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Is the organic concept & certification being diluted?

Is the organic concept & certification being diluted?
Fri, 04/10/19 - 14:00
By Warren Beaumont


The latest organic sales and statistics for organic product sales released earlier this year show continued growth in agricultural growers and land use. And a much stronger increase in annual sales over the previous year: the EU, up almost 11 percent in 2017; the UK up 5.
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Consumers will place more scrutiny on plant-based foods

Consumers will place more scrutiny on plant-based foods
Wed, 02/10/19 - 13:00
By Adriana Michael


Photo courtesy of Whole Foods MarketMore than a fad, the appearance of Burger King’s plant-based “Impossible Whopper” and the increasing variety of plant-based and alternative protein options available in grocers’ dairy and meat cases highlight the
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Love cheese? Try the plant based Fermentino

Love cheese? Try the plant based Fermentino
Wed, 02/10/19 - 09:00
By Adriana Michael


Fermentino continues to gain momentum in the segment for high-quality foods. This new food category is in demand: delicious distinct 100 percent plant-based cheese alternatives obtained from the fermentation of nuts and oilseeds, water and (a pinch of) salt. Vegan, vegeta
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The Amazon destruction affects other parts of the world too

The Amazon destruction affects other parts of the world too
Tue, 01/10/19 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


Sargassum invasion in BarbadosBolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru share the Amazon rainforest with Brazil and have not been exempt from fires and atrocities against indigenous people, and many species of mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and their habitat. The effects
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Amazon fires turn deadly

Amazon fires turn deadly
Tue, 01/10/19 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


The Brazilian Amazon faces its worst spate of forest fires since 2010 with deforestation tripling. According to reports by Reuters and EURACTIV news, combatting forest fires, and slash and burn practices in Brazil should become one of the priorities of the new European Pa
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Marinatex wins UK James Dyson Award 2019

Marinatex wins UK James Dyson Award 2019
Mon, 23/09/19 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


MarinaTex, an organic and biodegradable alternative to traditional plastic made from fish waste, MarinaTex, has won the UK James Dyson Award2019. This year’s winner is 23-year-old Lucy Hughes from the University of Sussex. The James Dyson Award comes from the James
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A look at the organic retail scene in France

A look at the organic retail scene in France
Fri, 20/09/19 - 02:30
By Warren Beaumont


The French organic market is showing strong growth. It reached 9.7 billion euros in 2018, 15.7 percent higher compared to 2017. After Germany, France is the second-largest consumer of organic products in Europe. The influence of the Bio label has reached record levels. Fr
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Consumers prefer products without plastic

Consumers prefer products without plastic
Mon, 16/09/19 - 11:00
By Clara Paz


Consumers' purchasing choices are now more influenced by the reduced plastic content of a product's packaging. Thirty-five percent of consumers are more likely to purchase products without any plastic at all compared to ones with recycled plastic, according to UK-based da
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Innovation and organic growth drives Natexpo

Innovation and organic growth drives Natexpo
Fri, 06/09/19 - 11:00
By O.W.N News Network


NATEXPO, the largest and only international trade event for organic and sustainable products, returns to Paris on 20-22 October 2019 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, with over 1,000 exhibitors from around 20 countries. In response to this dynamic market fo
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GMO crop deregulation threat to organic producers and exporters

GMO crop deregulation threat to organic producers and exporters
Fri, 30/08/19 - 08:30
By Warren Beaumont


Advocacy groups for non-GMO and organically produced food in the US, the EU and Australia called on their federal governments and lawmakers in July-August to maintain current genetically modified organisms’ legislation and not to allow self-regulation or include GM/
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US edible hemp-based CBD set for $6 billion by 2025

US edible hemp-based CBD set for $6 billion by 2025
Tue, 30/07/19 - 13:15
By Warren Beaumont


In the US, non-consumable, hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) products have been popping up on shelves within major retail outlets and generating a big buzz. Nielsen Insights research predicts that by 2025, the US hemp-derived CBD market could be a USD6 billion industry, while
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Chia tops Google search data

Chia tops Google search data
Fri, 26/07/19 - 12:30
By Clara Paz


Using 10 years of Google search data, Sousvidetools.com, the UK food and technology equipment supplier looked at the overall score for each year from 2009 to 2018 and calculated the percentage change between the two years. It found that the world’s taste buds are c
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Cornucopia: Are plant-based beverages the right choice?

