Nene Musik Productions, Llc. Announced The Winner Of The 2018 Best Boutique Artist Management Agency LUX Magazine Award

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United Kingdom's LUXlife Magazine announces Nene Musik Productions, Llc. as the Winner Of The 2018 Best Boutique Artist Management Agency – South East USA

Nene Musik is extremely honored and proud to receive the 2018 Best Boutique Artist Management Agency – South East USA – LUXlife Magazine Award”

— Ruben Dario Martinez (CEO of Nene Musik)

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL, UNITED STATES, October 19, 2018 / — A luxurious lifestyle demands diversified endeavors to divert the attention and entertain guests. Therefore, LUXlife magazine is placing those responsible for these diversions in the spotlight, from those familiar with standing center stage to those more comfortable pointing the light.

Commenting on the success of the awards and their deserving winners, Kaven Cooper, Coordinator, stated: “From the traditional theatre and operas to traveling the globe, hosting galas and events to obtaining the latest gadgets or attending personal improvement courses, it takes a great deal of time and effort, with an immense workforce, to cater to the myriad of interests of those with extensive resources. As such, I am proud to showcase each and every one of my incredible winners and wish them even greater success as they continue their journey in the fast-paced entertainment market.”

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated establishments that have been selected for them, please visit where you can view our winner's supplement and full winners list.

“Nene Musik is extremely honored and proud to receive the 2018 Best Boutique Artist Management Agency – South East USA – LUXlife Magazine Award. We would like to thank all of the Celebrities, DJ’s, Recording Artists, Talent Buyers, Venues, Agents, Managers, Record Labels as well as our clients in Television, Radio, Print and Social Media for making this possible. A special thank you to Hannah Stevenson, Kaven Cooper and the LUX Magazine staff for the Incredible honor” says Ruben Dario Martinez (CEO of Nene Musik).

About LUX Life Magazine:
United Kingdom's LUX Life, is a bimonthly luxury lifestyle magazine that offers subscribers a glimpse into the world of the glamorous. Spanning the highest net worth individuals from around the world, LUX Life readers are a distinct breed. They know what they like and are willing to pay for it. As such, LUX showcases the products, services, attractions, and events that will appeal to them. Some of the world’s most internationally renowned brands, individuals and products are highlighted in LUX magazine so that their esteemed readers will find everything they need to truly live the life they deserve.

About Nene Musik Productions, Llc.:
Nene Musik Productions, Llc. ( was established in 1989. Today, it is a boutique Artist Management and Consulting Agency that services Multi-Platinum Recording Artists, International DJ's and Celebrities. La Bouche, Dennis Rodman, Cascada, Frank Reyes, Milly Quezada and the production team Tune~Adik's are just of few on Nene Musik's client roster. Nene Musik's experience and commitment to excellence have earned them the reputation as one of the best Artist Management / Consulting companies in the World.

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Tasting What a Crock Meal Kit Delivery Service for a Week

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Here's what happens when you try What a Crock Meal Kit Delivery Services for a week!

Americans have embraced the crock pot. And why not? You can make a wholesome meal without a big kitchen mess.”

— Ellen Ganime, Blog Author


I have a confession to make: I love food and I can’t cook. Well, I am good with the microwave but that’s it as far as I’ll go with the appliances in my kitchen.

I love watching pretty much everything on the Food Network, but trying their recipes doesn’t end well. And now there are all these home meal kits and home delivery services, like Plated.

It’s like the universe is telling me to give cooking one more try.

So, I decided to take small steps. I didn’t want to get too deep into the cooking process; I wanted something that has little prep time, has simple recipes and uses quality ingredients – nothing processed or too spicy. I don’t know about you, but I am a wimp when it comes to spicy foods.

I wanted to find an affordable family meal plan, delicious dishes my entire family would like. I didn’t want to go too specialized, like a personal meal plan like Atkins either.

While hunting around online, I learned about all the meal kit delivery programs and the prepared foods you could buy on Amazon. I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing. Then I came across What A Crock.

It’s a meal-kit delivery service that prepares meals to be made in a crockpot. What a cool idea!

As I read more about the company, the more excited I got. They make the meals in their kitchen, so everything is portioned correctly and tested. I was very interested in their portions because I tend to eat too much in one sitting, which makes it harder to lose weight.

