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New  Roundup trial started in California

New Roundup trial started in California
Mon, 08/04/19 - 12:00
By O.W.N News Network


A third US Roundup trial started in California on March 28th. Alva and Alberta Pilliod, both with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, allege the disease was caused by their regular use of Monsanto's herbicides to treat their properties for several years. On March 27th, a California ju
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Colourful produce protects your eyes from cataracts

Colourful produce protects your eyes from cataracts
Fri, 05/04/19 - 12:08
By O.W.N News Network


A $5.7 billion global medical bill to restore sight for the estimated 45 million people with cataracts could be slashed in half by a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, according to an international study. The previous research suggests that dietary vitamins and
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Only five USDA accredited organic certifiers rated as exemplary

Only five USDA accredited organic certifiers rated as exemplary
Fri, 05/04/19 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


Non-profit U.S. sustainable and organic farming advocate Cornucopia Institute in a series of media releases and a virtual press conference in mid to late March 2019, said that some certifiers are betraying organic farmers and consumers, while the USDA has “willfully
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EU auditors find more work is needed to prevent fraud in organic sector

EU auditors find more work is needed to prevent fraud in organic sector
Fri, 05/04/19 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


With EU organic product sales growing strongly by 69 percent between 2010 and 2017 and despite improvements in the control of organic farming, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said more work is needed to prevent food fraud and ensure that organic standards are met, as
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Nuts for a Healthier World fights child malnutrition

Nuts for a Healthier World fights child malnutrition
Thu, 04/04/19 - 12:00
By O.W.N News Network


The INC International Nut and Dried Fruit Council announced in late March that EUR47,800 has been raised for the international NGO Save the Children through the Nuts for a Healthier World Campaign, according to a media release from INC. Since January 2019, the Internation
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EXPO WEST expects 90,000 attendees

EXPO WEST expects 90,000 attendees
Mon, 04/03/19 - 08:00
By Adriana Michael


Natural Products Expo West, the leading North American annual trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products sector is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center March 5-9 to celebrate its 38thedition. In 2018, the event hosted 3,521 exhibitors representing 132 c
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VIVANESS: Another successful year

VIVANESS: Another successful year
Mon, 04/03/19 - 07:00
By Annemarie Kruse


The 2019 edition of Vivaness, the largest international natural and organic trade fair for beauty products ended on a high note. According to organizers NurembergMesse, 284 exhibitors from 41 regions gathered this year, and a total of 51,500 trade visitors attended the tr
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Sunopta divests some operations and restructures

Sunopta divests some operations and restructures
Fri, 01/03/19 - 14:19
By O.W.N News Network


Vancouver, Canada-based SunOpta Inc, a leading Canadian specialty, non-GMO and organic food manufacturer, announced late February it has divested its specialty and organic soy and corn business to Pipeline Foods, LLC (“Pipeline Foods”) for C$66.5 million ($50.
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 Tilray Inc.acquires leading hemp firm Manitoba Harvest

Tilray Inc.acquires leading hemp firm Manitoba Harvest
Fri, 01/03/19 - 14:15
By O.W.N News Network


Canada hemp food pioneer and industry major Manitoba Harvest has been acquired by New York stock exchange-listed, Canada-based natural food company Tilray Inc for up to C$419 million (US$319m) in a cash and share transaction. The acquisition by Tilray comes after Manitoba
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France bans "Buy one get one free food offers

France bans "Buy one get one free food offers
Fri, 01/03/19 - 14:10
By O.W.N News Network


A report from credit ratings company Moody’s has warned that French grocery retailers are faced with threats to their market because of elevated “structural challenges,” rising online gross sales and competition from retailers such as specialist meals pr
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UK Fairtrade Fortnight puts spotlight on exploitation

UK Fairtrade Fortnight puts spotlight on exploitation
Fri, 01/03/19 - 14:05
By O.W.N News Network


With the UK's Fairtrade Fortnight kicking off from Monday 25 February until Sunday 10 March, the primary campaign for the UK Fairtrade movement also seeks to highlight challenges experienced by third-world farmers faced with poverty, child labor and deforestation, such as
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365 stores roll into Whole Foods Market, but lower prices?

365 stores roll into Whole Foods Market, but lower prices?
Thu, 28/02/19 - 14:00
By O.W.N News Network


Whole Foods Market's 365 grocery chain will convert all of its existing twelve 365 stores into regular Whole Foods stores by the end of 2019, according to reports from Yahoo Finance and other U.S. sources. The announcement follows the decision to stop expanding the smalle
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Certified Grass-Fed Organic Mark to launch

Certified Grass-Fed Organic Mark to launch
Mon, 25/02/19 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


Hot on the heels of new plant-food and regenerative organic agriculture labels being launched, another new organic seal will hit the retail market in March 2019, after U.S. organic grower groups and brands Organic Valley and Maple Hill announced they would launch a new Ce
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Record-breaking show celebrates its 30th anniversary!  

