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Fruandes: Poster child of a sustainable social enterprise

Fruandes: Poster child of a sustainable social enterprise
Sun, 03/09/17 - 20:20
By Adriana Michael


Want to know how to run a successful organic and fair trade food project in Colombia with a real win-win outcome for the founders, small farmers, importers, consumers and the environment? Meet Fruandes, one of Colombia’s three main producers and direct traders of tr
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Tootsi builds on vision and versatility

Tootsi builds on vision and versatility
Fri, 01/09/17 - 16:00
By Adriana Michael


Healthy natural foods are one of the fastest growing grocery retail sectors driven by increased consumer demand for snacking options with a high nutritional value. For over the past 30 years, Montreal-based Tootsi Impex Inc. has been one of the most dynamic healthy snack
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Amazon's Whole Foods deal an online game changer

Amazon's Whole Foods deal an online game changer
Sun, 18/06/17 - 22:00
By Adriana Michael


Amazon.com Inc. has officially announced the purchase of natural grocery retailer Whole Foods Market, for $13.7 billion, expected to expand markets and the online delivery of organics, potentially at lower margins and consumer prices, probably the last chance for a compan
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Official launch of “Chia de France”

Official launch of “Chia de France”
Mon, 12/06/17 - 14:00
By Adriana Michael


The official launch of the seal "Chia Produite en France" takes place at the “Cité Universitaire” in Paris on June 27th. The event is to create awareness that just 10 grams of chia seeds per day provide 100 percent of the nutritional needs of Omega 3 ou
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Fresh Catch: Gourmet Peruvian dishes in a can

Fresh Catch: Gourmet Peruvian dishes in a can
Thu, 01/06/17 - 08:00
By Adriana Michael


Fresh Catch® smoked Paiche chunks with Asparagus, Artichokes and PeppersAware that there is not much innovation in the canned fish food category, Canadian firm UHTCO Corp. is launching Fresh Catch® a new line of gourmet, ready-to-serve fish meals. The line offer
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First chia cultivated in France

First chia cultivated in France
Wed, 25/01/17 - 11:01
By Adriana Michael


PANAM Semences recently announced that it would be the first company to bring to market ORURO®, a chia seed variety growing well in the south of France. Established in Chile as Semameris in 1986, the Franco-Chilean Group started PANAM in France in 1998. The family-own
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UHTCO introduces new low glycemic chocolate

UHTCO introduces new low glycemic chocolate
Wed, 25/01/17 - 11:00
By Adriana Michael


Recognized over the years for its high-quality products and continued innovation, UHTCO Corporation introduces this year at the BioFach fair in Germany a new concept to enhance its chocolate offer. This chocolate, developed with yacon root powder as a sweetener and no sug
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CIRUB: Thinking beverages outside the bottle

CIRUB: Thinking beverages outside the bottle
Wed, 25/01/17 - 09:13
By Adriana Michael


Imagine a portable jar that serves as a container and as a ready-to-serve glass, and which includes a mix of organic fruit concentrate (50 ml). The jar permits you to create your own drink depending on the type of liquid (200 ml) that you add. The liquid could be plain
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Advantage Health Matters expands EU operations

Advantage Health Matters expands EU operations
Wed, 25/01/17 - 09:00
By Adriana Michael


Canada's Advantage Health Matters is expanding direct export activities with a new distribution center in the EU for its extensive line of organic and natural superfoods. Owner of the Organic Traditions brand, the Canadian company operates under Health Matters America in
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Natexpo accelerates organic sales growth in France

Natexpo accelerates organic sales growth in France
Wed, 25/01/17 - 00:11
By Adriana Michael


With increased numbers of international visitors and exhibitors at NATEXPO 2015 and sales of organically‐sourced products estimated at EUR6.9 billion in 2016, up by 20 percent in the first half of 2016, the scene is set for another successful bi-annual event for th
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Wiraccocha del Peru expands supply of organic ancient foods

Wiraccocha del Peru expands supply of organic ancient foods
Tue, 24/01/17 - 10:05
By Adriana Michael


Located in the middle of the Andean steep highlands and fertile valleys of Ayacucho, Wiraccocha del Peru continues to support the ancient knowledge of communities involved in organic food production. The family-owned business, which began in 2008, combines old and new tec
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Chia: An old crop that feeds the needs of modern nutrition

Chia: An old crop that feeds the needs of modern nutrition
Tue, 24/01/17 - 07:18
By Adriana Michael


The presentation “The Nutritional Benefits of Chia” made at the official launch of ProChia during SIAL Paris last November highlighted that one way to improve our nutrition and health is to consume more foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds offer a hig
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Touring the Danish organic scene

