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Raising the snack bar

Raising the snack bar
Tue, 12/12/17 - 16:05
By O.W.N News Network


The Cornucopia Institute just released Raising the Bar, Choosing Healthy Snack Bars versus Gimmicky Junk Food a report exposing misleading marketing practices by large food industry firms that market candy-like snack and energy bars as wholesome and nutritious. The repor
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Pesticide residues found in 77 percent of all foods in the US

Pesticide residues found in 77 percent of all foods in the US
Thu, 07/12/17 - 09:00


With fears rising globally about the threat from mega-mergers between so-called 'crop science' giants, and more studies showing connections between agricultural chemicals and cancer, a timely release is the second book from Andre Leu, called Poisoning Our Children: The Pa
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Major cocoa suppliers pledge action on deforestation

Major cocoa suppliers pledge action on deforestation
Wed, 06/12/17 - 09:10
By O.W.N News Network


Multinational chocolate companies and traders attended the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in November 2017 where the World Cocoa Foundation said top cocoa-producing countries Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and leading chocolate and cocoa companies, announced f
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Under pressure for brand sale, Hain acquires UK sweeteners

Under pressure for brand sale, Hain acquires UK sweeteners
Tue, 05/12/17 - 18:00


Major US natural and organic products company Hain Celestial Inc's acquisition of British maple syrup and natural sweeteners maker Clarks UK in early December may not stop rumours that Hain Celestial is a takeover target for Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle. Hain Cele
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Casino signs Ocado e-commerce deal while Amazon Fresh stops deliveries

Casino signs Ocado e-commerce deal while Amazon Fresh stops deliveries
Tue, 05/12/17 - 17:10
By O.W.N News Network


French grocery supermarket/hypermarket retailer Groupe Casino has signed a deal to use British online retailer Ocado’s e-commerce platform by developing the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) in France. Also, Amazon signaled it would end AmazonFresh grocery delivery service
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Nestle buys Canadian Atrium for $2.3 billion

Nestle buys Canadian Atrium for $2.3 billion
Tue, 05/12/17 - 17:00
By O.W.N News Network


Faced with its weakest nine-month sales in many years, Nestle SA has made its biggest investment in health and nutrition since 2006 after making a deal to buy Canadian dietary supplements and vitamin maker Atrium Innovations for $2.3 billion in a bid for growth beyond sta
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Organic diversity, plant breeding, more expo halls for BIOFACH 2018

Organic diversity, plant breeding, more expo halls for BIOFACH 2018
Tue, 05/12/17 - 11:00
By O.W.N News Network


An introduction to organic plant and animal breeding, organic product diversity, new food and cosmetic trends, and insight into “the next generation of the organic industry” are some of the highlights at the 2018 edition of the World’s Leading Trade Fair
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Canada and the US look to organic equivalency with Mexico

Canada and the US look to organic equivalency with Mexico
Mon, 04/12/17 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


Marco Coppola and Brad Michnik of Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership at Biofach 2017, STEP did a trade mission to Mexico in 2017Both the United States and Canada are now working towards organic equivalency with Mexico, with the United States and Mexico forming a
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New World Board at IFOAM – Organics International

New World Board at IFOAM – Organics International
Thu, 30/11/17 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


IFOAM – Organics International announced that a new World Board for 2017-2020 was elected at the General Assembly in India. Peggy Miars (USA) will lead the organisation as IFOAM's new president, supported by Jennifer Chang (South Korea) and Frank Eyhorn (Switzerland
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Expo West 2018 expanding and hosting Climate Change Day

Expo West 2018 expanding and hosting Climate Change Day
Wed, 29/11/17 - 09:20
By Clara Paz


The 38th annual Natural Products Expo West & Engredea, the world's most significant b2b event in the organic and natural products sector is practically sold out even though it has expanded its exhibition area for 2018. The fast-paced event organized by New Hope Netwo
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Mexico: attractive market for organic trade

Mexico: attractive market for organic trade
Mon, 04/12/17 - 09:00
By Adriana Michael


The 5th edition of the annual Mexican Healthy Products Summit is returning to Puerto Vallarta. This popular and successful trade event will be hosted at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center on January 26-28, 2018. The Summit offers a cost-effective way
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Ecovia ready for 8th North America Foods Summit

Ecovia ready for 8th North America Foods Summit
Fri, 01/12/17 - 09:00
By Adriana Michael


The 8th North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit returns to San Francisco on 30-31st January. Organized by UK based Ecovia Intelligence (formerly known as Organic Monitor) the agenda during the two-day event is structured in four sessions with speakers cover
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“Community” now central to PCC Natural Markets

