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IFOAM EU celebrates 10th anniversary in Brussels

IFOAM EU celebrates 10th anniversary in Brussels
Mon, 04/02/13 - 03:29
By Warren Beaumont


O.W.N. talked with IFOAM EU Group director Marco Schlüter to find out what IFOAM EU is all about, recent achievements, challenges and strategies for 2013. Who are IFOAM EU’s stakeholders and how do they benefit from your work? The IFOAM EU Group is a non-prof
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Fine chocolate professionals receive recognition at Excellence Awards

Fine chocolate professionals receive recognition at Excellence Awards
Sun, 03/02/13 - 03:14
By Adriana Michael


L to R: S Peralta (Pacari-Chocolate), Andal Balu (CocoaTown LLC), Mary Jo Stojak (FICA) and Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer (The French Pastry School)The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) honored on January 19 four chocolate professionals recognized for their outstanding pe
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Pacari: World’s best chocolate

Pacari: World’s best chocolate
Tue, 15/01/13 - 22:07
By Warren Beaumont


Carla Barboto and Santiago Peralta, co-founders Pacari Chocolate, overall winner among the best brands at Intl. World’s Chocolate Awards 2012Maker of single-origin dark organic chocolate Pacari Chocolate of Ecuador was recognized as the world’s best maker of h
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Healthy Spices Juice Up Kitchen Creativity

Healthy Spices Juice Up Kitchen Creativity
Sun, 13/01/13 - 23:52
By Cat Kolonko


For people searching for creative ways to save money in a lumbering economy, the household kitchen may supplant the restaurant as hangout central. It is a trend fed by an expanding appetite for celebrity chefs, television shows and blogs dedicated to cooking with healthy,
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Updates from the world's top retailers

Updates from the world's top retailers
Sun, 13/01/13 - 23:41
By Warren Beaumont


EUROPE Switzerland’s Migros Zurich takes over German supermarket Tegut Starting in January, Migros Zurich, one of the Swiss market leader's co-operatives, will acquire the supermarket business of German group tegut. This chain introduced organic food almost 30 yea
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Supermarket chains expand natural & organic private label

Supermarket chains expand natural & organic private label
Sun, 13/01/13 - 23:21
By Warren Beaumont


Alnatura, Germany. OWN archives.Private label or store brand food and beverage dollar sales topped $98 billion in 2011 to account for 17.6% of total food and beverage retail sales, according to Private Label Food and Beverages in the U.S., a recent report from market rese
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Holy Crap rockets to the International Space Station

Holy Crap rockets to the International Space Station
Sun, 13/01/13 - 22:48
By Adriana Michael


Canadian astronaut Chris HadfieldCanadian astronaut Chris Hadfield embarked on his third trek beyond the earth’s atmosphere on December 19, along with NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, to spend five months at the International Space
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Cranberry: Shimmering super fruit

Cranberry: Shimmering super fruit
Sun, 13/01/13 - 22:37
By Adriana Michael


It’s one of the most magnificent scenes in nature: a sea of red set against clear, pristine water, reflecting the blue sky and the deep red tones of fall. At closer observation, the little red beads ebb and flow atop the water, reflecting sunlight, like floating rub
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OPINION - Organic: Food Justice for the 99%

OPINION - Organic: Food Justice for the 99%
Sun, 13/01/13 - 22:22
By O.W.N News Network


By Charlotte Vallaeys, Director Farm and Food Policy, The Cornucopia Institute. Text edited to fit space. As Americans become increasingly aware of the story behind conventional foods—the ecologically destructive monoculture fields, the petrochemical fertilizers, t
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GMO-free product sales on the rise

GMO-free product sales on the rise
Tue, 13/11/12 - 22:48
By O.W.N News Network


GMOs are abuzz. Retail participation in the third annual Non-GMO Month reached an all-time high this October. And even though California’s Prop 37 did not pass the law for GMO labeling, it continues to score headlines. Around 6 million people or 48.5% voted YES, whi
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Nutrition and Health Claims in the EU – The botanical problem

Nutrition and Health Claims in the EU – The botanical problem
Mon, 12/11/12 - 22:59
By Warren Beaumont


