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Spring 2015

Superfood Goji berries’ health benefits backed by more studies

Superfood Goji berries’ health benefits backed by more studies
Sun, 24/05/15 - 22:09
By O.W.N News Network


China is known for many ‘superfoods’ such as the Red Date or Jujube, Green Tea, and the Goji berry (or Chinese Wolfberry). For millennia Chinese herbalists have used this small, bright orange-red berry to help eyesight, boost immune function and to promote lon
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Continued growth for health & beauty product market in China

Continued growth for health & beauty product market in China
Sun, 24/05/15 - 18:34
By Warren Beaumont


The Chinese health and beauty market has been growing at a fast pace with the rapid development of the Chinese economy in recent years as consumer demographics shift towards a younger and more affluent segment with more demand for luxury goods such as beauty and care prod
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China ‘power retailer’ CRE boosts fiscal year sales

China ‘power retailer’ CRE boosts fiscal year sales
Sun, 24/05/15 - 18:24
By Warren Beaumont


China Resources Enterprise (CRE), which operates China’s second largest supermarket chain CR Vanguard, announced full year 2014 retail sales growth of 15.1% to HK$109.5bn, whilst reporting a loss of HK$1.4bn, down -285% on the previous year in a tougher trading envi
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Organic food in China set for huge growth

Organic food in China set for huge growth
Sun, 24/05/15 - 18:12
By Warren Beaumont


China is the world’s largest grocery market with the value of the organic food market estimated at US$7.8 billion to more than US$13 billion, while grocery market growth is expected to rise by 9% in 2014 to over 14% in 2020, according to IGD research. A market stud
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BIOFACH China 2015 sets the stage to navigate this giant organic market

BIOFACH China 2015 sets the stage to navigate this giant organic market
Sun, 24/05/15 - 17:58
By O.W.N News Network


Due to the success of last year’s show, the 9th BIOFACH CHINA, gateway to the huge Chinese market, will be held from May 28 to 30, 2015 at the new venue, the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre (SWEECC), located in the heart of the 2010 Shanghai W
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Longer term rewards for natural cosmetic entry into China

Longer term rewards for natural cosmetic entry into China
Sun, 24/05/15
By O.W.N News Network


Many Western brands of natural and organic cosmetics have withdrawn from the Chinese market from 2013, with Weleda, Lavera, Pangea Organic, Logona and Juice Beauty some of the brands that removed their products in protest against animal-testing methods on ethical grounds.
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Three Pillars Needed to Strengthen The Cranberry Industry

Three Pillars Needed to Strengthen The Cranberry Industry
Sun, 05/04/15 - 13:32


Based on text provided by Christian G. Krueger Co-Founder and CEO, Complete phytochemical Solutions, LLC Concerning problems with adulteration and overall product quality plague the cranberry supplement industry. Some unscrupulous manufacturers are blending other polyphe
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Vegetarian diet offers lower risk of colorectal cancer

Vegetarian diet offers lower risk of colorectal cancer
Sun, 05/04/15 - 13:23
By O.W.N News Network


People on vegetarian diets that also eat some fish are associated with an overall lower incidence of colorectal cancers and have a much lower risk compared with non-vegetarians, a large U.S. study has found. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine online on March
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Netherlands concludes successful Country of the Year at BIOFACH

Netherlands concludes successful Country of the Year at BIOFACH
Thu, 05/03/15 - 13:31
By Warren Beaumont


The Netherlands was BIOFACH 2015 Country of the Year with Hall 5 showing off the amazing diversity and innovation of Dutch companies where you could source just about everything a manufacturer or retailer would need, organic, sustainable and fairly traded goods produced
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Exhibitors highly positive on BIOFACH 2015, visitors up 5 percent

Exhibitors highly positive on BIOFACH 2015, visitors up 5 percent
Thu, 05/03/15 - 13:28
By Warren Beaumont


This year’s BIOFACH held in Nuremberg 12-14 February was a great success with exhibitors reporting that it was an even better show than last year for top retailer, wholesaler and buyer attendance, with more quality exhibitors and visitors and a fantastic atmosphere,
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Call for organic regulations to support sector, not hamper growth

Call for organic regulations to support sector, not hamper growth
Thu, 05/03/15 - 13:27
By O.W.N News Network


On the opening day of BIOFACH, the world’s leading organic fair on February 11, EU policymakers and organic stakeholders met to discuss the future of the organic regulation at the EU Policy Day organised by IFOAM EU and the fair organizer. Some of the major issues
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Global organics worth US$72bn as strong growth continues

