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Terrafertil acquires Essential Living Foods

Terrafertil acquires Essential Living Foods
Wed, 01/03/17 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


Ecuador-based snack food company Terrafertil Nature's Heart, the largest natural food brand in Latin America and fastest growing natural brand in the UK, has added leading US superfood brand Essential Living Foods to its product roster and rapid company geographic expansi
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OTB initiatives with Organic Denmark set to boost organic food and drink

OTB initiatives with Organic Denmark set to boost organic food and drink
Wed, 25/01/17 - 10:14
By O.W.N News Network


The Organic Trade Board (OTB), the UK's peak organic industry body, announced in January that in partnership with Organic Denmark, it has been successful in a joint funding application to the EU to promote the Organic food and drink sector. The OTB said that the project
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A glance at the current taste of organics in the United States

A glance at the current taste of organics in the United States
Fri, 23/12/16 - 07:41
By Adriana Michael


Consumer demand for healthier foods and products that show transparency from field-to-table is bustling. Earlier this year, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2016 Organic Industry Survey revealed that in 2015 total sales of organic products reached a n
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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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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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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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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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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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Sales jump 24% for UNFI, C&S Wholesale Grocers bulk up

Sales jump 24% for UNFI, C&S Wholesale Grocers bulk up
Wed, 07/01/15 - 16:27
By O.W.N News Network


United Natural Foods, Inc. the USA’s leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods reported that first quarter net sales jumped 24.4% to $1.99 billion compared to $1.60 billion for the same period last fiscal year. And hot on the
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Summit explores new horizons for eco-labels and sustainability

Summit explores new horizons for eco-labels and sustainability
Wed, 07/01/15 - 15:52


For the fifth consecutive year, the North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will be hosted in San Francisco, while organiser Organic Monitor has announced that it will be followed by a new Natural Cosmetics Masterclass, hosted in San Francisco on 23rd Janua
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Promens packaging company acquired by RPC Group

Promens packaging company acquired by RPC Group
Wed, 07/01/15 - 14:38


British plastic packaging supplier RPC Group Plc will acquire Iceland-based plastic products maker Promens Group AS for 386 million euros (306.73 million pounds) to strengthen its position in Europe and help satisfy its increasing need for polymer. The company said it wo
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Andean countries support origin denomination for Bolivian Royal Quinoa

Andean countries support origin denomination for Bolivian Royal Quinoa
Sun, 19/10/14 - 22:40
By Andrew Ofstehage


The global rise of quinoa consumption has been dramatic, expanding from the Andean region in the 1970s to nearly global availability. Its rise of production has lagged behind demand, but is significant all the same. Besides gaining ground in traditional production areas o
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Global snack food sales reach $374 billion

Global snack food sales reach $374 billion
Thu, 02/10/14 - 08:59
By O.W.N News Network


According to a new Nielsen global report global consumers spent $374 billion (retail sales data adjusted for inflation), on snack foods between 2013 and 2014, a year-over-year increase of 2%. The fastest-growing snack categories according to Nielsen retail sales informat
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Organic 3.0 to focus on sustainability & transparency

Organic 3.0 to focus on sustainability & transparency
Wed, 25/06/14
By Warren Beaumont


The key theme for the BIOFACH 2014 Congress and indeed the whole trade fair, held at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg 12-15 February was the future of organic agriculture and the organic food industry – Organic 3.0. The International Federation of Organic Agricultur
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EcoBase to improve sustainability of Chile’s agri-food

EcoBase to improve sustainability of Chile’s agri-food
Mon, 03/03/14 - 22:02
By Warren Beaumont, Kelly Roesler


Amid increasing global demand for agri-food industries to report sustainability practices and performance, Chile’s food and wine sectors are creating a revolutionary new tool that will do just that. Chile is the first country to develop EcoBase, a database and calc
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Latin American premium chocolate growth deserves fair prices

Latin American premium chocolate growth deserves fair prices
Sun, 02/02/14 - 19:27
By Adriana Michael


There is growing demand for dark, fine and organic cacao and chocolate made at the source, particularly from Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. These countries developed a global reputation for higher flavor and more unique, rare cacao bean chocolate. However, a major issue is
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Top milestones of the U.S. Organic and Sustainable Sectors – 2004-2013

Top milestones of the U.S. Organic and Sustainable Sectors – 2004-2013
Sat, 01/02/14 - 19:29
By O.W.N News Network


OWN asked Laura Batcha new CEO/Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association to present some of the major milestones and achievements for the OTA and the industry from 2004 to 2013. Here are the highlights. Growth of the U.S. organic industry U.S. organic sales h
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Organic Fairs