Touring the Danish organic scene
Tue, 24/01/17 - 07:10
By Adriana Michael


After taking part in the Natural Products Scandinavia fair in Malmo, Sweden on 16-17 November last year, OWN visited Danish organic companies and retail shops to witness this remarkable land of history and its contrast of old buildings and traditions and a youthful attitu
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Export of Danish organics sets record for the tenth time

Export of Danish organics sets record for the tenth time
Tue, 24/01/17 - 07:06
By Adriana Michael


The export of Danish organic products has once again set a record, said Organic Denmark/Økologisk Landsforening in December. Exports from the smallest of the Scandinavian countries reached in 2015 approximately 270 million EUR, an increase of 15 percent compared to
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A glance at the current taste of organics in the United States

A glance at the current taste of organics in the United States
Fri, 23/12/16 - 07:41
By Adriana Michael


Consumer demand for healthier foods and products that show transparency from field-to-table is bustling. Earlier this year, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2016 Organic Industry Survey revealed that in 2015 total sales of organic products reached a n
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Record attendance at Natural Products Scandinavia

Record attendance at Natural Products Scandinavia
Sat, 17/12/16 - 20:09
By Adriana Michael


The 5th edition of Natural Products Scandinavia and Nordic Organic Food Fair, celebrated at the MalmöMässan in Malmo, Sweden, November 16-17, enjoyed record attendance. Almost 5,000 industry visitors registered, 25% more than in 2015. They were attracted to th
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Bolivian firm leading the pack in Colombia

Bolivian firm leading the pack in Colombia
Wed, 22/06/16 - 07:15
By Adriana Michael


In Colombia, the business model Andean Valley has incorporated to position its brand has proven successful. Sebastian Zamora and Vanessa Parra met Javier Fernandez, while the three of them were in University. When Sebastian and Vanessa moved to Bogota in 2011, they brou
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Andean Valley is committed to “walk the talk”

Andean Valley is committed to “walk the talk”
Fri, 17/06/16 - 06:58
By Adriana Michael


In 1996 leading Bolivian supplier of organic Royal Quinoa foods Andean Valley Corp., embarked on the mission to provide quality of life to everyone involved in the production of its nutritious line, from field to table. Two decades later, the company has created a name
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Beyond organic: More than just green containers

Beyond organic: More than just green containers
Thu, 16/06/16 - 07:26
By Adriana Michael, Warren Beaumont


More Than ‘Just’ Green was Mintel’s clear message across the six key global packaging trends for 2016 announced at the end of last year: “Eco-responsible packaging that empowers social consciousness; clean-label messaging that enhances brand tra
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Bolivian Chia Consortium targets leadership in sustainable seed

Bolivian Chia Consortium targets leadership in sustainable seed
Thu, 16/06/16 - 07:00
By Adriana Michael, Warren Beaumont


Chia seed, one of the most important ‘superfood’ crops now grown in Bolivia, was a major topic at BIOFACH 2016 in Nuremberg this year. The Netherlands’ Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) presented a Bolivian chia market
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Coronilla shines in gluten-free pasta

Coronilla shines in gluten-free pasta
Mon, 01/02/16 - 19:20
By Adriana Michael


Bolivia’s Coronilla provides an original line of quinoa-based pasta and other gluten-free, organic products to world markets. When German-Bolivian industrialist Guillermo Wille arrived in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the city’s best-known monument was “Las Her
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Small Seed, Big Steps

Small Seed, Big Steps
Mon, 01/02/16 - 09:27
By Adriana Michael


According to Grand View Research, the global market for Omega-3 ingredients was estimated at 24.87 tonnes in 2013, and it is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.7% from 2014 to 2020. As the largest market for Omega-3 ingredients in 2013, Europ
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Advantage Health Matters: Better safety and nutrition

Advantage Health Matters: Better safety and nutrition
Wed, 27/01/16 - 09:32
By Adriana Michael


Canada’s Advantage Health Matters, importer and distributor of leading brands of organic whole-based food supplements, has now gained approval to sell chia as a novel food in Europe. Jerry Zeifman, founder of Advantage Health Matters in 2001, says the motivation
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Holy Crap introduces chocolate bar

Holy Crap introduces chocolate bar
Tue, 01/12/15 - 12:56
By Adriana Michael


Holy Crap, the most successful Canadian cereal brand that positioned chia seeds in the market, is expanding its line with its new Holy Crap Chocolate Bar. The Holy Crap’s signature fruit mix of dried cranberries, raisins, and apple bits, and a touch of cinnamon i
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BIOFACH Japan joins FOOD TABLE in JAPAN 2016

BIOFACH Japan joins FOOD TABLE in JAPAN 2016
Tue, 01/12/15 - 12:54
By Adriana Michael


