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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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 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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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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A look at Germany’s top organic retailers

A look at Germany’s 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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Whole Foods shuts 9 stores, sales slide continues

Whole Foods shuts 9 stores, sales slide continues
Thu, 09/02/17 - 08:00


Whole Foods Market, Inc. has reported worse than expected results for the 16-week first quarter ended January 15, 2017 with total sales up 1.9 per cent to a record US$4.9 billion. Comparable store sales decreased 2.4 percent, falling short of analyst's expectations, WFM's
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Hong Kong’s Impex Quality Products targets organic brands

Hong Kong’s Impex Quality Products targets organic brands
Fri, 16/12/16 - 20:24
By Warren Beaumont


The market for natural and organic products in Hong Kong is unique. It presents its challenges, but it also has some advantages. In the food sector, the supermarkets dominate 60 percent of the market. The Wellcome retailer, part of the Dairy Farm Group, and A.S Watson a
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PCC Natural Markets anchor tenant in new Seattle development

PCC Natural Markets anchor tenant in new Seattle development
Thu, 08/12/16 - 22:51
By O.W.N News Network


PCC Natural Markets' Edmonds, Washington storeRetail development company the Velmeir Companies has announced that PCC Natural Markets (PCC) will anchor a proposed new mixed-use development in Washington’s Madison Valley in 2017, PCC’s 12th store. PCC, the Uni
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First 365 by Whole Foods Market New Buying Structure

First 365 by Whole Foods Market New Buying Structure
Thu, 08/12/16 - 22:42
By O.W.N News Network


Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market has opened its first 365 by Whole Foods Market concept on May 25 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. “Designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand by bringing fresh, healthy food to a broader audience wit
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Market Force says Wegmans, Publix America’s favourite grocers

Market Force says Wegmans, Publix America’s favourite grocers
Thu, 08/12/16 - 22:37
By O.W.N News Network


The gluten-free section is part of Wegmans Nature's Marketplace category.Findings from a new large-scale consumer satisfaction study of more than 10,000 consumers conducted by US market researcher Market Force Information (Market Force) revealed that Wegmans is America&rs
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Resilient Hong Kong reclaims top competitiveness ranking

Resilient Hong Kong reclaims top competitiveness ranking
Thu, 14/07/16 - 08:23
By O.W.N News Network


Not only is Hong Kong a key gateway to mainland China for the food, beverage, cosmetic and a whole range of consumer goods industries, the city has been crowned the world’s most competitive economy, unseating the three-year incumbent United States, according to th
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Beyorg: Selling organic beauty in Hong Kong

Beyorg: Selling organic beauty in Hong Kong
Thu, 14/07/16 - 08:04
By Annemarie Kruse


In Asia organic beauty is a luxury sector – and nowhere more so than in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most popular retail destinations. And although retail sales in Hong Kong have slumped in recent months, a development, which can be traced back to the slowing ec
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Crossing Borders: Selling cosmetics via China’s growing online sector

Crossing Borders: Selling cosmetics via China’s growing online sector
Thu, 14/07/16 - 07:57
By O.W.N News Network


The Asian countries, and in particular Mainland China, are amongst the most lucrative markets for European consumer goods. Not only does China has a rapidly growing middle class with a correspondingly high income, but Western food and beauty products have gained an excell
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Top organic retailers shake up central London

Top organic retailers shake up central London
Wed, 15/06/16 - 07:20
By Warren Beaumont


There have been a lot of positive changes since early 2012 in central London, which has welcomed more organic, and whole foods stores and cafes to the city’s ‘Square Mile’. Standouts are Planet Organic’s new store on Tottenham Court Road, As Natu
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Organic Baby Products Developed to Meet Needs of Today’s Conscious Parents

Organic Baby Products Developed to Meet Needs of Today’s Conscious Parents
Tue, 14/06/16 - 07:05
By Kat Schuett


It’s 2 a.m. and a mother is up feeding her baby while simultaneously researching blogs, articles, posts, tweets and podcasts on her smart phone to help her decide what is best for her baby. This is the age of the über-informed parent. Unlike parents of the p
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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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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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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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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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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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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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MadeGood™ snack bars win customers worldwide