You can purchase a meal in one of their stores or purchase online. I looked at their menu and everything looked and sounded delicious. But how would they taste? Could these chef-designed recipes really be made in a crockpot? I decided to take the leap and purchased five dinner meals and a dessert (I couldn’t resist). I told my family what I was doing, and they were skeptical of the idea, not because of the company, but of me actually following directions and cooking (yes, it’s cooking because I am using a crockpot).

Ordering on their website was easy and they had a lot of meal options. I was spared a trip to the grocery store the week I planned the meals. My weekly menu consisted of chicken, beef, sausage, pasta, vegetables and pork – and a brownie. How it works is that you simply dump the meal pouches into the crockpot, set the temperature and go!

Monday – Chicken Pot Pie Stew

I chose this meal because it got me geared up for the cooler temperatures of fall. The ingredients read like a daily harvest of vegetables: carrots, corn, peas, and potatoes. It even came with an herb sauce (one less thing for me to make). The prep time was about five hours and all I had to do was drop it in the crockpot. There was a tip to add Pillsbury dough on top, but I didn’t get around to getting the dough. I worried that the stew would be watery, or like soup, but it wasn’t. It was delicious! I couldn’t believe that it tasted like home cooking. The vegetables weren’t mushy, and the sauce was tangy, not spicy. This is going to be on my “cooking list”! My only issue is that it doesn’t take as long as the other meals to make. It was a good thing I left work early to make this meal.

Tuesday – Sausage Meatballs

Nothing makes a Sunday meal special like meatballs and pasta. The meatballs are made from Maglio’s sausage. Maglio’s has been a staple in Philadelphia (PA) for over 60 years. They specialize in making quality sausage for retail food businesses. The meatballs were a good size and quite juicy. The meal comes with Grandma’s gravy, which adds even more flavor to the meatballs. The pasta completes the meal and is hearty (and saves me another trip to the grocery store). The proportioned ingredients were easily put together too. I was surprised at how this freshly-made meal reminded me of eating our favorite Italian restaurant.

Wednesday – Old Fashioned Pot Roast

I swore I would never make pot roast for my family since I wasn’t a fan of it growing up. But, the image and the description on the website won me over. It comes with a large cut of beef and a vegetable medley. It takes longer than the other meals, but it was worth the wait. The beef was so tender, and the vegetables were delicious – a mix of carrots, onions, celery, and red potatoes. However, my daughter didn’t care for the sauce. And you must make sure the crockpot is filled at least a quarter of the pot or the sauce will burn. I’m not sure if I am putting on “cooking list.”

Thursday – BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

I was very hesitant about making pulled pork in a crock pot. We have a few restaurants near us that make great pulled pork sandwiches. Yet, the pork came out great! It was so easy to pull apart with a fork. It had the ingredients you’d expect with a southern BBQ sauce, including paprika, molasses, and brown sugar. It was sweet and spicy, a good balance. I don’t care for sauces that one or the other. The website has some great recipes for serving the pork. Again, this dish takes a long time to make. So, this and the pot roast would be good for the weekend.

Friday – Mexican Chicken Fiesta

I thought I would end the work week on a festive note. My family has had authentic Mexican cuisine, so this was a no-brainer. You get strips of chicken breast that are cooked in a light chili sauce. Remember, I am not one for spicy food, but I was able to enjoy this sauce. There were green peppers, corn, bean, and onions. Each portion is a two-person meal, so I doubled up. I like having leftovers! I put the chicken and sauce in super-soft flour tortillas. You can also make it as tacos. For a heartier meal, add rice.

Friday Dessert – Vegan Double Chocolate Brownie

I just had to try this! It’s not for the crock pot, but it looked so good. It does have a fudgy-brownie consistency and didn’t have the oily taste as some box brownie mixes have. One bar is pretty big, but I am a die-hard chocoholic and got four bars (don’t judge). I suggest warming a bar up and adding a scoop of vanilla or pumpkin (seasonal) ice cream.

Americans Love their Crock Pots

Americans have embraced the crock pot. And why not? You can make a wholesome meal without a big kitchen mess.

From this experience, I would recommend the meal kit service from What a Crock. Each meal is made from fresh ingredients and there are some meals made with seasonal ingredients (e.g. Pumpkin Pie Perfection).

