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Strong markets back NOPE London

Strong markets back NOPE London
Wed, 29/03/17 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


Natural & Organic Products Europe returns to London's ExCeL on 2-3 April. Over 10,000 professional visitors are expected at the UK's largest event covering natural and organic products. Organic, gluten-free, fermented, raw and vegan food products continue to enjoy hig
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Study finds quinoa well tolerated in patients with Celiac Disease

Study finds quinoa well tolerated in patients with Celiac Disease
Thu, 02/02/17 - 19:28
By O.W.N News Network


Adding quinoa to the gluten-free diet of patients with celiac disease is well-tolerated, and does not exacerbate the condition, according to new research published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology in January. Dr. Victor F. Zevallos, from the Department of Gast
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OTB initiatives with Organic Denmark set to boost organic food and drink

OTB initiatives with Organic Denmark set to boost organic food and drink
Wed, 25/01/17 - 10:14
By O.W.N News Network


The Organic Trade Board (OTB), the UK's peak organic industry body, announced in January that in partnership with Organic Denmark, it has been successful in a joint funding application to the EU to promote the Organic food and drink sector. The OTB said that the project
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Mintel’s six key global food and drink trends to continue in 2017

Mintel’s six key global food and drink trends to continue in 2017
Wed, 25/01/17 - 10:10
By O.W.N News Network


Market intelligence agency Mintel announced in November six key trends set to impact the global food and drink market in 2017 – highlighting this will be a year of extremes, from “ancient” products including grains, recipes, practices and traditions to t
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Largest distributor celebrates 40 years

Largest distributor celebrates 40 years
Wed, 25/01/17 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) celebrated its 40-year anniversary in 2016. It also reported first quarter fiscal 2017 results in December with a net sales rise of 9.7 percent to US$2.28 billion compared to US$2.08 billion for the same period last year, boosted by four
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Vegan and catering boost BIOFACH 2017

Vegan and catering boost BIOFACH 2017
Tue, 24/01/17 - 10:12
By O.W.N News Network


The world's leading international trade fair for organic foods BIOFACH returns 15th – 18th February 2017 at the Exhibition Centre in Nuremberg allowing importers, agents, and retailers to meet producers and suppliers and experience the diversity of organic food and
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Clean labels and plant protein drive new gluten-free foods

Clean labels and plant protein drive new gluten-free foods
Tue, 24/01/17 - 07:05
By O.W.N News Network


The gluten-free industry is capitalizing on consumer demand for clean labels, marketer transparency and vegan- & vegetarian-friendly products, confirmed Market research company Packaged Facts in its report, Gluten-Free Foods in the U.S. 6th Edition, launched in Novemb
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Millennial parents driving US organic sales

Millennial parents driving US organic sales
Mon, 12/12/16 - 19:51
By O.W.N News Network


America’s 75 million Millennials are devouring organic and making sure their families are too. Parents in the 18 to 34-year-old age range are now the biggest group of organic buyers in America, helped by their growing awareness and trust of the organic label. Th
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PCC Natural Markets anchor tenant in new Seattle development

PCC Natural Markets anchor tenant in new Seattle development
Thu, 08/12/16 - 22:51
By O.W.N News Network


PCC Natural Markets' Edmonds, Washington storeRetail development company the Velmeir Companies has announced that PCC Natural Markets (PCC) will anchor a proposed new mixed-use development in Washington’s Madison Valley in 2017, PCC’s 12th store. PCC, the Uni
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First 365 by Whole Foods Market New Buying Structure

First 365 by Whole Foods Market New Buying Structure
Thu, 08/12/16 - 22:42
By O.W.N News Network


Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market has opened its first 365 by Whole Foods Market concept on May 25 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. “Designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand by bringing fresh, healthy food to a broader audience wit
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Market Force says Wegmans, Publix America’s favourite grocers

Market Force says Wegmans, Publix America’s favourite grocers
Thu, 08/12/16 - 22:37
By O.W.N News Network


The gluten-free section is part of Wegmans Nature's Marketplace category.Findings from a new large-scale consumer satisfaction study of more than 10,000 consumers conducted by US market researcher Market Force Information (Market Force) revealed that Wegmans is America&rs
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Long wait to close EU organic regulations, Brexit no impact on UK?

Long wait to close EU organic regulations, Brexit no impact on UK?
Mon, 01/08/16 - 09:10
By O.W.N News Network


IFOAM Organics International and IFOAM EU are committed to the next phase of organic developmentNot only is the status of the UK’s organic regulations a hot topic of industry discussion, but on Friday 1 July the Slovak Republic took over the Presidency of the Counci
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Plant, organic ‘fast food’ revolution fuels Hong Kong diners

Plant, organic ‘fast food’ revolution fuels Hong Kong diners
Thu, 14/07/16 - 08:26
By O.W.N News Network


Increasingly, Hong Kong’s consumers are eschewing animal products in favour of plant-based menu options, which a growing number of vegetarian/vegan and organic-food businesses are only too happy to provide, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council said. On the bus
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Resilient Hong Kong reclaims top competitiveness ranking

Resilient Hong Kong reclaims top competitiveness ranking
Thu, 14/07/16 - 08:23
By O.W.N News Network


Not only is Hong Kong a key gateway to mainland China for the food, beverage, cosmetic and a whole range of consumer goods industries, the city has been crowned the world’s most competitive economy, unseating the three-year incumbent United States, according to th
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NOPA Hong Kong show gateway to booming organic & natural market

NOPA Hong Kong show gateway to booming organic & natural market
Thu, 14/07/16 - 08:17
By O.W.N News Network


NOPA 2015 visitor activity. Show visitors are expected to grow strongly this year. Pre-registration is now open for Natural & Organic Products Asia (NOPA), the largest natural and organic products trade show in Asia, which is ready to bring over 1,000 premium natural
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Crossing Borders: Selling cosmetics via China’s growing online sector

Crossing Borders: Selling cosmetics via China’s growing online sector
Thu, 14/07/16 - 07:57
By O.W.N News Network


The Asian countries, and in particular Mainland China, are amongst the most lucrative markets for European consumer goods. Not only does China has a rapidly growing middle class with a correspondingly high income, but Western food and beauty products have gained an excell
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EU and Chile make organic trade deal, Mexico, Colombia next

EU and Chile make organic trade deal, Mexico, Colombia next
Wed, 22/06/16 - 07:16
By O.W.N News Network


South American countries look set to gain more organic equivalency agreements with the EU and the US, after the European Union and Chile concluded negotiations on an agreement on trade in organic products in April 2016. Under the deal, the EU and Chile will mutually re
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Summer Fancy Food Show sold out

Summer Fancy Food Show sold out
Fri, 17/06/16 - 07:00
By O.W.N News Network


The Summer Fancy Food Show returns to the Javits Center in New York on June 26-28, 2016. It is shaping up to be the largest in its 62-year history, with more of the latest specialty foods and beverages to discover than ever before. The sold-out event will feature more
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Biodegradable plastic bags exposed as marine pollutants

Biodegradable plastic bags exposed as marine pollutants
Thu, 16/06/16 - 07:24
By O.W.N News Network


An Australian Senate report in April on the Toxic tide: the threat of marine plastic pollution, found that so-called degradable and biodegradable and plastic shopping bags contain additives that make them disintegrate more quickly than traditional plastics and turn into
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Chemicals of concern found in paper and board food packaging

Chemicals of concern found in paper and board food packaging
Thu, 16/06/16 - 07:20
By O.W.N News Network


The Danish Consumer Council finds fluorocarbons and mineral oils in paper and board packaging in direct contact with food, the Zurich-based Food Packaging Forum reported in March. In an article published on March 18, 2016 the Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals inf
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ULS study says consumers are driving sustainability

ULS study says consumers are driving sustainability
Thu, 16/06/16 - 07:15
By O.W.N News Network


Over the past 20 years, packaging has evolved to more effectively deliver on sustainability requirements, according to the Boulder, Colorado-based ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report, a comprehensive study on packaging efficiency. Besides providing contemporary results, the res
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UK organic market shows continued growth

UK organic market shows continued growth
Wed, 15/06/16 - 07:25
By O.W.N News Network


The Natural & Organic Products Europe held in London April 17-18, confirms a sector showing positive growth in the UK, as revealed by the Soil Association’s 2016 Organic Market Report, launched on 23 February 2016. The UK organic market has experienced steady
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Groupe Casino posts strong sales in Latin America, Brazil

Groupe Casino posts strong sales in Latin America, Brazil
Fri, 20/05/16 - 07:00
By O.W.N News Network


Pao de Acucar supermarketFrench retailer Groupe Casino has reported solid sales growth in France and Latin America for its first quarter 2016 sales to EUR10.807 billion. Latin America food sales were up 8.3% on organic basis with a marked improvement in Brazil (up 5.7% in
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US to ban products containing microbeads and food wrap toxic chemicals

US to ban products containing microbeads and food wrap toxic chemicals
Thu, 25/02/16 - 14:57
By O.W.N News Network


New US legislation aims to ban the tiny pieces of plastic found in soap, toothpaste and body washes, known as microbeads, which pollute waterways and oceans, and spread throughout the food chain. Microbeads, which are typically smaller than a pinhead, are causing signif
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Walmart rolls out Great Value organic brand in Canada

Walmart rolls out Great Value organic brand in Canada
Wed, 24/02/16 - 13:23
By O.W.N News Network


Walmart Canada has put retailers on notice by launching a new line-up of organic products under its Great Value store brand. And in January the company announced it will close 269 stores and warehouse clubs in the US and globally, including 102 of its small-format Walma
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Peru adds Alibaba’s Tmall global shopfront, counterfeit warning

Peru adds Alibaba’s Tmall global shopfront, counterfeit warning
Wed, 24/02/16 - 13:21
By O.W.N News Network


Peru and China signed an initial agreement in China in December that allows Peruvian products to be sold directly to Chinese consumers through e-commerce. The deal enables Peruvian producers to set up stores on Chinese online retailer Tmall Global, the online retail si
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IFOAM calls for stakeholder contributions to Organic 3.0

IFOAM calls for stakeholder contributions to Organic 3.0
Wed, 03/02/16 - 21:59
By O.W.N News Network


IFOAM – Organics International said in a stakeholder consultation in December that Organic 1.0 was started by numerous pioneers who saw the need for a radical change. Organic 2.0 developed starting from the 1980s when the writings and organic agricultural systems
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VIVANESS Congress offers new features