MadeGood™ snack bars win customers worldwide
Tue, 01/12/15 - 12:59
By Warren Beaumont


Almost two years after its launch at Germany’s Anuga fair in 2013, Canadian organic snack bar brand MadeGood™ is growing in breathtaking volume and value and winning consumers seeking much healthier alternatives with “free-from” attributes. Made
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New facilities and initiatives strengthen Best Ground globally

New facilities and initiatives strengthen Best Ground globally
Tue, 01/12/15 - 06:45
By Warren Beaumont


Mexico’s Best Ground has introduced new actions and products to position itself more strongly as a global supplier of high-quality agave sweeteners and ‘superfoods’ such as chia. Warren Beaumont reports. Best Ground has launched its first Fairtrade cer
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McCormick unveils its Flavour Forecast for 2016

McCormick unveils its Flavour Forecast for 2016
Tue, 01/12/15 - 01:17
By O.W.N News Network


McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, plans to roll out more organic and natural flavors and become almost entirely organic and non-GMO by 2016. The US-based company, a global leader in spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and flavor products, has unveiled i
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Choices Market bulks up in Vancouver to move to 10 stores

Choices Market bulks up in Vancouver to move to 10 stores
Tue, 01/09/15 - 10:45
By O.W.N News Network


Vancouver and BC’s largest natural and organic grocer Choices Market’s is set to reach 10 stores following the opening of a new store at Glenlyon Parkway at Marine way in Burnaby in July, its 9th store. The local retailer has a new store planned for Abbotsford
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A.S. Watson opens health & beauty flagship store in Hong Kong

A.S. Watson opens health & beauty flagship store in Hong Kong
Sat, 29/08/15 - 08:12
By Warren Beaumont


A.S. Watson Group has reached a new milestone with the opening of its flagship Watsons store on Yun Ping Road in Causeway Bay, marking the Group’s 12,000th retail store in the world. Spanning over three storeys and covering an area of over 8,000 sq. ft., this new
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US consumers see organics as healthier, but labelling is perceived as an “excuse to charge more”

US consumers see organics as healthier, but labelling is perceived as an “excuse to charge more”
Thu, 27/08/15 - 10:33
By Warren Beaumont


New research from Mintel found that while organics would seem tailor-made for shoppers seeking foods and beverages that are healthier for them, their families and the planet, many Americans perceive that the organic label is an excuse to sell products at a premium. The
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A look at North American Restaurant & Catering Wholesalers

A look at North American Restaurant & Catering Wholesalers
Thu, 27/08/15 - 09:46
By Warren Beaumont


Retail sales of organic and natural food and beverages in the US, is growing strongly, reaching $35.9 billion in 2014, an 11 per cent rise on the previous year (OTA survey). While organic foodservice is currently not a large market, it is also growing with more foodser
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Australia’s new Naturally Good Expo backed by exhibitors

Australia’s new Naturally Good Expo backed by exhibitors
Wed, 26/08/15 - 10:48
By Warren Beaumont


Exhibitors at the Naturally Good Expo, Australia’s newest trade show aimed at the natural and organic market, has been welcomed as a success, after the failure of previous organic and sustainable shows. Held in Sydney 3-4 May, the Naturally Good Expo was Australia
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Kroger’s King Soopers launches e-commerce for natural & organic

Kroger’s King Soopers launches e-commerce for natural & organic
Wed, 26/08/15 - 08:39
By O.W.N News Network


Kroger’s King Soopers division has launched in Denver, Colorado in June, a new natural and organic product. It is an e-Commerce shopping service called KingSoopers.com/LiveNaturally, open to King Soopers customers who live in and around the Denver metro area, offe
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Speciality gourmet supermarkets grow to top $18 billion in sales

Speciality gourmet supermarkets grow to top $18 billion in sales
Tue, 25/08/15 - 08:54
By Warren Beaumont


Led by high profile retailers such as The Fresh Market and Mariano’s, Specialty Gourmet supermarkets are making headway, now representing over $18 billion in sales, according to new data from information provider for the Natural, Organic and Specialty Products Ind
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E.Leclerc, REWE strategic alliance to develop organics

