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Warren Beaumont

Peru expands presence at organic food fairs

Peru expands presence at organic food fairs
Mon, 03/09/18 - 08:00
By Warren Beaumont


Peru and its export agency MINCETUR, the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior y Turismo is expanding the promotion of Peruvian foods with more trade shows and missions such as at the recent Natural & Organic Products Asia Hong Kong show and the Natural Products Scandinavia
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Market growth, trends and new exhibits lift Natural Products Expo East

Market growth, trends and new exhibits lift Natural Products Expo East
Mon, 03/09/18
By Warren Beaumont


The Natural Products Expo East show returns to the Baltimore Convention Center on September 13-15, 2018, where over 1500 exhibitors will connect with buyers and customers and look for new products, trends and ideas in the USA's US$50 billion organic market. According to
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Bulgaria's organic superfood bar Roobar launches in USA

Bulgaria's organic superfood bar Roobar launches in USA
Fri, 03/08/18
By Warren Beaumont


Roobar®, a delicious, organic, raw superfood bar made simply from dried fruit, raw nut and superfoods said to be Europe's number one best-selling organic health bar, is now available in the United States, the Roo Brands company announced in July. And Roobar's owner,
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Cambridge Commodities acquires Earth Circle ingredients

Cambridge Commodities acquires Earth Circle ingredients
Fri, 03/08/18
By Warren Beaumont


UK-based ingredient supplier Cambridge Commodities Ltd has acquired the ingredient business of US wholesaler Earth Circle Organics LLC. Following the acquisition, Earth Circle Organics' raw and organic superfood ingredient business will merge with the US arm of Cambridge
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Australian Organic backs misleading claims fines

Australian Organic backs misleading claims fines
Tue, 26/06/18 - 10:00
By Warren Beaumont


With misleading organic claims and greenwashing a major issue for certified organic products in Australia, leading organic industry group, Australian Organic, welcomed action by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to impose penalties of AUD$37,800
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Bob's Red Mill, RXBar, That's It, in US labelling lawsuits

Bob's Red Mill, RXBar, That's It, in US labelling lawsuits
Tue, 26/06/18 - 09:30
By Warren Beaumont


Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, which uses its own gluten-free symbol on product labels (Bob's Red Mill's "GF" Mark), filed a lawsuit in June against the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America in US district court in Portland, which wants Bob's to stop using the gluten-f
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Australian organics posts solid growth

Australian organics posts solid growth
Mon, 07/05/18 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


New findings released on April 30 at Naturally Good Expo in Sydney by leading organic industry group Australian Organic show an uptake in household spending allocated to organic produce and goods. According to the annual Australian Organic Market Report, 40 percent of org
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Environmental sustainability, human health concerns for packaging

Environmental sustainability, human health concerns for packaging
Fri, 20/04/18 - 10:00
By Warren Beaumont


Three important announcements on packaging's environmental sustainability and the impact of food contact materials on consumer health in Europe were made this past spring with Euractiv hosting a workshop on the topic of 'Safe and circular: Making food contact material wor
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Bigger Whole Foods to boost Amazon

Bigger Whole Foods to boost Amazon
Thu, 19/04/18 - 09:04
By Warren Beaumont


Amazon.com is looking to expand its Whole Foods Market (WFM) brick-and-mortar retail network with bigger stores to bolster the online shopping business just seven months after it acquired Whole Foods in late August 2017 for US$13.7 billion. And WFM regional marketing staf
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Naturally Good Expo's new owners boost trade-focused event

Naturally Good Expo's new owners boost trade-focused event
Mon, 16/04/18 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


Australia's Naturally Good Expo, the largest trade show for the natural, organic and healthy products sector in the country, is set for a brighter future under new ownership and looking to fix the "samplers and sellers" issues at the 2017 event. The show was run for three
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Carrefour's big strategic plan embarks sustainability

Carrefour's big strategic plan embarks sustainability
Wed, 28/02/18 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


Carrefour Group has announced a significant transformation plan with EUR2 billion in cost savings including voluntary redundancies and closing of 273 ex DIA stores. It will also invest EUR5 billion for expansion of organic sales and food e-commerce followed with a potenti
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Nuts & superfoods top food trends at BIOFACH 2018

Nuts & superfoods top food trends at BIOFACH 2018
Wed, 28/02/18 - 08:12
By Warren Beaumont


