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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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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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Organic fraud and fake food major issues in US and EU

Organic fraud and fake food major issues in US and EU
Thu, 10/08/17 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


The US Organic Trade Association said in July that it is setting up a Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force with a mandate to develop a "best practices guide" to use in managing and verifying global organic supply chain integrity to help brands and traders mana
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Algae may clean polluted lakes and provide renewable fuel

Algae may clean polluted lakes and provide renewable fuel
Mon, 07/08/17 - 18:00
By O.W.N News Network


Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems related to elevated
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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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Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14
Mon, 05/06/17 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


The UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from June 5-9 2017, coinciding
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Agave: the sweet revolution in French pastry making

Agave: the sweet revolution in French pastry making
Mon, 05/06/17 - 09:00
By Steven Maxwell


Chef Christian Faure, Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF)Agave is a product with multiple uses, from mezcal production to tequila to medicinal teas. But one application that has become important is the use of agave syrup as an alternative to sugar, especially for baking an
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Brazil equivalency agreements an issue despite strong future for organics

Brazil equivalency agreements an issue despite strong future for organics
Mon, 05/06/17 - 08:25
By Warren Beaumont


Major Brazilian supermarket chain, Pao de Acucar Brazil has no signed regulatory equivalence agreement in International trade and is only willing to accept equivalency agreements if other countries provide audits, a participatory guarantee system, and social control, sai
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Quebec: Reinventing Ice Cream

Quebec: Reinventing Ice Cream
Mon, 05/06/17 - 08:10
By Alexis Perikleous


Canada is a cold country. Ottawa is considered the second coldest capital in the world, after Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. However, Canadian summers can also be boiling, and with summer just around the corner, people want cold treats to help them battle the heat. Canadians
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SIAL Canada brings healthy twist to unhealthy summer snacks

SIAL Canada brings healthy twist to unhealthy summer snacks
Mon, 05/06/17 - 08:02
By Marianne Iannaci


The 14th edition of SIAL Canada International Food Show and the equipment and technology section (SET Canada) returned to the Enercare Centre in Toronto on May 2-4, 2017, allowing over 1000 exhibitors from 50 countries to introduce their food products, network, and sign n
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Diversified Communications Acquires Australia’s Naturally Good Expo

Diversified Communications Acquires Australia’s Naturally Good Expo
Mon, 05/06/17 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


Aisle activity, Naturally Good Expo, Sydney June 4, 2017Diversified Communications announced last week the acquisition of Naturally Good Expo in Australia from National Media, strengthening their global Natural & Organic Products brand and aligning with Diversified Co
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Mexico’s produce sector looks to organic for growth

Mexico’s produce sector looks to organic for growth
Thu, 01/06/17 - 09:10
By Steven Maxwell


Organic fresh produce is playing an increasingly important role for Mexican fruit and vegetable exporters, thanks to high demand in export markets, according to exhibitors at the recent Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Mexico event held in León, Mexico. Rising
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Australian hopes raised for sale of hemp seeds as food

Australian hopes raised for sale of hemp seeds as food
Thu, 01/06/17 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


Australian and New Zealand health ministers supported a draft standard at a Forum on Food Regulation, held April 28, that will allow low-THC hemp seeds to be legally sold as food. The action appears to back a report by the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne re
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Natural Habitats champions sustainability with “Palm Oil Done Right”

Natural Habitats champions sustainability with “Palm Oil Done Right”
Thu, 01/06/17 - 08:05
By Warren Beaumont


Sterilised palm fruit before extraction of the palm oilOver the last three decades, extensive areas of primary tropical forests rich in biodiversity have been cleared and covered with monoculture palm oil plantations, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia, destroying criti
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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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From sand quarry to food forest

From sand quarry to food forest
Wed, 31/05/17 - 16:45
By Steven Maxwell


Ian McNeel, social entrepreneur, impact investor, co-founder of Slow Food Barbados and current owner of the Walkers Sand Quarry, that through soil regeneration, organic farming and permaculture principles will turn into Walkers Reserve, a vibrant food forest.Barbados&rsqu
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Platayuc, first to hit cinemas in Germany

Platayuc, first to hit cinemas in Germany
Mon, 29/05/17 - 08:00
By Steven Maxwell


Yucca Chips are also gaining more consumer demandEcuadorian organic plantain and yucca specialist Platayuc is taking part in the launch of a major PR and marketing campaign in the EU, aimed at increasing consumer awareness of Ecuadorian export products. Part of a governm
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Pacari certified B Corp, flies first class with Emirates