You’ll receive easy-to-follow recipes that come in the form of recipe cards, which are concise and fun to collect. I loved the fact that my grocery shopping was taken over by these delicious meals, and they made budgeting quick and easy. You can have them delivered to your home with convenient delivery dates when ordering online.

I have to say that the best meal was the Chicken Pot Pie Stew. If you are looking for a different meal plan, check out What a Crock today!

Guest Blog Provided by Ellen Ganime, a freelance writer who loves trying new cuisines and exploring the towns around her home. She lives in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, with her husband and daughter.

More About What a Crock Meals to Go™:

What a Crock began with a simple idea: produce nutritious slow cooker meals that help families save time and money. We have retail locations in Brookhaven, Garnet Valley, Ridley, Chestnut Hill and Quakertown. Make planning dinner easy without bundles. Choose from seafood, pork, chicken, sandwiches, soups, vegetables and more! Call us today at (484) 474-0451 or visit our website to place an order. Don’t forget we have gift cards!

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA

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Introducing the recipe version of wheels on a suitcase – an obvious solution to make life easier

Australian company Easy Read Recipes introduces a "brilliant" new, easier to read and follow recipe format, that even caters for those with ADHD and Dyslexia.

This makes my brain smile!”

— Amanda Savastio, Jersey City, USA

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, October 19, 2018 / — As October is awareness month for both ADHD and Dyslexia, it is the perfect time to discover Easy Read Recipes by Leanne Foreman. This “brilliant” new recipe format has been developed to help all home cooks – including the one in five who have the challenge of ADHD or dyslexia – to create easy, nutritious and delicious dishes.

Most mothers of small children know all about the bewitching hour before dinner, as they try to prepare a nourishing meal while being distracted by tired and hungry children. They may be struggling to read a recipe that has a too-small, hard-to-read font, or is in a format that requires them to continually go back and forth between the ingredients and the method, while trying to stay on track.

That is until Leanne Foreman developed Easy Read Recipes – a recipe format that provides the cook with a low stress process, and the family with nutritious meals.

“The idea for a more logical recipe format began when I became a time poor mother to a son with autism and ADHD, and a daughter with dyslexia," said Leanne, a former Home Economics teacher.
"It became important for me to have quick and easy-to-read recipes to get the dinner on the table in the least amount of time.”

As her children grew to be teenagers, Leanne felt that it was even more important for them to learn to cook for themselves. However, this was problematic when recipe books were so difficult for them to read and follow. To solve this, she decided to use her studies in education, computing and nutrition to refine her recipes in order to help make cooking “real food, real easy”. She developed a now patented recipe formatting method that is used to create her easy to read recipes.

Leanne has incorporated over 25 subtle criteria needed to make her inclusive recipes as easy as possible for as many as possible to read and follow. She figured if it would help her children, it would help all cooks. As a result, she often gets asked, “Why aren’t all recipes written this way?”
Amanda Savastio from Jersey City, U.S.A. commented, “This makes my brain smile!”

So much like the addition of wheels to our suitcases makes travel easier, Leanne Foreman's new recipe format is an obvious solution to make cooking easier.

Leanne Foreman
Easy Read Recipes
+61 490 065 636
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Sweet Potato Market driven by its high content of beta carotene

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NEXIEN BioPharma Inc. Announces Symbol Change to NXEN

Nexien BioPharma's new trading symbol: NXEN

Nexien BioPharma Inc (OTCQB:NEXN)

The new symbol, NXEN, is more reflective of our Corporate name, Nexien BioPharma and our objective of being a global leader in the cannabinoid science and the development of pharmaceuticals”

— Alain Bankier, Interim CEO

DENVER, CO, USA, October 18, 2018 / — Nexien BioPharma Inc. (OTCQB: NXEN) (formerly Intiva BioPharma Inc.) (the "Company") today announced that effective as of October 19, 2018, the Company will trade on the OTC QB under the new stock symbol NXEN.