Record-breaking show celebrates its 30th anniversary!  
Fri, 22/02/19
By Sara Önnebo


BIOFACH – the world’s largest trade fair for organic and sustainable food – which took place in Nuremberg February 13-16, set a new record with 2 989 exhibitors from 95 different countries. Also, Vivaness, the international event for natural and organic
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Gluten-Free Certification adds Plant-Based to meet consumer trends

Gluten-Free Certification adds Plant-Based to meet consumer trends
Tue, 15/01/19
By O.W.N News Network


As BRC Global Standards company, Allergen Control Group (ACG), owners of the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP), have announced on December 13 the formation of two food-industry stakeholder working groups to support the development and launch of the first internatio
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A look at Europe’s growing bug business

A look at Europe’s growing bug business
Mon, 28/01/19 - 10:00
By Sara Önnebo


When OWN published its first story on the increasing popularity of insect foods in 2015 these products were mainly based on cricket flour. Now, as more and more products are popping up on the market, we are taking another look at the entomophagy phenomenon, and some very
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BIOFACH China 2019: Four events under one roof

BIOFACH China 2019: Four events under one roof
Mon, 28/01/19 - 09:00
By Clara Paz


BIOFACH CHINA 2019 will celebrate its 13th edition in Hall 3 together with Natural Expo China at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center on May 16-18. And at the same venue, PAK-ID debuts on May 16-17, along with the 3rd Craft Beer China on May 15-17.
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Candela: 30 years preserving the forest

Candela: 30 years preserving the forest
Mon, 28/01/19 - 09:00
By Adriana Michael


It has been 30 years since entrepreneurs Lupe Lanao and her husband Gaston Vizcarra started CANDELA Peru (Comercio Alternativo de Productos No Tradicionales y el Desarrollo para Latino América Perú). What is unique about CANDELA? It has developed over three
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Fermented foods and healthy labels top trends in dieticians annual survey

Fermented foods and healthy labels top trends in dieticians annual survey
Mon, 28/01/19 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


Fermented Foods have retained number one spot in the annual US dieticians Top 10 Superfood Trends, Ancient Grains and Exotic Fruits have moved up, while the 'keto' diet and plant proteins were some of the hottest food and nutrition trends to look for in 2019, according to
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Fermentino: the art of fermenting nuts

Fermentino: the art of fermenting nuts
Fri, 25/01/19 - 12:00
By Adriana Michael


Have you heard of fermentino? It is the term coined by Italian raw food and vegan chef Daniela Cicioni to label distinct 100 percent plant-based cheese alternatives. Daniela is known for exploring different non-cooking methods which have come back into vogue, such as spro
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Silchron exports first organic almonds from Chile

Silchron exports first organic almonds from Chile
Fri, 25/01/19 - 10:00
By Adriana Michael


Almond trees require a high volume of water. Credit @chuttersnap South American top-quality food exporter Silchron is launching its first export of certified organic almonds from Chile this year. The project is celebrating its third anniversary since the convers
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Regenerative farming will lead to a sustainable supply chain for baru

Regenerative farming will lead to a sustainable supply chain for baru
Fri, 25/01/19 - 09:15
By Adriana Michael


When Vinicius Biagi Antonelli, a third generation in the sugarcane business, first learned about regenerative agriculture, he knew this was the way forward for his land in the Ribeirão Preto region. Conventional sugarcane producers use intensive monoculture farmi
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Regenerative Organic Certification, complementary or creating confusion?

Regenerative Organic Certification, complementary or creating confusion?
Fri, 25/01/19 - 09:10
By Warren Beaumont


North American and EU organic groups were asked to provide comments on the new Regenerative Organic Certification, including whether this new certification is complementary to existing organic labels or will create consumer confusion, while we have included an extract fro
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UHTCO: A 10-year journey in Europe of excellence and quality

UHTCO: A 10-year journey in Europe of excellence and quality
Fri, 25/01/19 - 09:05
By Keith Nuthall


UHTCO Corporation is expanding its impressive portfolio and presence in the international market. The Canadian firm of Peruvian origins has been supplying discerning customers amazing superfoods from Peru since 2004. Its product range includes a top-quality cacao ingredi
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Organic Essence re-brands its sustainable product line

Organic Essence re-brands its sustainable product line
Wed, 23/01/19 - 14:15
By Sara Önnebo