Many new food and beverage trends were displayed at the BIOFACH 2018 fair held in Nuremberg on 14-17 February. The OWN trend picks were nuts, seeds, Andean superfoods and spices in foods and beverages, snack foods and confectionery. Prominent at BIOFACH 2018 were cashew
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The organic sector keeps growing

The organic sector keeps growing
Wed, 28/02/18 - 07:00
By Warren Beaumont


Major organic markets globally have continued to post double-digit or high single-digit sales growth in 2016-17, with France's organic market growing 22 percent, Switzerland having the highest per capita spending (274 Euros) and Denmark the highest organic market share at
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Natexpo's organic success goes to Lyon

Natexpo's organic success goes to Lyon
Fri, 26/01/18 - 08:05
By Warren Beaumont


If one word could sum up NATEXPO, it would be “successful” with nine out of ten visitors saying the exhibition is the essential must-attend event in France for France's EUR7 billion organic sector, according to a visitor survey. Now that the show has become a
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Amazon grocery lift from WFM 365, Germany acquisition?

Amazon grocery lift from WFM 365, Germany acquisition?
Fri, 26/01/18 - 08:00
By Warren Beaumont


Amazon's food and beverage sales gained a boost after it grabbed more grocery turnover in 2017 through sales of Whole Food Markets 365 private label, while a major Amazon grocery move is predicted in Germany and possibly for Whole Foods in Australia. Amazon’s groce
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Sekem’s 40 years of sustainable enterprise and achievement

Sekem’s 40 years of sustainable enterprise and achievement
Fri, 26/01/18 - 07:55
By Warren Beaumont


Pioneering Egyptian sustainable and social enterprise SEKEM celebrated 40 years in 2017. From small beginnings, SEKEM has grown to a significant project providing individual development and work for thousands of farmers, co-workers, and other people. Warren Beaumont spoke
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NOW Foods 50 years a health food icon

NOW Foods 50 years a health food icon
Wed, 24/01/18 - 09:15
By Warren Beaumont


One of the first manufacturers of natural health supplements in the US is NOW Foods, a family-owned firm founded in 1968 and based in DuPage County west of Chicago. This company has grown to produce a vast range of high quality organic and health foods, dietary supplement
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Certified B Corps improving social & environmental performance

Certified B Corps improving social & environmental performance
Wed, 24/01/18 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


In this edition of Organic & Wellness News we look at another third-party global ethical certification system, the Certified B Corporations label, where individual B Corps companies aspire to and meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performa
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“Community” now central to PCC Natural Markets

“Community” now central to PCC Natural Markets
Thu, 16/11/17 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


PCC Natural Markets, now has a new name – PCC Community Markets – reflecting its community-focused mission and new services celebrating local producers, organic foods and healthy eating. The name change was announced in September, by community-owned PCC Natura
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A step closer to zero waste

A step closer to zero waste
Wed, 15/11/17 - 07:30
By Warren Beaumont


Numi launched completely compostable tea bag wraps Going 'Beyond Organic' and providing truly sustainable, recyclable, biodegradable and compostable packaging with low environmental impact is becoming an important achievement for companies selling certified organic food
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Bitters in Bloom, herbs growing in health market

Bitters in Bloom, herbs growing in health market
Fri, 10/11/17 - 08:00
By Warren Beaumont


Dandelion herbal teas and coffee substitutes are one of the bitter herbs in demand in the specialist channel.A recent SPINS research Trend Watch looked at some emerging but lesser-known botanical herbs and highlighted Dandelion, Wormwood, Ginger, Reishi and Turmeric and o
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France cuts subsidy for organic farmers

France cuts subsidy for organic farmers
Wed, 01/11/17 - 20:44
By Warren Beaumont


French president Emmanuel Macron's ambitions to shake up the food sector and ensure producers are price setters rather than price takers, addressing the imbalance of power in the food sector that would return more money to farmers, are at odds with French government plans
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Major leadership changes for IFOAM – Organics International

Major leadership changes for IFOAM – Organics International
Wed, 01/11/17 - 20:00
By Warren Beaumont


The senior leadership of IFOAM – Organics International is about to change in the next half-year from November when The General Assembly of IFOAM – Organics International will elect a new world board and a new president on 12-13 November 2017, in New Delhi, fo
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Unilever launches organic tea, acquires Brazil's Mae Terra

Unilever launches organic tea, acquires Brazil's Mae Terra
Wed, 01/11/17
By Warren Beaumont