Commenting on the symbol change, Alain Bankier, the Interim CEO of Nexien stated, “ The new symbol, NXEN, is more reflective of our Corporate name, Nexien BioPharma and our objective of being a global leader in the further evolution of cannabinoid science and the development of Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") compliant pharmaceuticals based on specific cannabinoid molecules.”
About Nexien BioPharma
Nexien BioPharma is a US-based pharmaceutical development company engaged in the formulation, development, and commercialization of cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") pre-clinical and clinical pathways, to address a broad range of medical conditions and disorders.
Nexien BioPharma's drug development strategy consists of:
• The determination of medical conditions and disorders that could potentially benefit from cannabinoid-based formulations;
• Conducting "freedom to operate" investigations on these conditions;
• The preparation of patent applications and the prosecution of such application and/or the licensing of existing patents;
• Identifying the regulatory pathway with the FDA; and
• Proceeding with pre-clinical and clinical development activities in accordance with FDA protocols for submission to obtain approval for the particular product(s).
Current financial disclosure and Real-Time Level 2 quotes for Nexien Biopharma are available at or at

Nexien Disclosure Notice: This press release contains "forward-looking statements. For this purpose, any statements contained herein or which are otherwise made by or on behalf of Nexien BioPharma that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "may," "will," "to," "plan," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "should," "would," "estimate," or "continue," or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties, which may cause results to differ materially from those, set forth in the statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the following: the success of research and development activities and the speed with which regulatory authorizations and product launches may be achieved; government regulation generally; competitive developments; the ability to successfully market products domestically and internationally; difficulties or delays in manufacturing or issues relating to manufacturing capacity; commercial obstacles to the successful introduction of brand products generally; legal defense costs, insurance expenses, settlement costs, and the risk of an adverse decision or settlement relating to product liability, patent protection, governmental investigations, and other legal proceedings; Nexien BioPharma's ability to acquire and protect patents and other intellectual property both domestically and internationally; the absence of certainty regarding the receipt of required regulatory approval or the timing or terms of such approvals; any changes in business, political and economic conditions; business interruption due to events outside of Nexien BioPharma's control.
Readers are cautioned not to place reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are valid only as of the date they were made. Nexien BioPharma undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

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100 Employers, 6,000+ Jobs at the Diversity Job Fair – November 16th, 2018 Amway Center Orlando

Jobs in Orlando Florida

Over 6,000 W-2 Jobs, Career Expert Speakers and Free Professional Head Shots

ORLANDO, FL, UNITED STATES, October 18, 2018 / — Media Contact:
Roger Lear

October 19, 2018 – (Orlando, FL) – This year’s job fair at the Amway Center on November 16, 2018, from 11 pm until 3 pm promises to showcase some of Central Florida’s top employers. The ten-year anniversary of The Florida Blue, Florida Classic Career Expo & Diversity Job Fair will feature over 100 employers and 6,000 open W-2 jobs.
A variety of employers from over 15 sectors (both private and public) will be present. This event will feature jobs in healthcare, hospitality, education, trade skills, engineering, customer service, police, government defense industry and many more.

“So many people ask me how a “diversity” job fair is different from other job fairs?”, said Roger Lear, President of “It’s simple; employers understand that the more diversified their workforce becomes, the more profitable their companies will be. In low Central Florida unemployment, employers have a record number of jobs. Anyone looking for a great job or to changes jobs, this event is a first-class opportunity to showcase your skills directly with employers.”

Top notch companies participating include Amazon, UCF, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, UPS, Hilton Grand, Orange County Government, Regions, Pearson, Home Depot, Mears Destination Service, Harris, Orlando Health and Florida Blue to name a few. Updated information about all job fair related information can be found at

As important as the jobs, the career expo has four world-class career speakers who can help you tackle the job search world. Lisa Maile’s session, “Power Interviewing: Present the Strongest, Most Marketable YOU” is so powerful it will make you realize that your appearance, nonverbal communication, and soft skills when perfected may be more important than many of the skills needed for the job. All sessions take place for FREE at the Amway Center.
“The career speakers are powerful and extremely important.”, said Lear states. “Getting a great job, not just any job is the key, and if you find out you are struggling in your job search, our experts will 100% absolutely help you and give you real solutions to hiring issues”.

The 2018 Florida Blue, Florida Classic Career Expo & Diversity Job Fair on November 16, 2018, is free
to the public and job seekers are urged to sign up today. Free parking at the GEICO Garage sponsored by Hilton Grand and free professional headshots by Mindy Kerr Photography. All job fair information for employers and job seekers can be found at

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Another win in legal battle against gas stations selling Viagra-laced pills

These pills, falsely sold as “all natural,” do not disclose that they contain Viagra. Viagra and similar prescription drugs can cause death or serious injury if taken without a doctor’s supervision.

