Craig Sams imagines the health farms of the future where ‘super healthy’ humans are raised. Until just over a decade ago the missus and I would go to Shrubland Hall Health Clinic up in Suffolk, where we’d enjoy vegetarian food, bracing country walks, massage, pilates and other healthful activities and return refreshed and invigorated. They […]
Here we bring you the thoughts of the natural and organic products industry’s leading commentators and opinion formers.
Let’s seize on Brexit as an opportunity to legalise good nutrition and outlaw bad food, says Patrick Holford.
Organic September is just days away – hopefully to be marked by spectacular organic marketing materials and customers flocking to your stores.
It’s 1967. The Summer of Love. Jimi Hendrix is blaring from the speakers – and Craig Sams is serving up brown rice rissoles to his sensorily-enhanced patrons.
Recently appointed general manager at Coldpress UK, Roger Harrison, gives us his view on the future of the soft drinks industry. On the 26 June 2014 a well-written Public Health England report called Sugar Reduction – Responding To The Challenge was published. In the days that followed the soft drinks industry was branded the Wicked […]
Sales revenue, margin, profit, customers per day, average sales value et cetera are all standard metrics in identifying how well your business is doing. There are however metric aspects which businesses can get completely wrong resulting in poor decisions. The key objective of most advertising and promotion campaigns is clearly to increase business. To measure […]
“If you want to know what happens when a country leaves the European Union, you might as well ask the Inuit.” That was the BBC’s Brian Milligan being simultaneously flippant and factual last month (factual, because Greenland is the only other country ever to have left the EU – or the EEC as it was […]
Is it time we stopped blaming all grains and acknowledge that they have been part of humanity’s evolution for the last million years? asks Patrick Holford There’s a big trend among the health conscious for gluten-free foods and blaming grains, which provide two thirds of humanity’s calories, for the epidemic of obesity and diabetes. Banting […]
Efforts to reform the organic industry may already have been overtaken by events, says Simon Wright Craig Sams’s column is always the first thing I read in Natural Products magazine, and this months piece on certification was typically thought-provoking. Having been fully immersed in the labyrinthine world of ethical certification for (golly) three decades […]
How can we free organic from its self-imposed bureaucratic box? We could always ask Brussels to privatize us, says Craig Sams Q. What do Slow Food, LEAF, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Cosmos, Marine Stewardship Council, Red Tractor, Vegan, Vegetarian, Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and Woodmark all have in common? A. They all operate trusted authentication symbols that are […]
Here, nutritional therapist Katie Clare takes a look at the often controversial subject of detoxification.
Nelsons’ director of regulatory affairs Steve Mann looks at the possible outcomes of the EU Referendum and what they may mean for the health industry.
Is moringa the ‘superfood of superfoods’? asks Patrick Holford The hottest new superfood is Moringaoleifera, a leafy bush, that is an incredibly rich source of nutrients, antioxidants and polyphenols. It has anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting and anti-cancer properties and helps reduce everything you would want to protect against cancer and diabetes, as well as boosting sexual activity […]
John Silvestro has some tips on how to show your customers how premium can be affordable Every retailer wants to sell premium brands as they offer higher benefits and value. The saying “you get what you pay for“ usually rings true. The problem is that whilst educated consumers understand different levels of brand values, uninitiated […]
As the nation ponders the Brexit question, Craig Sams reflects on the EU’s inglorious record on food and health I was around when we joined the EU in 1973. What was the impact on food and health? Here’s my summation of the good, the bad and the ugly – well the last two anyway. The […]
Despite reports of growing losses at Tesco-owned NutriCentre and a candid analysis by its recently appointed management team of earlier operational failings, news that the supermarket is to close its specialist health and wellbeing business has shocked the natural products industry (see story). Dismay in our own sector that NutriCentre – once an industry bellwether […]
OK, reversing humanity’s decline took 40 or 50 years longer than we thought. But let’s celebrate it anyway, writes Craig Sams Could this be the Big Lifestyle Turnaround that we’ve been dreaming about and waiting for? Every year for decades there has been an annual increase in new cases of Type 2 diabetes, which correlates […]
The process of making a new cell in your body starts by copying the map of how to build that cell, which is contained in a package of DNA strands called a chromosome. The chromosome divides in two, giving a new set of instructions to the new cell. At the end of the chromosome is […]
Craig Sams celebrates the role of the natural food industry in helping to nourish refugees in Calais camps In 1911 Karim Aboud Saba faced a dilemma – stay at home in his Christian hillside village in Syria or go to an uncertain future in America? He had a wife and 2 kids. The Turks were […]
As John Lewis Partnership and Marks and Spencer Christmas sales figures are announced I am reminded of how even large retailers can misinterpret the concept of value. JLP department store Christmas period sales were 5% up whilst M&S report a 5.8% sales decline in general merchandise. There are many factors for this comparative variance, however […]