Pacari certified B Corp, flies first class with Emirates
Fri, 26/05/17 - 14:00
By Warren Beaumont


Carla Barboto with Pacari's latest range of organic chocolates at BIOFACH 2017First, it was dark, raw, grown organic, and following fair trade guidelines. Then Pacaribecame the first biodynamic fine chocolate made entirely in Ecuador, from tree to bar. It is the brand wit
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US organic sales continue setting new records

US organic sales continue setting new records
Thu, 25/05/17 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


The Organic Trade Association (OTA) reported that market reached last year $47 billion in sales, with an increase of almost $3.7 billion from the previous year. Organic food sales increased by 8.4 percent, ($3.3 billion) from the previous year, while the growth rate in t
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US study found toxic chemicals in fast food packaging

US study found toxic chemicals in fast food packaging
Thu, 02/03/17 - 06:59
By O.W.N News Network


One-third of fast food packaging contains chemicals known as PFASsA new US study released in February based on nationwide tests shows that many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags, and boxes coated with highly fluorinated chemicals linked to an increased risk o
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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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Terrafertil acquires Essential Living Foods

Terrafertil acquires Essential Living Foods
Wed, 01/03/17 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


Ecuador-based snack food company Terrafertil Nature's Heart, the largest natural food brand in Latin America and fastest growing natural brand in the UK, has added leading US superfood brand Essential Living Foods to its product roster and rapid company geographic expansi
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Whole Foods shuts 9 stores, sales slide continues

Whole Foods shuts 9 stores, sales slide continues
Thu, 09/02/17 - 08:00


Whole Foods Market, Inc. has reported worse than expected results for the 16-week first quarter ended January 15, 2017 with total sales up 1.9 per cent to a record US$4.9 billion. Comparable store sales decreased 2.4 percent, falling short of analyst's expectations, WFM's
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Germany boosts organic farming, lifts sales 10 percent

Germany boosts organic farming, lifts sales 10 percent
Wed, 01/03/17 - 10:15
By O.W.N News Network


Germany was Country of the Year, BIOFACH 2017.Germany's Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) boosted its commitment to its Federal Scheme for Organic Farming and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture (BÖLN) with plans to increase funding to EUR30 million
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Bolivia launches Royal Quinoa place of origin seal

Bolivia launches Royal Quinoa place of origin seal
Wed, 01/03/17 - 10:00
By Warren Beaumont


The Royal Quinoa Denomination of Origin was announced at BIOFACH 2017.A major milestone that guarantees the place of origin for Bolivia's organic Royal Quiona took place at the BIOFACH 2017 world organic fair in Nuremberg, Germany on February 16, with the announcement of
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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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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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Oatdeal's smoothies warm up Canada's winter

Oatdeal's smoothies warm up Canada's winter
Wed, 25/01/17 - 10:01
By Warren Beaumont


OatDeal 30g pouches for individual servings OATDEAL, based in Saskatoon, the largest city in Canada's Saskatchewan province, has produced the first gluten-free, dried oat-based smoothie mix made with 100 percent oats grown in the Canadian Prairies and 100 percent Can
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Kitchen Beauty: Mixing it up

Kitchen Beauty: Mixing it up
Wed, 25/01/17 - 10:00
By Annemarie Kruse


One of the most interesting product trends in the natural Cosmetics and Toiletries (C&T) market now is “do it yourself” (DIY) beauty: customising face creams, body lotions, bath additives or shampoos to match individual skin care requirements. The popular
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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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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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Natural, clean label and personalised nutrition hot topics at HiFi

Natural, clean label and personalised nutrition hot topics at HiFi
Wed, 25/01/17 - 07:20
By Claudia Vasquez Alarcon


The Health Ingredients Europe (HiFi) fair in Frankfurt closed its bi-annual edition 29th November to 1st December reporting 30% more visitors than in the previous one. Over 8,600 professional attendees from nearly 140 countries gathered at the Messe Frankfurt Exhibition g
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US natural beauty market trending strongly

US natural beauty market trending strongly
Wed, 25/01/17 - 00:24
By Annemarie Kruse


The natural beauty sector in the US is booming. Research company SPINS said the market for natural and organic cosmetics clocked up turnover of 1.9bn USD for the 52 weeks ending September 2016, an increase of 11.8%. And although organic products only account for a small
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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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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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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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