Organic Expo / BIOFACH JAPAN are joining forces with other food trade events next year. The food industry in Japan has changed dynamically. It is becoming increasingly important to include food-related trends and needs from other sectors, the show organizers said. The
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Barbados hosts first Green Summit

Barbados hosts first Green Summit
Tue, 01/09/15 - 10:17
By Adriana Michael


Barbados will host its first Green Summit on September 3rd at the Foursquare Rum Distillery and Heritage Park. The event is an attempt to connect the green business community with the government and agencies involved in sustainable projects on the island. The tiny paradi
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Colombia could become a leading player in the organic sector

Colombia could become a leading player in the organic sector
Sat, 29/08/15 - 11:04
By Adriana Michael


Increased demand for produce free from synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in export markets is attracting Colombian food entrepreneurs and exporters to re-think farming practices. Seeking natural fertilizers, biological pest control, more crop rotation and even organi
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Happy Tree: The coconut water from the north

Happy Tree: The coconut water from the north
Sat, 15/08/15 - 11:32
By Adriana Michael


Naturally flavored bottled waters continue to be the craze with consumers who are consistently looking for the next best thing promoting health and well-being. The bottled water industry is a $13 billion business where everyone on the Who’s Who list of beverage p
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Expoalimentaria attracts increased buyers, business growth

Expoalimentaria attracts increased buyers, business growth
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:39
By Adriana Michael


Peru Natura 2014 pavilion at ExpoalimentariaExpoalimentaria, the largest international trade show in its region, has attracted more buyers and more business over the last few years to consolidate its place as the main trading platform for unique ethnic, organic and gourme
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Stories inside the Summer Edition

Stories inside the Summer Edition
Thu, 25/06/15 - 19:07
By Adriana Michael


Thousands of business visitors attending the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Centre in New York June 28-30 will have an opportunity to see and try the first organic, fair trade and kosher certified plantain chip, which is already exciting palates in California, Canad
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First organic plantain chips on the move

First organic plantain chips on the move
Thu, 25/06/15 - 19:06
By Adriana Michael


Thousands of business visitors attending the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Centre in New York June 28-30 will have an opportunity to see and try the first organic, fair trade and kosher certified plantain chip, which is already exciting palates in California, Canad
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Higher profile for Peruvian superfoods, but challenges ahead

Higher profile for Peruvian superfoods, but challenges ahead
Thu, 25/06/15 - 18:23
By Adriana Michael, Warren Beaumont


Peruvian organic growers and suppliers are developing a high profile for their products in world manufacturing, retail and consumer markets. The South American country is a major source of organically grown and certified ‘superfood’ products such as maca, quin
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Experience Barbados …the organic way

Experience Barbados …the organic way
Tue, 03/02/15 - 17:30
By Adriana Michael


CPRIAfter 21 years since the last edition the Barbados Multinational Fair returned on November 15th with the theme of sustainability and the importance of commitment, voluntarism and cooperation to inspire the positive change we want to be. The event was celebrated at th
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International Chocolate Awards celebrate fine chocolate

International Chocolate Awards celebrate fine chocolate
Tue, 03/02/15 - 14:49
By Adriana Michael


The winners of the 2014 International Chocolate Awards were announced at the World Final in London 4-6 November. The World Final judged the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners from around 950 products entered into the European and Americas Semi-finals and Regional and Nationa
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GoldFoods: Top superfoods from field to shelf

GoldFoods: Top superfoods from field to shelf
Mon, 02/02/15
By Adriana Michael


Pedro Peñalver Fernández (left) and Juan Pablo AltamiranoWith 20 years experience growing food, farmers Juan Pablo Altamirano and Pedro Peñalver Fernández saw great potential in the chia business, a crop introduced from Central America to Argen
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At Native sustainability works

At Native sustainability works
Sun, 19/10/14 - 21:42
By Adriana Michael


It has been almost 30 years since Native Alimentos Organicos Ltd., the leading Brazilian producer of organic sugar and ethanol started the journey to turn a 68-year-old, third generation family owned enterprise into one of the world’s largest organic and biodynamic
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Brazil to become a global organic food power

Brazil to become a global organic food power
Sat, 26/07/14 - 00:54
By Adriana Michael


Brazil is the fifth largest country in size, with a population of 199 million, and is the world’s sixth-largest economy with a GDP of around US$2.2 trillion. It is a member of the G20, the G7 and the BRICS countries. Over the past decade the South American nation h
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The return of the banana

The return of the banana
Sun, 20/07/14 - 21:30
By Adriana Michael


Looking for the ultimate snack that meets all of your requirements? One that consumers of all ages and tastes will find delicious, nutritious, convenient, affordable and sustainable? Try Barnana®. It is a whole banana in a bar, in bite sizes- an innovative solution, i
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ITAIPU: A success story cultivating good water

