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Romania, country of the year at BioFach 2013

Romania, country of the year at BioFach 2013
Sun, 03/06/12 - 13:01
By O.W.N News Network


Romania will be in the spotlight as “Country of the Year” at BioFach 2013 in Nürnberg, Germany. The 9th largest nation in the European Union (EU) and the 7th most populated, Romania is no stranger to BioFach, the leading international show for organic tra
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Best Ground launches first Fair Trade certified agave

Best Ground launches first Fair Trade certified agave
Tue, 08/05/12 - 20:17
By Adriana Michael


Mexican agave supplier Best Ground received this year, Fair Trade certification for all products, coming from its partner plant Bioagaves de la Costa, the first certification of this kind ever granted in the sector. The process was possible thanks to the fact that the pro
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First Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Brazil confirmed

First Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Brazil confirmed
Tue, 08/05/12 - 10:58
By Adriana Michael


Organic Monitor recently announced that its first Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Latin America will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 24-26th. Participants and speakers will discuss technical and marketing issues and challenges associated with developing truly
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Peru’s Colca Valley revives ancient agricultural terraces

Peru’s Colca Valley revives ancient agricultural terraces
Mon, 07/05/12 - 16:01
By Lesly Vera


The Colca Valley, a 100 kilometer-long strip in the Peruvian Andean highlands, north of the city of Arequipa at 970 meters above sea level, is Peru’s third most-visited tourist destination for bird watching, hiking and other adventure sports. Over time, erosion from
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Popped quinoa with natural flavors, a favorite at Machu Picchu Foods

Popped quinoa with natural flavors, a favorite at Machu Picchu Foods
Mon, 07/05/12 - 15:41
By Adriana Michael


Machu Picchu Foods, leading Peruvian supplier of chocolate, cacao and coffee has introduced a unique line of popped quinoa with natural flavors, attracting buyers at BioFach, Expo West and Sial Canada this year. The new products come in mint, strawberry, orange, citrus pu
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EU-USA Organic Equivalence signed at BioFach

EU-USA Organic Equivalence signed at BioFach
Mon, 07/05/12 - 15:13
By Warren Beaumont


The European Union and the United States announced at the BioFach World Organic Fair in Nuremberg on February 15 that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in the EU or in the US may be sold as organic in either region. Formal letters creating this partnershi
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Spotlight on chia in cereal bars

Spotlight on chia in cereal bars
Sun, 06/05/12 - 14:21
By Warren Beaumont, Adriana Michael


From animal clay shapes with sprouted seeds popular in the U.S. market during the 1980s, to superfood known by a few foodies and found at some natural health food stores in the 1990s, Chia seeds have been gaining momentum during the last five years reaching now the full s
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Certified Sustainable Palm Oil makes gains, Agropalma sees sustainability agenda boost

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil makes gains, Agropalma sees sustainability agenda boost
Sun, 06/05/12 - 09:54
By O.W.N News Network


The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an international multi stakeholder initiative, has achieved yet another milestone with over six million metric tons of CSPO produced worldwide by RSPO-certified palm oil growers in less than four years since RSPO certificatio
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Expoalimentaria expands and attracts new exhibitors

Expoalimentaria expands and attracts new exhibitors
Sun, 06/05/12 - 09:27
By Clara Paz


Expoalimentaria 2012, September 19-21, expects almost 600 Peruvian and foreign exhibitors to meet 28,000 visitors from the food & beverages sectors at the new 20,500 sqm fairgrounds of Las Palmas air base. The show expects exhibitors from Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Me
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Daabon, first palm oil producer with Rainforest Alliance certification

Daabon, first palm oil producer with Rainforest Alliance certification
Sun, 06/05/12 - 01:34
By Warren Beaumont


Daabon Group gained the Rainforest Alliance certification in January 2012 for all five palm oil plantations in different locations, a significant sustainability achievement and new milestone for the largest employer in northern Colombia. Daabon has over 3,000 employees an
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New Food Ingredients Instanbul set for Turkey