Global organics worth US$72bn as strong growth continues
Thu, 05/03/15 - 13:19
By O.W.N News Network


Industry growth continues with the global organic market valued at $US72 billion, with 43 million hectares of organic agricultural land available worldwide, according to the 2015 edition of the FiBL-IFOAM study, The World of Organic Agriculture. The positive trend of the
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VIVANESS 2015 presents again some of the best natural cosmetics

VIVANESS 2015 presents again some of the best natural cosmetics
Thu, 05/03/15 - 13:15
By Warren Beaumont


This year’s BIOFACH held in Nuremberg 12-14 February 2015, was also a success for the natural and organic cosmetics industry at its showcase VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care. In an area of over 5,000 m2 the sister event gathered durin
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New WHO sugar, U.S. dietary guidelines, added sugars under attack

New WHO sugar, U.S. dietary guidelines, added sugars under attack
Thu, 05/03/15


A new World Health Organization (WHO) guideline released in March recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide
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Top Trends identified at BIOFACH Germany 2015

Top Trends identified at BIOFACH Germany 2015
Thu, 05/03/15
By Warren Beaumont


Among the top trends seen at BIOFACH 2015 in February were raw and vegan from chocolates to raw nuts and spreads; more use of low GI sweeteners with yacon becoming the center of attention; more free-from and gluten-free foods; and bigger ranges of Ancient grain products s
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Stories inside the Spring Edition

Stories inside the Spring Edition
Thu, 05/02/15 - 21:28
By O.W.N News Network


The story of Surya Brasil began with a trip to India. Clelia Angelon, the company’s president and founder, traveled to Asia in 1974, where she discovered the wonders of henna based dye colours. She set out to introduce it to the Brazilian market and along the way me
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Conventional outlets shift to healthy products

Conventional outlets shift to healthy products
Wed, 04/02/15 - 11:38
By Warren Beaumont


We are in the midst of a shift in our food supply toward natural, clean and healthy products. The evolution is evident not only in the climbing dollar sales of natural and organic products, nearing $100 billion this year, but also in the growing number of mainstream retai
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Crown of Holland builds high profile in sustainable & organic cocoa

Crown of Holland builds high profile in sustainable & organic cocoa
Wed, 04/02/15 - 11:18
By O.W.N News Network


Crown of Holland – Tradin Organic Team at Sial Paris 2014Established since the 1980s, Tradin Organic has entered a totally new chapter with the opening of its new Crown of Holland, boutique organic cocoa processing plant in Amsterdam that has raised its profile glob
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Gluten-free market jumps to almost 70 per cent since 2012

Gluten-free market jumps to almost 70 per cent since 2012
Tue, 03/02/15 - 20:55
By O.W.N News Network


It seems these days, grocery shelves are exploding with gluten-free choices, due in large part to greater awareness of a gluten-free diet as a result of increasing diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities, and the diet’s perceived health benefits.
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Trend to natural, minimally processed sweeteners a boost for Sipal

Trend to natural, minimally processed sweeteners a boost for Sipal
Tue, 03/02/15 - 20:28
By Warren Beaumont


With the consumer backlash against refined sugars and the debate over whether stevia leaf sweeteners are really natural, along with the trend to raw and minimally processed ingredients, organic and natural sweeteners are seeing growing demand. One company that is benefit
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New study on Glycemic Index (GI) generates debate

New study on Glycemic Index (GI) generates debate
Tue, 03/02/15 - 20:16
By O.W.N News Network


A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which concluded that people without diabetes or cardiovascular disease don’t need to worry about where a food falls on the glycaemic index (GI) – even if they’re overweight
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Natural sweeteners rise with growing health concerns over refined sugars

Natural sweeteners rise with growing health concerns over refined sugars
Tue, 03/02/15 - 20:03
By Warren Beaumont


Global demand for naturally processed and organic sweeteners has grown since 2012-2014 due to campaigns in the U.S. and globally over rising sugar consumption and levels of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in soft drinks and processed foods generally, and its link to ob
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Natural Products Expo West continues to break records

Natural Products Expo West continues to break records
Tue, 03/02/15 - 18:11
By Warren Beaumont


The Anaheim Convention Center in California, will again host the annual Natural Products Expo West on March 5-7, 2014, with the event poised to draw over 60,000 attendees and feature over 2,500 exhibitors across natural and specialty foods, organic, supplements, health an
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Experience Barbados …the organic way