VIVANESS Congress offers new features
Wed, 03/02/16 - 05:29
By O.W.N News Network


From 10 to 13 February 2016, the global organic and natural cosmetics industries will once again be gathering in Nuremberg at VIVANESS the International Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care, celebrating its 10th anniversary. The event runs parallel to BIOFACH and will in
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BIOFACH 2016 brings more opportunities to sustainability

BIOFACH 2016 brings more opportunities to sustainability
Mon, 01/02/16 - 14:12
By O.W.N News Network


With organic sales reaching record figures in many European countries and around the world, the scene is set for another successful BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, and VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care, in N
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7th BIOFACH INDIA and INDIA ORGANIC highlights organic diversity & growth

7th BIOFACH INDIA and INDIA ORGANIC highlights organic diversity & growth
Mon, 01/02/16 - 09:41
By O.W.N News Network


Showcasing the country’s entire organic diversity, BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC concluded its seventh edition successfully and for the second time in Kochi, Kerala. The three-day event from 5-7 November witnessed an overwhelming response from 3,345 t
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VIVANESS revamps trade show concept

VIVANESS revamps trade show concept
Tue, 01/12/15 - 12:53
By O.W.N News Network


Europe’s biggest organic beauty trade show Vivaness is celebrating its first decade next year. Organiser Nürnberg Messe is planning a new layout and exciting programme to commemorate this special edition. A re-design of Hall 7A the Vivaness’ popular exh
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Edible insects and other top trends at Sustainable Food Summit

Edible insects and other top trends at Sustainable Food Summit
Tue, 01/12/15 - 12:00
By O.W.N News Network


As the UN declares 2016 the international year of pulses, the sixth edition of the North American Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco on 20-22 January 2016 will open with a keynote presentation on plant-based proteins. Daniel Imrie-Situnayake, Co-Founder of Tiny
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How Organic Farming can Solve Global Warming

How Organic Farming can Solve Global Warming
Tue, 01/12/15 - 06:37
By O.W.N News Network


Could organic farming solve global warming? For the population of a planet asking serious questions about our survivability, the answer lies just under our feet, in the soil. Craig Sams shared the evidence for this promising declaration during his recent presentation &l
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Scandinavian shows continue expanding

Scandinavian shows continue expanding
Tue, 01/12/15 - 02:03
By O.W.N News Network


MalmöMässan, in Sweden, hosted nearly 4,000 attendees Nov.1-2 for the Nordic Organic Food Fair and Natural Products Scandinavia. The co-located trade shows are now the Nordic regions biggest for natural and organic food and drink, health, beauty, eco-living an
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ICA Sweden reports organic sales boost, climate-neutral target

ICA Sweden reports organic sales boost, climate-neutral target
Tue, 01/12/15 - 01:26
By O.W.N News Network


Sales for Sweden’s largest supermarket group ICA Sweden rose by 3.7% in November 2015 compared with the corresponding month in 2014, while like-for-like (same store) stores increased by 3.1% as organic products continued to help drive sales. November 2015 sales in
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Pinnacle acquires Boulder Brands

Pinnacle acquires Boulder Brands
Tue, 01/12/15 - 01:22
By O.W.N News Network


Two more acquisitions followed a large number of North American mergers and acquisitions involving organic & health groups taking over similar brands in 2015 and conventional food groups moving into organic & health. Pinnacle Foods Inc. and Boulder Brands, Inc. a
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Traditional Chinese medicines “not fit for human consumption”

Traditional Chinese medicines “not fit for human consumption”
Tue, 01/12/15 - 01:20
By O.W.N News Network


Traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs), part of the growing global trend to increased use of herbal and complementary medicines, may lose some of its glow after new Australian research found the products contained traces of pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, stimulants and even
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McCormick unveils its Flavour Forecast for 2016

McCormick unveils its Flavour Forecast for 2016
Tue, 01/12/15 - 01:17
By O.W.N News Network


McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, plans to roll out more organic and natural flavors and become almost entirely organic and non-GMO by 2016. The US-based company, a global leader in spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and flavor products, has unveiled i
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BIOFACH 2016 presents diversity of the organic industry

BIOFACH 2016 presents diversity of the organic industry
Tue, 01/12/15 - 01:15
By O.W.N News Network


From external catering to the organic future, on 10 to 13 February 2016, at the Nuremberg exhibition center, the focus will once again be entirely on the international sector for organic products at the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, BIOFACH 2016. Ove
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FDA calls for comment over use of “Natural” in food labels

FDA calls for comment over use of “Natural” in food labels
Tue, 01/12/15 - 01:10
By O.W.N News Network


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking comments on the use of the term ‘natural’ for the labeling of human food products. The unexpected move by the US regulatory agency comes after many years of avoiding the growing issue and more recently sinc
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Paris Agreement won’t succeed without empowering agro-ecological practices

Paris Agreement won’t succeed without empowering agro-ecological practices
Tue, 01/12/15 - 01:08
By O.W.N News Network


Saturday, December 12 saw 195 countries commit to keeping global warming well below 2°C and the pursuit of efforts to keep it under 1.5°C. The organic movement urges countries to include agro-ecological practices in their policies dealing with climate change to en
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Choices Market bulks up in Vancouver to move to 10 stores

Choices Market bulks up in Vancouver to move to 10 stores
Tue, 01/09/15 - 10:45
By O.W.N News Network


Vancouver and BC’s largest natural and organic grocer Choices Market’s is set to reach 10 stores following the opening of a new store at Glenlyon Parkway at Marine way in Burnaby in July, its 9th store. The local retailer has a new store planned for Abbotsford
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Botanical Council says echinacea preparation effective in early flu cases

Botanical Council says echinacea preparation effective in early flu cases
Tue, 01/09/15 - 07:58
By O.W.N News Network


New clinical research suggests that an herbal medicinal product containing a proprietary combination of a concentrated echinacea herb and root extract is as effective as the conventional antiviral medicine oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) in the early treatment of influenza.
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New CODEX standard for quinoa proposed

New CODEX standard for quinoa proposed
Sun, 30/08/15 - 10:09
By O.W.N News Network


Work on a new globally accepted standard is set to commence for the versatile Andean grain quinoa, which is known for its high nutritional content, after the US and Bolivia gained the go ahead to develop a new international standard, which is expected to take four years
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Ahold, Delhaize merger to tackle US market

Ahold, Delhaize merger to tackle US market
Sun, 30/08/15 - 08:07
By O.W.N News Network


The Netherlands’ major grocer Ahold has agreed to buy Belgian rival Delhaize in a 25 billion-euro ($28 billion) deal that will create Europe’s biggest listed food retailer by market capitalisation and one of the biggest food retailers in the United States, a
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Kroger’s King Soopers launches e-commerce for natural & organic

Kroger’s King Soopers launches e-commerce for natural & organic
Wed, 26/08/15 - 08:39
By O.W.N News Network


Kroger’s King Soopers division has launched in Denver, Colorado in June, a new natural and organic product. It is an e-Commerce shopping service called KingSoopers.com/LiveNaturally, open to King Soopers customers who live in and around the Denver metro area, offe
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More international organics boost Natural Products Scandinavia

More international organics boost Natural Products Scandinavia
Tue, 25/08/15 - 11:49
By O.W.N News Network


Taking place on 1-2 November in Malmö, Sweden, Natural Products Scandinavia will boast exhibiting companies from 27 different countries. Returning pavilions include KRAV (Sweden), Organic Denmark, Menigo (Sweden), Soil Association Certification (UK), Agrarmarkt Aus
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Chia World

Chia World
Tue, 25/08/15 - 10:22
By O.W.N News Network


Introducing a new feature with all news related to chia, the tiny slavia hispanica white and black seed. If you are a chia producer, processor or trader and would like to contribute to CHIA WORLD please contact wbeaumont@organicwellnessnews.com Organic & Wellness N
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E.Leclerc, REWE strategic alliance to develop organics

E.Leclerc, REWE strategic alliance to develop organics
Sat, 15/08/15 - 08:18
By O.W.N News Network


French retailer E.Leclerc and the German REWE Group have decided to establish a strategic alliance expected to be effective in early 2016, announced by the CEOs of the two companies, Michel-Edouard Leclerc and Alain Caparros, in June, 2015. The two companies have agree
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EU organic industry says no to new regulation By OWN News Network

EU organic industry says no to new regulation By OWN News Network
Sun, 02/08/15 - 12:03
By O.W.N News Network


The intense discussions among national Ministers at the May 11 AGRIFISH Council meeting clearly demonstrated how difficult it is to reach agreement on an initial problematic proposal if the sector’s opinion is not appropriately taken into account, said IFOAM EU, t
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Whole Foods Market’s ‘365’ set for 2016

Whole Foods Market’s ‘365’ set for 2016
Sat, 01/08/15 - 12:00
By O.W.N News Network


US wholefoods and organics chain Whole Foods Market, Inc. is going on the offensive to combat the larger chains as organics becomes more mainstream and has announced the name of its new streamlined, value-focused brand as ‘365 by Whole Foods Market’, smaller
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Ancient green matcha is the new trendy beverage

Ancient green matcha is the new trendy beverage
Sat, 27/06/15 - 12:04
By O.W.N News Network


Though matcha is one of this year’s hottest food trends, it has been known for centuries in Japan This year the interest in matcha green tea has been exploding. Though it has been around in Japan for centuries, playing a key role in traditional tea ceremonies, and
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2nd edition of NOPA set to roar

2nd edition of NOPA set to roar
Sat, 27/06/15 - 00:12
By O.W.N News Network


NOP Asia, Hong Kong, 2014The 2nd edition of the fair Natural & Organic Products Asia, to take place in Hall 3DE at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai August 26-28 is set to attract widespread interest. According to show organizers Diversified Co
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Whole Foods Market to launch ‘365’ value concept

Whole Foods Market to launch ‘365’ value concept
Fri, 26/06/15 - 00:08
By O.W.N News Network


hole Foods Market Elmhurst store, Chicago.US wholefoods and organics chain Whole Foods Market, Inc. is going on the offensive as organics becomes more mainstream and has announced the name of its new streamlined, value-focused brand as ‘365 by Whole Foods Market&rsq
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Global spice giant plans more organic brands

Global spice giant plans more organic brands
Fri, 26/06/15 - 00:02
By O.W.N News Network


McCormick consumer products.The leading global supplier of spices, herbs and seasonings to consumer and food manufacturing markets McCormick & Co is looking at more product development in the health and wellness markets such as in organic, natural, and free-from. The
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Canada’s Manitoba Harvest acquired in US$108m deal