Organic Fairs
Sat, 01/02/14 - 12:00
By Adriana Michael


Organic Trade Fairs Crucial to Sector Growth By Adriana Michael – as printed in O.W.N. Spring 2004 Trade fairs have been an important aspect in the development of every industry since the Middle Ages and the organic sector is no exception. Exhibitors meet clients a
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Carrefour buys Polish supermarket, Polish politicians in Tesco boycott call

Carrefour buys Polish supermarket, Polish politicians in Tesco boycott call
Tue, 14/01/14 - 18:16
By O.W.N News Network


While French supermarket chain Carrefour has announced its acquisition of Poland’s Rast supermarket chain, which operates 10 stores in the north eastern store of Olsztyn, for an undisclosed fee, Polish politicians have called for a boycott of UK grocery giant Tesco,
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Earthbound Farm acquired by WhiteWave Foods

Earthbound Farm acquired by WhiteWave Foods
Thu, 12/12/13 - 13:10


U.S. dairy products producer WhiteWave Foods Co announced in December it would buy organic food brand Earthbound Farm from investors including private equity firm Kainos Capital for about $600 million to expand its offerings of organic products. Earthbound Farm produces
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Quinoa key players confident of Andean supply

Quinoa key players confident of Andean supply
Thu, 12/12/13 - 09:41
By Adriana Michael


The United Nations declared 2013 “The International Year of Quinoa” in recognition of the indigenous communities from the Andean highlands, who have domesticized this unique crop with its high nutrient content. But the global quinoa craze started in recent yea
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The NEXT Big Thing For the Natural Products Industry

The NEXT Big Thing For the Natural Products Industry
Wed, 13/11/13 - 23:14
By Kat Schuett


Launching a new product in the natural and organic market has it’s own unique set of questions such as: How do you know what superfood trends to jump into, or which ones are already saturated? Where can you find an organic, glutenfree, non-GMO verified co-packer? Ho
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Organic producers need to communicate ethical messages

Organic producers need to communicate ethical messages
Thu, 29/08/13 - 05:29
By Warren Beaumont


A study published in the Journal Appetite (Vol 62, 1 March 2013, pages 133-142) by Katrin Zander (University of Kassell, Germany) et al, ‘Promising ethical arguments for product differentiation in the organic food sector. A mixed methods research approach’ su
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Machu Picchu Foods introduces Quinoa Krunch

Machu Picchu Foods introduces Quinoa Krunch
Thu, 29/08/13 - 01:55
By O.W.N News Network


Machu Picchu Foods, Peru’s main chocolate and confectionary producer and leading exporter of organic chocolate, is introducing Quinoa Krunch, an organic wafer stick with quinoa and rice, covered with chocolate and popped amaranth. This delicious snack adds to Machu
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Nespresso, Fairtrade International join forces to support Colombian cooperatives

Nespresso, Fairtrade International join forces to support Colombian cooperatives
Thu, 25/07/13 - 15:20
By O.W.N News Network


Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International, and Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nestlé Nespresso have announced a new, long-reaching partnership to benefit thousands of small-scale coffee farmers. The announcement comes as Nespresso celebrates ten years of their Nespr
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Sobeys deal to acquire Safeway Inc Canada, reports solid FY sales

Sobeys deal to acquire Safeway Inc Canada, reports solid FY sales
Fri, 05/07/13 - 11:59
By O.W.N News Network


Canada’s No 2 grocer Sobeys has made a $5.8-billion deal to swallow key western rival Safeway Inc, while Sobeys reported on 27 June that sales and profits increased in its last financial year. Sobeys’ parent, Empire Co. Ltd. of Stellarton, N.S., in June unveil
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OTA U.S. launches online global organic trade guide

OTA U.S. launches online global organic trade guide
Tue, 25/06/13 - 11:49
By O.W.N News Network


The Global Organic Trade Guide, the world’s first user-friendly website designed to help U.S. organic producers and handlers export organic products, was officially launched on June 18 by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). It features a new market data section and
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Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Whole Foods reject GE fish

Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Whole Foods reject GE fish
Tue, 09/04/13 - 05:10
By Warren Beaumont


A coalition of U.S. consumer, health, food safety and fishing groups launched the “Campaign for Genetically Engineered (GE)-Free Seafood” on April 5 by announcing that several major grocery retailers representing more than 2,000 stores across the U.S. have com
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National Association for the Specialty Food Trade looks ahead

National Association for the Specialty Food Trade looks ahead
Mon, 08/04/13 - 02:09
By O.W.N News Network


The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has a new name: the Specialty Food Association. The Specialty Food Association, based in New York City, is a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrep
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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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Naturkost de Mexico opens chia processing plant

