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Private Equity Firm Takes Control of Organic Avenue, Interview with New Owner

Private Equity Firm Takes Control of Organic Avenue, Interview with New Owner

Organic Avenue, one of the hottest organic concepts in the industry today, just announced that it has sold a controlling interest in the company to minority investor Weld North, a private equity fund founded by former Kaplan, Inc. CEO Jonathan Grayer in partnership with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR).  Financial terms were not disclosed. […]

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Organic Avenue, one of the hottest organic concepts in the industry today, just announced that it has sold a controlling interest in the company to minority investor Weld North, a private equity fund founded by former Kaplan, Inc. CEO Jonathan Grayer in partnership with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR).  Financial terms were not disclosed.

With the deal increasing Weld North’s stake to around 70%, management changes have come as well. Read more »


More Questions Surface About Possible Proposition 37 Fraud

More Questions Surface About Possible Proposition 37 Fraud

Several weeks ago, I wrote about possible Proposition 37 fraud. While I still believe that it will take a near miracle to overturn the November 6th decision, it doesn’t mean that I believe that the voting was completely clean. Furthermore, the final voting results are not over. Yesterday, further questions about possible Proposition 37 fraud […]

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Several weeks ago, I wrote about possible Proposition 37 fraud.

While I still believe that it will take a near miracle to overturn the November 6th decision, it doesn’t mean that I believe that the voting was completely clean. Furthermore, the final voting results are not over.

Yesterday, further questions about possible Proposition 37 fraud surfaced, in regards to “statistical anomolies” and “voting irregularities”.

Below is an email that I received from Dave Murphy at Food Democracy Now! and I thought that I would share it with you.

(Side Note: I know Dave Murphy personally, and both he and his organization are incredibly well-respected in the organic community.)

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While reports of election fraud have circulated on the Internet, at Food Democracy Now! we have been closely monitoring the results as they’ve come in and had not heard any credible reports of possible voting irregularities – until now. Read more »


An Update on the Naked Juice and Kashi Class Action Lawsuits

An Update on the Naked Juice and Kashi Class Action Lawsuits

For those who don’t know, both Naked Juice and Kashi are facing class action lawsuits. Naked Juice is being sued for using GMOs and synthetic substances in its “Non-GMO” and “All-Natural” products. To read more about this case, click HERE. Kashi is being sued for using hazardous substances, including uranium by-products, in its “All-Natural” products. […]

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For those who don’t know, both Naked Juice and Kashi are facing class action lawsuits.

Naked Juice is being sued for using GMOs and synthetic substances in its “Non-GMO” and “All-Natural” products. To read more about this case, click HERE.

Kashi is being sued for using hazardous substances, including uranium by-products, in its “All-Natural” products. To read more about this case, click HERE.

Since a lot of people have been asking for an update on these two cases, I decided to speak with Yve Golan, a lawyer who involved in both the Naked Juice and Kashi class action lawsuits, at the recent Natural Products Expo East trade show in Baltimore. Read more »


Men’s Health Magazine: 125 Best Foods for Men – Really????

Men's Health Magazine: 125 Best Foods for Men - Really????

When I heard that Men’s Health magazine recently came out with its 125 Best Foods for Men, I was very curious to see what they selected. In terms of the process and criteria, the magazine “analyzed more than 1,000 supermarket foods and awarded points for products that are low in calories and high in protein […]

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When I heard that Men’s Health magazine recently came out with its 125 Best Foods for Men, I was very curious to see what they selected.

In terms of the process and criteria, the magazine “analyzed more than 1,000 supermarket foods and awarded points for products that are low in calories and high in protein and fiber, and made with whole ingredients.”

Additionally, “the packaged food for consideration must be nationally available at supermarkets in at least a majority of the 50 U.S. states. Products with limited or online-only availability will not be considered for inclusion.”

Before even taking one look at the list, my initial thoughts were: Read more »

Why Oprah Winfrey Getting into the Organic Food Business is HUGE News

Why Oprah Winfrey Getting into the Organic Food Business is HUGE News

In case you hadn’t heard, Oprah Winfrey appears to be entering into the organic food business and this is massive, massive news. Thanks to the great work of the New York Post, who recently unearthed some filings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, the media mogul has submitted applications for Oprah-branded organic food and […]

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In case you hadn’t heard, Oprah Winfrey appears to be entering into the organic food business and this is massive, massive news.

Thanks to the great work of the New York Post, who recently unearthed some filings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, the media mogul has submitted applications for Oprah-branded organic food and health products under three distinct names: “Oprah’s Organics”, “Oprah’s Harvest” and “Oprah’s Farm”.

Forbes magazine said that the trademark filings cover the following products and services:

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Organic salad dressing; organic sauces; organic beverages; Frozen organic vegetables; organic soups; organic snack dips. Food, beverages, agricultural and catering services. Read more »


Pressed Organic Juice Company BluePrint to be Acquired by Hain Celestial

Pressed Organic Juice Company BluePrint to be Acquired by Hain Celestial

As the demand for pressed organic juice remains insatiable, Hain Celestial decided that it could no longer ignore this tremendous market opportunity. In its Q1 Fiscal Year 2013 press release, Hain Celestial just announced that: “The company had entered into a letter of intent to acquire BluePrint, a recognized leader in juice cleanses and single-serve […]

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As the demand for pressed organic juice remains insatiable, Hain Celestial decided that it could no longer ignore this tremendous market opportunity.

In its Q1 Fiscal Year 2013 press release, Hain Celestial just announced that:

“The company had entered into a letter of intent to acquire BluePrint, a recognized leader in juice cleanses and single-serve raw juices based in New York City.  The acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2012, is expected to be accretive to Hain Celestial’s earnings in fiscal year 2013.  Details of the transaction were not disclosed.”

I have seen no official press release from Hain Celestial about the deal, and I have contacted BluePrint but they have no comment as of now. Read more »


EXCELLENT WATCH: Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg on HBO Talking About Proposition 37 and GMOs

EXCELLENT WATCH: Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg on HBO Talking About Proposition 37 and GMOs

In case you missed it on Friday night, Gary Hirshberg, Co-Founder and Chairman of Stonyfield, was on HBO’s The Bill Maher Show talking about Proposition 37 and GMO-labeling. He gives an excellent recap of exactly what is happening in California, how the opposition is fighting back with tons of false propaganda, and the chaos that […]

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In case you missed it on Friday night, Gary Hirshberg, Co-Founder and Chairman of Stonyfield, was on HBO’s The Bill Maher Show talking about Proposition 37 and GMO-labeling.

He gives an excellent recap of exactly what is happening in California, how the opposition is fighting back with tons of false propaganda, and the chaos that GMOs have created with the tremendous proliferation of superweeds in the U.S.

You’ll love how Bill Maher refers to Monsanto. He doesn’t mince any words at all. Read more »