Canada’s Manitoba Harvest acquired in US$108m deal
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:57
By O.W.N News Network


Manitoba Harvest productsUS stock exchange listed company Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI) has made an agreement to acquire a stake of around 87% of one of Canada’s major hemp food suppliers, Fresh Hemp Foods Ltd (Manitoba Harvest), for C$132.5 million (US$108 mi
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NOP Asia satisfies growing appetite for natural & organic

NOP Asia satisfies growing appetite for natural & organic
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:42
By O.W.N News Network


The Natural & Organic Products Asia (NOPA2015) trade fair is expanding dramatically this year to help companies satisfy Asia’s growing appetite for organic and natural products. NOPA2015, scheduled from 26 to 28 August 2015 in Hong Kong, is the only trade show o
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Julia Roberts supports Save Our Soils ahead of ‘Celebrating Soil’

Julia Roberts supports Save Our Soils ahead of ‘Celebrating Soil’
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:26
By O.W.N News Network


Julia Roberts, Hollywood star will speak on behalf odf Save Our SoilsBy the time you’ve read this, 9,378 m² of fertile soil has been destroyed. This is the message Julia Roberts is delivering to the world as she becomes the latest in a line of international VIP
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Sprouts Farmers Market hits 200 stores

Sprouts Farmers Market hits 200 stores
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:16
By O.W.N News Network


Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the United States, has announced plans to add eight additional locations to its growing roster of fresh, natural and organic grocery stores to jump over the 200 store barrier. “Each of these stores wil
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Kracklin’ KAMUT: a delicious new organic snack made from roasted KAMUT® grain

Kracklin’ KAMUT: a delicious new organic snack made from roasted KAMUT® grain
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:10
By O.W.N News Network


Bob Quinn, President Kamut International Ltd.Tastebuds tingled at London UK’s annual Natural & Organic Products Europe exhibition last month when one of the many exciting newcomers, a delicious organic snack, made its debut prior to its official launch in the Un
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US and Europe in chocolate tug-of-war

US and Europe in chocolate tug-of-war
Thu, 25/06/15 - 19:03
By O.W.N News Network


The US chocolate confectionery market, the world’s largest, is on track to hit sales of $25 billion in 2019, but is lagging behind Europe in product innovation indicates a report by Mintel. The marketing intelligence company says that while US sales grew 24% during
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Dietitians back flavonoids to help beat colds

Dietitians back flavonoids to help beat colds
Thu, 25/06/15 - 18:29
By O.W.N News Network


Blueberries are foods rich in flavonoidsThe Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) says in research presented at the DAA National Conference in Perth, Western Australia in May that adults are 33% more protected from the common cold (upper respiratory tract infections &
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Superfood Goji berries’ health benefits backed by more studies

Superfood Goji berries’ health benefits backed by more studies
Sun, 24/05/15 - 22:09
By O.W.N News Network


China is known for many ‘superfoods’ such as the Red Date or Jujube, Green Tea, and the Goji berry (or Chinese Wolfberry). For millennia Chinese herbalists have used this small, bright orange-red berry to help eyesight, boost immune function and to promote lon
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BIOFACH China 2015 sets the stage to navigate this giant organic market

BIOFACH China 2015 sets the stage to navigate this giant organic market
Sun, 24/05/15 - 17:58
By O.W.N News Network


Due to the success of last year’s show, the 9th BIOFACH CHINA, gateway to the huge Chinese market, will be held from May 28 to 30, 2015 at the new venue, the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre (SWEECC), located in the heart of the 2010 Shanghai W
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Longer term rewards for natural cosmetic entry into China

Longer term rewards for natural cosmetic entry into China
Sun, 24/05/15
By O.W.N News Network


Many Western brands of natural and organic cosmetics have withdrawn from the Chinese market from 2013, with Weleda, Lavera, Pangea Organic, Logona and Juice Beauty some of the brands that removed their products in protest against animal-testing methods on ethical grounds.
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Vegetarian diet offers lower risk of colorectal cancer

Vegetarian diet offers lower risk of colorectal cancer
Sun, 05/04/15 - 13:23
By O.W.N News Network


People on vegetarian diets that also eat some fish are associated with an overall lower incidence of colorectal cancers and have a much lower risk compared with non-vegetarians, a large U.S. study has found. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine online on March
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Call for organic regulations to support sector, not hamper growth

Call for organic regulations to support sector, not hamper growth
Thu, 05/03/15 - 13:27
By O.W.N News Network


On the opening day of BIOFACH, the world’s leading organic fair on February 11, EU policymakers and organic stakeholders met to discuss the future of the organic regulation at the EU Policy Day organised by IFOAM EU and the fair organizer. Some of the major issues
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Global organics worth US$72bn as strong growth continues

Global organics worth US$72bn as strong growth continues
Thu, 05/03/15 - 13:19
By O.W.N News Network


Industry growth continues with the global organic market valued at $US72 billion, with 43 million hectares of organic agricultural land available worldwide, according to the 2015 edition of the FiBL-IFOAM study, The World of Organic Agriculture. The positive trend of the
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Stories inside the Spring Edition

Stories inside the Spring Edition
Thu, 05/02/15 - 21:28
By O.W.N News Network


The story of Surya Brasil began with a trip to India. Clelia Angelon, the company’s president and founder, traveled to Asia in 1974, where she discovered the wonders of henna based dye colours. She set out to introduce it to the Brazilian market and along the way me
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Crown of Holland builds high profile in sustainable & organic cocoa

Crown of Holland builds high profile in sustainable & organic cocoa
Wed, 04/02/15 - 11:18
By O.W.N News Network


Crown of Holland – Tradin Organic Team at Sial Paris 2014Established since the 1980s, Tradin Organic has entered a totally new chapter with the opening of its new Crown of Holland, boutique organic cocoa processing plant in Amsterdam that has raised its profile glob
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Gluten-free market jumps to almost 70 per cent since 2012

Gluten-free market jumps to almost 70 per cent since 2012
Tue, 03/02/15 - 20:55
By O.W.N News Network


It seems these days, grocery shelves are exploding with gluten-free choices, due in large part to greater awareness of a gluten-free diet as a result of increasing diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities, and the diet’s perceived health benefits.
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New study on Glycemic Index (GI) generates debate

New study on Glycemic Index (GI) generates debate
Tue, 03/02/15 - 20:16
By O.W.N News Network


A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which concluded that people without diabetes or cardiovascular disease don’t need to worry about where a food falls on the glycaemic index (GI) – even if they’re overweight
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PERU leads as top tourism and culinary destination

PERU leads as top tourism and culinary destination
Tue, 03/02/15 - 10:42
By O.W.N News Network


Peru has become a famous tourist destination with unique attractions such as the amazing Machu Picchu ruins and the colonial city of Cuzco in the Andean highlands. People enjoy its stunning sandy beaches along the Pacific coastline and the Amazon rainforest in the north.
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KRAV’s high recognition boosts Swedish organics

KRAV’s high recognition boosts Swedish organics
Tue, 03/02/15 - 10:31
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KRAV label on canned tomatoesStockholm’s most noted restaurants of recent years have one concept in common: Scandinavian culinary tradition in an innovative version, carefully selected raw ingredients and a focus on locally produced organic foods. Nordic cuisine is
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MetaBrand Capital invests in organic beverage maker Runa

MetaBrand Capital invests in organic beverage maker Runa
Mon, 02/02/15 - 18:36
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MetaBrand Capital, a “conscious capital” private equity fund and the new investment pillar of MetaBrand, announced in late 2014 a $5.75 million investment in Brooklyn, NY-based Runa LLC, supporting the growth of the natural, “healthy energy” food a
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EU Policy Day at BIOFACH to discuss proposal for a new organic regulation

EU Policy Day at BIOFACH to discuss proposal for a new organic regulation
Mon, 02/02/15 - 17:21
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On 24 March 2014 the European Commission published its legislative proposal for a new organic regulation complemented by annexes, the impact assessment report and a new European Organic Action Plan. This was the result of a process started in 2012 when the Commission dec
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IFOAM has a new look

IFOAM has a new look
Mon, 02/02/15
By O.W.N News Network


The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM has decided to give its name and corporate logo a refreshing update. In December 2013, we contacted our affiliates to get input on a possible name change for IFOAM. After various brainstorming rounds affi
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Fully renewable Tetra Pak carton a world first

Fully renewable Tetra Pak carton a world first
Sun, 01/02/15 - 12:27
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Finnish dairy producer, Valio, became the first company in the world to sell products to consumers in carton packaging made entirely from plant-based materials. Consumers are able to buy these packages at retail shops in Finland from mid-January. The package, Tetra Rex&r
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New partnership in Australia aids Fairtrade farmers in Indo-Pacific

New partnership in Australia aids Fairtrade farmers in Indo-Pacific
Sun, 01/02/15 - 11:55
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A ground-breaking new $4.5 million partnership between the Australian Government and Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), announced in November, was a first for Fairtrade ANZ and will build support for Fairtrade products in Australia. The partnership will also li
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EU policy day at BioFach: Commission proposal for a new organic regulation

EU policy day at BioFach: Commission proposal for a new organic regulation
Sat, 24/01/15 - 10:13
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Organized by IFOAM EU in cooperation with BioFach, the “Policy Day” will take place on February 11 from 15:00 to 18:00 in the St. Petersburg room at the fairgrounds. Key policy makers and representatives of the organic movement in Europe will gather to discuss
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Casino expands in Middle East, Carrefour improves price positioning

Casino expands in Middle East, Carrefour improves price positioning
Wed, 07/01/15 - 16:37
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The Casino Group has announced it is stepping up its 110-store-strong presence in the North Africa and Middle East regions, which offer major growth potential. The Group is pursuing its expansion in the Middle East by opening a Géant hypermarket in Yas Mall, Abu D
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Sales jump 24% for UNFI, C&S Wholesale Grocers bulk up

Sales jump 24% for UNFI, C&S Wholesale Grocers bulk up
Wed, 07/01/15 - 16:27
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United Natural Foods, Inc. the USA’s leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods reported that first quarter net sales jumped 24.4% to $1.99 billion compared to $1.60 billion for the same period last fiscal year. And hot on the
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Vegan, free-from, new products expand organics at BIOFACH