“Community” now central to PCC Natural Markets
Thu, 16/11/17 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


PCC Natural Markets, now has a new name – PCC Community Markets – reflecting its community-focused mission and new services celebrating local producers, organic foods and healthy eating. The name change was announced in September, by community-owned PCC Natura
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Measuring Sustainability

Measuring Sustainability
Wed, 15/11/17 - 08:00
By Adriana Michael


SFTA members such as Nutiva, Wholesum Harvest, and Viva Tierra are making significant progress in sustainable packaging using a high percentage of recycled and recyclable materials. Some are making improvements that allow them to ship more efficiently. The Sustainable Foo
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A step closer to zero waste

A step closer to zero waste
Wed, 15/11/17 - 07:30
By Warren Beaumont


Numi launched completely compostable tea bag wraps Going 'Beyond Organic' and providing truly sustainable, recyclable, biodegradable and compostable packaging with low environmental impact is becoming an important achievement for companies selling certified organic food
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IFOAM announced winners of the 2017 OFIA awards

IFOAM announced winners of the 2017 OFIA awards
Fri, 10/11/17 - 13:30
By O.W.N News Network


The winners of the 2017 Organic Farming Innovation Awards (OFIA) were announced on 10 November 2017 at an awards ceremony during the Organic World Congress in New Delhi, India announced IFOAM Organics International in a release. Winner of the OFIA Grand Prize Mr. Mike H
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Bitters in Bloom, herbs growing in health market

Bitters in Bloom, herbs growing in health market
Fri, 10/11/17 - 08:00
By Warren Beaumont


Dandelion herbal teas and coffee substitutes are one of the bitter herbs in demand in the specialist channel.A recent SPINS research Trend Watch looked at some emerging but lesser-known botanical herbs and highlighted Dandelion, Wormwood, Ginger, Reishi and Turmeric and o
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Natural Products Scandinavia returns to Malmo

Natural Products Scandinavia returns to Malmo
Mon, 06/11/17 - 20:15
By O.W.N News Network


The 6th edition of Natural Products Scandinavia and the Nordic Food Fair are returning to MalmöMässan in the fairtrade city of Malmo, Sweden 15-16 of November. Over 400 exhibitors will greet around 5500 trade visitors and present their latest natural and organic
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'Dirty' Cocoa' fells West Africa's rainforest

'Dirty' Cocoa' fells West Africa's rainforest
Thu, 02/11/17
By O.W.N News Network


More than 90 percent of the protected land in Ivory Coast has been lost to coca farming. Caption Mighty EarthBig supermarkets have chocolate aisles full of dark and milk chocolate blocks, often at unbelievable discount prices while growers earn a pittance. Now the convent
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France cuts subsidy for organic farmers

France cuts subsidy for organic farmers
Wed, 01/11/17 - 20:44
By Warren Beaumont


French president Emmanuel Macron's ambitions to shake up the food sector and ensure producers are price setters rather than price takers, addressing the imbalance of power in the food sector that would return more money to farmers, are at odds with French government plans
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Amazon flags new grocery format with Whole Foods integration

Amazon flags new grocery format with Whole Foods integration
Wed, 01/11/17 - 20:11
By O.W.N News Network


According to US business news sources such as Quartz and Reuters, Amazon is working on developing new grocery store formats as part of its integration with natural and organic chain Whole Foods Market. The new concept will be where online meets offline for Amazon and its
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Scotland targets organic in schools and catering following Denmark’s success

Scotland targets organic in schools and catering following Denmark’s success
Wed, 01/11/17 - 20:03
By O.W.N News Network


An ambitious program from the Soil Association in the UK to have more organic meals served in public sector kitchens received a boost in October, following calls by the Soil Association Scotland for healthier food to be provided on the menu and as a way of life in schools
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Major leadership changes for IFOAM – Organics International

Major leadership changes for IFOAM – Organics International
Wed, 01/11/17 - 20:00
By Warren Beaumont


The senior leadership of IFOAM – Organics International is about to change in the next half-year from November when The General Assembly of IFOAM – Organics International will elect a new world board and a new president on 12-13 November 2017, in New Delhi, fo
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Unilever launches organic tea, acquires Brazil's Mae Terra

Unilever launches organic tea, acquires Brazil's Mae Terra
Wed, 01/11/17
By Warren Beaumont


Lipton works with Rainforest Alliance to ensure tea is sourced sustainablyFollowing its acquisition of the world's fastest-growing organic tea brand in UK organic herbal tea company Pukka Herbs Ltd in September, the US division of UK-Dutch food conglomerate Unilever said
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Kellogg, Nestle snap up US snack bar, vegan foods

