Alan Lewis navigates government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 62-year-old health food store chain with over 130 stores in 20 states. Alan is active in several national trade and advocacy organizations, and sits on the board of the Organic and Natural Health Association and is executive editor of Local Food Shift magazine. He is speaker and panelist at many policy events, and presented a 2015 talk at TEDx Boulder. Long a student of political activism, his focus is on communicating with policy makers and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local level using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive. A Colorado native, he has lived in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed an appreciation of ingredient supply chain challenges within different ecological, cultural, political and economic contexts.
July 20, 2017
2:20 PM - 2:35 PM
The relationship between the natural retailer and the supplement maker is what builds a brand and connects consumers to healthier options. But maintaining that relationship in the age of the big box retailer and the Amazon invasion is getting complicated. Alan Lewis has watched that relationship develop and has ideas on how to keep it … Continued