Vegan, free-from, new products expand organics at BIOFACH
Wed, 07/01/15 - 16:05
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The whole sector meets at BIOFACH 2015, the World’s leading Trade Fair for Organic Food in the Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg from 11–14 February 2015, where the world’s most important innovations in trend and niche markets are presented in one place, whil
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Colombia celebrates 2nd international encounter of organic agriculture

Colombia celebrates 2nd international encounter of organic agriculture
Fri, 17/10/14 - 22:42
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Under the auspices of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce CCB and FEDEORGANICOS, the Colombian federation of organic producers, processors, traders, organizations and end consumers the 2nd Encounter of National & International Organic Agriculture took place in Bogota, June
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Guayapi included “50 years, 50 chefs” at Sial Paris

Guayapi included “50 years, 50 chefs” at Sial Paris
Sun, 05/10/14 - 18:09
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Sial Paris, the second largest international food event returns to celebrate its 50th anniversary October 19-23 at Villepinte, Paris. This year, the theme of the exhibition is “50 years, 50 chefs“, where Sial will offer a gift basket with 15 carefully selected
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Sierra & Selva launches instant Chia Cool

Sierra & Selva launches instant Chia Cool
Thu, 02/10/14 - 13:08
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Organic Sierra & Selva, the main Peruvian exporter of Andean grains is launching in the domestic market ”Instant Chia Cool” drink this season. Recognized as the most innovative product at the 6th Expoalimentaria fair in Lima, “Instant Chia Cool&rdqu
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Global snack food sales reach $374 billion

Global snack food sales reach $374 billion
Thu, 02/10/14 - 08:59
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According to a new Nielsen global report global consumers spent $374 billion (retail sales data adjusted for inflation), on snack foods between 2013 and 2014, a year-over-year increase of 2%. The fastest-growing snack categories according to Nielsen retail sales informat
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Expect new consumer profiles says the 2015 NEXT Forecast

Expect new consumer profiles says the 2015 NEXT Forecast
Thu, 02/10/14
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The natural products industry will see new consumer profiles jumping on the healthy lifestyles bandwagon, demanding organic foods and sustainable products, a finding of the NEXT Accelerator, developed by New Hope Natural Media, organizers of the Natural Products Expo West
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SIAL: 50th anniversary

SIAL: 50th anniversary
Wed, 01/10/14 - 23:00
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According to Nicolas Trentesaux, director of SIAL Group, the key (and universal) element that is sure to be highlighted is: pleasure! “Because there is no doubt that, wherever you are in the world, food is still one of life’s small pleasures… 150,000 in
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Camexpo UK previews exhibitor show highlights

Camexpo UK previews exhibitor show highlights
Wed, 01/10/14 - 15:58
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London’s Olympia will host October 4-5 the largest gathering of complementary practitioners, Therapists, CAM students and health care professionals of the year, at camexpo – the UK’s leading integrative and natural health show and conference. Now in its
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South American foods tap ancient flavors for beverage success

South American foods tap ancient flavors for beverage success
Wed, 25/06/14 - 23:14
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According to market researcher Packaged Facts, South American vegetables, grains and seeds are helping innovators tap ancient, global flavours for beverage success. In recent years, the beverages industry has been transformed by the innovation of once routine thirst-appea
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Natural Products Scandinavia builds on 2013 success

Natural Products Scandinavia builds on 2013 success
Wed, 25/06/14 - 21:33
By O.W.N News Network


Natural Products Scandinavia, the Nordic region’s only dedicated trade show for the natural health, nutrition, beauty, and self-care market, returns to Malmo, Sweden on the 26-27 October 2014 for a third year. Co-located with the Nordic Organic Food Fair, the venue
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18th IFOAM Organic World Congress set for Turkey

18th IFOAM Organic World Congress set for Turkey
Wed, 25/06/14 - 21:31
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The 18th edition of the IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC) is taking place from 13 -15 October 2014 in Istanbul. Following the OWC, the IFOAM General Assembly will take place on October 16 & 17, 2014. Registration is still open for this unique opportunity to meet wit
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IBD and NATRUE harmonize organic & natural cosmetic standards

IBD and NATRUE harmonize organic & natural cosmetic standards
Wed, 25/06/14 - 21:30
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Brazil’s largest certifier of organic products IBD, and the major EU-based International Natural and Organic Cosmetic Association, NATRUE, have signed an agreement of mutual recognition and alignment of their certification standards. Executive director of IBD, Alex
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Ancient grain improves chronic IBS condition

Ancient grain improves chronic IBS condition
Wed, 25/06/14 - 21:30
By O.W.N News Network


The first human study to be conducted comparing the effects of modern wheat versus Khorasan (kamut) wheat on people suffering from a chronic health problem, irritable bowell syndrome, Effect of Triticum turgidum subsp. turanicum wheat on irritable bowel syndrome: a double
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UK organic sector returns to growth

UK organic sector returns to growth
Wed, 25/06/14 - 21:26
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The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report released on March 13 reveals that the organic sector has seen growth of 2.8% in 2013; the first time it has seen annual growth since 2008. Overall organic sales are growing slightly ahead of total grocery sales fo
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The Netherlands is Country of the Year at BIOFACH 2015

The Netherlands is Country of the Year at BIOFACH 2015
Sun, 02/03/14 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


The organic sector is growing in the Netherlands and forecasts assume that this trend will increase. The Netherlands has offered a broad spectrum of organically produced products for many years and this is reflected at BIOFACH. This year with 85 exhibitors The Netherlands
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First Sustainable Foods Summit Latin America Launched

First Sustainable Foods Summit Latin America Launched
Sun, 09/02/14 - 12:26
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Registration is open for the 1st edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit Latin America, to take place in São Paulo March 27-28. Organized by marketing research firm Organic Monitor, the inaugural edition will focus on green commodities and sustainable packaging. Si
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2014, The Year of Retail Contradictions

2014, The Year of Retail Contradictions
Fri, 07/02/14 - 00:25
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Global retail branding and sourcing expert Daymon Worldwide has released its eight ‘Global Retail Trends Predictions for 2014 and Beyond’ to help retailers successfully address the contradictory, challenging realities facing the industry in 2014, dubbed by US-
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Natural Products Expo West 2014 poised to break records

Natural Products Expo West 2014 poised to break records
Tue, 04/02/14 - 05:30
By O.W.N News Network


Anaheim (CA) Convention Center March 6-9, 2014 will host the 34th annual Natural Products Expo West. The event is poised to draw over 60,000 attendees and feature over 2,500 exhibitors across natural and specialty foods, organic, supplements, health and beauty, natural li
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New EU law on food information to consumers (FIC) starts Dec 2014

New EU law on food information to consumers (FIC) starts Dec 2014
Sun, 02/02/14 - 12:19
By O.W.N News Network


Have you started preparing for 2014 yet? – Countdown to the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC), which modifies existing food labelling provisions in the Union to allow consumers to make informed choices and safe use of food, while at the same time ensur
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Top milestones of the U.S. Organic and Sustainable Sectors – 2004-2013

Top milestones of the U.S. Organic and Sustainable Sectors – 2004-2013
Sat, 01/02/14 - 19:29
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OWN asked Laura Batcha new CEO/Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association to present some of the major milestones and achievements for the OTA and the industry from 2004 to 2013. Here are the highlights. Growth of the U.S. organic industry U.S. organic sales h
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Costa Rica supports organic producers’ compliance with new EU rules

Costa Rica supports organic producers’ compliance with new EU rules
Sat, 01/02/14 - 19:27
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From January 2014, Certifying Agencies Organic Products and Phytosanitary Service (SFE), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica as competent authority said it shall comply with the new import regulations established by the European Union, with the aim of en
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Brighton UK welcomes new ethical supermarket

Brighton UK welcomes new ethical supermarket
Tue, 28/01/14 - 20:10
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A new ethical supermarket opened in Brighton, UK on the 7th December and marks a new era in food shopping as the first ethical supermarket aimed squarely at regular supermarket shoppers. The new store is located at 20-21 York Place, London Road, Brighton. Co-founders are
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Natural & Organic Products Asia Expo debuts in Hong Kong

Natural & Organic Products Asia Expo debuts in Hong Kong
Mon, 27/01/14 - 13:03
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Following 17 years of continued success running the flagship exhibition & conference Natural & Organic Products Europe in London, UK and the Award winning Natural Products Scandinavia in Malmo, Sweden, the first edition of Natural & Organic Products Asia will
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The Original Sin

The Original Sin
Mon, 27/01/14 - 13:00
By O.W.N News Network


By Antony Calo The Challenge One of the main challenges for the organic industry is to be able to assure clients that their products are genuine and to show their origins. There is a need for transparency and traceability from field to the end consumer. Organic supplier
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Banana growers lose sustainable certification while coffee farmers achieve Climate-Smart

Banana growers lose sustainable certification while coffee farmers achieve Climate-Smart
Wed, 15/01/14 - 07:55
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A group of 14 different growers and more than 4,000 families growing bananas in Honduras had its Rainforest Alliance certification removed in response to complaints over worker treatment. The country’s banana association said in December this will lead to US$21 mill
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Waitrose posts record Christmas sales up 5.4%

Waitrose posts record Christmas sales up 5.4%
Wed, 15/01/14 - 07:54
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Upmarket UK grocer Waitrose has seen its most successful Christmas on record with total branch sales (excluding fuel) for the twelve trading days ending December 31st up 6.5% on last year and 4.1% on a like for like basis. Sales on Monday 23 December were £51m &nda
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Agropalma supports OLT orangutan preservation actions in tropical forests

Agropalma supports OLT orangutan preservation actions in tropical forests
Wed, 15/01/14 - 07:53
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Agropalma announced January 9 the agreement for a strategic partnership in support of the British non-governmental organization Orangutan Land Trust (OLT), which works to enable sustainable solutions that ensure safe areas of forest for the continued survival of the orang
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Sustainable Foods Summit tackles outlook for GM-Free and Eco-Labels

Sustainable Foods Summit tackles outlook for GM-Free and Eco-Labels
Wed, 15/01/14 - 07:52
By O.W.N News Network


GM-free and eco-labeled food products are surging in the US as the GM labeling debate intensifies. Although the Washington and California initiatives were defeated, consumer interest in GM-free and certified products is soaring. What does 2014 have in store for GM-free f
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CSPI says lawsuits loom for three major food companies

CSPI says lawsuits loom for three major food companies
Wed, 15/01/14 - 07:51
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Washington, U.S. the Center for Science in the Public Interest notified Crystal Light’s manufacturer, Kraft Foods, on January 9 that it will be sued if it continues to use the word “natural” in connection with its Natural Lemonade, Natural Pink Lemonade,
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Carrefour buys Polish supermarket, Polish politicians in Tesco boycott call