ITAIPU: A success story cultivating good water
Wed, 25/06/14 - 23:53
By Adriana Michael


Is it possible to achieve sustainable development? Many have written about the topic. Projects and programs reflect good theories and intentions, but it is seldom possible to see the high community participation and consistent positive change to the extent the ITAIPU Bina
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Sustainability, main theme at Expoalimentaria 2014

Sustainability, main theme at Expoalimentaria 2014
Wed, 25/06/14 - 23:35
By Adriana Michael


Considered the most important food fair in Latin America, Peru prepares for its sixth edition of Expoalimentaria. The event takes place at the “Jockey Exposition Center” in Lima from the 27th to 29th of August 2014. This year, the exhibition will focus especia
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Living the “raw” lifestyle with Manuela Scalini

Living the “raw” lifestyle with Manuela Scalini
Wed, 25/06/14 - 21:29
By Adriana Michael


When international Brazilian born Raw Food Chef and Certified Yoga Instructor Manuela Scalini landed in Barbados in 2010, she knew this tiny lush island between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean offered the perfect stage for her culinary workshops and her “ R
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Libre Tea Reflects Vision of What and Where Tea Can Be

Libre Tea Reflects Vision of What and Where Tea Can Be
Tue, 04/02/14 - 23:44
By Adriana Michael


“We believe that capturing a blissful tea moment, wherever you happen to be, allow you to connect and reflect – with yourself and the world.” This is how eco-conscious entrepreneur Wendy Weir introduces the inspiration and concept of Libre Tea, her thri
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Latin American premium chocolate growth deserves fair prices

Latin American premium chocolate growth deserves fair prices
Sun, 02/02/14 - 19:27
By Adriana Michael


There is growing demand for dark, fine and organic cacao and chocolate made at the source, particularly from Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. These countries developed a global reputation for higher flavor and more unique, rare cacao bean chocolate. However, a major issue is
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Certification and regulation systems must become more efficient

Certification and regulation systems must become more efficient
Sun, 02/02/14 - 19:26
By Adriana Michael


OWN asked industry players about the major accomplishments and obstacles the organic and sustainable sectors have experienced over the past decade. Markus Pandur, of UHTCO Corp EU, highlighted a common concern that needs to be addressed: the cost of regulation, certifica
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América Orgánica celebrates best foods in the continent

América Orgánica celebrates best foods in the continent
Sat, 01/02/14 - 19:28
By Adriana Michael


Many years of travelling abroad led Venezuelan entrepreneur Nicolas Ramirez Osio to visiting gourmet and natural health food stores such as Whole Foods Market. During those retail tours he noticed how acai, quinoa, chia and other nutritious foods presented in fancy packag
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Spotlight on Chile

Spotlight on Chile
Sat, 01/02/14 - 19:26
By Adriana Michael


Although organic farming in Chile started in the early 1980s, the sector only took off in the mid-1990s. Having been a supplier of off-season fresh and frozen fruit mainly for countries in the northern hemisphere, large conventional fruit and wine companies with export ex
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Organic Fairs

Organic Fairs
Sat, 01/02/14 - 12:00
By Adriana Michael


Organic Trade Fairs Crucial to Sector Growth By Adriana Michael – as printed in O.W.N. Spring 2004 Trade fairs have been an important aspect in the development of every industry since the Middle Ages and the organic sector is no exception. Exhibitors meet clients a
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In Peru international forum for biotrade exceeds expectations

In Peru international forum for biotrade exceeds expectations
Sun, 15/12/13 - 23:34
By Adriana Michael


The international forum and business roundtable “Biotrade, Sustainable Business Model and Social Inclusion”, celebrated at the Lima Chamber of Commerce on October 14th, generated business transactions expected to exceed US$7 million. The Forum, one of the sev
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Quinoa key players confident of Andean supply

Quinoa key players confident of Andean supply
Thu, 12/12/13 - 09:41
By Adriana Michael


The United Nations declared 2013 “The International Year of Quinoa” in recognition of the indigenous communities from the Andean highlands, who have domesticized this unique crop with its high nutrient content. But the global quinoa craze started in recent yea
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Latin American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit presents industry advances

Latin American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit presents industry advances
Fri, 15/11/13 - 02:15
By Adriana Michael


At the second edition of the Latin American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Sao Paulo, October 15-17 over 150 entrepreneurs gathered to share accomplishments and discuss challenges in the development of a social and environmentally responsible cosmetics industry. In a se
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Bees help MN Propolis thrive