E.Leclerc, REWE strategic alliance to develop organics
Sat, 15/08/15 - 08:18
By O.W.N News Network


French retailer E.Leclerc and the German REWE Group have decided to establish a strategic alliance expected to be effective in early 2016, announced by the CEOs of the two companies, Michel-Edouard Leclerc and Alain Caparros, in June, 2015. The two companies have agree
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Whole Foods Market’s ‘365’ set for 2016

Whole Foods Market’s ‘365’ set for 2016
Sat, 01/08/15 - 12:00
By O.W.N News Network


US wholefoods and organics chain Whole Foods Market, Inc. is going on the offensive to combat the larger chains as organics becomes more mainstream and has announced the name of its new streamlined, value-focused brand as ‘365 by Whole Foods Market’, smaller
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Whole Foods Market to launch ‘365’ value concept

Whole Foods Market to launch ‘365’ value concept
Fri, 26/06/15 - 00:08
By O.W.N News Network


hole Foods Market Elmhurst store, Chicago.US wholefoods and organics chain Whole Foods Market, Inc. is going on the offensive as organics becomes more mainstream and has announced the name of its new streamlined, value-focused brand as ‘365 by Whole Foods Market&rsq
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Midsona buys Danish organic co Urtekram

Midsona buys Danish organic co Urtekram
Fri, 26/06/15
By Warren Beaumont


Dietary supplements and health foods company Midsona AB of Malmo, Sweden has agreed to acquire Danish organic food company Urtekram International A/S (Urtekram), Scandinavia’s largest organic wholesaler. The move in early June came six months after Midsona bought N
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Sprouts Farmers Market hits 200 stores

Sprouts Farmers Market hits 200 stores
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:16
By O.W.N News Network


Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the United States, has announced plans to add eight additional locations to its growing roster of fresh, natural and organic grocery stores to jump over the 200 store barrier. “Each of these stores wil
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Kracklin’ KAMUT: a delicious new organic snack made from roasted KAMUT® grain

Kracklin’ KAMUT: a delicious new organic snack made from roasted KAMUT® grain
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:10
By O.W.N News Network


Bob Quinn, President Kamut International Ltd.Tastebuds tingled at London UK’s annual Natural & Organic Products Europe exhibition last month when one of the many exciting newcomers, a delicious organic snack, made its debut prior to its official launch in the Un
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First organic plantain chips on the move

First organic plantain chips on the move
Thu, 25/06/15 - 19:06
By Adriana Michael


Thousands of business visitors attending the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Centre in New York June 28-30 will have an opportunity to see and try the first organic, fair trade and kosher certified plantain chip, which is already exciting palates in California, Canad
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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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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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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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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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Eumarrah: treat for natural & organic consumers

Eumarrah: treat for natural & organic consumers
Sat, 04/10/14
By Warren Beaumont


Walking into Hobart, Tasmania’s natural and wholefoods store Eumarrah, I was struck by the warm earthy atmosphere, the use of natural wood, and the breadth of natural and organic foods on display in the state capital’s biggest specialist natural foods store.
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2014, The Year of Retail Contradictions

2014, The Year of Retail Contradictions
Fri, 07/02/14 - 00:25
By O.W.N News Network


Global retail branding and sourcing expert Daymon Worldwide has released its eight ‘Global Retail Trends Predictions for 2014 and Beyond’ to help retailers successfully address the contradictory, challenging realities facing the industry in 2014, dubbed by US-
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Brighton UK welcomes new ethical supermarket

Brighton UK welcomes new ethical supermarket
Tue, 28/01/14 - 20:10
By O.W.N News Network


A new ethical supermarket opened in Brighton, UK on the 7th December and marks a new era in food shopping as the first ethical supermarket aimed squarely at regular supermarket shoppers. The new store is located at 20-21 York Place, London Road, Brighton. Co-founders are
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Alnatura opens 83rd outlet

Alnatura opens 83rd outlet
Tue, 28/01/14 - 13:21
By Warren Beaumont


Germany’s organic product focused supermarket Alnatura opened a new Alnatura Super Natural Market in Munich in December at “forum on deer garden” the seventh branch in Munich, and its 83rd Alnatura market. The six other branches are located in the city
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Waitrose posts record Christmas sales up 5.4%