The EU’s Article 13.1 for general health claim regulations started on June 14 this year and from December 14, 2012, any claims that are not authorized and not on hold/under consideration will be prohibited. This closes the door on many long-used health claims and mo
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Honey-sweet smell of success in Romania

Honey-sweet smell of success in Romania
Mon, 12/11/12 - 16:09
By Karin Zeitvogel


To your health, an Ihre Gesundheit, a su salud -- or as you might hear at this year’s BioFach World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, “În cinstea dumitale.” That’s Romanian, and after years of an uphill climb for the new EU member sta
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Expoalimentaria & Perunatura: Regional stage for innovation and biodiversity

Expoalimentaria & Perunatura: Regional stage for innovation and biodiversity
Mon, 12/11/12 - 03:39
By O.W.N News Network


By Lesly Vera Once again Expoalimentaria, hosted in Lima, Peru September 19-21 has positioned itself as the largest international food fair in the region. A total of 619 exhibitors (15% more than in 2011) and 8,161 visitors, 2,037 from 57 countries met to conduct busines
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Brazil hosts successful Latin American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit

Brazil hosts successful Latin American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit
Sun, 11/11/12 - 03:13
By Lesly Vera


Brazil, the largest Latin American country, second largest in the western hemisphere and one of the five strongest economies in the world, is where UK-based market research firm Organic Monitor decided to launch its first Latin American Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, Septe
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Teen starts business to save the bees

Teen starts business to save the bees
Fri, 09/11/12 - 15:58
By O.W.N News Network


As the words “organic” and “all natural” invade the savage world of modern business, it appears to take the eyes of a child to demonstrate true dedication to firm values and an environmental cause that extends beyond profit, fame and fortune. Henr
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Additional residue testing for USDA NOP, Cornucopia slams synthetic nutrients approach

Additional residue testing for USDA NOP, Cornucopia slams synthetic nutrients approach
Thu, 08/11/12 - 23:19
By O.W.N News Network


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in November that it will introduce additional testing for organic foods aimed at maintaining the integrity of the USDA National Organic Program. Beginning January 1, 2013, organic certifying agents must test samples from at le
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Euromonitor expands global research in health and wellness

Euromonitor expands global research in health and wellness
Thu, 08/11/12 - 03:13
By O.W.N News Network


Euromonitor International announced in October that the new health and wellness market research now covers 54 countries, each with over 400 health and wellness categories. The new research offers access to some of the fastest growing markets including Latin America, Afric
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St Lawrence Market: the world’s number one

St Lawrence Market: the world’s number one
Tue, 06/11/12 - 03:02
By Adriana Michael


The St. Lawrence Market was named in April 2012 as the world’s best food market by The National Geographic. It was featured as Number One among the Top Ten Best in the chapter “Outstanding Markets: Journeys to the World’s Greatest Food Bazaars” of
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Lifestyle Organic enters Canada

Lifestyle Organic enters Canada
Mon, 05/11/12 - 03:06


Lifestyles Organics, a brand of Austrian firm MARAP, is now available in Canada via MAV Foods Inc. a food management solutions firm based in Ontario. The line of nutritious ready-to-prepare meals that has won awards in the UK as best organic convenience food products incl
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Quinoa & chia super foods lead new product development

Quinoa & chia super foods lead new product development
Mon, 05/11/12 - 00:46
By Warren Beaumont


Superfoods and ancient grains such as quinoa, chia, kamut, farro, spelt, millet, amaranth and freekeh, which are high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals and in many cases are also gluten-free, high in omega-3s and antioxidants are proving to be popular ingredients u
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Runa tea opens door for guayusa

Runa tea opens door for guayusa
Sun, 04/11/12 - 02:46
By Christopher Doscher


With consumption of ready-to drink teas growing 15 times since 2000 and sales estimated at $3.30 billion by the Tea Association of the U.S., New York-based Runa LLC is betting that more consumers will look to specialty tea beverages that offer a sustained, caffeinated boo
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Pure and Green highlights sustainable packaging advantage at Asian Cosmetics Summit

Pure and Green highlights sustainable packaging advantage at Asian Cosmetics Summit
Fri, 02/11/12 - 03:21
By Warren Beaumont


The 2nd Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, the 9th edition of the international series of summits, drew to a successful close in Hong Kong in November. A major outcome is that the Asian cosmetics industry needs to raise the bar for sustainability. T
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