Rhino-brand pills are dangerous

For the second time in a week, a judge allows lawsuits against Rhino retailers to proceed

Consumers are likely to be misled by representations that the products do not contain chemicals or require a prescription.”

— Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Linfield

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, October 18, 2018 / — Gas station owners who claim they are doing nothing illegal by selling Viagra-laced pills lost another attempt at getting a court to dismiss the lawsuits against them.

A Los Angeles superior court judge on Tuesday said lawsuits should proceed against the gas stations for selling Rhino brand pills, including unlawful sales of prescription drugs, false and misleading advertising, and risks to customers health and safety. The ruling comes after an Oct. 10 ruling by a superior court judge in Santa Monica, who also said lawsuits could proceed against retailers in that city selling Rhino pills.

The lawsuits accuse the defendants of engaging in unfair competition and false advertising by selling falsely-labeled “all natural” and “safe” male enhancement pills that in reality contain the prescription drug sildenafil – the active ingredient in Viagra.

In the latest motion to dismiss, MV Petroleum Corp. and Overland Mobil Mart argued that selling Rhino pills is legal, that they didn’t participate in any false advertising, and that federal laws against false advertising didn’t apply because their stores do not engage in interstate commerce.

Superior Court Judge Michael Linfield disagreed, writing that, first of all, selling undisclosed prescription drugs and representing that the pills require no prescription “is unlawful.” As for the allegations of engaging in false and misleading advertising, he wrote, it is sufficient “that the products are mislabeled at the point of purchase. Consumers are likely to be misled by representations that the products do not contain chemicals or require a prescription.”

As to violating the federal law against unfair competition and false advertising, Linfield ruled that the defendants raised no objections to the lawsuit’s accusation of their being part of a conspiracy with Rhino distributors and manufacturers who operate nationally. “Defendants may be seen as operating on the same level as plaintiffs,” he wrote.

“These rulings make it crystal clear to retailers selling adulterated supplements that they should put an end to their unlawful practices,” said Robert Tauler, a principal at Tauler Smith LLP, in Los Angeles and a nationally-recognized expert in adulterated health supplements and false advertising law. The lawsuit alleges that distributors often assure retailers they are not doing anything illegal and even provide counterfeit FDA documents to convince them. “The law states that if you are disseminating false statements on these products by selling them in your store, you are liable,” Tauler said.

Using Viagra without a doctor’s supervision can result in serious penile injuries (blood clots and amputation, for instance), heart attacks, stroke and vision problems. Men have died after taking Viagra-laced “all natural” erectile dysfunction pills like those identified in the suit.

Tauler represents Houston-based Outlaw Laboratory LP, which makes competing natural products sold in all 50-states that meet strict FDA dietary supplement regulations. Federal law allows competitors to sue retailers for false advertising if products are adulterated. The products named in the lawsuit do not disclose the presence of hidden drugs such as sildenafil, tadalafil and dapoxetine on their labels.

About Tauler Smith LLP
Tauler Smith LLP specializes in high-stakes commercial litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of areas, including business disputes, false advertising, the foreign corrupt practices act, and unfair competition

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solo sciences inc (solo*) Adds Chronic Creek as Charter Member Brand

We are proud to begin presenting the solo*CODE as proof of our commitment to safety and comfort to consumers who are looking for a healthy experience and finding their way to our quality products.”

— Amy Wiser, President, Chronic Creek

BOSTON, MA, USA, October 18, 2018 / — solo sciences inc (solo*) announced today that Chronic Creek of Humboldt County, California (, has become a charter member of solo* and will work with solo* to verify their packaged cannabis products and gain consumer feedback and insights.

Ashesh (Alex) Shah, Founder and CEO of solo*, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Chronic Creek as another prominent charter member brand for solo*. Chronic Creek’s focus on providing a clean, safe, product while also carefully working with those on their farm as well as at the county, state, and lab levels aligns well with our mission at solo* to deliver trust and transparency to consumers. Consumers become loyal to companies like Chronic Creek that have superior vision and controls and deliver a consistent product that they understand. Like other brands that become solo* Members, Chronic Creek is positioned to demonstrate trust to their consumer base through validation of their business practices and product testing, and they will benefit as their products earn and display our proprietary trust mark, the solo*CODE.”