Waitrose posts record Christmas sales up 5.4%
Wed, 15/01/14 - 07:54
By O.W.N News Network


Upmarket UK grocer Waitrose has seen its most successful Christmas on record with total branch sales (excluding fuel) for the twelve trading days ending December 31st up 6.5% on last year and 4.1% on a like for like basis. Sales on Monday 23 December were £51m &nda
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Holy Crap introduces new feature to increase expansion

Holy Crap introduces new feature to increase expansion
Wed, 15/01/14 - 07:51
By Cat Kolonko


Holy Crap is launching its new single serving cereal cup January 19 at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. An extension of its highly popular cereal bags, the Holy Crap single serving cereal cups are recyclable and will open new venues to introduce the product. I
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Whole Foods posts record 4Q and year for fiscal 2013

Whole Foods posts record 4Q and year for fiscal 2013
Thu, 12/12/13 - 11:26
By O.W.N News Network


Whole Foods Market reported sales for the 12-week fourth quarter and 52-week fiscal year ended September 29, 2013 with record fourth quarter operating results. For the quarter, total sales were $3.0 billion, an increase of 2% from the 13-week period last year and an incr
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Kroger plans natural & organic expansion

Kroger plans natural & organic expansion
Thu, 12/12/13 - 11:04
By O.W.N News Network


Natural and organic foods are only the sixth or seventh largest category at the largest U.S. supermarket operator Kroger, but are the fastest growing category on a percentage basis, and sometimes dollar basis, said Rodney McMullen, president and CEO in December. Looking
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Fresh Thyme Markets to open 54 Midwest stores

Fresh Thyme Markets to open 54 Midwest stores
Thu, 12/12/13 - 10:55
By O.W.N News Network


Phoneix, Arizona-based Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, a new retail banner created by veterans of the Sunflower and Henry’s chains, plans to open its first store early next year in a Chicago suburb and 54 stores across the Midwest during the next six years. President
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Carrefour expands to 100 Chinese cities and robust Brazil sales

Carrefour expands to 100 Chinese cities and robust Brazil sales
Thu, 12/12/13 - 10:50
By O.W.N News Network


Carrefour plans to expand its reach from 236 hypermarkets in 73 cities to 100 Chinese cities in three years and to open more than 20 hypermarkets every year on the Chinese mainland. Sales in the Chinese mainland increased 4.7% in the third quarter year-on-year and the
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Sainsbury reclaims No. 2 grocery spot in UK

Sainsbury reclaims No. 2 grocery spot in UK
Thu, 12/12/13 - 10:42


J Sainsbury appears to have reclaimed its position as the second-biggest grocery retailer in Britain for the first time in a decade from rival Asda, owned by Walmart. Sainsbury’s has already overtaken Asda in Nielsen’s market share data. For the 28 weeks ende
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At tegut… organics continue to flourish

At tegut… organics continue to flourish
Fri, 15/11/13 - 15:09
By Warren Beaumont


Fulda-based regional German grocer tegut… is undergoing renewal and expansion under the ownership of Swiss retailer Migros Zurich. Warren Beaumont spoke with head of corporate communications Stella Kircher. Thirty years ago, tegut… was one of the first re
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Loblaw pilots new Nutshell health & wellness store

Loblaw pilots new Nutshell health & wellness store
Tue, 10/09/13 - 02:20


Canada’s Loblaw plans to launch health-oriented store called Nutshell Live Life Well and position itself in price below Whole Foods Market. The concept will include a broad assortment of prepared, fresh and packaged food, a prescription pharmacy, natural health and
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Migros targets 30 more Alnatura stores, direct sourcing

Migros targets 30 more Alnatura stores, direct sourcing
Mon, 09/09/13 - 11:12
By O.W.N News Network


Switzerland’s Migros cooperatives has revealed plans to expand its new organic store concept Alnatura-Migros by around 20-30 new stores in Switzerland in partnership with German organic retailer Alnatura, and source more brands direct from other countries. CEO Herb
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Kroger acquires Harris Teeter

