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4 ways to green up your natural retail store

Natural Foods Merchandiser

by Joel Warner

Switching lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration to newer, more energy-efficient systems are some of the most complicated, expensive sustainability efforts to undertake. However, thanks to cheaper technology, “the payback periods have become very short,” says Mark Fergusson, chief organic officer at Down to Earth Organic and Natural, an all-vegetarian five-store chain in Hawaii. “Many of the payback periods for this work are less than three years, sometimes less than one year.”

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Down to Earth’s Long-Term Goal is to be: All-Organic & GMO-Free

by Mark Fergusson, Chief Organic Officer (CEO/CFO)

As we move towards our long-term goal to be all-organic and GMO-free, we give priority to organic and Non-GMO Project Verified products in our purchasing decisions, and are gradually eliminating products that contain GMOs. Unfortunately, we are unaware of any grocery store in the USA that can claim to be GMO-free, though we are hopeful that one day, many stores, including Down to Earth, will be able to make that claim. Toward this end, we:

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Down to Earth Named Retailer of the Year!

Vitamin Retailer Magazine

by Down to Earth

Down to Earth was named Vitamin Retailer’s 2013 Retailer of the Year! The announcement was the cover story of the August edition. Click here to read the article. Kudos to Carmela Wolf, Wellness Manager at the King St. store, whom the editor said has been a treasure trove of friendly and knowledgeable information during the year. And, of course, our fearless leaders Mark Fergusson, Down to Earth Chief Organic Officer (CEO/CFO) and Cliff Hiller, Down to Earth General Manager.

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2013 Retailer Of The Year: Down To Earth Organic & Natural

Vitamin Retailer Magazine

by Janet Poveromo

Retailer honors healthy people, animals and environment—Hawaiian style.

Inspired by Hawaii’s state motto, “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness” (Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina i ka Pono), the staff at Down to Earth Organic & Natural envisions a Hawaii where all people “cherish the land and live in health and harmony” (E Malama I Ka `Aina, E Ola Pono).

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Down to Earth Named Top 10 “Right-to-Know Grocer”

by Down to Earth

Our GMO Labeling Efforts Are Among Best in Southwest Region, Says Organic Consumers Association.

Down to Earth was named among the Top 10 “Right-to-Know Grocers” in the Southwest Region by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA). Nominations were submitted by customers and friends of Down to Earth. Thanks to all who helped to support us in this campaign!

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Down to Earth Organic & Natural Wins “Hawaii’s Best 2013 People’s Choice Award”

Star Advertiser

For the seventh year in a row, readers of the Star-Advertiser named Down to Earth Organic & Natural “Hawaii’s Best 2013 People’s Choice Award for "Best Health Food Store!" Whole Foods came in 2nd, and Kale’s Natural Foods came in 3rd.

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Down to Earth Kahului Celebrates Grand Re-Opening!

by Down to Earth

We’re Bigger & Better!

This month Down to Earth celebrates the Grand Re-Opening of its Kahului store at 305 Dairy Road on Maui. The event marks the completion of a major renovation and expansion that converted 3,000 square feet of storage space into retail space, for a total of 9,000 square feet.

We more than doubled the size of the chill and frozen department, nearly doubled the size of the bulk food department, greatly improved the deli, and we expanded the wellness, grocery, and produce departments.

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Down to Earth Named Best Health Food Store 7 Years in a Row!

by Down to Earth

Readers of the Star-Advertiser named Down to Earth Organic & Natural the "Best Health Food Store" for the seventh year in a row! The award was one of “Hawaii’s Best 2013 People’s Choice Awards,” which the newspaper announced earlier this month. The Star-Advertiser sponsors the awards every year.

"We are very pleased by the recognition," says Mark Fergusson, Down to Earth Organic Officer (CEO/CFO).

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Mama T on Q103!

Q103 Maui Radio

by Q103

Event Coordinator and Community Outreach Team Leader for Down to Earth, Mama T on Q103, discusses exciting event highlights during a radio spot announcing the #DowntoEarthMaui Kahului's Grand Re-Opening Celebration June 22, 2013!!

Click to listen!

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This Saturday, June 22: Down to Earth Grand Re-Opening

Mauivents: A Maui Time Events Blog

by Marina Satoafaiga

A staple on Dairy Road in Kahului for the last three decades, Down to Earth is inviting the public to celebrate its grand re-opening. Following an extensive renovation that tripled the 3,000-square-foot location to 9,000 square feet, Down to Earth is now better poised than ever to serve Maui’s wellness needs. The improved energy efficient and environmentally friendly store boasts a larger variety of products.