Amy Wiser, President of Chronic Creek, responded: “As soon as we met the team at solo*, we applied to become a charter member. Knowing that Chronic Creek and its products could be vetted by solo* to earn a trust mark conveying our commitment to consumer safety was all it took. We are deeply intentional from farm to consumer, and that means earning, building, and maintaining consumer trust – especially among newcomers who may find dispensaries and the wide array of choices a daunting proposition. Together with solo*, we look forward to providing a healthy experience to all consumers who find their way to our products.”

As more brands and consumers come to rely on solo* to understand or discern the quality and legitimacy of a product, the industry will find it easier to elevate the companies that provide the greatest levels of trust and transparency. Furthermore, increased participation and closing the loop between the product creator and the consumer with a trust mark and mobile application will enable consumers to make increasingly smarter and more reliable purchasing decisions.

About solo sciences inc  
solo sciences inc (“solo*”) is an independent auditor of information and a conduit to collect direct consumer feedback. The Company’s primary mission is to protect consumers by filtering brands and simplifying the purchasing process. By evaluating the business practices and products of participating brands, and allowing those that qualify to become solo* Members, solo* provides consumers with objective, third-party verification of brands and products in a new industry that is still difficult to navigate for many consumers. Founded in December 2017, and with offices in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, the solo* team united people from backgrounds in finance, industry, branding, and medical research to generate a technology that could create trust and transparency in the marketplace.
To learn more, visit  

About Chronic Creek  
Chronic Creek emerged from a belief that the intersection of art and technology delivers magical experiences for consumers. The Chronic Creek team is a leader in bringing the decades long Humboldt County cannabis innovation engine into the burgeoning California cannabis marketplace. Farm manager Heather Keating has a multi-generational link to Humboldt County that dates back to the 19th century. These strong roots enable Chronic Creek to truly understand the mastery of cannabis cultivation that is particular to this region. When combined with the start-up mindset that comes from their team's experience founding many successful technology startups, the result is a unique set of consumer focused cannabis products that deliver quality at unprecedented levels. The family-run company is also a women owned and operated business.
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Can Current Soil Testing Labs Meet Growth in the Organic Farming Industry?

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Organic Price Premiums

Organic Price Premiums

The increasing demand for organic produce is driving the need for more organic produce testing by certified soil testing labs.

If You Ate Today, Thank a Farmer.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, October 18, 2018 / — Once considered a niche product, organic produce sales are on the march. Today’s health-conscious consumers are willing to pay a premium for the perceived quality benefits of organic foods, which are poised to grab additional market share as new industry players, such as Amazon with its acquisition of Whole Foods, enter the retail grocery market. The increasing demand is also driving the need for more organic produce testing by certified soil testing labs — a trend we heard loud and clear at Pittcon 2018.


As the saying goes, “If You Ate Today, Thank a Farmer.”

And indeed, we should. Since World War II, the Agricultural Revolution has spread around the world, allowing farmers to increase their production yields dramatically. Despite predictions to the contrary, modern agriculture is now able to feed a world with 7.6 billion hungry mouths.

But now, more and more consumers, particularly in western countries, are taking a closer look at the food we eat.

Studies show that an increasing number of consumers are considering organic produce purchases. Why? Many consumers now believe that organic produce is a superior, higher quality product.

Overall, American consumers are increasingly concerned. They are worried about the obesity epidemic in children, and the potential impacts of pesticide residues in our food supply. As a result, an increasing number of shoppers are educating themselves about what they eat. From “Eat Local” and “Farm–to–Table” campaigns that promote sustainable agriculture, to new food consumption trends such as “gluten-free” diets, and awareness of “GMO-Free” labeling, consumers are showing an increased awareness about where their food comes from and making new purchasing choices as a result.

Compared to American consumers, European consumers tend to be even more selective in their food consumption preferences. In fact, consumer protests by Europeans (who reject what are perceived of as “lax” American agricultural practices, such as using chlorine to process chicken and the introduction of GMO-based products) are widely credited for scuppering the long-standing TTIP trade negotiations between the US and Europe.

We haven’t seen the last of these controversies. Bayer’s pending acquisition of Monsanto, makers of the pesticide glyphosate (marketed as Roundup®), has reignited the row in Europe over pesticide usage in the food chain. Publicity surrounding the issue may ultimately drive increased preference for organic produce, both in Europe and here at home.