Kellogg, Nestle snap up US snack bar, vegan foods
Wed, 01/11/17
By Warren Beaumont


RXBAR protein bars.Big food makers are betting on healthier and environmentally-conscious foods and tapping into new brands to make up for falling sales of sugary, processed products. Kellogg is buying protein-bar Maker RXBAR for $600 Million, while Nestle is expanding it
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 The world’s largest international food fair confirms sustainable megatrends

The world’s largest international food fair confirms sustainable megatrends
Fri, 20/10/17 - 10:05
By Adriana Michael


Anuga, the world’s most significant food event which takes place in Cologne every two years, closed its 34th edition this month, with 7,405 exhibitors from 107 countries showcasing their latest products to 165,000 trade visitors from 198 countries. According to the
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Loblaw cuts 500 jobs as big grocers go digital

Loblaw cuts 500 jobs as big grocers go digital
Wed, 18/10/17 - 10:00
By Warren Beaumont


Loblaw's MarketCanada's largest grocery chain Loblaw Companies Ltd is cutting about 500 jobs across the company, and plans to reinvest the savings into digital and e-commerce services, the company said on October 16 as Loblaw, competitor Metro and US chain Ahold step up t
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Swedish agency maps hazardous chemicals

Swedish agency maps hazardous chemicals
Tue, 03/10/17 - 10:30
By Warren Beaumont


The Swedish Chemicals Agency will map hazardous substances in rubber, silicone, paper and board; targeting chemicals of concern not yet regulated in the EU. In an article published on September 19, 2017, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch reported that the Swedish C
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Danish retailer pushes for ban on PFASs and bisphenols

Danish retailer pushes for ban on PFASs and bisphenols
Mon, 02/10/17 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


Coop Denmark, which operates major supermarkets such as Super Brugsen, Irma and Fakta, has launched a campaign on ‘cocktails’ of hazardous chemicals in consumer products, and urged the Danish government to ban per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and
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Moderate fat consumption better than high carbohydrate diet

Moderate fat consumption better than high carbohydrate diet
Wed, 30/08/17 - 11:00
By Warren Beaumont


Diane van Zwanenberg of Coconut Matter, Hong Kong, showing Nuilife's certified organic coconut oil from the Solomon Islands at NOPA Hong KongA new longitudinal cohort study published by UK medical journal The Lancet could help raise the profile of saturated fats such as c
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SunOpta exits flexible re-sealable pouch products

SunOpta exits flexible re-sealable pouch products
Mon, 21/08/17 - 10:15
By O.W.N News Network


Major Vancouver, Canada based organic and natural/non-GMO foods manufacturer SunOpta pulled a major surprise in mid-2017 when it announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell equipment used in the production of flexible, re-sealable pouches from its Allentown, PA
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Whole Foods shelves and promotion move to supermarket model

Whole Foods shelves and promotion move to supermarket model
Mon, 25/09/17 - 10:00
By Warren Beaumont


Under changes planned for April 2018, leading North American natural and organic grocer Whole Foods Market will change the way companies can sell and promote their products in its stores and do away with allowing representatives of lesser-known products into the stores to
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Natura finalizes The Body Shop deal

Natura finalizes The Body Shop deal
Mon, 11/09/17 - 08:05
By O.W.N News Network


Natura Cosmeticos, the Brazilian leader in the cosmetics industry with an estimated $2.5 billion in 2015 revenue, announced that it has finalized the acquisition of The Body Shop from French group L’Oréal after achieving permission by the competition watchdog
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Unilever acquires Pukka Herbs

Unilever acquires Pukka Herbs
Fri, 08/09/17 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


UK-Dutch food conglomerate Unilever announced in September it had acquired the world's fastest-growing organic tea brand Pukka Herbs Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Unilever said Pukka fits its sustainable growth model, with the pioneer herbal tea to remain an organic and et
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BIOFACH  will host new fair in Thailand

BIOFACH will host new fair in Thailand
Tue, 05/09/17 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


NürnbergMesse has announced the launch of its 7th BIOFACH event BIOFACH South East Asia, to open its doors July 12-15 next year, at the IMPACT Exhibition Center in Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand. The fair will run at the same time as Natural Expo South East Asia, whic
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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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The State of Organics in Canada

The State of Organics in Canada
Fri, 01/09/17 - 20:00
By Kelly Roesler


The Canada Organic Trade Association’s (COTA) recent publication, The State of Organics: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report 2017, provides a comprehensive and interesting read about the current level of development of the organic sector in each provin
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Natexpo 2017 reflects healthy French market

