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• The Natural Products Association has given Whole Foods its "2009 Socially Responsible Retailer Award" for “excellence in integrating social responsibility into multiple aspects of business.”

"This award recognizes that our retailers are valued and integral parts of their communities, and that they provide much more than simply a place to purchase natural products," said Natural Product Association President Debra Short. "All the award recipients are serious about being a source of support for their employees and their communities in environmental, social and educational efforts, and the work that Whole Foods Market and its Foundation do are excellent examples of how dedication to local and global action can generate positive results."

Chain Leader has a good piece about a new retail concept bowing in Chicago – Protein Bar, which features meal-replacement shakes that are high in protein and made with milks and fruit. It is designed to look like an upscale hotel bar, and to provide time-constrained patrons with a speedy and healthy low-fat meal option.
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