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Spring 2016

US to ban products containing microbeads and food wrap toxic chemicals

US to ban products containing microbeads and food wrap toxic chemicals
Thu, 25/02/16 - 14:57
By O.W.N News Network


New US legislation aims to ban the tiny pieces of plastic found in soap, toothpaste and body washes, known as microbeads, which pollute waterways and oceans, and spread throughout the food chain. Microbeads, which are typically smaller than a pinhead, are causing signif
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Strategic alliances among large buying groups continue

Strategic alliances among large buying groups continue
Wed, 24/02/16 - 15:41
By Warren Beaumont


Announced in January 2016 was that UK retailer Asda, part of the Walmart Group, has become the newest member of EMD, one of the largest buying groups in Europe with a presence in 15 countries. Asda aims to increase its purchasing power and gain significant savings from
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NaturkosmetikCamp: First organic beauty BarCamp in German-speaking Europe

NaturkosmetikCamp: First organic beauty BarCamp in German-speaking Europe
Wed, 24/02/16 - 13:53
By Annemarie Kruse


The BarCamp format was first developed in the IT and tech scene around ten years ago. However, over the past few years, this type of conference has become so popular that BarCamps are now organised in a wide range of industry sectors. BarCamps are also called “no
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SIAL Canada and SET Canada sold out!

SIAL Canada and SET Canada sold out!
Wed, 24/02/16 - 13:49
By Clara Paz


With the show still 11 weeks away, SIAL Canada and SET Canada to be celebrated in Montreal this coming April 13-15 have experienced a record year of 30% growth, compared to the previous edition that took place in Toronto. Show organizers opened an additional 12,000 squa
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Vivaness 2016: Bigger and better than ever

Vivaness 2016: Bigger and better than ever
Wed, 24/02/16 - 13:47
By Annemarie Kruse


The international organic beauty trade fair VIVANESS celebrated its 10th anniversary with a spectacular performance: 245 exhibitors from 33 countries, a 20% increase compared to 2015. The number of international exhibitors rose sharply, growing 20.8% to 162 companies (201
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BIOFACH 2016: A boost for organic trade

BIOFACH 2016: A boost for organic trade
Wed, 24/02/16 - 13:38
By Warren Beaumont


BIOFACH 2016 and its sister fair for personal care VIVANESS welcomed an enormous range of organic products from all over the world to Nuremberg Messe, February 10-13. Organic 3.0 ‘Action for more organic’ and going ‘Beyond Organic’ were major the
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Walmart rolls out Great Value organic brand in Canada

Walmart rolls out Great Value organic brand in Canada
Wed, 24/02/16 - 13:23
By O.W.N News Network


Walmart Canada has put retailers on notice by launching a new line-up of organic products under its Great Value store brand. And in January the company announced it will close 269 stores and warehouse clubs in the US and globally, including 102 of its small-format Walma
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Peru adds Alibaba’s Tmall global shopfront, counterfeit warning

Peru adds Alibaba’s Tmall global shopfront, counterfeit warning
Wed, 24/02/16 - 13:21
By O.W.N News Network


Peru and China signed an initial agreement in China in December that allows Peruvian products to be sold directly to Chinese consumers through e-commerce. The deal enables Peruvian producers to set up stores on Chinese online retailer Tmall Global, the online retail si
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A look at the organic and vegan retail scene in Hong Kong

A look at the organic and vegan retail scene in Hong Kong
Wed, 24/02/16
By Warren Beaumont


Hong Kong’s retail precincts are bursting with a growing number of outlets that stock natural and organic products, from upmarket supermarkets through to small organic stores and vegan cafés that OWN visited when covering Natural Products Asia this year. Hon
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IFOAM calls for stakeholder contributions to Organic 3.0

IFOAM calls for stakeholder contributions to Organic 3.0
Wed, 03/02/16 - 21:59
By O.W.N News Network


IFOAM – Organics International said in a stakeholder consultation in December that Organic 1.0 was started by numerous pioneers who saw the need for a radical change. Organic 2.0 developed starting from the 1980s when the writings and organic agricultural systems
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VIVANESS Congress offers new features

VIVANESS Congress offers new features
Wed, 03/02/16 - 05:29
By O.W.N News Network