New Food Ingredients Instanbul set for Turkey
Sat, 05/05/12 - 13:25
By Wolfgang Danebaum


Turkey's growing economy and Istanbul's strategic geographical positioning as the only city in the world that bridges two continents, Europe and Asia, together with its deep economic and cultural ties to the Middle East and Northern Africa provides the strategic drive for
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Stevia gains markets but issues remain

Stevia gains markets but issues remain
Sat, 05/05/12 - 10:32
By Warren Beaumont


The development and growth of natural sweeteners such as agave, yacon and stevia has been driven by concerns over rising levels of obesity and diabetes and also with sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup. Researchers in LWT – Food Science and Technology recent
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Unilever chooses Promens recyclable jar

Unilever chooses Promens recyclable jar
Fri, 04/05/12 - 16:59
By O.W.N News Network


Promens Personal & Healthcare Packaging Division in France has announced that Unilever is building on the success of the Lynx deodorant range (named ‘Axe’ out of the UK market) and expanded this brand into hair care for younger men. Lynx Hair is a new rang
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Gluten-free cosmetics take off

Gluten-free cosmetics take off
Fri, 04/05/12 - 14:41
By Warren Beaumont


Gluten-free cosmetics are now being seen in skin creams, body care, vitamins and other products absorbed by the skin as celiac disease sufferers and consumers aim to avoid allergic reactions or accidental ingestion. There has been a 43% increase in body care products bein
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Sales of Maple and Agave Syrup remain strong

Sales of Maple and Agave Syrup remain strong
Thu, 03/05/12 - 21:15
By Warren Beaumont


Luc DesbiensNatural sweetener popularity across the board continues to rise; the category is up 8 percent according to the SPINS scan. Agave, which is 1.4 times sweeter than sugar, has been a driving force in the overall growth of the sweetener industry. Agave-based swe
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EU-US animal welfare are not equivalent

EU-US animal welfare are not equivalent
Thu, 03/05/12 - 08:45
By O.W.N News Network


Philip Lymbery, chief executive of the UK’s Compassion in World Farming has taken issue with U.S. organic animal welfare standards and the recent unveiling of the EU-USA organic equivalency agreement. Back from the U.S. in May where he was working with CIWF’s
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U.S Hispanic consumers pose strong market

U.S Hispanic consumers pose strong market
Wed, 02/05/12 - 09:18
By O.W.N News Network


Packaged goods marketers in the U.S. who ignore Hispanic consumers will lose access to significant buying power as Hispanics’ per capita income is higher than in any of the four BRIC economies. More than 52 million strong and representing the majority of population
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New frontiers for quinoa

New frontiers for quinoa
Wed, 02/05/12 - 08:01
By Lesly Vera


Contrary to common believe, quinoa may grow and harvest in different conditions: from the Andean highlands at 4,000 mts. and near salt flats, in the Andean valleys and even at sea level. Quinoa farmed at the lowlands of the Peruvian sea coast may reach yields of up to 2.3
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The iidea Co. introduces flavored agave syrups

The iidea Co. introduces flavored agave syrups
Tue, 01/05/12 - 15:50
By Anne Melanie Mazile


The iidea Company, pioneer and industry leader for over 20 years in the development of agave syrup is launching a complete new line of flavored organic agave syrups this year. The new product range is presented in different brix options and densities and can be delivered
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‘Holy Crap’ chia cereal spurs fast growth for Canadian company

‘Holy Crap’ chia cereal spurs fast growth for Canadian company
Tue, 01/05/12 - 09:08
By Chelsea Kerrington


Canadian company HapiFoods Group Inc. continues to ride high on the success of its popular – and distinctively named – organic chia-based cereal that often causes those who taste it to literally exclaim, “Holy Crap!” Skinny B, Holy Crap, Wild Chia
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Breakfast of Champions in Only Two Tablespoons

Breakfast of Champions in Only Two Tablespoons
Mon, 02/04/12 - 20:00
By Chelsea Kerrington


