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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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Coconut palm sugar: untapped potential

Coconut palm sugar: untapped potential
Tue, 24/01/17 - 07:15
By Freek Jan Koekoek


Aliet-Kokomel Premium coconut sugarCoconut palm sugar, or palm blossom sugar, is gradually being discovered in western markets as a natural sweetener which brings some surprising benefits for companies and consumers. The product has a distinct taste and rich flavour, unl
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Touring the Danish organic scene

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


After taking part in the Natural Products Scandinavia fair in Malmo, Sweden on 16-17 November last year, OWN visited Danish organic companies and retail shops to witness this remarkable land of history and its contrast of old buildings and traditions and a youthful attitu
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Oat-based foods back on trend

Oat-based foods back on trend
Tue, 24/01/17 - 07:07
By Warren Beaumont


OATLY! beverage seen in DenmarkOat-based foods on supermarkets and health food store shelves seem to be expanding and being incorporated into a wider range of foods such as cereals and granolas, snack bars and bakery products, often mixed with Ancient Grains to tap into d
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Export of Danish organics sets record for the tenth time

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


The export of Danish organic products has once again set a record, said Organic Denmark/Økologisk Landsforening in December. Exports from the smallest of the Scandinavian countries reached in 2015 approximately 270 million EUR, an increase of 15 percent compared to
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Clean labels and plant protein drive new gluten-free foods

Clean labels and plant protein drive new gluten-free foods
Tue, 24/01/17 - 07:05
By O.W.N News Network


The gluten-free industry is capitalizing on consumer demand for clean labels, marketer transparency and vegan- & vegetarian-friendly products, confirmed Market research company Packaged Facts in its report, Gluten-Free Foods in the U.S. 6th Edition, launched in Novemb
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Fair trade thriving in Germany

Fair trade thriving in Germany
Tue, 24/01/17 - 07:00
By Annemarie Kruse


The fair trade sector in Germany is flourishing: the two big industry associations Forum Fairer Handel and TransFair have both announced double-digit growth for fairly traded and ethically manufactured products in 2015. According to industry association Forum Fairer Hand
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Sweden and Denmark share top organic market consumption

Sweden and Denmark share top organic market consumption
By Warren Beaumont


Sweden’s organic sales account for 9 percent of total sales value and are growing to share the lead with Denmark as the country with the world’s highest organic market share per the latest figures. Ekoweb reports that Swedish organic retail food sales incre
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A glance at the current taste of organics in the United States

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


Consumer demand for healthier foods and products that show transparency from field-to-table is bustling. Earlier this year, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2016 Organic Industry Survey revealed that in 2015 total sales of organic products reached a n
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Bolivian Chia Sector Proposes ‘Clean Chia’ Initiative

Bolivian Chia Sector Proposes ‘Clean Chia’ Initiative
Sat, 17/12/16 - 20:49
By Freek Jan Koekoek


At a well-attended meeting parallel to SIAL Paris in October, the Bolivian chia sector presented its vision to develop ‘clean chia.’ It also provided a production forecast. Bolivia has become one of the leading producers, along with Argentina and Paraguay, of
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Record attendance at Natural Products Scandinavia

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


The 5th edition of Natural Products Scandinavia and Nordic Organic Food Fair, celebrated at the MalmöMässan in Malmo, Sweden, November 16-17, enjoyed record attendance. Almost 5,000 industry visitors registered, 25% more than in 2015. They were attracted to th
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Hong Kong’s Impex Quality Products targets organic brands

Hong Kong’s Impex Quality Products targets organic brands
Fri, 16/12/16 - 20:24
By Warren Beaumont


The market for natural and organic products in Hong Kong is unique. It presents its challenges, but it also has some advantages. In the food sector, the supermarkets dominate 60 percent of the market. The Wellcome retailer, part of the Dairy Farm Group, and A.S Watson a
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Millennial parents driving US organic sales

Millennial parents driving US organic sales
Mon, 12/12/16 - 19:51
By O.W.N News Network


America’s 75 million Millennials are devouring organic and making sure their families are too. Parents in the 18 to 34-year-old age range are now the biggest group of organic buyers in America, helped by their growing awareness and trust of the organic label. Th
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Andean Grain expands into new markets

