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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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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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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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BIOFACH  2018 expects more exhibitors and diversity

BIOFACH 2018 expects more exhibitors and diversity
Wed, 01/11/17 - 19:30
By O.W.N News Network


The next edition of BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, will expand by two exhibition halls, and product diversity, and provide an insight into the next generation of the organic industry when it takes place from February 14–17, 2018 in N
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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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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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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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Next Organic Startup Awards 2017

Next Organic Startup Awards 2017
Sun, 30/07/17 - 17:00
By Annemarie Kruse


Every year, trade show company Next Organic organizes a unique start-up competition: Organic and sustainable food or retail start-ups from Germany or Austria can submit their product innovation or brand concept to a jury. And the winning entries receive a broad range of
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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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Convenience Drives New Organic Product Trends at California’s Expo West

Convenience Drives New Organic Product Trends at California’s Expo West
Fri, 21/04/17 - 10:00
By Kat Schuett


From the multi-tasking mom to the time-crunched professional—today’s organic consumer is looking for conscious convenience. They want to grab and go without going off their diet and satisfy their cravings without sacrificing their principals or health. With al
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