Experience Barbados …the organic way
Tue, 03/02/15 - 17:30
By Adriana Michael


CPRIAfter 21 years since the last edition the Barbados Multinational Fair returned on November 15th with the theme of sustainability and the importance of commitment, voluntarism and cooperation to inspire the positive change we want to be. The event was celebrated at th
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International Chocolate Awards celebrate fine chocolate

International Chocolate Awards celebrate fine chocolate
Tue, 03/02/15 - 14:49
By Adriana Michael


The winners of the 2014 International Chocolate Awards were announced at the World Final in London 4-6 November. The World Final judged the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners from around 950 products entered into the European and Americas Semi-finals and Regional and Nationa
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Australian organics grows 15 per cent to $1.72 billion

Australian organics grows 15 per cent to $1.72 billion
Tue, 03/02/15 - 12:15
By Warren Beaumont


The biennial Australian Organic Market Report released in November 2014 reveals key categories are driving exceptional growth results, with new categories adding to the 15%+ growth in the Aud$1.72 billion industry since 2009. Australian Organic, Australia’s largest
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PERU leads as top tourism and culinary destination

PERU leads as top tourism and culinary destination
Tue, 03/02/15 - 10:42
By O.W.N News Network


Peru has become a famous tourist destination with unique attractions such as the amazing Machu Picchu ruins and the colonial city of Cuzco in the Andean highlands. People enjoy its stunning sandy beaches along the Pacific coastline and the Amazon rainforest in the north.
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KRAV’s high recognition boosts Swedish organics

KRAV’s high recognition boosts Swedish organics
Tue, 03/02/15 - 10:31
By O.W.N News Network


KRAV label on canned tomatoesStockholm’s most noted restaurants of recent years have one concept in common: Scandinavian culinary tradition in an innovative version, carefully selected raw ingredients and a focus on locally produced organic foods. Nordic cuisine is
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Dieticians pick Top Diet Trends for 2015

Dieticians pick Top Diet Trends for 2015
Mon, 02/02/15 - 21:03


Will 2015 be gluten-free? Is Paleo out? Are we eating carbs yet? Is kale still the Queen of Greens or will nuts, seeds or cauliflower take the throne? The annual ‘What’s Trending in Nutrition’ Survey from Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitia
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MetaBrand Capital invests in organic beverage maker Runa

MetaBrand Capital invests in organic beverage maker Runa
Mon, 02/02/15 - 18:36
By O.W.N News Network


MetaBrand Capital, a “conscious capital” private equity fund and the new investment pillar of MetaBrand, announced in late 2014 a $5.75 million investment in Brooklyn, NY-based Runa LLC, supporting the growth of the natural, “healthy energy” food a
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Anamę Vio First Organic Cosmetics from Argentina

Anamę Vio First Organic Cosmetics from Argentina
Mon, 02/02/15 - 18:18
By Francisca Galvan


With experience in the beauty industry, entrepreneur Graciela Ceballos embarked on developing the first organic cosmetic line in Argentina. Anamê Vio launched in 2010 at BIOFACH, the international fair for organic products, with sister pavilion Vivaness dedicated ex
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More presence of organic products at SIALCanada

More presence of organic products at SIALCanada
Mon, 02/02/15 - 18:02
By Angelika Kristeva


SIAL Canada, the International Food and Beverages event, returns to Toronto for the third time from April 28 to 30, 2015 at Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre. Following market trends “this year we expect more exhibitors and buyers of organic and other specialty
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Netherlands enjoys dynamic export growth for organic products

Netherlands enjoys dynamic export growth for organic products
Mon, 02/02/15 - 17:37
By Warren Beaumont


The export of organic products by Dutch companies increased by an impressive 9% in 2013 and 15% in total trade; according to a survey by The Netherland’s organic industry representative group Bionext. A global player, the country’s organic exports are mainly c
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Expect products, trends & experiences at BIOFACH

Expect products, trends & experiences at BIOFACH
Mon, 02/02/15 - 17:21
By Peter Walsh


For the 21st consecutive year, the entire international organic trade will meet at BIOFACH this coming February 11-14 in the Nuremberg fairgrounds to experience the world’s latest innovations and trends in sustainable and organic food, ingredients, health and beauty
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EU Policy Day at BIOFACH to discuss proposal for a new organic regulation

EU Policy Day at BIOFACH to discuss proposal for a new organic regulation
Mon, 02/02/15 - 17:21
By O.W.N News Network


On 24 March 2014 the European Commission published its legislative proposal for a new organic regulation complemented by annexes, the impact assessment report and a new European Organic Action Plan. This was the result of a process started in 2012 when the Commission dec
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Hong Kong: advantage for China entry and organic export opportunity