Cornucopia: Are plant-based beverages the right choice?
Mon, 15/07/19 - 13:00
By Clara Paz


Amid health concerns and dire climate crisis predictions, more consumers are buying plant-based beverages than ever before. But are they the right choice for everyone? Cornucopia’s new report, “Pouring” Over Plant-Based Beverages, takes an in-depth look
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Study calls for more nuts & seeds in global diet

Study calls for more nuts & seeds in global diet
Fri, 24/05/19 - 12:30
By Warren Beaumont


In 2017, more deaths were caused by diets containing too low amounts of foods such as whole grains, fruit, nuts, and seeds, than by diets with high levels of sugar, trans fats and red and processed meats. People in almost every region of the world could benefit from rebal
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A circular economy for the Amazon nut

A circular economy for the Amazon nut
Fri, 24/05/19 - 12:00
By Adriana Michael


CANDELA Peru is celebrating 30 years of promoting a social enterprise with a growing portfolio of 100 products, developed with ingredients and top superfoods from the Amazon rainforest and other regions from Peru. Co-founders Lupe Lanao and Gaston Vizcarra have attended
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Plant-based foods rising, but not all healthier

Plant-based foods rising, but not all healthier
Fri, 24/05/19 - 11:50
By Warren Beaumont


Vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based foods are a rapidly growing retail market. The number of people who consume plant-based and flexitarian diets (adding some dairy, fish, and meat) was reported in 2019 as 65 percent to 90 percent up in several countries (to 12 percent in
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Madrid welcomes its first international organic fair

Madrid welcomes its first international organic fair
Fri, 24/05/19 - 11:50
By Adriana Michael


Organic Food Iberia, the first international event for organic food and sustainable products in the Iberian Peninsula, opens on June 6-7 along with Organic Wine Iberia and Eco Living Iberia at the IFEMA exhibition grounds in Madrid. Over 500 booths will greet and meet 4,0
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EU ban on ‘meaty names’ could hit vegan market

EU ban on ‘meaty names’ could hit vegan market
Fri, 24/05/19 - 11:30
By O.W.N News Network


The Vegan Society has warned in late April that the proposal to ban the use of traditional meat names like ‘burger’ and ‘sausage’ for vegan and veggie food products will result in “excessive administrative burdens” to all public entitie
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Getting the right maca supplement

Getting the right maca supplement
Fri, 24/05/19 - 11:25
By Adriana Michael


MacaPro® Raw Gelatinized Maca Powder 6:1 has been recently tested for controlled substances by an independent certified European laboratory and it did not show the presence of stimulants and/or controlled substances. MacaPro® is a line of nutritional supplement
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Fairtrade revises flagship small-scale farmer standard

Fairtrade revises flagship small-scale farmer standard
Thu, 23/05/19 - 16:00
By O.W.N News Network


Small-scale farmers play an important role in global food production, but they often benefit least from global trade. To strengthen the power of farmers in trade relationships, Fairtrade International announced a new version of its certification standard for small-scale f
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Irish retailers post record during Holiday boost

Irish retailers post record during Holiday boost
Tue, 21/05/19 - 09:30
By Warren Beaumont


Sales in the Irish grocery market hit record levels as shoppers splashed out EUR208.2 million in the Easter week alone helping the overall sector grow by 4.1 percent in the 12 weeks to 21 April 2019, according to the latest figures from Kantar on May 7, 2019. Meanwhile,
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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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Ireland plans boost to organic food & drink exports

Ireland plans boost to organic food & drink exports
Tue, 21/05/19 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


A new organic industry strategy and a sustainability program are set to give Ireland’s organic sector a higher profile and increased exports. Ireland’s food, drink and horticulture exports reached EUR12.1 billion in 2018, two percent up by volume following
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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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