimated cost of £19 billion […]

January 19, 2013 Continue Reading

Free-from desire

Find out how your store can set food free for health conscious customers Once upon a time health store brands were judged for the quality and provenance of the ingredients that went into each product. But today, as the UK free-from market booms, consumers are more focused about what’s being left out. According to market […]

January 19, 2013 Continue Reading


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January 10, 2013 Continue Reading

Cold comfort

Come in from the cold and heat up in-store for a homely selection of winter treats to warm your customers’ cockles. As the temperature goes down and the thermostat goes up, it’s time to push aside the salads of our (short-lived) summer and stock something a little more warming in-store. After all – health-conscious shoppers […]

December 19, 2012 Continue Reading

Readers’ digest

Consumers that trust their guts are flocking to find out more about natural approaches to digestive health, says Matt Chittock. Are you sitting uncomfortably? For a growing number of people in the UK, digestive health issues like indigestion, constipation, heartburn and bloating mean they’re most certainly not. Recent research reveals that around 40 per cent […]

December 19, 2012 Continue Reading

Chewing the fat

There’s a wealth of healthy and natural products available for shoppers that want to fight the flab and detox safely The UK is going through a fat phase. According to Government figures an estimated 60.8 per cent of adults and 31.1 per cent of children are overweight and 38 per cent of adults have experienced […]

November 20, 2012 Continue Reading

Cupboard love

A well-selected range of store cupboard ingredients will send all the right signals to your foodie customers, says Jim Manson. Take a pinch of TV chef endorsements, mix in an enthusiasm for all things baking and finally sprinkle with post-recession thriftiness. And there you have it – the perfect recipe for a thriving natural store […]

November 19, 2012 Continue Reading

Chocs away

Jim Manson identifies latest trends in the competitive natural and organic chocolate sector. Enter the words ‘chocolate’ and ‘health’ into the search field of any major newspaper website and you can practically take your pick of the health benefit that appeals to you most. Take the Daily Mail. Among hundreds of chocolate-related headlines it offers: […]

October 20, 2012 Continue Reading

Cold Comfort

Customers coming in with sniffles and shivers? Luckily there’s plenty of relief on offer from the world of natural remedies, writes Matt Chittock. Where should health store shoppers start if they want to beat cold and flu this season? According to leading naturopath Jan De Vries, it’s important to assess lifestyle factors before reaching straight […]

October 20, 2012 Continue Reading

Joint therapy

Matt Chittock investigates the best natural approaches to bone and joint health. According to leading charity Arthritis Care, some 10 million people currently live with arthritis in the UK. In part, this figure is simply a result of people now living longer – but it’s also proof of the way that our joints can simply […]

July 18, 2012 Continue Reading