The Aztecs valued it more highly than gold. It was used by ancient warriors, and is now used by modern day athletes, to achieve optimal health and physical performance. While some of us still associate it with a novelty terracotta planter that quickly sprouts into fluffy
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Continuing West Africa cocoa issues see major brands back sustainability initiatives

Continuing West Africa cocoa issues see major brands back sustainability initiatives
Mon, 02/04/12 - 19:48
By O.W.N News Network


Despite the European Parliament giving its approval to the 2010 International Cocoa Agreement and passing a resolution on child labor in the cocoa sector in March, criticisms have come from VOICE, the European network of NGOs in the cocoa sector, who wish to see legislati
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Major organic & natural trade fairs set for Australia, Asia and Brazil

Major organic & natural trade fairs set for Australia, Asia and Brazil
Mon, 02/04/12 - 19:43
By O.W.N News Network


Australia’s annual organic expo has a new name and theme, Sustain, for the two consumer days, and Sustain Trade Oceania, for the trade day, two events that will showcase what’s at the cutting edge of all aspects of sustainable living. The event will be held on
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The North American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit to showcase techniques that measure the environmental footprint of personal care products

The North American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit to showcase techniques that measure the environmental footprint of personal care products
Mon, 02/04/12 - 19:41
By O.W.N News Network


The next North American edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit to be hosted by Organic Monitor in New York on 17-19th May will focus this year on sustainability metrics, formulations and packaging. Raw materials and packaging comprise the highest environmental impact
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BioFach’s 2012 success, continued market growth for organic industry

BioFach’s 2012 success, continued market growth for organic industry
Mon, 02/04/12 - 19:36
By O.W.N News Network


The organic sector’s international suppliers and buyers gathered at Nuremberg on 15-18 February for the world's leading trade fair for organic products, BioFach, 2012 and the concurrent Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care and Wellness, Vivaness. O.W.N. spoke with m
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NOPE sold out, attracted new firms and countries

NOPE sold out, attracted new firms and countries
Mon, 02/04/12 - 19:34
By O.W.N News Network


Natural & Organic Products Europe 2012 took the spotlight last week end with all exhibition space at London’s Olympia fairgrounds entirely sold out to 600 exhibitors from all around the world, who presented an exclusive array of some of the best natural, organic
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Emirates airlines introduce gourmet & organic dining to Australian airports

Emirates airlines introduce gourmet & organic dining to Australian airports
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:28
By O.W.N News Network


With organic food and beverages now becoming more available in the restaurant and catering market, the latest company to embrace the organic and gourmet, regionally sourced food philosophy is Dubai-based international airline Emirates. The airline announced in March that
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Fairtrade International to launch USA operations backed by fairtrade advocates

Fairtrade International to launch USA operations backed by fairtrade advocates
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:27
By O.W.N News Network


The Board of Fairtrade International took a major step on March 16 by approving a strategy to launch operations in the USA market, based on extensive consultation and input from USA stakeholders following the departure of Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) from the global Fairtrade s
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EU-USA Organic Equivalence deal brings new opportunities for exporters

EU-USA Organic Equivalence deal brings new opportunities for exporters
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:26
By O.W.N News Network


The European Union and the United States announced at the BioFach World Organic Fair in Nuremberg in February that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. The deal is expected to offer i
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UK organic sales fall, independents & catering increase share: Soil Association

UK organic sales fall, independents & catering increase share: Soil Association
Mon, 02/04/12 - 17:22
By O.W.N News Network


Global sales of organic products continue to defy the economic downturn, growing by 8.8% in 2010 and continued growth in 2011. The only exception is in the UK where, despite areas of strong growth and improvement in the long term trend, overall sales were down by 3.7% in
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Arsenic in U.S. organic toddler formula of serious concern for food production

Arsenic in U.S. organic toddler formula of serious concern for food production
Sun, 01/04/12 - 19:45
By O.W.N News Network


A recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA, published in Environmental Health Perspectives on February 16, called into question the presence of arsenic in some organic products. While the study itself focused on toddler formula, health bars and
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