Bees help MN Propolis thrive
Thu, 14/11/13 - 22:28
By Adriana Michael


After migrating from Japan to Brazil, Mr. Norihito Matsuda discovered the health benefits of propolis while working in the poultry industry as a young electrical engineer. Propolis was used to clean minor cuts and scratches. It was also effective in alleviating sore trota
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Organic products show highest demand at 5th Expoalimentaria

Organic products show highest demand at 5th Expoalimentaria
Thu, 14/11/13 - 02:06
By Adriana Michael


Organic and ethnic were the product categories in highest demand during the 5th edition of Expoalimentaria Peru, October 15-17th. Over 2,300 international buyers and 33,000 visitors from 50 countries attended the annual international event. This year 600 exhibitors from 1
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Expoalimentaria displays best food in Latin America

Expoalimentaria displays best food in Latin America
Tue, 10/09/13 - 03:22
By Adriana Michael


The 5th Edition of Expoalimentaria, the most international platform for food trade in the Andean region, returns to Lima October 15-17 at the Jockey Exhibition Center. In an area of 20,800 m2 around 600 exhibitors (25% from abroad) will exhibit a wide range of fresh prod
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Natexpo 2013 welcomes buyers with new features, more products

Natexpo 2013 welcomes buyers with new features, more products
Thu, 05/09/13 - 04:32
By Adriana Michael


NATEXPO, the leading international biennial fair for French organic, dietary and ecologic food and products returns for the 2013 exhibition, to be held October 20-22 at Paris-Nord Villepinte in Hall 7. Retailers will converge on this unique b2b exhibition, featuring what&
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UHTCO Corp. goes back to its roots

UHTCO Corp. goes back to its roots
Wed, 28/08/13 - 13:46
By Adriana Michael


UHTCO Corp., a Canadian firm of Peruvian origins, has been expanding. It has introduced its newest product line, Peruvian Harvest, this year. This new retail range of light processed and unique ready-to-eat and easy-to- prepare super foods from the rich Peruvian cuisine w
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Toronto’s Europe Now celebrates second edition

Toronto’s Europe Now celebrates second edition
Mon, 26/08/13 - 10:28
By Adriana Michael


The 2nd annual international trade show and matchmaking forum Europe NOW Lifestyle Expo is scheduled for September 23-25, at the Toronto Congress Centre. Canada’s unique business forum dedicated to promoting trade and investments with Europe and the USA consists of
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WAWA: Quinoa gains momentum in the baby food market

WAWA: Quinoa gains momentum in the baby food market
Mon, 29/04/13 - 04:53
By Adriana Michael


When Sienna, daughter of entrepreneur Viviana Soruco turned 11 months and was introduced to more solid foods, she experienced severe gastroenteritis and asthma. In spite of consulting several specialists and taking all prescribed medications her condition only got worse.
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Cabolqui celebrates International Year of Bolivian Royal Quinoa

Cabolqui celebrates International Year of Bolivian Royal Quinoa
Sun, 28/04/13 - 05:25
By Adriana Michael


The United Nations has declared 2013 the “International Year of Quinoa” and its official launch took place on February 20th at its headquarters in New York City. Several events will be organized around the world in an attempt to increase public awareness
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Symbiosis at La Campera generates sustainable mushroom business

Symbiosis at La Campera generates sustainable mushroom business
Fri, 26/04/13 - 00:15
By Adriana Michael


A report about a project to market amazing edible pine forest mushrooms from Pinus Radiata conducted by the marginalized community of San Isidro de Marayhuaca Incahuasi with the Peruvian government agency AGRORURAL, sparked in entrepreneur Armando Chang the idea to partne
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Super foods meet gourmet, mainstream

Super foods meet gourmet, mainstream
Thu, 25/04/13 - 22:57
By Adriana Michael, Warren Beaumont


The health food industry has received a major boost with an increased presence of organic, Kosher, Halal and gluten-free products at international food fairs. One of the 10 halls under the Anuga umbrella in Germany is for organic foods; more and more gourmet produ
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Berrico Foodcompany: Sharing a passion for cranberries

Berrico Foodcompany: Sharing a passion for cranberries
Fri, 08/02/13 - 00:01
By Adriana Michael


Dutch citizen Renno van Dijk discovered cranberries and developed a fascination for the unique red fruit and other berries, while studying in the U.S. He learned that, besides providing a great touch to the traditional turkey Thanksgiving dinner at U.S. and Canadian homes
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The hidden costs of food

The hidden costs of food
Tue, 05/02/13 - 05:30
By Adriana Michael


Our food system is dysfunctional, with conventional farming methods unsustainable and nutrient-deficient, according to journalist and food waste expert Jonathan Bloom. As a result, one-third of adults in the U.S. suffer from diabetes and other chronic diseases related to
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Fine chocolate professionals receive recognition at Excellence Awards