Kroger acquires Harris Teeter
Mon, 09/09/13 - 02:55
By O.W.N News Network


The Kroger Co, the second-largest retailer in the U.S., is under a merger agreement to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc, an upscale grocer known for fresh foods and produce, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion. Harris Teeter brings to Kroger an exceptional brand and compl
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Waitrose expands delivery options

Waitrose expands delivery options
Sat, 07/09/13 - 02:43


Upmarket UK grocer Waitrose plans to step up its multichannel credentials with the launch of temperature-controlled delivery lockers for click-and-collect customers in-store and at remote locations. Shoppers on waitrose.com would be able to collect their shopping using a
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Casino gains full control of Monoprix stores

Casino gains full control of Monoprix stores
Fri, 06/09/13 - 03:06


Groupe Casino has gained final clearance from the French Competition Authority to assume full control of its joint venture partner Monoprix Group. However, the retailer is required to dispose of 10% of its stores. Casino had agreed to sell 55 stores in Paris, out of aroun
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Rewe growth strategy: Temma ‘bio’ concept

Rewe growth strategy: Temma ‘bio’ concept
Wed, 04/09/13 - 07:48
By O.W.N News Network


Germany’s Rewe Group is developing an expansion strategy in Eastern Europe for its Billa supermarket chain. Billa supermarket has revealed details about its expansion in the Czech Republic, including developing both through organic growth and via acquisitions. Billa
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Retailers recognized for increasing awareness about GMOs

Retailers recognized for increasing awareness about GMOs
Sun, 01/09/13 - 03:11


It’s estimated that 75% or more of non-organic processed foods in the U.S. are contaminated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), a Minnesota, USA-based non- profit consumer advocacy group, recently asked consumers to n
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Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. launches MadeGood™

Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. launches MadeGood™
Mon, 26/08/13 - 11:49
By O.W.N News Network


MadeGood™, a new brand of healthy organic snacks is launching globally in Anuga Germany this fall. Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. hopes to take with its new brand healthy snacking to the next level by combining proprietary technology with nutrient rich, minimally proc
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Tenglemann posts positive sales, expands Kaiser’s ‘Black-Red-Gold’ concept

Tenglemann posts positive sales, expands Kaiser’s ‘Black-Red-Gold’ concept
Fri, 12/07/13 - 15:10
By O.W.N News Network


The Tengelmann Group, which operates the Kaiser’s supermarket in Germany, announced full-year revenues of 11.08 billion euros, equivalent to a currency-adjusted increase of 2.9% compared to the same period in the previous year. “Despite continued difficult ove
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Marks & Spencer opens in The Netherlands, food sales lift

Marks & Spencer opens in The Netherlands, food sales lift
Fri, 31/05/13 - 10:07
By Warren Beaumont


UK high street retailer Marks & Spencer has indicated it will open full-line stores and the Simply Food format in The Netherlands over the next two years. M&S is returning to the Netherlands with the opening of an Amsterdam-based store that will carry a food and n
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Target opens 24 stores in Ontario, grocery market tougher

Target opens 24 stores in Ontario, grocery market tougher
Fri, 31/05/13 - 10:05
By O.W.N News Network


Target’s first stores in Canada had their official launch on April 5. The 24 stores in Ontario soft-launched over three weeks, enabling the U.S. retailer to test systems and processes, including its supply chain, according to IGD Retail Analysis. But Target’s
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Natural Grocers expands across Montana

Natural Grocers expands across Montana
Fri, 31/05/13 - 10:03
By O.W.N News Network


Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage opened its newest location in Kalispell, Montana on April 23rd. The Kalispell store at 2395 US Highway 93 N will be the company’s fourth in Montana following locations opening last year in Billings, Missoula and Helena. The organi
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Finally, a range of Ice Cream Alternatives

Finally, a range of Ice Cream Alternatives
Sat, 27/04/13 - 04:40
By Kat Schuett


On a summer day there is nothing like a cool, creamy treat to beat the heat. But for vegans or those who were cursed with lactose intolerance (such as myself), ice cream has been but a dream. Even for those who can have dairy, the cold reality is that if you w
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Fruit d’Or launches Cran Naturelle and calls for standards

