February 2013

Readers' priorities for state and federal leaders

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Monday, January 28, 2013

0213 Input 01As the New Year gets into full swing, we asked Oregon Business readers to rank their priorities for state and federal leaders.

 

From the Editor: Indulging in quackery

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Monday, January 28, 2013

0213 EdLetter 01I am not a duck hunter. That much was obvious to anyone who saw me on Sauvie Island one day last November when I accompanied Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear and the subject of this month’s cover story, on a duck hunt.

 

Portland natural foods company grows

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Monday, January 28, 2013

0213 FOB GamePlan NaturalFoodsEighty percent of young adults eat one snack bar per day, the gluten-free category is growing at about 30% a year, and growth in the organic and natural foods market outpaces the food market as a whole. Collectively, these developments are driving rapid growth at Bridgetown Natural Foods.

 
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