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The Seattle Times: Analysts say Costco takes lead as largest organic grocer

BY Antoinette Alexander

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Is Costco the largest organic grocer? It just may be, according to a report by The Seattle Times.

Citing Costco’s earnings call last week, The Seattle Times reported that the retailer’s sales of organic products exceeded $4 billion annually.

When it comes to the organic food industry, that is a huge number and it likely places Costco in the lead. The Seattle Times reported that BMO Capital Markets analysts stated in a research note that the warehouse club is “possibly now already eclipsing” industry leader Whole Foods. BMO Capital Markets estimates that Whole Foods sells roughly $3.6 billion in organic products each year.
 

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New Herr’s snack to aid paralyzed veterans nonprofit

BY DSN STAFF

NOTTINGHAM, Pa. — With a new limited-edition snack from Herr’s, pretzel fans can help support paralyzed veterans. The company announced Wednesday thatwhole grain pretzels with flaxseed and honey would be available through July, with five cents per bag sold going to help the non-profit Paralyzed Veterans of America.
 
“Herr’s is dedicated to supporting our community in any way we can,” Herr Foods president Ed Herr said. “We are proud to partner with Paralyzed Veterans of America, which is instrumental in advocating for veterans and all people with disabilities.”
 
The organization provided assisted over $60,000 paralyzed veterans and their families, and in the past year, opened a branch of their Operation PAVE offices, which work to help veterans find employment outside the armed forces. With the new Herr’s product, some proceeds from the ribbon-shaped snack will help with these efforts.
 
“As a nonprofit organization, every dollar raised on our behalf counts, and makes a difference in the life of a veteran,” PVA national president Al Kovach, Jr. said.  “We thank Herr’s for supporting our mission to ensure that disabled veterans have everything they need to thrive after serious injury.”
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Report: Amazon to offer private label grocery products

BY Dan Berthiaume

SEATTLE – Amazon.com reportedly plans to launch a line of private label grocery products. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon will add items such as milk, cereal, baby food and household cleaners to its Elements private label brand.
 
Currently, Amazon Prime members can purchase Elements baby wipes, and the retailer previously sold Elements diapers, as well. Amazon has recently applied for trademark protection for about two dozen Elements-branded products including coffee, soup, pasta, water, vitamins, dog food and razors.
 
Sources indicate Amazon has had discussions with private label food product manufacturers including Tree House Foods Inc. Amazon declined comment.
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