Fruit d’Or launches Cran Naturelle and calls for standards
Tue, 23/04/13 - 11:52
By Kat Schuett


Numerous studies have shown that proanthocyanidins (PACs), a phytochemical found in cranberries, prevent maladies ranging from urinary tract infections (UTIs) to stomach ulcers and even periodontal disease. But not all cranberry supplements pack equally potent amount of
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Mary’s Gone Crackers now part of Kameda Seika

Mary’s Gone Crackers now part of Kameda Seika
Sun, 07/04/13 - 09:16
By O.W.N News Network


Gourmet and organic snack company, Mary`s Gone Crackers, makers of award-winning organic, vegan and gluten free foods, announced in late March that Kameda USA, Inc., a 100% subsidiary of Kameda Seika Co. Ltd, Japan`s largest manufacturer of rice crackers, has acquired 77.
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Carrefour Bio opens to expand China & Brazil Business

Carrefour Bio opens to expand China & Brazil Business
Thu, 04/04/13 - 13:09
By Warren Beaumont


Carrefour has opened a store in Paris dedicated to organic products under the 'Carrefour Bio' banner and is also working on a plan to expand its Brazilian and Chinese businesses by early 2014. The store, on Boulevard Diderot, opened 20 March and has a sales area of 170 sq
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Berrico Foodcompany: Sharing a passion for cranberries

Berrico Foodcompany: Sharing a passion for cranberries
Fri, 08/02/13 - 00:01
By Adriana Michael


Dutch citizen Renno van Dijk discovered cranberries and developed a fascination for the unique red fruit and other berries, while studying in the U.S. He learned that, besides providing a great touch to the traditional turkey Thanksgiving dinner at U.S. and Canadian homes
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Pacran builds evidence of cranberry benefits

Pacran builds evidence of cranberry benefits
Tue, 05/02/13 - 01:51
By Christopher Doscher


PACran, the whole-cranberry powder used in a number of branded and private-label supplements that are aimed at promoting urinary tract health, is seeking to grow the body of literature that supports its effectiveness at preventing urinary-tract infections and prostate hea
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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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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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Whole Foods Market continues strong growth

Whole Foods Market continues strong growth
Tue, 18/09/12 - 01:59
By Clara Paz


With 329 stores operating at the end of July and with estimated store openings rising from 25 in 2012 to 33-38 in 2014, natural and organic grocer Whole Foods Market is setting ambitious store expansion targets and said that over the long term, 1,000 stores is a reasonabl
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Natural supermarkets drive 15%-plus sales growth in natural, organic & fair trade

Natural supermarkets drive 15%-plus sales growth in natural, organic & fair trade
Fri, 14/09/12 - 20:05
By O.W.N News Network


The post-recession strength of natural product retailers has never been more evident, SPINS, the leading information and services provider for the natural, organic and specialty products industry in North America said on August 28. SPINS has consistently reported double d
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Peruvian Harvest presents first all natural yacon nectar

Peruvian Harvest presents first all natural yacon nectar
Fri, 14/09/12 - 16:59
By Adriana Michael


UHTCO Corporation is introducing this season a new product under its label Peruvian Harvest® the first all natural yacon root nectar with no added sugar or preservatives to quench your thirst and sweet tooth. Presented in 8oz bottles available to retailers in cases of
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Alnatura Migros new organic concept store opens in August

Alnatura Migros new organic concept store opens in August
Sun, 26/08/12 - 17:34
By O.W.N News Network


Alnatura of Germany and Switzerland’s largest retailer Migros revealed that the launch of a new concept store for organic markets is planned to open in late August in Zurich-Hongg. The concept was announced by Götz Rehn, founder and managing director of Alnatur
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Sprouts Farmers Market's Sunflower acquisition expands natural, organic footprint

Sprouts Farmers Market's Sunflower acquisition expands natural, organic footprint
Thu, 23/08/12 - 08:39
By O.W.N News Network


Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market has announced it has completed the takeover Sunflower Farmers Markets of Boulder, Colorado that will give it 144 stores nationally in eight states. All stores were rebranded under the Sprouts banner and the group is predicted to earn s
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Auchan to open hypermarkets in India from 2012