From 10 to 13 February 2016, the global organic and natural cosmetics industries will once again be gathering in Nuremberg at VIVANESS the International Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care, celebrating its 10th anniversary. The event runs parallel to BIOFACH and will in
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Nordic countries take action on Acrylamide

Nordic countries take action on Acrylamide
Tue, 02/02/16 - 08:43
By Warren Beaumont


Danish food minister Eva Kjer Hansen will introduce significant Danish levels for the carcinogenic food additive acrylamide while the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety recently completed an acrylamide risk assessment. The move follows the US Food and Drug
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Australia’s organic groups back national organic seal

Australia’s organic groups back national organic seal
Tue, 02/02/16 - 08:40
By Warren Beaumont


Australian organic and sustainability associations and certifiers have agreed to push for a new, unifying national organic seal to allow better consumer identification of organic food and to help launch organic equivalency agreements with other countries. At the Nation
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Record-breaking Natural Products Expo West returns to Anaheim

Record-breaking Natural Products Expo West returns to Anaheim
Tue, 02/02/16 - 08:34
By Warren Beaumont


Natural Products Expo West returns to Anaheim, California on March 9th – 13th, 2016 to the Hilton Anaheim and the Anaheim Convention Center, where new products turn into record profits, relationship building and ROI is always high and brand awareness builds moment
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Coronilla shines in gluten-free pasta

Coronilla shines in gluten-free pasta
Mon, 01/02/16 - 19:20
By Adriana Michael


Bolivia’s Coronilla provides an original line of quinoa-based pasta and other gluten-free, organic products to world markets. When German-Bolivian industrialist Guillermo Wille arrived in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the city’s best-known monument was “Las Her
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Fair Squared: Ethical beauty to the power of four

Fair Squared: Ethical beauty to the power of four
Mon, 01/02/16 - 15:39
By Annemarie Kruse


Ethical beauty is trending strongly: Many beauty brands carry at least one ethical certification, usually an organic seal or a vegan certificate. Often, a product will feature both seals although few companies offer more than two different certifications. However, there
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BIOFACH 2016 brings more opportunities to sustainability

BIOFACH 2016 brings more opportunities to sustainability
Mon, 01/02/16 - 14:12
By O.W.N News Network


With organic sales reaching record figures in many European countries and around the world, the scene is set for another successful BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, and VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care, in N
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7th BIOFACH INDIA and INDIA ORGANIC highlights organic diversity & growth

7th BIOFACH INDIA and INDIA ORGANIC highlights organic diversity & growth
Mon, 01/02/16 - 09:41
By O.W.N News Network


Showcasing the country’s entire organic diversity, BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC concluded its seventh edition successfully and for the second time in Kochi, Kerala. The three-day event from 5-7 November witnessed an overwhelming response from 3,345 t
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Small Seed, Big Steps

Small Seed, Big Steps
Mon, 01/02/16 - 09:27
By Adriana Michael


According to Grand View Research, the global market for Omega-3 ingredients was estimated at 24.87 tonnes in 2013, and it is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.7% from 2014 to 2020. As the largest market for Omega-3 ingredients in 2013, Europ
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Leading the pack: Insect farming consultancy Tiny Farms

Leading the pack: Insect farming consultancy Tiny Farms
Sat, 30/01/16 - 12:55
By Annemarie Kruse


Over the last five years, the edible insects market in the US has been growing strongly. And this is no surprise: according to a 2014 report by research consultancy New Nutrition Business, the edible insect industry is projected to reach a turnover worth 360 million USD b
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Going ‘Beyond Organic’ to ensure packaging sustainability

Going ‘Beyond Organic’ to ensure packaging sustainability
Sat, 30/01/16 - 10:08
By Warren Beaumont


How certified organic and sustainable food and beverage brands go ‘Beyond Organic’ to meet consumer expectations about the packaging of their products is an interesting dilemma for food and beverage companies, says Victor Bell, president of Environmental Packa
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Fancy Food Trends coming out of San Francisco

Fancy Food Trends coming out of San Francisco
Sat, 30/01/16 - 09:09
By Ditte Lustrup, Joseph Unger


The top five trends emerging from San Francisco’s Fancy Food Show, January 17-19 are purple food, protein alternatives, Southeast Asian flavors, grass-fed animal products, and snacks in a cup. Out of the 80,000 food and beverage products being showcased by more th
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Cacaosuyo reveals the secrets of the best Peruvian chocolate