While organic produce sales are way up, there are some constraints on future sales growth that need to be addressed.

The first issue is cost. Organic produce commands a premium price, which is due to a number of factors, including scarcity (organic farm production has not kept up with increasing demand).

While a Journal of Consumer Affairs study indicates that organic food consumers are willing to pay a price premium of 30% over conventional food products, spending additional money on food is not an easy option for disadvantaged/underprivileged households who are struggling to purchase groceries.

Purchasing organic produce is out of reach for lower-income households who must make difficult decisions between paying for medicine, rent, food, and other basic necessities.

The second issue that is limiting the mainstream adoption of organic food products is the issue of “Food Deserts”, which is the term that researchers use to describe neighborhoods (often underprivileged) that do not have green grocery stores nearby.

The food desert issue has become so critical that the Salvation Army is opening its first grocery store, in Baltimore, to address the issue.


Market forces may be at work to solve the twin problems of high cost and limited availability.

“Buy Local” and “Farm-to-Table” campaigns are opening up new distribution channels, as consumers flock to local farmers markets. Consumers are also showing an interest in purchasing monthly allotments of produce (known as “shares”) directly from farmers.

But as romantic as the notion of buying organic produce directly from the farmer may be, it’s small potatoes (pardon the pun) when compared to the impact of Walmart’s grocery sales, which are estimated to account for 33% of US grocery retailing.

In 2006, Walmart began to offer organic produce in its grocery aisles. As the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room, there is no question that Walmart has broadened the distribution of organic produce across the nation. (According to Walmart, this is part of their overall strategy for sustainable agriculture.)

But wait! As of last year, we now have a 1,000-pound gorilla in the grocery retail market. Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods appears to presage increased growth (and possibly lower prices) for Whole Foods’ organic produce moving forward.

Walmart is looking over their shoulder at the Amazon / Whole Foods duo. Meanwhile, the notoriously low-margin grocery retail business continues to see more turmoil, such as the recent bankruptcy restructuring of Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie, which is having to close 94 of its 582 stores.


Despite the jockeying for position among top grocery retailers, the organic produce market seems poised for increased growth.

Brooke Turner
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2018 Top Food and Beverage Franchises Report Released by Franchise Business Review

Top 30 Food Franchises

30 Franchise Brands Recognized for High Franchisee Satisfaction Based on Independent Survey

PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, UNITED STATES, October 18, 2018 / — Franchise Business Review, an independent market research firm that benchmarks franchisee satisfaction, has announced its annual report on the Top Food and Beverage Franchises for 2018.

Thirty franchises were named to the list, including Wendy’s, Kona Ice, Uno Chicago Grill, Haagen-Dazs, Smoothie King, Golden Corral, Captain D’s, and Checkers & Rally’s.

To identify the top food and beverages franchises, Franchise Business Review analyzed 18 months worth of data from approximately 4,300 franchisees representing nearly 100 brands regarding their overall satisfaction with their brands and their likelihood to recommend them to others.

The companies on the list received the highest ratings from their franchisees in Franchise Business Review’s independent satisfaction survey, which covers financial opportunity, training and support, leadership, operations and product development, core values, general satisfaction, and the franchisee community.

“The food and beverage industry is often the first thing people think of when they hear the word ‘franchise’,” says Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “In fact, the food and beverage industry represents over a third of all franchises — but not all franchises are created equally. Franchise Business Review helps potential franchisees find the best food and beverage franchises, as rated by their own franchise owners. The franchises on this year’s list are performing well in areas critical to their franchisees’ success.”

The average annual income reported to Franchise Business Review for franchisees that have been in business longer than two years is $120,000. Nearly a third of food franchisees surveyed have been in business 10 years or more.

The full list of 2018 Top Food and Beverage Franchises is available at:

For more information on this year’s top food and beverage franchises or for additional survey data, please contact

About Franchise Business Review
Franchise Business Review (FBR) is the only independent market research firm that specializes in benchmarking franchisee satisfaction based exclusively on ratings and reviews from franchise owners. FBR publishes free and unbiased franchisee satisfaction research reports throughout the year online at

Sarah Brady
Franchise Business Review
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Source: EIN Presswire