Organic beauty products that are as pure as the food that you eat, in carbon-neutral, compostable packaging that does not leave any harmful chemicals behind. It almost sounds too good to be true. But they exist and OWN is thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce two
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Hemp’s US revival: the future is now

Hemp’s US revival: the future is now
Wed, 23/01/19 - 09:10
By Adriana Michael


After 81 years of criminalization, US farmers can finally grow industrial hemp without fear of a DEA raid. Last year on December 20th President Donald Trump signed the 2018 US Farm Bill, which for the first time differentiates between hemp and marijuana products and remo
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The most admired US food retailers

The most admired US food retailers
Wed, 23/01/19 - 08:30
By O.W.N News Network


U.S. companies in food retailing that ranked highly in Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies for 2019 included Whole Foods Market parent company Amazon, which ranked No. 2 after Apple (No. 1); Costco Wholesale (No. 12 overall); while grocer Publix Super Market
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Grocers face 700 billion shift to other channels

Grocers face 700 billion shift to other channels
Wed, 23/01/19 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


In the United States and Western Europe, many traditional grocery retailers now see their sales and margins fall and could lose up to US$700 billion to alternative channels by 2026, according to a report from McKinsey in January. "To put it bluntly, much of the $5.7 tril
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The US legalizes hemp

The US legalizes hemp
Fri, 21/12/18 - 12:00
By Adriana Michael


President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill on December 20, which includes the legalization of cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, defined as cannabis that contains less than 0.3-percent THC. Hemp will now be removed from the list of Controlled Substances to b
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OTA weighs in with USDA on organic enforcement priorities

OTA weighs in with USDA on organic enforcement priorities
Mon, 17/12/18
By Warren Beaumont


The organic sector has secured funding for organic agricultural research and education in the 2018 Farm Bill, which will provide $395 million over the next 10 years. USA organic trade group the Organic Trade Association (OTA) applauded the 2018 Farm Bill conference comm
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Instacart and Whole Foods Market ditch delivery deal

Instacart and Whole Foods Market ditch delivery deal
Fri, 14/12/18 - 11:00
By Warren Beaumont


Following a four-year partnership, Instacart and Whole Foods Market will be winding down their relationship and will immediately start the first phase of a transition that will affect hundreds of jobs, after Instacart cut the cost of grocery delivery by a third in late No
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Spain will open first organic food hub

Spain will open first organic food hub
Fri, 14/12/18 - 09:00
By Claudia Vasquez Alarcon


A Mediterranean olive tree, symbolizing “the foundation stone” of Bio Market, was planted by the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, on December 11, 2018. The planting took place during the ceremony to officially announce the development of the first organic fresh
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Organic food market grows more mainstream

Organic food market grows more mainstream
Fri, 14/12/18 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


With the North American organic products market worth over USD53 billion in 2017 (USA OTA and Canada OTA sales figures), growth in the global organic products market has continued as North America consolidates its pole position with organic food going "mainstream". "Cons
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Cannabis market heat ups in North America

Cannabis market heat ups in North America
Thu, 13/12/18 - 10:00
By Warren Beaumont


Canada, the USA and Australia are seeing a major increase in new product launches and acquisitions in hemp food and medical marijuana in 2018, with the market heating up after Canada became the largest country with a legal, recreational marijuana marketplace on October 17
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Six Questions for KRAV

Six Questions for KRAV
Wed, 12/12/18 - 17:00
By Warren Beaumont


Swedish organic and sustainability label KRAV's role includes developing organic standards and promoting the KRAV label. It has 7,000 certified companies and approximately 9,000 products. Organic & Wellness News' Warren Beaumont spoke with KRAV's Anita Falkenek about
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Mintel reveals 2019 global food & drink trends

Mintel reveals 2019 global food & drink trends
Wed, 12/12/18 - 16:00
By O.W.N News Network


Leading market intelligence agency Mintel has announced three forward-looking food and drink trends, which it predicts will lead the momentum of food and drink innovation worldwide in the months and years ahead, as consumers increasingly seek food and drink that are susta
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Naturally Good, Sydney moves to June

Naturally Good, Sydney moves to June
Fri, 30/11/18 - 11:20
By Warren Beaumont


In 2019 the Naturally Good Expo will move to 2-3 June and expects to welcome over 450 well established and emerging businesses. This year the event was held at the ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour on 29-30 April 2018 and received over 360 exhibitors, including international ex
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6th Natural and Organic Asia expects over 9,000 visitors in 2019

6th Natural and Organic Asia expects over 9,000 visitors in 2019
Thu, 29/11/18 - 11:00
By Warren Beaumont