Hong Kong: advantage for China entry and organic export opportunity
Mon, 02/02/15 - 10:54
By Warren Beaumont


Customers at Metro Cash & CarryThe many food safety and food quality scares in recent years on the Chinese mainland have undermined consumer confidence in locally produced food and provide an opportunity for more imported certified organic foods and beverages. Where p
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GoldFoods: Top superfoods from field to shelf

GoldFoods: Top superfoods from field to shelf
Mon, 02/02/15
By Adriana Michael


Pedro Peñalver Fernández (left) and Juan Pablo AltamiranoWith 20 years experience growing food, farmers Juan Pablo Altamirano and Pedro Peñalver Fernández saw great potential in the chia business, a crop introduced from Central America to Argen
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IFOAM has a new look

IFOAM has a new look
Mon, 02/02/15
By O.W.N News Network


The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM has decided to give its name and corporate logo a refreshing update. In December 2013, we contacted our affiliates to get input on a possible name change for IFOAM. After various brainstorming rounds affi
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Healthy Nordic diet helps reduce inflammation

Healthy Nordic diet helps reduce inflammation
Sun, 01/02/15 - 17:58
By Warren Beaumont


A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (January 2015 vol. 101) has found that a healthy Nordic diet reduces inflammatory gene expression in abdominal fat tissue compared with a control diet independent of body weight changes. Previously, a health
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White tea shows anti-cancer protective effects

White tea shows anti-cancer protective effects
Sun, 01/02/15 - 17:50
By Warren Beaumont


Studies published in 2013 added to the growing body of evidence showing that tea consumption has the ability to help prevent chronic illness (More evidence shows drinking tea improves health, Organic & Wellness News Spring 2014) and now a new study published in the jo
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Surya Brasil, celebrating 20 years of organic body care

Surya Brasil, celebrating 20 years of organic body care
Sun, 01/02/15 - 17:14
By Francisca Galvan


The story of Surya Brasil began with a trip to India. Clelia Angelon, the company’s president and founder, traveled to Asia in 1974, where she discovered the wonders of henna based dye colours. She set out to introduce it to the Brazilian market and along the way me
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Book Review: The Myths of Safe Pesticides

Book Review: The Myths of Safe Pesticides
Sun, 01/02/15 - 12:34
By Warren Beaumont


Andre Leu, president of the International Federation of Organic Movements (IFOAM) and an experienced organic farmer in Australia has published a must-read book called The Myths of Safe Pesticides that questions the corporate misinformation, lack of safety and scientific e
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Fully renewable Tetra Pak carton a world first

Fully renewable Tetra Pak carton a world first
Sun, 01/02/15 - 12:27
By O.W.N News Network


Finnish dairy producer, Valio, became the first company in the world to sell products to consumers in carton packaging made entirely from plant-based materials. Consumers are able to buy these packages at retail shops in Finland from mid-January. The package, Tetra Rex&r
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Soil Association’s Catering Mark success, one million meals served

Soil Association’s Catering Mark success, one million meals served
Sun, 01/02/15 - 12:24


The UK’s leading organic certification and promotional group the Soil Association, celebrated a landmark achievement in December, with one million high quality meals being served each workday in schools, universities, nurseries, workplaces, hospitals, care homes and
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New partnership in Australia aids Fairtrade farmers in Indo-Pacific

New partnership in Australia aids Fairtrade farmers in Indo-Pacific
Sun, 01/02/15 - 11:55
By O.W.N News Network


A ground-breaking new $4.5 million partnership between the Australian Government and Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), announced in November, was a first for Fairtrade ANZ and will build support for Fairtrade products in Australia. The partnership will also li
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Customers drive Alnatura sales record

Customers drive Alnatura sales record
Sun, 01/02/15 - 11:38
By Warren Beaumont


Germany’s leading organic retailer Alnatura celebrated ‘30 years in Bio’ in 2014, posted record sales growth, is ramping up its retail store expansion with 10 more Alnatura Super Natural Markets planned for 2015, and opened its fourth Alnatura organic su
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Naturally Good Expo off to a flying start

Naturally Good Expo off to a flying start
Sun, 01/02/15 - 11:23
By Warren Beaumont


The Naturally Good Expo, a new, exclusively trade only show and conference for Australia’s natural and organic products industry being held in Sydney, May 3-4, 2015, has received strong support from the trade in Australia. Australia’s previous industry show,
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