Carrefour buys Polish supermarket, Polish politicians in Tesco boycott call
Tue, 14/01/14 - 18:16
By O.W.N News Network


While French supermarket chain Carrefour has announced its acquisition of Poland’s Rast supermarket chain, which operates 10 stores in the north eastern store of Olsztyn, for an undisclosed fee, Polish politicians have called for a boycott of UK grocery giant Tesco,
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IFOAM approves Best Practice Guideline by unanimous vote

IFOAM approves Best Practice Guideline by unanimous vote
Tue, 14/01/14 - 18:08
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Following two years of intensive thought, discussions, debates, and revisions, IFOAM was pleased to announce in January that the Best Practice Guideline for Agriculture and Value Chains (which can be downloaded at www.ifoam.org), has been approved by unanimous vote of the
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GM labeling battle continues while Eco-Labels gain momentum

GM labeling battle continues while Eco-Labels gain momentum
Wed, 08/01/14 - 13:58
By O.W.N News Network


The fight for GM food labeling in the US will continue in 2014, anticipates Organic Monitor with eco-labels gaining more exposure after each battle at the ballot box. Sales of organic certified foods and other eco-labeled products are soaring, as better informed consumers
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Whole Foods posts record 4Q and year for fiscal 2013

Whole Foods posts record 4Q and year for fiscal 2013
Thu, 12/12/13 - 11:26
By O.W.N News Network


Whole Foods Market reported sales for the 12-week fourth quarter and 52-week fiscal year ended September 29, 2013 with record fourth quarter operating results. For the quarter, total sales were $3.0 billion, an increase of 2% from the 13-week period last year and an incr
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Kroger plans natural & organic expansion

Kroger plans natural & organic expansion
Thu, 12/12/13 - 11:04
By O.W.N News Network


Natural and organic foods are only the sixth or seventh largest category at the largest U.S. supermarket operator Kroger, but are the fastest growing category on a percentage basis, and sometimes dollar basis, said Rodney McMullen, president and CEO in December. Looking
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Fresh Thyme Markets to open 54 Midwest stores

Fresh Thyme Markets to open 54 Midwest stores
Thu, 12/12/13 - 10:55
By O.W.N News Network


Phoneix, Arizona-based Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, a new retail banner created by veterans of the Sunflower and Henry’s chains, plans to open its first store early next year in a Chicago suburb and 54 stores across the Midwest during the next six years. President
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Carrefour expands to 100 Chinese cities and robust Brazil sales

Carrefour expands to 100 Chinese cities and robust Brazil sales
Thu, 12/12/13 - 10:50
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Carrefour plans to expand its reach from 236 hypermarkets in 73 cities to 100 Chinese cities in three years and to open more than 20 hypermarkets every year on the Chinese mainland. Sales in the Chinese mainland increased 4.7% in the third quarter year-on-year and the
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California reviews toxic substances; listed chemical in shampoo

California reviews toxic substances; listed chemical in shampoo
Thu, 14/11/13 - 23:01
By O.W.N News Network


The U.S. Organic Consumers Association reports that hundreds of items found on supermarket shelves, such as shampoos, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and food packaging, could get chemical makeovers under new rules being put in force by California from October 1, 2013. Stat
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Germany has the sweetest tooth in Europe

Germany has the sweetest tooth in Europe
Wed, 13/11/13 - 19:41
By O.W.N News Network


While the Western European chocolate confectionery market reached a sweet £19 billion (pounds) in 2012, it looks like it is the Germans who have the sweetest tooth in Europe, according to the latest research from Mintel in October. Germany accounted for a quarter (
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Migros targets 30 more Alnatura stores, direct sourcing

Migros targets 30 more Alnatura stores, direct sourcing
Mon, 09/09/13 - 11:12
By O.W.N News Network


Switzerland’s Migros cooperatives has revealed plans to expand its new organic store concept Alnatura-Migros by around 20-30 new stores in Switzerland in partnership with German organic retailer Alnatura, and source more brands direct from other countries. CEO Herb
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Kroger acquires Harris Teeter

Kroger acquires Harris Teeter
Mon, 09/09/13 - 02:55
By O.W.N News Network


The Kroger Co, the second-largest retailer in the U.S., is under a merger agreement to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc, an upscale grocer known for fresh foods and produce, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion. Harris Teeter brings to Kroger an exceptional brand and compl
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German court’s ‘misleading’ stevia ruling draws fire from stevia industry

German court’s ‘misleading’ stevia ruling draws fire from stevia industry
Thu, 05/09/13 - 11:26
By O.W.N News Network


The European stevia industry has hit back in early June following a German court’s temporary ruling that prohibited manufacturers from suggesting that the sweetener is natural on stevia labelling. A German consumer group took the manufacturer of a stevia sweetener p
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Rewe growth strategy: Temma ‘bio’ concept

Rewe growth strategy: Temma ‘bio’ concept
Wed, 04/09/13 - 07:48
By O.W.N News Network


Germany’s Rewe Group is developing an expansion strategy in Eastern Europe for its Billa supermarket chain. Billa supermarket has revealed details about its expansion in the Czech Republic, including developing both through organic growth and via acquisitions. Billa
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Machu Picchu Foods introduces Quinoa Krunch

Machu Picchu Foods introduces Quinoa Krunch
Thu, 29/08/13 - 01:55
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Machu Picchu Foods, Peru’s main chocolate and confectionary producer and leading exporter of organic chocolate, is introducing Quinoa Krunch, an organic wafer stick with quinoa and rice, covered with chocolate and popped amaranth. This delicious snack adds to Machu
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Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. launches MadeGood™

Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. launches MadeGood™
Mon, 26/08/13 - 11:49
By O.W.N News Network


MadeGood™, a new brand of healthy organic snacks is launching globally in Anuga Germany this fall. Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. hopes to take with its new brand healthy snacking to the next level by combining proprietary technology with nutrient rich, minimally proc
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Packaging: Key topic at upcoming Sustainable Cosmetics Summits

Packaging: Key topic at upcoming Sustainable Cosmetics Summits
Tue, 20/08/13 - 10:59
By O.W.N News Network


Research and consulting firmOrganic Monitor will host its second edition of the Latin American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit September 18-20 in Sao Paulo. Sustainable packaging is a focal theme of this event and also at its European edition this fall. Discussion topics inc
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FDA regulations could shut down organic egg producers

FDA regulations could shut down organic egg producers
Wed, 14/08/13 - 14:59
By O.W.N News Network


Do you think eggs laid by free-range hens on small farms are healthier than those laid by confined birds in giant commercial operations? Well, the FDA (U.S Food and Drug Administration) disagrees. U.S. economic justice for the family-scale farming community advocate The C
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Nespresso, Fairtrade International join forces to support Colombian cooperatives

Nespresso, Fairtrade International join forces to support Colombian cooperatives
Thu, 25/07/13 - 15:20
By O.W.N News Network


Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International, and Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nestlé Nespresso have announced a new, long-reaching partnership to benefit thousands of small-scale coffee farmers. The announcement comes as Nespresso celebrates ten years of their Nespr
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France introduces BPA health warnings and FDA bans BPA in baby bottles

France introduces BPA health warnings and FDA bans BPA in baby bottles
Thu, 25/07/13 - 15:02
By O.W.N News Network


France has recently notified the EC of a draft decree that bans BPA used in food contact packaging for children under the age of three, and pregnant and feeding mothers. The rule comes into force on 1 October 2013 until a BPA ban takes effect on 1 January 2015. Packaging
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Tenglemann posts positive sales, expands Kaiser’s ‘Black-Red-Gold’ concept

Tenglemann posts positive sales, expands Kaiser’s ‘Black-Red-Gold’ concept
Fri, 12/07/13 - 15:10
By O.W.N News Network


The Tengelmann Group, which operates the Kaiser’s supermarket in Germany, announced full-year revenues of 11.08 billion euros, equivalent to a currency-adjusted increase of 2.9% compared to the same period in the previous year. “Despite continued difficult ove
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China grocery market worth US$1.5 trillion in 2016: IGD

China grocery market worth US$1.5 trillion in 2016: IGD
Fri, 05/07/13 - 15:07
By O.W.N News Network


China, the world’s biggest food and grocery market, is now valued at more than US$1trillion and is forecast to be worth US$1.5tn in 2016, according to latest figures published by market researcher IGD. The firm also found that the U.S. grocery market will remain the
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Sobeys deal to acquire Safeway Inc Canada, reports solid FY sales

Sobeys deal to acquire Safeway Inc Canada, reports solid FY sales
Fri, 05/07/13 - 11:59
By O.W.N News Network


Canada’s No 2 grocer Sobeys has made a $5.8-billion deal to swallow key western rival Safeway Inc, while Sobeys reported on 27 June that sales and profits increased in its last financial year. Sobeys’ parent, Empire Co. Ltd. of Stellarton, N.S., in June unveil
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OTA U.S. launches online global organic trade guide

OTA U.S. launches online global organic trade guide
Tue, 25/06/13 - 11:49
By O.W.N News Network


The Global Organic Trade Guide, the world’s first user-friendly website designed to help U.S. organic producers and handlers export organic products, was officially launched on June 18 by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). It features a new market data section and
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Target opens 24 stores in Ontario, grocery market tougher

Target opens 24 stores in Ontario, grocery market tougher
Fri, 31/05/13 - 10:05
By O.W.N News Network


Target’s first stores in Canada had their official launch on April 5. The 24 stores in Ontario soft-launched over three weeks, enabling the U.S. retailer to test systems and processes, including its supply chain, according to IGD Retail Analysis. But Target’s
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Natural Grocers expands across Montana

Natural Grocers expands across Montana
Fri, 31/05/13 - 10:03
By O.W.N News Network


Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage opened its newest location in Kalispell, Montana on April 23rd. The Kalispell store at 2395 US Highway 93 N will be the company’s fourth in Montana following locations opening last year in Billings, Missoula and Helena. The organi
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CSPI downgrades safety rating of Ginkgo, supplement ingredient

CSPI downgrades safety rating of Ginkgo, supplement ingredient
Fri, 31/05/13 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


The Center For Science In The Public Interest, of Washington, U.S., has urged consumers to avoid Ginkgo in the wake of new cancer concerns. Consumers should avoid Ginkgo biloba, a common ingredient in dietary supplements, herbal teas, and some energy drinks, based on a ne
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Conscious U.S. shoppers increase spend on organics