Natexpo 2017 reflects healthy French market
Fri, 01/09/17 - 19:35
By Warren Beaumont


Industry confidence in the French organic and natural products market is highly positive approaching the 2017 edition of Natexpo, the French bi-annual international trade show for organic products, helped by a record-breaking 800 plus exhibitors taking space (580 in 2015)
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 Organic retail boom in France

Organic retail boom in France
Fri, 01/09/17 - 19:30
By Warren Beaumont


Organic consumption in France has shown robust growth over the last decade with sales by specialist bio stores, hypermarkets and supermarkets, and the food service showing exceptional double-digit growth since 2014. The French market is outperforming Europe's number one o
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French Specialist Bio stores outpace larger chains

French Specialist Bio stores outpace larger chains
Fri, 01/09/17 - 19:25
By Warren Beaumont


French specialist Bio stores had a higher (20 percent-plus) sales growth and market share in organic grocery and fruits and vegetables compared to the hypermarket/supermarket channel in 2016, a trend that has continued since 2011. Outside the large retail groups Carrefou
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From film production to social enterprise

From film production to social enterprise
Fri, 01/09/17 - 16:10
By Claudia Vasquez Alarcon


When filmmaker Rémi Denecheau, founder of RDV Products, started work on a documentary about guarana and indigenous communities in the Amazon, he couldn’t have imagined that he would become one of the main actors in his production. Denecheau’s film, &l
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Bite Copenhagen a hit

Bite Copenhagen a hit
Fri, 01/09/17 - 16:04
By Claudia Vasquez Alarcon


The 1st edition of Bite Copenhagen hosted over 3,000 top business visitors where 120 national and international exhibitors with unique products gathered at Forum Copenhagen on August 24-25th. The new B2B exhibition combined food, technology, and innovation, and attracted
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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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Sustainable Food Summits raising awareness & standards

Sustainable Food Summits raising awareness & standards
Fri, 01/09/17 - 15:35


Sustainable Summits organiser Organic Monitor re-branded to Ecovia Intelligence in March 2017. OWN contributing editor Warren Beaumont asked Ecovia founder Amarjit Sahota about the change, progress in industry sustainability and industry issues. OWN: How long have the Su
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Copenhagen and Malmo supermarkets are naturally organic

Copenhagen and Malmo supermarkets are naturally organic
Fri, 01/09/17 - 15:00
By Warren Beaumont


Copenhagen challenges bigger cities such as London for the breadth of its organic and whole food offer. Shoppers can find organics in produce, packaged groceries, food to go or eat in across many different retail outlets such as whole food bakeries, raw and vegan bars, na
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World Food Summit returns to Copenhagen

World Food Summit returns to Copenhagen
Fri, 01/09/17
By Claudia Vasquez Alarcon


The 2nd edition of the World Food Summit – Better Food for Better People took place in the Danish capital on August 24-25, 2017. Copenhagen welcomed over 200 top national and international leaders in business, gastronomy, science, policy, and opinion. The VIP part
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A look at Germany’s top organic retailers

A look at Germany’s top organic retailers
Wed, 30/08/17 - 09:00
By Annemarie Kruse


According to data by EHI Retail Institute, the organic food market in Germany was worth 9,48 billion Euro in 2016. Over half of this turnover - 5,45 billion Euro - was generated by sales of organic products in the conventional supermarket channel. No other European count
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Suppliers to face challenges with Amazon's Whole Foods buy     

Suppliers to face challenges with Amazon's Whole Foods buy  
Tue, 15/08/17 - 09:15
By Warren Beaumont


Following the news that Amazon and Whole Foods Market had entered into a definitive merger agreement in June under which Amazon will acquire WFM for around US$13.7 billion, negatives and positives surrounding the deal were raised, including a potential anti-trust hearing,
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GI protection for EU-China special products

GI protection for EU-China special products
Mon, 14/08/17 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


The EU and China have published a list of 200 European and Chinese geographical indications (GIs) in June that are protected on their respective markets, as part of a bilateral deal that should be concluded by December, according to Italia Oggi in late July. The move ca
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New rules for EU organic regulation must work

New rules for EU organic regulation must work
Fri, 11/08/17 - 10:09
By O.W.N News Network


New rules governing organic production and labeling in the European Union that are acceptable to and address the concerns of the organic movement were taken off the agenda until October 2017, after the European Parliament and the EU reached a provisional agreement for Eur
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