Cacaosuyo reveals the secrets of the best Peruvian chocolate
Fri, 29/01/16 - 14:08
By Pablo Pérez Álvarez


2015 was undoubtedly the year of Cacaosuyo’s consolidation. Their Piura Milk Bar was awarded the “Best Origin Milk Chocolate” prize at the Chocolate Week in London, the Oscars in the fine chocolate industry. In just two years since its inception, this
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SIAL Canada Hits New Heights

SIAL Canada Hits New Heights
Fri, 29/01/16 - 09:58
By Marni Andrews


SIAL Canada, to take place in Montreal April 13 to 15 is on pace to be the biggest ever with about 900 exhibitors from 50 countries, 240,000 square feet of space and 15,000+ visitors. Last year in Toronto there were 831 exhibitors from 45 countries. Starting in 2010, t
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COTA Continues Presence at SIAL Canada

COTA Continues Presence at SIAL Canada
Fri, 29/01/16 - 09:50
By Marni Andrews


The Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) continues to build its presence at SIAL Canada. Since 2014, the two have partnered to support growth in the organic sector. In 2016 COTA will host two conference sessions at SIAL Canada, the first on the organic consumer and
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Fruit d’Or: From Bog to Table

Fruit d’Or: From Bog to Table
Fri, 29/01/16 - 09:01
By Marni Andrews


Fruit d’Or, the world’s largest producer and processor of organic cranberries, has been successfully introducing their new retail dried fruit snack line called Patience Fruit & Co. since last Spring. “The name was inspired by the extra time required
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Alnatura Expands Distribution

Alnatura Expands Distribution
Fri, 29/01/16 - 01:50
By Warren Beaumont


Alnatura is to open its 100th store in Berlin in March 2016, following the opening of the new 675sqm Göttingen Alnatura Super Natur Markt in the first week of December. In the last fiscal year, ten new Alnatura markets were opened. Despite changing conditions Alna
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Organic Cosmetics: The Thorny Road to EU-Wide Certification

Organic Cosmetics: The Thorny Road to EU-Wide Certification
Fri, 29/01/16
By Annemarie Kruse


Organic beauty is growing strongly, not just in Europe but also in the US and Asia. And because green beauty is trendy, more and more conventional cosmetics manufacturers are jumping on the organic bandwagon. As a result, green-washing has become a major problem for the i
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European Patent Office revokes Monsanto patent on melons

European Patent Office revokes Monsanto patent on melons
Thu, 28/01/16 - 09:37
By Warren Beaumont


The European Patent Office (EPO) revoked a Monsanto-owned patent on melons for technical reasons, IFOAM EU said on January 20. The organic movement urged the Commission to stop patents on life and said that for years, the EPO used a biased interpretation of EU legislation
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Entomophagy could feed the world

Entomophagy could feed the world
Wed, 27/01/16 - 12:58
By Annemarie Kruse


In around 80% of the world, edible insects are an established part of the local cuisine. In Thailand and Cambodia you can buy bags of deep-fried, seasoned or toasted grasshoppers, crickets or beetles on any street food market; Colombian fried and salted big-butt ants co
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Advantage Health Matters: Better safety and nutrition

Advantage Health Matters: Better safety and nutrition
Wed, 27/01/16 - 09:32
By Adriana Michael


Canada’s Advantage Health Matters, importer and distributor of leading brands of organic whole-based food supplements, has now gained approval to sell chia as a novel food in Europe. Jerry Zeifman, founder of Advantage Health Matters in 2001, says the motivation
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EDEKA will acquire Kaiser’s Tengelmann

EDEKA will acquire Kaiser’s Tengelmann
Tue, 26/01/16 - 02:22
By Warren Beaumont


Germany’s largest food retailer, Edeka Zentrale AG & Co, looks set to win control of the Kaiser’s supermarket business of German retailer Tengelmann after Edeka confirmed that the Federal Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel intends to grant permission for
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Sustainable Summit Calls for Changes in the Food Industry

Sustainable Summit Calls for Changes in the Food Industry
Tue, 27/01/15 - 19:24
By Ditte Lustrup, Joseph Unger


One of the alarming statistics that motivated business leaders to gather for North America’s Sustainable Food Summit, is the fact that humanity is using the earth’s resources 50 percent faster than the planet can renew. One of the conclusions of the recent Wor
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