Conscious U.S. shoppers increase spend on organics
Fri, 31/05/13 - 09:57
By O.W.N News Network


The 2013 MamboTrack Annual Natural and Organic Product Survey among 1,003 health and eco consumers, by Market Dynamics-Market LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability) and laz pr reveals that conscious shoppers are increasing their spend on organics, sourcing food pr
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UK organic sector fights back, gains boost from independents

UK organic sector fights back, gains boost from independents
Fri, 31/05/13 - 09:49
By O.W.N News Network


The Soil Association’s 2013 Organic Market Report shows that the UK organic sector is continuing to fight back from the declines of recent years. The report highlights key areas of growth in online sales, box schemes and independent outlets and a shift towards young
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Canada’s organic market growth driven by broad-scale support

Canada’s organic market growth driven by broad-scale support
Fri, 31/05/13 - 09:41
By O.W.N News Network


Canada’s organic market grew to $3.7 billion in 2012, with national sales of certified organic food and non-alcoholic beverages reaching $3 billion. Canada’s organic food market value tripled since 2006, far outpacing the growth rate of other agri-food sectors
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RSPO launches Smallholders Fund, environment group attacks palm oil

RSPO launches Smallholders Fund, environment group attacks palm oil
Mon, 29/04/13 - 03:15
By O.W.N News Network


The RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), an international multi-stakeholder organization and certification scheme for sustainable palm oil, has announced the RSPO Smallholders Support Fund (RSSF) for eligible oil palm growers amongst smallholders around the wor
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Shaping Europe’s organic future together at the 7th European Organic Congress

Shaping Europe’s organic future together at the 7th European Organic Congress
Thu, 25/04/13 - 03:59
By O.W.N News Network


This year is very important for IFOAM EU and a great opportunity for all organic stakeholders in the region to come together and attend the leading organic regulation event in Europe for 2013. Shaping Europe’s Organic Future Together: Making an impact on the EU orga
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Safety and nutrition drive baby food demand globally

Safety and nutrition drive baby food demand globally
Thu, 25/04/13 - 00:55
By O.W.N News Network


Despite the challenges parents face under difficult economic conditions and ever-growing constraints on their time, the quality of food they offer their young children is more important than ever. According to Consumer Reports, children may be a risk for exposure to t
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Expo West celebrates healthy living

Expo West celebrates healthy living
Sat, 20/04/13 - 03:27
By O.W.N News Network


Healthy living and eating grows ever popular as evidence by the throngs of people from all over who crowded into the Anaheim Convention Center to learn about the products featured at Natural Products Expo West, March 8-10. The 33rd year old expo that started out small bu
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National Association for the Specialty Food Trade looks ahead

National Association for the Specialty Food Trade looks ahead
Mon, 08/04/13 - 02:09
By O.W.N News Network


The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has a new name: the Specialty Food Association. The Specialty Food Association, based in New York City, is a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrep
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Mary’s Gone Crackers now part of Kameda Seika

Mary’s Gone Crackers now part of Kameda Seika
Sun, 07/04/13 - 09:16
By O.W.N News Network


Gourmet and organic snack company, Mary`s Gone Crackers, makers of award-winning organic, vegan and gluten free foods, announced in late March that Kameda USA, Inc., a 100% subsidiary of Kameda Seika Co. Ltd, Japan`s largest manufacturer of rice crackers, has acquired 77.
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Sustainable Cosmetics Summit tackles ‘Green Glass Ceiling’

Sustainable Cosmetics Summit tackles ‘Green Glass Ceiling’
Sat, 06/04/13 - 12:41
By O.W.N News Network


A major challenge that organic and sustainable brands face is how to break through the green glass ceiling. How can such brands break out of their niche status and gain a mainstream following? How can they maintain their core green values, whilst appealing to wider consum
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NOPE 2013 expects record turnout this weekend!

NOPE 2013 expects record turnout this weekend!
Fri, 05/04/13 - 15:12
By O.W.N News Network


NOPE 2013, the UK's only trade show for Natural & Organic Products is hosting on April 7-8 over 600 exhibitors from 35 different countries with a variety of products on display across its Natural Food Show, Natural Beauty & Spa, Health & Nutrition and Natural
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Sustainability continues at BioFach 2013

Sustainability continues at BioFach 2013
Mon, 01/04/13 - 08:53
By O.W.N News Network


The international organic sector will gather again at Nuremberg on 13-16 February for BioFach, 2013 the world's leading annual trade fair for organic products, and the concurrent Natural Personal Care and Wellness exhibition Vivaness. Over 40,000 trade visitors from more
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Label for sustainable small producers introduced at BioFach

Label for sustainable small producers introduced at BioFach
Sat, 09/02/13 - 02:02
By O.W.N News Network


The Small Producers’ Symbol, SPP, is a hallmark of sustainability representing organized small producers in the Caribbean and in Latin America. Based on the principles and values that originally gave rise to the fair trade movement, it allows consumers to identify h
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Omega-3 draft labeling changes in EU’s new health claims

Omega-3 draft labeling changes in EU’s new health claims
Fri, 08/02/13 - 02:50
By O.W.N News Network


Potential labelling requirements for foodstuffs containing Omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosa- pentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahxenoicacid) were among 12 new health claims discussed at the EU Commission’s Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health in Brusse
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Buyers show healthy appetite for Natural Food Show, London

Buyers show healthy appetite for Natural Food Show, London
Wed, 06/02/13 - 05:51
By O.W.N News Network


With visitor registration now open for this year’s Natural Food Show at Natural & Organic Products Europe, over a thousand retailers and buyers from across the world have already booked their free trade pass to the UK’s only dedicated natural and organic p
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OPINION - Organic: Food Justice for the 99%

OPINION - Organic: Food Justice for the 99%
Sun, 13/01/13 - 22:22
By O.W.N News Network


By Charlotte Vallaeys, Director Farm and Food Policy, The Cornucopia Institute. Text edited to fit space. As Americans become increasingly aware of the story behind conventional foods—the ecologically destructive monoculture fields, the petrochemical fertilizers, t
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GMO-free product sales on the rise

GMO-free product sales on the rise
Tue, 13/11/12 - 22:48
By O.W.N News Network


GMOs are abuzz. Retail participation in the third annual Non-GMO Month reached an all-time high this October. And even though California’s Prop 37 did not pass the law for GMO labeling, it continues to score headlines. Around 6 million people or 48.5% voted YES, whi
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Expoalimentaria & Perunatura: Regional stage for innovation and biodiversity

Expoalimentaria & Perunatura: Regional stage for innovation and biodiversity
Mon, 12/11/12 - 03:39
By O.W.N News Network


By Lesly Vera and Jose Labra Once again Expoalimentaria, hosted in Lima, Peru September 19-21 has positioned itself as the largest international food fair in the region. A total of 619 exhibitors (15% more than in 2011) and 8,161 visitors, 2,037 from 57 countries met to
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Teen starts business to save the bees

Teen starts business to save the bees
Fri, 09/11/12 - 15:58
By O.W.N News Network


As the words “organic” and “all natural” invade the savage world of modern business, it appears to take the eyes of a child to demonstrate true dedication to firm values and an environmental cause that extends beyond profit, fame and fortune. Henr
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Additional residue testing for USDA NOP, Cornucopia slams synthetic nutrients approach

Additional residue testing for USDA NOP, Cornucopia slams synthetic nutrients approach
Thu, 08/11/12 - 23:19
By O.W.N News Network


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in November that it will introduce additional testing for organic foods aimed at maintaining the integrity of the USDA National Organic Program. Beginning January 1, 2013, organic certifying agents must test samples from at le
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Euromonitor expands global research in health and wellness

Euromonitor expands global research in health and wellness
Thu, 08/11/12 - 03:13
By O.W.N News Network


Euromonitor International announced in October that the new health and wellness market research now covers 54 countries, each with over 400 health and wellness categories. The new research offers access to some of the fastest growing markets including Latin America, Afric
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Nestle: GMOs unnecessary to feed the world

Nestle: GMOs unnecessary to feed the world
Mon, 15/10/12 - 14:04
By O.W.N News Network


Swiss food giant Nestle supports water sustainability and is a member of the SAI Platform for supply chain sustainability, and GMWatch in the U.S. reports that Nestle’s corporate head of agriculture, Hans Jöhr, is president of SAI Platform. Mr Johr says Nestl&e
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New Cosmetics Regulation for Brazil and  EU changes set for July 2013

New Cosmetics Regulation for Brazil and EU changes set for July 2013
Tue, 09/10/12 - 09:01
By O.W.N News Network


Undergoing public consultation since January 18, 2012, new Brazilian cosmetics regulations will restrict the use of pyrogallol, formaldehyde and paraformaldehyde for cosmetic use, as well as place an outright ban on the use of lead acetate. A new chemical on the list of r
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BioGro New Zealand certifies to EU Natrue cosmetics standard

BioGro New Zealand certifies to EU Natrue cosmetics standard
Tue, 02/10/12 - 18:09
By O.W.N News Network


At the Sustain show in Sydney July 19-22, leading New Zealand organic certification company BioGro ran a NATRUE natural certification workshop for health and body care products to advise natural brand businesses about the purpose, scope and benefits of certification, what
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Global Fairtrade sales grow 12% to 5 billion Euros in 2011

Global Fairtrade sales grow 12% to 5 billion Euros in 2011
Mon, 01/10/12 - 08:08
By O.W.N News Network


Almost five billion euros (€4.9bn, US$6.6bn) were spent on Fairtrade certified products globally last year, according to figures released in July by Fairtrade International as products with the FAIRTRADE mark became available to people in more than 120 countries. Re
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Peru Natura attracts an international crowd

Peru Natura attracts an international crowd
Wed, 26/09/12 - 12:39
By O.W.N News Network


With growing demand for quinoa, chia, sacha inchi, cacao, maca and other ancient nutritious super foods, the 6th edition of PeruNatura will be a major attraction once again for foreign and local buyers gathering at the 4th Expoalimentaria fair in Lima Peru, Sep 19-21. Ar
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Natural Products Scandinavia sold out

Natural Products Scandinavia sold out
Tue, 25/09/12 - 15:29
By O.W.N News Network


Momentum continues to build for Natural Products Scandinavia 2012 and all exhibition space sold out with over 150 exhibitors booked by late August. Scandinavia’s first ever dedicated natural and organic products trade event will take place at MalmöMassan exhibi
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Paripassu's traceability book now in Spanish