Andean Grain expands into new markets
Mon, 12/12/16 - 19:34
By Warren Beaumont


South American producer Andean Grain Products is expanding its organic & conventional chia into retail-ready products, helped by increasing demand for high-quality omega-3 products and vegetarian proteins. Warren Beaumont spoke with company co-founder Thomas Spillane
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Casino and DIA groups sign strategic alliance in purchasing, services

Casino and DIA groups sign strategic alliance in purchasing, services
Tue, 01/12/15 - 01:24
By Warren Beaumont


Group Casino of France has announced the creation of ICDC Services joint venture, with Spain’s DIA Group after the two supermarket and discount store groups decided to join forces internationally to boost their competitiveness relative to major suppliers of national
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Veganz: Heading forward

Veganz: Heading forward
Sat, 30/12/99
By Annemarie Kruse


The Veganz brand offers highquality vegan products in attractive packaging Europe's leading vegan supermarket retailer Veganz is stepping up its European expansion this year. The company has signed distribution agreements with the Austrian Spar chain and the Swiss superma
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Germany adopts legal vegan, vegetarian definition

Germany adopts legal vegan, vegetarian definition
Sat, 30/12/99
By O.W.N News Network


In Germany, more consumers seek out ‘raw’ and minimally processed plant-based food and beverages without chemicals, additives, and fillers. The European country has set to consolidate its status as one of the fastest growing vegan and vegetarian nations after
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PCC Natural Markets anchor tenant in new Seattle development

PCC Natural Markets anchor tenant in new Seattle development
Thu, 08/12/16 - 22:51
By O.W.N News Network


PCC Natural Markets' Edmonds, Washington storeRetail development company the Velmeir Companies has announced that PCC Natural Markets (PCC) will anchor a proposed new mixed-use development in Washington’s Madison Valley in 2017, PCC’s 12th store. PCC, the Uni
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First 365 by Whole Foods Market New Buying Structure

First 365 by Whole Foods Market New Buying Structure
Thu, 08/12/16 - 22:42
By O.W.N News Network


Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market has opened its first 365 by Whole Foods Market concept on May 25 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. “Designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand by bringing fresh, healthy food to a broader audience wit
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Market Force says Wegmans, Publix America’s favourite grocers

Market Force says Wegmans, Publix America’s favourite grocers
Thu, 08/12/16 - 22:37
By O.W.N News Network


The gluten-free section is part of Wegmans Nature's Marketplace category.Findings from a new large-scale consumer satisfaction study of more than 10,000 consumers conducted by US market researcher Market Force Information (Market Force) revealed that Wegmans is America&rs
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EU and Chile make organic trade deal, Mexico, Colombia next

EU and Chile make organic trade deal, Mexico, Colombia next
Wed, 22/06/16 - 07:16
By O.W.N News Network


South American countries look set to gain more organic equivalency agreements with the EU and the US, after the European Union and Chile concluded negotiations on an agreement on trade in organic products in April 2016. Under the deal, the EU and Chile will mutually re
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About Life ramps up to eight Australian stores

About Life ramps up to eight Australian stores
Wed, 15/06/16 - 07:35
By Warren Beaumont


Part of the cafe offer at About Life, Cammeray, Sydney.About Life has consolidated its position as Australia’s largest organic and whole foods retailer in 2016. The company has moved from five to eight retail stores, following the acquisition of three large store le
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Groupe Casino posts strong sales in Latin America, Brazil

Groupe Casino posts strong sales in Latin America, Brazil
Fri, 20/05/16 - 07:00
By O.W.N News Network


Pao de Acucar supermarketFrench retailer Groupe Casino has reported solid sales growth in France and Latin America for its first quarter 2016 sales to EUR10.807 billion. Latin America food sales were up 8.3% on organic basis with a marked improvement in Brazil (up 5.7% in
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Long wait to close EU organic regulations, Brexit no impact on UK?

Long wait to close EU organic regulations, Brexit no impact on UK?
Mon, 01/08/16 - 09:10
By O.W.N News Network


IFOAM Organics International and IFOAM EU are committed to the next phase of organic developmentNot only is the status of the UK’s organic regulations a hot topic of industry discussion, but on Friday 1 July the Slovak Republic took over the Presidency of the Counci
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