Lipton works with Rainforest Alliance to ensure tea is sourced sustainablyFollowing its acquisition of the world's fastest-growing organic tea brand in UK organic herbal tea company Pukka Herbs Ltd in September, the US division of UK-Dutch food conglomerate Unilever said
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Kellogg, Nestle snap up US snack bar, vegan foods

Kellogg, Nestle snap up US snack bar, vegan foods
Wed, 01/11/17
By Warren Beaumont


RXBAR protein bars.Big food makers are betting on healthier and environmentally-conscious foods and tapping into new brands to make up for falling sales of sugary, processed products. Kellogg is buying protein-bar Maker RXBAR for $600 Million, while Nestle is expanding it
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Loblaw cuts 500 jobs as big grocers go digital

Loblaw cuts 500 jobs as big grocers go digital
Wed, 18/10/17 - 10:00
By Warren Beaumont


Loblaw's MarketCanada's largest grocery chain Loblaw Companies Ltd is cutting about 500 jobs across the company, and plans to reinvest the savings into digital and e-commerce services, the company said on October 16 as Loblaw, competitor Metro and US chain Ahold step up t
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Swedish agency maps hazardous chemicals

Swedish agency maps hazardous chemicals
Tue, 03/10/17 - 10:30
By Warren Beaumont


The Swedish Chemicals Agency will map hazardous substances in rubber, silicone, paper and board; targeting chemicals of concern not yet regulated in the EU. In an article published on September 19, 2017, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch reported that the Swedish C
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Danish retailer pushes for ban on PFASs and bisphenols

Danish retailer pushes for ban on PFASs and bisphenols
Mon, 02/10/17 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


Coop Denmark, which operates major supermarkets such as Super Brugsen, Irma and Fakta, has launched a campaign on ‘cocktails’ of hazardous chemicals in consumer products, and urged the Danish government to ban per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and
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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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Natexpo 2017 reflects healthy French market

Natexpo 2017 reflects healthy French market
Fri, 01/09/17 - 19:35
By Warren Beaumont


Industry confidence in the French organic and natural products market is highly positive approaching the 2017 edition of Natexpo, the French bi-annual international trade show for organic products, helped by a record-breaking 800 plus exhibitors taking space (580 in 2015)
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 Organic retail boom in France

Organic retail boom in France
Fri, 01/09/17 - 19:30
By Warren Beaumont


Organic consumption in France has shown robust growth over the last decade with sales by specialist bio stores, hypermarkets and supermarkets, and the food service showing exceptional double-digit growth since 2014. The French market is outperforming Europe's number one o
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French Specialist Bio stores outpace larger chains

French Specialist Bio stores outpace larger chains
Fri, 01/09/17 - 19:25
By Warren Beaumont


French specialist Bio stores had a higher (20 percent-plus) sales growth and market share in organic grocery and fruits and vegetables compared to the hypermarket/supermarket channel in 2016, a trend that has continued since 2011. Outside the large retail groups Carrefou
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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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Moderate fat consumption better than high carbohydrate diet

Moderate fat consumption better than high carbohydrate diet
Wed, 30/08/17 - 11:00
By Warren Beaumont


Diane van Zwanenberg of Coconut Matter, Hong Kong, showing Nuilife's certified organic coconut oil from the Solomon Islands at NOPA Hong KongA new longitudinal cohort study published by UK medical journal The Lancet could help raise the profile of saturated fats such as c
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Suppliers to face challenges with Amazon's Whole Foods buy     

Suppliers to face challenges with Amazon's Whole Foods buy  
Tue, 15/08/17 - 09:15
By Warren Beaumont


Following the news that Amazon and Whole Foods Market had entered into a definitive merger agreement in June under which Amazon will acquire WFM for around US$13.7 billion, negatives and positives surrounding the deal were raised, including a potential anti-trust hearing,
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Brazil equivalency agreements an issue despite strong future for organics

Brazil equivalency agreements an issue despite strong future for organics
Mon, 05/06/17 - 08:25
By Warren Beaumont


Major Brazilian supermarket chain, Pao de Acucar Brazil has no signed regulatory equivalence agreement in International trade and is only willing to accept equivalency agreements if other countries provide audits, a participatory guarantee system, and social control, sai
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Specialist retailers led retail visitors at BioFach 2013

Specialist retailers led retail visitors at BioFach 2013
Thu, 18/04/13 - 03:18
By Warren Beaumont


This year’s BioFach, world leading organic trade fair held in Nuremberg, Germany 13-16 February, was considered by most international visitors a success. While talk around the show was that the exhibition area was much smaller and trade visitor numbers were down,
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