Fine chocolate professionals receive recognition at Excellence Awards
Sun, 03/02/13 - 03:14
By Adriana Michael


L to R: S Peralta (Pacari-Chocolate), Andal Balu (CocoaTown LLC), Mary Jo Stojak (FICA) and Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer (The French Pastry School)The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) honored on January 19 four chocolate professionals recognized for their outstanding pe
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Holy Crap rockets to the International Space Station

Holy Crap rockets to the International Space Station
Sun, 13/01/13 - 22:48
By Adriana Michael


Canadian astronaut Chris HadfieldCanadian astronaut Chris Hadfield embarked on his third trek beyond the earth’s atmosphere on December 19, along with NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, to spend five months at the International Space
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Cranberry: Shimmering super fruit

Cranberry: Shimmering super fruit
Sun, 13/01/13 - 22:37
By Adriana Michael


It’s one of the most magnificent scenes in nature: a sea of red set against clear, pristine water, reflecting the blue sky and the deep red tones of fall. At closer observation, the little red beads ebb and flow atop the water, reflecting sunlight, like floating rub
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St Lawrence Market: the world’s number one

St Lawrence Market: the world’s number one
Tue, 06/11/12 - 03:02
By Adriana Michael


The St. Lawrence Market was named in April 2012 as the world’s best food market by The National Geographic. It was featured as Number One among the Top Ten Best in the chapter “Outstanding Markets: Journeys to the World’s Greatest Food Bazaars” of
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Foods with added value a natural expansion for Bolivian entrepreneurs

Foods with added value a natural expansion for Bolivian entrepreneurs
Fri, 14/09/12 - 20:07
By Adriana Michael


According to the 2010 Report conducted by Global Entrepreneurial Monitor, only 12% of Bolivian entrepreneurs are willing to introduce innovative practices to their businesses. With no doubt entrepreneur Lily Zuna belongs to this small percentage. Her company Ascex Trading
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Peruvian Harvest presents first all natural yacon nectar

Peruvian Harvest presents first all natural yacon nectar
Fri, 14/09/12 - 16:59
By Adriana Michael


UHTCO Corporation is introducing this season a new product under its label Peruvian Harvest® the first all natural yacon root nectar with no added sugar or preservatives to quench your thirst and sweet tooth. Presented in 8oz bottles available to retailers in cases of
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Best Ground launches first Fair Trade certified agave

Best Ground launches first Fair Trade certified agave
Tue, 08/05/12 - 20:17
By Adriana Michael


Mexican agave supplier Best Ground received this year, Fair Trade certification for all products, coming from its partner plant Bioagaves de la Costa, the first certification of this kind ever granted in the sector. The process was possible thanks to the fact that the pro
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First Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Brazil confirmed

First Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Brazil confirmed
Tue, 08/05/12 - 10:58
By Adriana Michael


Organic Monitor recently announced that its first Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Latin America will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24-26th. Participants and speakers will discuss technical and marketing issues and challenges associated with developing truly
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Popped quinoa with natural flavors, a favorite at Machu Picchu Foods

Popped quinoa with natural flavors, a favorite at Machu Picchu Foods
Mon, 07/05/12 - 15:41
By Adriana Michael


Machu Picchu Foods, leading Peruvian supplier of chocolate, cacao and coffee has introduced a unique line of popped quinoa with natural flavors, attracting buyers at BioFach, Expo West and Sial Canada this year. The new products come in mint, strawberry, orange, citrus pu
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Spotlight on chia in cereal bars

Spotlight on chia in cereal bars
Sun, 06/05/12 - 14:21
By Warren Beaumont, Adriana Michael


From animal clay shapes with sprouted seeds popular in the U.S. market during the 1980s, to superfood known by a few foodies and found at some natural health food stores in the 1990s, Chia seeds have been gaining momentum during the last five years reaching now the full s
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In Denmark, commitment to sustainable production increases

In Denmark, commitment to sustainable production increases
Tue, 28/02/12 - 17:50
By Adriana Michael


Denmark might be a small northern European country, but it shows perhaps the biggest commitment to a lifestyle and business practices based on social and environmental responsibility. The Danes are resourceful and have good eye for product design and taste, two strong att
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Agave promises a durable, sustainable fibre

Agave promises a durable, sustainable fibre
Mon, 27/02/12 - 19:37
By Adriana Michael


Blue Agave (Weber Tequilana) is not only known for its use in the production of the natural sweetener agave syrup and tequila, Mexico’s national alcoholic beverage. It is also a crop with potential for other economically and environmentally sustainable applications,
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Slovenia embraces Peruvian superfoods

Slovenia embraces Peruvian superfoods
Wed, 22/02/12 - 17:41
By Adriana Michael


A small country of just two million in the heart of Europe, where the Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Pannonian plains and the Karst caves, Slovenia is becoming an attractive country for organic foods and LOHAS lifestyles. The charming nation attracts business people
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MARAP finds nutrient-rich oasis

MARAP finds nutrient-rich oasis
Sun, 19/02/12 - 16:00
By Adriana Michael


Imagine a wide, sunny and fertile oasis, 800 metres above sea level, at the foot of the impressive Himalayan mountain range, with a pristine air and water supply. Now picture a ground full of rich soil, free of man-made chemicals, nurturing 65 types of nuts, fruits and ve
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Organics in India: The time is right!