Auchan to open hypermarkets in India from 2012
Wed, 22/08/12 - 09:01
By O.W.N News Network


French supermarket and hypermarket operator Groupe Auchan has announced in August that it has signed a franchise agreement for the development of a hypermarket business in India with Max India Hypermarkets that will result in 12 to 15 new Auchan hypermarkets starting from
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Popped quinoa with natural flavors, a favorite at Machu Picchu Foods

Popped quinoa with natural flavors, a favorite at Machu Picchu Foods
Mon, 07/05/12 - 15:41
By Adriana Michael


Machu Picchu Foods, leading Peruvian supplier of chocolate, cacao and coffee has introduced a unique line of popped quinoa with natural flavors, attracting buyers at BioFach, Expo West and Sial Canada this year. The new products come in mint, strawberry, orange, citrus pu
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Gold for ALB-GOLD

Gold for ALB-GOLD
Fri, 17/02/12 - 11:00
By O.W.N News Network


Pasta is the signature of Italian cuisine and ALB- GOLD the symbol of flavour and taste that comes from sustainable quality. ALB –GOLD has been recognized as “Best Organic Brand in 2012” in a competition among top brands conducted by LEBENSMITTEL PRAXIS
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Maqui Berry the queen of the South

Maqui Berry the queen of the South
Mon, 06/02/12 - 09:30
By Chelsea Kerrington


Hailed as the ultimate “superfruit,” the maqui berry (Aristotelia Chilensis) is quickly gaining popularity among the specialty food and organic sectors. Native to Chile and southern Argentina, this antioxidant-rich berry is relatively new to the scene, althoug
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Nature’s Agave now in Williams-Sonoma

Nature’s Agave now in Williams-Sonoma
Fri, 20/01/12 - 17:57
By O.W.N News Network


Nature’s Agave Premium Raw agave nectar variety is now available at all 260 Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide. Williams -Sonoma is a specialty US retailer of high-quality home products including gourmet cookware and premium food. The agave nectar is made from 100 pe
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UK shoppers under 35 major buyers of organic food

UK shoppers under 35 major buyers of organic food
Tue, 10/01/12 - 04:10
By O.W.N News Network


Shoppers aged under 35 are twice as likely to want organic food as those over 35, aspire to shop ethically and waste less food, revealed by the latest IGD ShopperTrack research in November, a monthly analysis of British grocery shopper sentiment. A demographic breakdown
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Brookfarm boosts USA sales in Omega-3 rich, macadamia

Brookfarm boosts USA sales in Omega-3 rich, macadamia
Mon, 09/01/12 - 07:35
By Warren Beaumont


Australia’s leading manufacturer of macadamia-based foods and oils Brookfarm recently had their products ranged on the shelves of prestigious USA retailer Williams Sonoma stores. Brookfarm also sells through Whole Foods Market and is now looking to expand distributi
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BLK, the dark side of water, is “in”

BLK, the dark side of water, is “in”
Mon, 09/01/12 - 07:20
By Adriana Michael


Canadian sisters Louise and Jacqueline Wilkie of Eclipse Concepts have been busy selling their unique “black water.” Presented in a sleek clear glass bottle with the white bold letters BLK at the front, the deep black liquid is intriguing. Is it an alcoholic d
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Market for Omega 3’s is still on the rise

Market for Omega 3’s is still on the rise
Sat, 10/12/11 - 04:14
By Warren Beaumont


Consumers now associate food with health and wellness and new studies and reports covered by the media have contributed to an increase in the purchase of functional food and natural supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids, vital nutrients to human health, are one of the most wid
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Oogave organic sodas provide the agave advantage

Oogave organic sodas provide the agave advantage
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:56
By Adriana Michael


Oogave’s line of all-natural certified organic sodas challenges the conventional soda status quo, and proves that amazing taste can be achieved without artificial ingredients or chemicals. What began as Esteban Anson’s journey to find a healthy soda for his na
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SunOpta 3Q sales up 14.6 percent

SunOpta 3Q sales up 14.6 percent
Sat, 10/12/11 - 03:45
By O.W.N News Network


Canada based SunOpta Inc., leading global company for natural, organic and specialty foods and natural health products, announced sales rose 25.3 percent for the quarter ended October 1, 2011. The firm reported quarterly revenues of $272.4 million versus $217.5 million fo
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Flora brings top Omega-3 oil products to over 40 countries