Paripassu's traceability book now in Spanish
Mon, 24/09/12 - 16:47
By O.W.N News Network


A Spanish version of “The Little Green Book of Food Traceability” released by Brazilian firm Paripassu in Portuguese and English in 2010 is now available in Spanish. Presented in simple and straightforward language, the book shows the value of food traceabilit
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GM Food “Right to Know” vote under attack

GM Food “Right to Know” vote under attack
Tue, 18/09/12 - 16:23
By O.W.N News Network


More Americans are questioning the health and environmental effects of genetically engineered or genetically modified (GM) organisms in their food. In California, the ‘Right to Know’ campaign to require that food from GM crops be labeled is headed for a Novemb
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Dr.Hauschka sets high standards in sustainability & environment

Dr.Hauschka sets high standards in sustainability & environment
Sun, 16/09/12 - 09:03
By O.W.N News Network


WALA, the manufacturer of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care in Germany, spoke to Organic & Wellness News about cosmetic trends, the new EU regulations and its commitment to sustainability for over 75 years. OWN: What do you see as major trends for the EU and global cosmetics ma
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Selecting honey as natural sweetener

Selecting honey as natural sweetener
Fri, 14/09/12 - 20:06
By O.W.N News Network


Honey is a natural sweetener obtained from bee nectar. Honey is produced in different regions of the world, each one showing unique traits, as result of the conditions where it was extracted. Raw unprocessed honey is considered a superfood, packed with antioxidants, enzym
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New Fairtrade International chief aims to strengthen producer support

New Fairtrade International chief aims to strengthen producer support
Fri, 14/09/12 - 20:05
By O.W.N News Network


Fairtrade International has announced the appointment of Harriet Lamb as the new chief executive of Fairtrade International, who will take up her new role by 1 October 2012. She brings an unrivalled track record in driving Fairtrade success after more than 10 years as exe
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Natural supermarkets drive 15%-plus sales growth in natural, organic & fair trade

Natural supermarkets drive 15%-plus sales growth in natural, organic & fair trade
Fri, 14/09/12 - 20:05
By O.W.N News Network


The post-recession strength of natural product retailers has never been more evident, SPINS, the leading information and services provider for the natural, organic and specialty products industry in North America said on August 28. SPINS has consistently reported double d
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Alnatura Migros new organic concept store opens in August

Alnatura Migros new organic concept store opens in August
Sun, 26/08/12 - 17:34
By O.W.N News Network


Alnatura of Germany and Switzerland’s largest retailer Migros revealed that the launch of a new concept store for organic markets is planned to open in late August in Zurich-Hongg. The concept was announced by Götz Rehn, founder and managing director of Alnatur
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Fairtrade Intl. vs. Fair Trade USA: battle for consumers heats up

Fairtrade Intl. vs. Fair Trade USA: battle for consumers heats up
Sat, 25/08/12 - 09:07
By O.W.N News Network


The Fairtrade disagreement in the United States between Fairtrade Labelling International (FLO) and Fair Trade USA is set to heat up after the International Fairtrade body recently announced that leading global and regional brands will soon launch a large range of product
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Soil Association expands certification alongside ACO

Soil Association expands certification alongside ACO
Fri, 24/08/12 - 12:04
By O.W.N News Network


The UK’s Soil Association Certification and Australian Certified Organic, Australia’s most recognised organic label, have announced their partnership in organic textiles in July. From July 2012, ACO are the preferred partner to undertake inspections and provid
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Sprouts Farmers Market's Sunflower acquisition expands natural, organic footprint

Sprouts Farmers Market's Sunflower acquisition expands natural, organic footprint
Thu, 23/08/12 - 08:39
By O.W.N News Network


Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market has announced it has completed the takeover Sunflower Farmers Markets of Boulder, Colorado that will give it 144 stores nationally in eight states. All stores were rebranded under the Sprouts banner and the group is predicted to earn s
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Auchan to open hypermarkets in India from 2012

Auchan to open hypermarkets in India from 2012
Wed, 22/08/12 - 09:01
By O.W.N News Network


French supermarket and hypermarket operator Groupe Auchan has announced in August that it has signed a franchise agreement for the development of a hypermarket business in India with Max India Hypermarkets that will result in 12 to 15 new Auchan hypermarkets starting from
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IFOAM Organic Leadership Course fosters innovation, contacts

IFOAM Organic Leadership Course fosters innovation, contacts
Tue, 21/08/12 - 05:57
By O.W.N News Network


The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) will hold a dynamic Organic Leadership Course in North America in 2013. Participants will gain knowledge, skills and a comprehensive understanding of organic principles and the organic sector in North A
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Romania, country of the year at BioFach 2013

Romania, country of the year at BioFach 2013
Sun, 03/06/12 - 13:01
By O.W.N News Network


Romania will be in the spotlight as “Country of the Year” at BioFach 2013 in Nürnberg, Germany. The 9th largest nation in the European Union (EU) and the 7th most populated, Romania is no stranger to BioFach, the leading international show for organic tra
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Certified Sustainable Palm Oil makes gains, Agropalma sees sustainability agenda boost

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil makes gains, Agropalma sees sustainability agenda boost
Sun, 06/05/12 - 09:54
By O.W.N News Network


The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an international multi stakeholder initiative, has achieved yet another milestone with over six million metric tons of CSPO produced worldwide by RSPO-certified palm oil growers in less than four years since RSPO certificatio
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Unilever chooses Promens recyclable jar

Unilever chooses Promens recyclable jar
Fri, 04/05/12 - 16:59
By O.W.N News Network


Promens Personal & Healthcare Packaging Division in France has announced that Unilever is building on the success of the Lynx deodorant range (named ‘Axe’ out of the UK market) and expanded this brand into hair care for younger men. Lynx Hair is a new rang
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EU-US animal welfare are not equivalent

EU-US animal welfare are not equivalent
Thu, 03/05/12 - 08:45
By O.W.N News Network


Philip Lymbery, chief executive of the UK’s Compassion in World Farming has taken issue with U.S. organic animal welfare standards and the recent unveiling of the EU-USA organic equivalency agreement. Back from the U.S. in May where he was working with CIWF’s
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U.S Hispanic consumers pose strong market

U.S Hispanic consumers pose strong market
Wed, 02/05/12 - 09:18
By O.W.N News Network


Packaged goods marketers in the U.S. who ignore Hispanic consumers will lose access to significant buying power as Hispanics’ per capita income is higher than in any of the four BRIC economies. More than 52 million strong and representing the majority of population
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Continuing West Africa cocoa issues see major brands back sustainability initiatives

Continuing West Africa cocoa issues see major brands back sustainability initiatives
Mon, 02/04/12 - 19:48
By O.W.N News Network


Despite the European Parliament giving its approval to the 2010 International Cocoa Agreement and passing a resolution on child labor in the cocoa sector in March, criticisms have come from VOICE, the European network of NGOs in the cocoa sector, who wish to see legislati
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Major organic & natural trade fairs set for Australia, Asia and Brazil

Major organic & natural trade fairs set for Australia, Asia and Brazil
Mon, 02/04/12 - 19:43
By O.W.N News Network


Australia’s annual organic expo has a new name and theme, Sustain, for the two consumer days, and Sustain Trade Oceania, for the trade day, two events that will showcase what’s at the cutting edge of all aspects of sustainable living. The event will be held on
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The North American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit to showcase techniques that measure the environmental footprint of personal care products

The North American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit to showcase techniques that measure the environmental footprint of personal care products
Mon, 02/04/12 - 19:41
By O.W.N News Network


The next North American edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit to be hosted by Organic Monitor in New York on 17-19th May will focus this year on sustainability metrics, formulations and packaging. Raw materials and packaging comprise the highest environmental impact
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BioFach’s 2012 success, continued market growth for organic industry

BioFach’s 2012 success, continued market growth for organic industry
Mon, 02/04/12 - 19:36
By O.W.N News Network


The organic sector’s international suppliers and buyers gathered at Nuremberg on 15-18 February for the world's leading trade fair for organic products, BioFach, 2012 and the concurrent Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care and Wellness, Vivaness. O.W.N. spoke with m
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NOPE sold out, attracted new firms and countries

NOPE sold out, attracted new firms and countries
Mon, 02/04/12 - 19:34
By O.W.N News Network


Natural & Organic Products Europe 2012 took the spotlight last week end with all exhibition space at London’s Olympia fairgrounds entirely sold out to 600 exhibitors from all around the world, who presented an exclusive array of some of the best natural, organic
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Emirates airlines introduce gourmet & organic dining to Australian airports

Emirates airlines introduce gourmet & organic dining to Australian airports
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:28
By O.W.N News Network


With organic food and beverages now becoming more available in the restaurant and catering market, the latest company to embrace the organic and gourmet, regionally sourced food philosophy is Dubai-based international airline Emirates. The airline announced in March that
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Fairtrade International to launch USA operations backed by fairtrade advocates

Fairtrade International to launch USA operations backed by fairtrade advocates
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:27
By O.W.N News Network


The Board of Fairtrade International took a major step on March 16 by approving a strategy to launch operations in the USA market, based on extensive consultation and input from USA stakeholders following the departure of Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) from the global Fairtrade s
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EU-USA Organic Equivalence deal brings new opportunities for exporters

EU-USA Organic Equivalence deal brings new opportunities for exporters
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:26
By O.W.N News Network


The European Union and the United States announced at the BioFach World Organic Fair in Nuremberg in February that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. The deal is expected to offer i
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UK organic sales fall, independents & catering increase share: Soil Association

UK organic sales fall, independents & catering increase share: Soil Association
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:22
By O.W.N News Network


Global sales of organic products continue to defy the economic downturn, growing by 8.8% in 2010 and continued growth in 2011. The only exception is in the UK where, despite areas of strong growth and improvement in the long term trend, overall sales were down by 3.7% in
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Arsenic in U.S. organic toddler formula of serious concern for food production

Arsenic in U.S. organic toddler formula of serious concern for food production
Sun, 01/04/12 - 19:45
By O.W.N News Network


A recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA, published in Environmental Health Perspectives on February 16, called into question the presence of arsenic in some organic products. While the study itself focused on toddler formula, health bars and
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Fair Trade USA announces new Fair Trade Certified label

Fair Trade USA announces new Fair Trade Certified label
Mon, 20/02/12 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