Organics in India: The time is right!
Wed, 15/02/12 - 09:48
By Adriana Michael


India’s agriculture is at the crossroads. Hundreds of farmers who had tried “chemical farming” are turning to multiple-crops and organic farming, not only because of the high cost involved in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and the seeds supplied by th
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Trends to watch this year

Trends to watch this year
Tue, 07/02/12 - 19:37
By Warren Beaumont, Adriana Michael


This past year was one of change. In 2011, the global population reached seven billion, food prices continued to climb and a gloomy economy clouded with social and political uncertainty prevailed. Natural disasters like the devastating tsunami in Japan shocked the world a
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What makes a high quality agave syrup

What makes a high quality agave syrup
Thu, 02/02/12 - 09:00
By Adriana Michael


Demand for natural sweeteners to replace refined white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is on the rise. Alternatives like agave syrup have taken front stage. There are more than 200 types of agave plants. Agave syrup and another sweetener called insulin are only made f
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BLK, the dark side of water, is “in”

BLK, the dark side of water, is “in”
Mon, 09/01/12 - 07:20
By Adriana Michael


Canadian sisters Louise and Jacqueline Wilkie of Eclipse Concepts have been busy selling their unique “black water.” Presented in a sleek clear glass bottle with the white bold letters BLK at the front, the deep black liquid is intriguing. Is it an alcoholic d
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Oogave organic sodas provide the agave advantage

Oogave organic sodas provide the agave advantage
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:56
By Adriana Michael


Oogave’s line of all-natural certified organic sodas challenges the conventional soda status quo, and proves that amazing taste can be achieved without artificial ingredients or chemicals. What began as Esteban Anson’s journey to find a healthy soda for his na
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Buffalo Natur introduces stone paper at Expo East

Buffalo Natur introduces stone paper at Expo East
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:26
By Adriana Michael


At Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore this fall, the 51-year-old Canadian firm Buffalo Original Inc. introduced Buffalo Natur, an innovative, environmentally-friendly line of school and office supplies made with a variety of post-consumer and post-industrial material
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Peruvian Sacha Inchi: promising premium source of omega 3s

Peruvian Sacha Inchi: promising premium source of omega 3s
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:17
By Adriana Michael, Lesly Vera


Peru is the major producer of Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis Linneo) also known as the “Inca Peanut,” a super food for its high content of Omega 3,6 and 9 and antioxidant properties. With a lifespan of over 10 years, the twining vine, native to the hot and
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3rd Expoalimentaria  in Lima hailed a success

3rd Expoalimentaria in Lima hailed a success
Sat, 10/12/11 - 02:59
By Adriana Michael


The third edition of Expoalimentaria celebrated Sep 28-30 in Lima, Peru consolidated the fair as a leading stage for international trade in the food & beverages sectors in the region. Increased awareness of the diversity offered by Peruvian gastronomy, its unique ingr
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Trader Andean Naturals expands taking quinoa to the next level

Trader Andean Naturals expands taking quinoa to the next level
Sat, 10/12/11 - 02:15
By Adriana Michael


Committed to its mission of “sharing quinoa with the world,” California-based Andean Naturals will open Jacha Inti S.A. (JISA) in La Paz, Bolivia. Starting in January 2012, this new state-of-the art-facility will gather, process and co-pack organic quinoa from
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Quinoa producer COOPAIN Cabana  receives the “Aji de Plata” Mistura award

Quinoa producer COOPAIN Cabana receives the “Aji de Plata” Mistura award
Sat, 26/11/11 - 15:45
By Adriana Michael


While Bolivia is the number one producer of quinoa and exports over 85% of its Royal grain, Peru is the world’s number one consumer of quinoa and exports about ten percent of its local production. And the best quinoa available in Peru is produced by COOPAIN Cabana,
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Quinoa: Organic certification not enough

Quinoa: Organic certification not enough
Thu, 27/10/11 - 15:01
By Adriana Michael


The boom for quinoa continues. Beyond the natural health food stores, the rich golden grain is also finding a prominent presence at conventional supermarkets and trendy restaurants around the globe. Originally a South American staple grown in peasant farmer fields in the
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Recession or Not, Green Still the Way to Go