The 6th edition of Natural and Organic Asia, previously known as Natural & Organic Products Asia - NOPA and now owned by UBM Asia Limited, expects more than 9,000 visitors next year when the doors open at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 28-30 August 20
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More international presence at Eco Life Scandinavia this year

More international presence at Eco Life Scandinavia this year
Thu, 29/11/18 - 09:00
By Sara Önnebo


Natural beauty, culinary inspiration, successful meetings and much more! The Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair, organized by Diversified Communications UK, that was held in Malmö on November 14-15 offered a great selection of the best produc
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Brazil fines US trading firms, local farmers over deforestation

Brazil fines US trading firms, local farmers over deforestation
Fri, 19/10/18 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


Brazilian authorities announced in May this year that five-grain trading houses, including major US agribusiness traders Cargill Inc and Bunge Ltd, and dozens of farmers have been fined a total of 105.7 million reais (US$29 million) for activities connected to illegal def
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Sikkim receives UN award for becoming world's first 100% organic state

Sikkim receives UN award for becoming world's first 100% organic state
Tue, 16/10/18 - 15:00
By Adriana Michael


The “100% organic state” Sikkim, in India, is the 2018 Gold Winner of the Future Policy Award (FPA) beating 51 nominated policies from 25 countries. Policies from Brazil, Denmark, and Quito (Ecuador) took home Silver Awards. Located in northeast India, border
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Ginger Diamonds add spark to the candy aisle and more

Ginger Diamonds add spark to the candy aisle and more
Mon, 15/10/18
By Sara Önnebo


A broken spine and a passion for healthy cooking became the start of Ginger Diamonds, a new alternative to sweets, gum and breathe fresheners based on pure and fresh ginger roots. Martin Chab, founder and culinary entrepreneur, is an excellent example of how you can turn
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Organic Food Iberia will celebrate Spain’s leading role in the EU organic sector

Organic Food Iberia will celebrate Spain’s leading role in the EU organic sector
Fri, 12/10/18 - 16:00
By Adriana Michael


Trade show organizer and publisher Diversified Communications UK Ltd., announced in May the launch of its new trade event Organic Food Iberia – OFI. The first edition will take place along with Eco Living Iberia in Madrid on June 6-7, 2019. Spain has long been a big
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Pioneer BIOFOOD turns 30

Pioneer BIOFOOD turns 30
Fri, 12/10/18 - 10:00
By Sara Önnebo


This year Swedish organic food producer, distributor, and wholesaler Biofood-Biolivs AB is celebrating 30 successful years in business. The company, which was founded by pioneer and trendsetter Denny Abrahamsson, continues to thrive in today’s growing organic market
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Pure Organic Foods launches Nutri Child®

Pure Organic Foods launches Nutri Child®
Fri, 12/10/18 - 09:00
By Adriana Michael


Every parent wants to give their child a healthy start in life. That is why Canadian firm Pure Organic Foods has added Nutri Child® to its Bolivian Royal quinoa-based products, an organic and gluten-free baby food line specifically designed for infants between 6 month
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Most plastic food packaging is unrecyclable

Most plastic food packaging is unrecyclable
Tue, 02/10/18 - 11:00
By Warren Beaumont


On July 24, 2018, non-governmental organization ClientEarth published a report called Risk unwrapped: Plastic pollution as a material business risk and said that companies face serious material business risks for their involvement in creating plastic waste. And the UK Lo
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Glyphosate weed killer found in oats organic and conventional

Glyphosate weed killer found in oats organic and conventional
Mon, 01/10/18 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


Favorite oat cereals, oatmeal, granola, and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by environmental health NGO Environmental Working Group, released on August 15. Glyphosate, an herb
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From crab shells and tree fiber to flexible plastic packaging

From crab shells and tree fiber to flexible plastic packaging
Fri, 28/09/18 - 14:00
By Warren Beaumont


A sustainable, flexible packaging wrap that is comprised of cellulose nanocrystals from wood pulp and chitin nanofibers found in the discarded shells of crabs and shrimp, developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, could replace petroleum-based materials u
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Plant-Based Foods Gain Global Momentum

Plant-Based Foods Gain Global Momentum
Fri, 28/09/18
By O.W.N News Network


Demand for vegan and plant-based foods is now a global phenomenon, with product innovations and distribution driving market growth. Although most new developments are taking place in Europe and the US, Ecovia Intelligence anticipates future growth in Asia and Latin Americ
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Smart Packaging's opportunities in fast growing online grocery

Smart Packaging's opportunities in fast growing online grocery
Mon, 20/08/18 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


Smart packaging technologies based on unique digital codes will take both online and off-line grocery in exciting new directions during the next few years, said the Tetra Pak Index 2018, launched in July. And with more consumers buying products via e-commerce such as beve
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