The United State’s leading third-party certifier of fairtrade products, Fair Trade USA, announced a redesigned certification label and significant revisions to its Multiple Ingredients Product Policy on January 18. Under the revised ‘Single Products’ Ing
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Gold for ALB-GOLD

Gold for ALB-GOLD
Fri, 17/02/12 - 11:00
By O.W.N News Network


Pasta is the signature of Italian cuisine and ALB- GOLD the symbol of flavour and taste that comes from sustainable quality. ALB –GOLD has been recognized as “Best Organic Brand in 2012” in a competition among top brands conducted by LEBENSMITTEL PRAXIS
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Organic Monitor says consumers turning to natural personal care

Organic Monitor says consumers turning to natural personal care
Thu, 16/02/12 - 15:00
By O.W.N News Network


Global sales of natural and organic beauty products projected to reach USD 9 billion last year and while consumer demand for natural and organic products remains buoyant, new research finds the growth rate is slowing because of the weak economic climate. In its December r
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Nature’s Agave now in Williams-Sonoma

Nature’s Agave now in Williams-Sonoma
Fri, 20/01/12 - 17:57
By O.W.N News Network


Nature’s Agave Premium Raw agave nectar variety is now available at all 260 Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide. Williams -Sonoma is a specialty US retailer of high-quality home products including gourmet cookware and premium food. The agave nectar is made from 100 pe
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More U.S. families buy organic foods: OTA study

More U.S. families buy organic foods: OTA study
Tue, 17/01/12 - 22:18
By O.W.N News Network


A new study from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reveals that 78% of U.S. families say they are choosing organic foods, up from 73% in 2009, while 4 in 10 families indicate they are buying more organic products than they were a year ago. “In a time when the se
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UK shoppers under 35 major buyers of organic food

UK shoppers under 35 major buyers of organic food
Tue, 10/01/12 - 04:10
By O.W.N News Network


Shoppers aged under 35 are twice as likely to want organic food as those over 35, aspire to shop ethically and waste less food, revealed by the latest IGD ShopperTrack research in November, a monthly analysis of British grocery shopper sentiment. A demographic breakdown
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SunOpta 3Q sales up 14.6 percent

SunOpta 3Q sales up 14.6 percent
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:45
By O.W.N News Network


Canada based SunOpta Inc., leading global company for natural, organic and specialty foods and natural health products, announced sales rose 25.3 percent for the quarter ended October 1, 2011. The firm reported quarterly revenues of $272.4 million versus $217.5 million fo
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Fair trade USA’s plans under attack

Fair trade USA’s plans under attack
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:23
By O.W.N News Network


While new research from world governing fair trade organization Fair Trade Labelling International (FLO) shows that recognition of the Fairtrade mark has increased since 2008, planned changes by United States fair trade accreditation body Fair Trade USA to split from the
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GMO’s report ‘False Promises, Failed Technologies’ launched on World Food Day

GMO’s report ‘False Promises, Failed Technologies’ launched on World Food Day
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:21
By O.W.N News Network


An international report on genetically manipulated (GM) foods and crops was launched on World Food Day, October 16. The report was coordinated by Dr Vandana Shiva - international GM-free advocate, scientist and recent Sydney Peace Prize recipient. The synthesis report, &l
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Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Asia Makes Successful Footprint

Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Asia Makes Successful Footprint
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:12
By O.W.N News Network


The first Asian edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit brought together 120 delegates from across the Asia-Pacific region in Hong Kong on 7-8 November. The focal themes of the summit were the marketing and technical issues related to sustainable cosmetics. Major disc
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BioFach América Latina reshapes

BioFach América Latina reshapes
Sat, 26/11/11 - 15:55
By O.W.N News Network


BioFach America Latina, along with ExpoSustentat, will be cancelled for 2011 and re-launched in 2012 with a fresh concept and under the management of NürnbergMesse Brasil, the new subsidiary of NürnbergMesse in Latin America. The two long-standing partners of Bi
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New Dietary Ingredients (NDI) Draft tough on industry

New Dietary Ingredients (NDI) Draft tough on industry
Sun, 30/10/11 - 13:01
By O.W.N News Network


NPA says draft NDI Guidance, Supplements Bill is tough on industry The Natural Products Association has criticized sweeping new draft guidelines for dietary supplements released by the United States Food and Drug Administration as unnecessary and going beyond Congress&rs
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Bolivia proposes 2013 declared International Year of Quinoa

Bolivia proposes 2013 declared International Year of Quinoa
Mon, 17/10/11 - 17:00
By O.W.N News Network


The Government of Bolivia put forward a proposal at the 37th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization that 2013 be declared the International Year of Quinoa. If endorsed, the Director General of FAO would request the Secretary- General of the United Nations to
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Amplified legal challenge to Monsanto GMOs

Amplified legal challenge to Monsanto GMOs
Tue, 11/10/11 - 14:05
By O.W.N News Network


Following a law suit filed by the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) on March 30 on behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agriculture organizations against the Monsanto company, challenging the chemical giant’s patents on genetically modified seed,
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Organic & natural distributor UNFI posts strong 4Q, annual sales lift

Organic & natural distributor UNFI posts strong 4Q, annual sales lift
Tue, 11/10/11 - 09:36
By O.W.N News Network


Leading United States independent distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods, organic produce and personal care items United Natural Foods, Inc. (Unfi) has posted a strong increase in fiscal fourth quarter net sales of 17.2% over the same period in 2010 to $1.16
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Sprouts Farmers Market retail chain expands

Sprouts Farmers Market retail chain expands
Mon, 10/10/11 - 16:00
By O.W.N News Network


The San Franciso Bay and Silicon Valley areas of northern California has seen several new organic, natural and mainstream supermarket openings this year with specialty grocers reported to be doing good trade in August and appearing to be immune from the United States econ
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Ciranda launches Gluten-free Organic Pre-gel Tapioca Starch

Ciranda launches Gluten-free Organic Pre-gel Tapioca Starch
Wed, 05/10/11 - 10:07
By O.W.N News Network


With worldwide demand for gluten-free and allergen-free organic ingredients growing, Hudson, Wisconsin, U.S. supplier of organic ingredients Ciranda, Inc. has recently introduced a certified organic, pre-gelatinized tapioca starch for use in gluten-free food manufacturing
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Young US consumers prefer organic food

Young US consumers prefer organic food
Sun, 02/10/11 - 11:15
By O.W.N News Network


A Thomson-Reuters-NPR Health Poll revealed in July that when given a choice, more than half of Americans prefer to purchase organic foods. Thomson Reuters and NPR developed the monthly poll to gauge attitudes and opinions in a wide range of health issues. The results of t
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RSPO hits back over sustainable palm oil

RSPO hits back over sustainable palm oil
Sun, 12/06/11 - 16:36
By O.W.N News Network


The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the international non-profit sustainable palm oil association, announced in May that RSPO-certified palm oil production facilities produced their five-millionth tonne of certified sustainable palm oil. It also revealed that 9% of th
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Peru launched a new country brand

Peru launched a new country brand
Sat, 11/06/11 - 12:18
By O.W.N News Network


To promote tourism and investment, Peru launched a new brand in March 2011. A red and white logo, colors in the national flag, represents the country’s rich culture and biodiversity, history and ancient and recent accomplishments. The word Perú is written wit
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OJO, first drink for eye health

OJO, first drink for eye health
Sat, 11/06/11 - 11:20
By O.W.N News Network


After years of recommending the AREDS vitamins to his patients, Dr. Jodi Luchs, MD,FACS realized that, despite the important therapeutic and preventative benefits of the vitamins, their multiple pill-related side effects made them intolerable to many eligible patients. W
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Nordic Natural's new HQ built to LEED Green principles and NSF GBP certification

Nordic Natural's new HQ built to LEED Green principles and NSF GBP certification
Fri, 10/06/11 - 17:47
By O.W.N News Network


Nordic Naturals, industry leader in fish oil supplementation, announced in early February the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Watsonville, California. It is the first LEED Gold green building in Santa Cruz County registered with the U.S. Green Building Counci
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NATEXPO 2011 will boast wider product selection and exhibitors

NATEXPO 2011 will boast wider product selection and exhibitors
Wed, 08/06/11 - 14:48
By O.W.N News Network


The 21st edition of NATEXPO, the international leading biannual French trade fair for organic food, natural dietary supplements and ecological sectors, returns to Paris Nord Villepinte, October 15-17. Most of the floor space has been reserved by over 500 firms from France
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Positive signs for UK organic recovery

Positive signs for UK organic recovery
Tue, 07/06/11 - 10:08
By O.W.N News Network


The UK Soil Association released its Organic Market Report 2011 in early April and revealed that while 2010 was a tough, there are signs that the rate of decline seen over the last two years has slowed. Sales of organic products fell 5.9% to £1.73 billion (pounds) i
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Fairtrade Canada has new name

Fairtrade Canada has new name
Sun, 05/06/11 - 10:50
By O.W.N News Network


Fairtrade products in Canada now have a new name to go with the new worldwide Fairtrade International logo introduced last year. TransFair Canada will be known as Fairtrade Canada. Rob Clarke, executive director of the organization believes the name Fairtrade Canada more
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Health and quality to brand Ecuadorian organics

Health and quality to brand Ecuadorian organics
Sat, 04/06/11 - 14:25
By O.W.N News Network


During May 18-21 Quito was host of the 3rd edition of the Salon de Chocolate in Ecuador. The event aimed to increase consumer awareness of the nutritional value of cacao and the high quality chocolate produced with Ecuadorian beans locally and abroad. The Salon offers a s
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Aveda adds to sustainability credentials through Cradle-to-Cradle Design

Aveda adds to sustainability credentials through Cradle-to-Cradle Design
Thu, 02/06/11 - 17:31
By O.W.N News Network


At the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit held in New York on May 12-14, 2011, leading natural personal care company Aveda shared its experiences in adopting the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) design approach, a novel way for companies to integrate sustainability into their business pr
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Campaign calls for US labelling of GM foods

Campaign calls for US labelling of GM foods
Sun, 09/01/11 - 08:21
By O.W.N News Network


A coalition of nearly 400 US businesses and organizations called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, which are those that are altered at the molecular level in ways that could not happen natur
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Germany adopts legal vegan, vegetarian definition

Germany adopts legal vegan, vegetarian definition
Sat, 30/12/99
By O.W.N News Network


In Germany, more consumers seek out ‘raw’ and minimally processed plant-based food and beverages without chemicals, additives, and fillers. The European country has set to consolidate its status as one of the fastest growing vegan and vegetarian nations after
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