Recession or Not, Green Still the Way to Go
Wed, 26/10/11 - 01:13
By Adriana Michael


Unemployment rates have been on the rise around the world, and the financial crisis at its peak in strong countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. This uncertainty anticipated a gloomy economy and a tough business environment for 2009. The good news is tha
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Woodshade Organics: when passion meets chocolate

Woodshade Organics: when passion meets chocolate
Thu, 20/10/11 - 16:00
By Adriana Michael


Danish entrepreneur Lars Frederiksen has long believed that the best way to make people feel good and stimulate all senses comes with some pleasant taste and smell from the kitchen. That belief inspired him to follow his passion and ultimately manage a company that would
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Organic Monitor: 10 years of empowering, informing industry

Organic Monitor: 10 years of empowering, informing industry
Mon, 17/10/11 - 08:53
By Adriana Michael


It was a summer job at a well-known retailer that first inspired entrepreneur Amarjit Sahota, founder of market research firm Organic Monitor, to pursue his passion for ethical and ecological causes. “As a student in my first year at university, I worked for The Bo
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Finestra sul Cielo Espana acquires Quinua Real Brasil

Finestra sul Cielo Espana acquires Quinua Real Brasil
Fri, 14/10/11 - 09:04
By Adriana Michael


Leading Spanish organic distributor La Finestra sul Cielo España, a sister company of Italian organic pioneer La Finestra sul Cielo, has become major shareholder of Brazilian organic pioneer firm Quinua Real Brasil Ltda. in May this year. The merger with the larges
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Expoalimentaria, best of Peru and the region

Expoalimentaria, best of Peru and the region
Fri, 07/10/11 - 14:36
By Adriana Michael


Over 500 exhibitors will gather this coming Sep 28-30 in Lima Peru at Expoalimentaria, one of the most dynamic international showcases for the food industry in the region. A wide range of foods and ingredients, machinery, packaging and other equipment and services will be
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TerraFertil : Profitability through diversification

TerraFertil : Profitability through diversification
Wed, 22/06/11 - 09:32
By Adriana Michael


In 2005 brothers David and Raul Bermeo Izurieta left their jobs in the corporate world to follow their entrepreneurial spirit. They were eager to start a new venture that would make a positive impact, without following the same conventional business model of most banana,
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PeruNatura displays biodiversity at Expoalimentaria

PeruNatura displays biodiversity at Expoalimentaria
Wed, 15/06/11 - 11:07
By Adriana Michael


Once again Peru Natura will be one of main highlights at the 3rd Expoalimentaria in Lima, September 28-30, 2011. The pavilion will showcase the best natural and organic certified ingredients, fruits and vegetables, exotic products, herbs and cereals from Peru’s bio-
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UHTCO enters food retail with Peruvian Harvest®

UHTCO enters food retail with Peruvian Harvest®
Sun, 12/06/11 - 10:56
By Adriana Michael


First was Italian, followed by Greek and Mexican; then was Indian, Japanese and Thai. The trend for ethnic foods is growing and shifting as migration, travelling, the internet and celebrity chefs connect people to indulge in the tastes and flavours from around the world.
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FI Europe celebrates 25th anniversary

FI Europe celebrates 25th anniversary
Thu, 09/06/11 - 08:16
By Adriana Michael


Food Ingredients Europe and Natural Ingredients 2011 comes to the Paris Nord Villepente, France November 29-December 1. In its 25th anniversary, the primary event of the industry is expected to be larger than ever. With over 1500 exhibitors and more than 23,000 food &
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Spotlight on the Asian hotel and spa market at Natural Products Expo Asia

Spotlight on the Asian hotel and spa market at Natural Products Expo Asia
Thu, 02/06/11 - 15:59
By Adriana Michael


The spa and hospitality sectors will be a major highlight at New Hope Media’s 9th Natural Products Expo Asia, returning to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, August 25-27. Although it is still a small market for natural and organic certified foods, sup
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Successful 5th year for BioFach China

Successful 5th year for BioFach China
Wed, 01/06/11 - 08:01
By Adriana Michael


BioFach China celebrated its 5th edition May 26-28 with an additional 14% exhibition space and 9% more exhibitors at the Intex Exhibition Center in Shanghai. This year’s event featured products from 350 exhibitors, including an Italian pavilion and firms from Austri
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The iidea Company celebrates 20 years

The iidea Company celebrates 20 years
Sat, 30/12/99
By Adriana Michael


The iidea Company, the first firm to industrially market agave syrup is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The Mexican pioneer in the production of this natural sweetener obtained from Weber’s blue agave plant started operations in Guadalajara, Mexico in 19
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