Flora brings top Omega-3 oil products to over 40 countries
Sat, 10/12/11 - 02:46
By Warren Beaumont


Flora Manufacturing & Distribution, a long-established BC, Canada-based producer of cold-pressed, unrefined nutritional oils is seeing a positive growth trend for Omega-3 products. The range includes flax oil, pumpkin seed oil, canola oil, evening primrose oil and Udo
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Quinoa producer COOPAIN Cabana  receives the “Aji de Plata” Mistura award

Quinoa producer COOPAIN Cabana receives the “Aji de Plata” Mistura award
Sat, 26/11/11 - 15:45
By Adriana Michael


While Bolivia is the number one producer of quinoa and exports over 85% of its Royal grain, Peru is the world’s number one consumer of quinoa and exports about ten percent of its local production. And the best quinoa available in Peru is produced by COOPAIN Cabana,
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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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Sprouts Farmers Market retail chain expands

Sprouts Farmers Market retail chain expands
Mon, 10/10/11 - 16:00
By O.W.N News Network


The San Franciso Bay and Silicon Valley areas of northern California has seen several new organic, natural and mainstream supermarket openings this year with specialty grocers reported to be doing good trade in August and appearing to be immune from the United States econ
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Hong Kong’s strong retail sector taps into China

Hong Kong’s strong retail sector taps into China
Sat, 25/06/11 - 17:50
By Warren Beaumont


Based on a networking event offered by The Hong Kong Trade Development Council in Sydney to assist retailers in exploring business opportunities in Hong Kong and mainland China. Bonnie Shek, director Australia & New Zealand HKTDC said that Hong Kong’s populatio
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TerraFertil : Profitability through diversification

TerraFertil : Profitability through diversification
Wed, 22/06/11 - 09:32
By Adriana Michael


In 2005 brothers David and Raul Bermeo Izurieta left their jobs in the corporate world to follow their entrepreneurial spirit. They were eager to start a new venture that would make a positive impact, without following the same conventional business model of most banana,
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Jasmin’s Koala Baby organic skincare exceeds expectations in Asia

Jasmin’s Koala Baby organic skincare exceeds expectations in Asia
Mon, 20/06/11
By Warren Beaumont


Koala Baby features recycled and sustainable, but upmarket packaging and a cheeky Koala.Leading Australian Jasmin Skincare manufacturer was the first organic skin care brand to gain organic certification in China in 2009. With the response beyond their expectations, found
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UHTCO enters food retail with Peruvian Harvest®

UHTCO enters food retail with Peruvian Harvest®
Sun, 12/06/11 - 10:56
By Adriana Michael


First was Italian, followed by Greek and Mexican; then was Indian, Japanese and Thai. The trend for ethnic foods is growing and shifting as migration, travelling, the internet and celebrity chefs connect people to indulge in the tastes and flavours from around the world.
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Nordic Natural's new HQ built to LEED Green principles and NSF GBP certification

Nordic Natural's new HQ built to LEED Green principles and NSF GBP certification
Fri, 10/06/11 - 17:47
By O.W.N News Network


Nordic Naturals, industry leader in fish oil supplementation, announced in early February the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Watsonville, California. It is the first LEED Gold green building in Santa Cruz County registered with the U.S. Green Building Counci
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EU permits use of rosemary extracts in organic food

EU permits use of rosemary extracts in organic food
Mon, 06/06/11 - 13:09
By Warren Beaumont


Rosemary extracts are used as natural preservatives in the organic industry and rosemary extracts derived from organic production can now be used in the EU as antioxidants in organic food when ethanol is used for the extraction. French natural speciality ingredients group
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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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Veganz: Heading forward

Veganz: Heading forward
Sat, 30/12/99
By Annemarie Kruse


The Veganz brand offers highquality vegan products in attractive packaging Europe's leading vegan supermarket retailer Veganz is stepping up its European expansion this year. The company has signed distribution agreements with the Austrian Spar chain and the Swiss superma
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