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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 Germanyís top organic retailers

A look at Germanyís 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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