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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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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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