Naturkost de Mexico opens chia processing plant
Mon, 04/02/13 - 01:34
By Warren Beaumont


Naturkost de Mexico, a subsidiary of Naturkost Übelhör (Germany), recently opened in Guadalajara a processing facility for chia seeds with state-of-the-art equipment. It is among the first worldwide to be certified ISO 22000 in food safety for chia processing.
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Sustainability program at Machu Picchu Foods makes a difference

Sustainability program at Machu Picchu Foods makes a difference
Sat, 02/02/13 - 01:11
By Warren Beaumont


Since 2008 Machu Picchu Foods, Peru’s number one exporter of cocoa derivatives has operated a Development and Sustainability Program to improve productivity and the quality of life of organic smallholder farmers that supply the company’s organic cocoa operatio
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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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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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Organic sales up 46% at Denmark’s caterers, restaurants

Organic sales up 46% at Denmark’s caterers, restaurants
Wed, 10/10/12 - 07:20
By Warren Beaumont


In just a year, sales of organic products to Danish catering operations, canteens and public institution kitchens went up 46%, while the number of organic canteens has almost tripled in 2012. And organic produce is now becoming as common a sight in Danish canteens as it i
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Prepared foods:a $32 billion opportunity

Prepared foods:a $32 billion opportunity
Mon, 08/10/12 - 09:11
By Warren Beaumont


Food service is a major opportunity for suppliers of organic and sustainable foods, from café chains such as Starbucks and Pret A Manger through to major natural health food stores, supermarket chains, chefs and caterers are cooking up a major point of difference t
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Call for Chia Council to develop industry standards

Call for Chia Council to develop industry standards
Mon, 17/09/12 - 11:12
By Warren Beaumont


Suppliers of chia in Latin America are working together to establish a regional organization to provide education, health and scientific data and to develop standards and a transparent framework in which to further conduct the chia business. The Chia Council would include
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Foods with added value a natural expansion for Bolivian entrepreneurs

Foods with added value a natural expansion for Bolivian entrepreneurs
Fri, 14/09/12 - 20:07
By Adriana Michael


According to the 2010 Report conducted by Global Entrepreneurial Monitor, only 12% of Bolivian entrepreneurs are willing to introduce innovative practices to their businesses. With no doubt entrepreneur Lily Zuna belongs to this small percentage. Her company Ascex Trading
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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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Naturkost Übelhör: 25 years supplying the best ingredients

Naturkost Übelhör: 25 years supplying the best ingredients
Tue, 28/02/12 - 17:23
By Warren Beaumont


Germany’s Naturkost Übelhör, a world leader in high quality organic ingredients such as Sachia® chia seed and chia oil, is celebrating 25 years commitment to organic cultivation and the organic industry. The firm was founded by entrepreneur Josef Ü
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Slovenia embraces Peruvian superfoods

Slovenia embraces Peruvian superfoods
Wed, 22/02/12 - 17:41
By Adriana Michael


A small country of just two million in the heart of Europe, where the Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Pannonian plains and the Karst caves, Slovenia is becoming an attractive country for organic foods and LOHAS lifestyles. The charming nation attracts business people
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South-South trade vital for expansion at Andean Valley

South-South trade vital for expansion at Andean Valley
Sun, 19/02/12 - 17:33
By Clara Paz


Fifteen years ago, Andean Valley and other Bolivian leading quinoa exporters were selling the little golden grain only as commodity to a handful of traders based mainly in Europe and North America. The highly nutritious and gluten-free seed had caught the attention of a
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MARAP finds nutrient-rich oasis

MARAP finds nutrient-rich oasis
Sun, 19/02/12 - 16:00
By Adriana Michael


Imagine a wide, sunny and fertile oasis, 800 metres above sea level, at the foot of the impressive Himalayan mountain range, with a pristine air and water supply. Now picture a ground full of rich soil, free of man-made chemicals, nurturing 65 types of nuts, fruits and ve
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Organic Monitor says consumers turning to natural personal care

Organic Monitor says consumers turning to natural personal care
Thu, 16/02/12 - 15:00
By O.W.N News Network


Global sales of natural and organic beauty products projected to reach USD 9 billion last year and while consumer demand for natural and organic products remains buoyant, new research finds the growth rate is slowing because of the weak economic climate. In its December r
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Trends to watch this year

Trends to watch this year
Tue, 07/02/12 - 19:37
By Adriana Michael, Warren Beaumont


This past year was one of change. In 2011, the global population reached seven billion, food prices continued to climb and a gloomy economy clouded with social and political uncertainty prevailed. Natural disasters like the devastating tsunami in Japan shocked the world a
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Trader Andean Naturals expands taking quinoa to the next level

Trader Andean Naturals expands taking quinoa to the next level
Sat, 10/12/11 - 02:15
By Adriana Michael


Committed to its mission of “sharing quinoa with the world,” California-based Andean Naturals will open Jacha Inti S.A. (JISA) in La Paz, Bolivia. Starting in January 2012, this new state-of-the art-facility will gather, process and co-pack organic quinoa from
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Australia's Loving Earth’s puts faith in Peruvian cacao

Australia's Loving Earth’s puts faith in Peruvian cacao
Sat, 26/11/11 - 14:43
By Warren Beaumont


Melbourne-based Australian producer of premium quality, raw organic chocolate Loving Earth takes pride in supplying what it describes as “fairly-traded, single origin” organic chocolates. Loving Earth is now sourcing its organic cacao from a co-operative in Sa
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Thu, 24/11/11 - 16:34
By Josefina Peralta



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New Dietary Ingredients (NDI) Draft tough on industry

New Dietary Ingredients (NDI) Draft tough on industry
Sun, 30/10/11 - 13:01
By O.W.N News Network


NPA says draft NDI Guidance, Supplements Bill is tough on industry The Natural Products Association has criticized sweeping new draft guidelines for dietary supplements released by the United States Food and Drug Administration as unnecessary and going beyond Congress&rs
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Overfishing: Looming threat to seafood industry and consumers

Overfishing: Looming threat to seafood industry and consumers
Wed, 19/10/11 - 10:30
By Jessenia Angulo


Extreme overfishing and environmental damage has greatly reduced the number of species in the sea, spurring more consumers to demand sustainable seafood and posing a major challenge for companies across the globe to protect this billion-dollar industry. It is a clear deci
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Organic Monitor: 10 years of empowering, informing industry

Organic Monitor: 10 years of empowering, informing industry
Mon, 17/10/11 - 08:53
By Adriana Michael


It was a summer job at a well-known retailer that first inspired entrepreneur Amarjit Sahota, founder of market research firm Organic Monitor, to pursue his passion for ethical and ecological causes. “As a student in my first year at university, I worked for The Bo
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South American and Pacific fair-trade flavour highlight at Organic Expo

South American and Pacific fair-trade flavour highlight at Organic Expo
Sat, 15/10/11 - 14:00
By Warren Beaumont


Many exhibitors reported good sales and feedback for the trade day and two consumer days at Australia’s leading show Organic Expo and Green Show held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, August 5-7, 2011. Six out of seven exhibitors spoken to about the t
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Finestra sul Cielo Espana acquires Quinua Real Brasil

Finestra sul Cielo Espana acquires Quinua Real Brasil
Fri, 14/10/11 - 09:04
By Adriana Michael


Leading Spanish organic distributor La Finestra sul Cielo España, a sister company of Italian organic pioneer La Finestra sul Cielo, has become major shareholder of Brazilian organic pioneer firm Quinua Real Brasil Ltda. in May this year. The merger with the larges
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Ciranda launches Gluten-free Organic Pre-gel Tapioca Starch

Ciranda launches Gluten-free Organic Pre-gel Tapioca Starch
Wed, 05/10/11 - 10:07
By O.W.N News Network


With worldwide demand for gluten-free and allergen-free organic ingredients growing, Hudson, Wisconsin, U.S. supplier of organic ingredients Ciranda, Inc. has recently introduced a certified organic, pre-gelatinized tapioca starch for use in gluten-free food manufacturing
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Positive signs for UK organic recovery

Positive signs for UK organic recovery
Tue, 07/06/11 - 10:08
By O.W.N News Network


The UK Soil Association released its Organic Market Report 2011 in early April and revealed that while 2010 was a tough, there are signs that the rate of decline seen over the last two years has slowed. Sales of organic products fell 5.9% to £1.73 billion (pounds) i
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Eco-tourism contributes to sustainable quinoa production

Eco-tourism contributes to sustainable quinoa production
Tue, 07/06/11 - 09:29
By Clara Paz


The Andean highlands are one of the few areas where agriculture is practised at 3,700 metres above sea level and crops are usually exposed to severe climatic conditions such as drought, frost, saline soils and flooding. Quinoa is one of the few crops that grow in differen
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Health and quality to brand Ecuadorian organics

Health and quality to brand Ecuadorian organics
Sat, 04/06/11 - 14:25
By O.W.N News Network


During May 18-21 Quito was host of the 3rd edition of the Salon de Chocolate in Ecuador. The event aimed to increase consumer awareness of the nutritional value of cacao and the high quality chocolate produced with Ecuadorian beans locally and abroad. The Salon offers a s
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