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Hong Kong's City'super plans more China supermarkets

Hong Kong's City'super plans more China supermarkets
Fri, 03/08/18 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


Hong Kong retailer City’super, an operator of high-end supermarkets with stores in Shanghai, plans to expand into China’s prosperous Yangtze River Delta outside Shanghai. The retailer is banking on mainlanders’ increasing affluence and growing penchant f
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Amazon 2Q profit jumps to a record US$2.5 billion

Amazon 2Q profit jumps to a record US$2.5 billion
Fri, 03/08/18


Amazon's second quarter 2018 profit jumped to a record US$2.5 billion as its online shopping, cloud computing and advertising businesses kept growing, while revenue grew 39 percent to $US52.89 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. Amazon benefited from favorable ex
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Peruvian Superfoods centre stage at 10th Expoalimentaria

Peruvian Superfoods centre stage at 10th Expoalimentaria
Fri, 03/08/18
By O.W.N News Network


Expoalimentaria Peru, returns for three days from 26th September to 28th September 2018 at the Centro de Exposiciones Jockey (Jockey Convention Centre) in Santiago de Surco, Lima, Peru. Expoalimentaria Peru is the main international business platform of the sector for fo
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BIOFACH INDIA celebrates 10th anniversary in 2018

BIOFACH INDIA celebrates 10th anniversary in 2018
Fri, 03/08/18
By O.W.N News Network


BIOFACH INDIA, India’s Largest International Trade Fair on Organic Products, celebrates its 10th-anniversary edition in New Delhi 25th – 27th October 2018, at the Pragati Maidan exhibition center, New Delhi, an ideal platform for international buyers to witnes
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Everything organic & more at Natexpo, Lyon

Everything organic & more at Natexpo, Lyon
Fri, 03/08/18
By O.W.N News Network


Natexpo opens 23-24 September 2018 in Lyon with 650 organic stakeholders, from France and abroad showcasing the latest sustainable products. "This edition is already shaping up to be a huge success. Both upstream and downstream segments are represented in the city, situat
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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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Germany tops vegan food & drink launches

Germany tops vegan food & drink launches
Fri, 03/08/18
By O.W.N News Network


Over the past few years, Germany has emerged as a leading force in the so-called ‘vegan revolution’. New research from Mintel Food & Drink research late July reveals that Germany has retained its crown as the country with the highest percentage of global v
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Healthy Life maps expansion in Australian retail

Healthy Life maps expansion in Australian retail
Fri, 03/08/18
By Warren Beaumont


The Healthy Life group of natural health food stores has taken the lead in Australia's organic and complementary medicine retailing. It now has wholesale and retail operations and 50 stores in the country and is opening new stores. Healthy Life, Flannery's, and Oliver's
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UNFI's new acquisition creates major US food wholesaler

UNFI's new acquisition creates major US food wholesaler
Fri, 03/08/18
By O.W.N News Network


In the latest consolidation in US grocery wholesaling industry, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) and SUPERVALU INC. (Supervalu) announced on July 26 a definitive agreement under which UNFI will acquire Supervalu for $32.50 per share in cash, or approximately $2.9 billion
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Baru nut: The next superfood?

Baru nut: The next superfood?
Mon, 02/07/18 - 08:01
By Hannah Flynn


Customers have “absolutely no” awareness of baru nuts, says Hiromi Stone, director of Kinomi, which means nuts in Japanese, and is the first supplier of baru nuts in the United Kingdom. Despite this, she is convinced, as are many others, that baru nuts are set
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Organic equivalency needs renegotiation under new EU rules

Organic equivalency needs renegotiation under new EU rules
Wed, 27/06/18 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


The new EU Organic Regulation on organic production and labeling of organic products has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, with joint efforts required for implementing and delegated acts in the next two years, IFOAM EU said in June. Among the
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Amazon execs run Whole Foods and UNFI enjoys long tie-up

Amazon execs run Whole Foods and UNFI enjoys long tie-up
Wed, 27/06/18 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


One year after Amazon's US$13.7 billion purchase of organic and natural grocer Whole Foods Market, Amazon has changed Whole Foods' management structure and is taking charge of the business by adding veterans of the e-commerce company. And natural and organic distributor
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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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Fears over allergic reactions, meat in meat-free meals

Fears over allergic reactions, meat in meat-free meals
Tue, 26/06/18 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


Concerns over some meat substitutes and vegetarian meals were raised in June with US researchers reporting severe adverse reactions to the fungus-derived mycoprotein used in Quorn meat substitutes. Meanwhile, Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) was investigating a
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USA market potential backs BIOFACH AMERICA

USA market potential backs BIOFACH AMERICA
Tue, 26/06/18 - 08:10
By O.W.N News Network


BIOFACH AMERICA – ALL THINGS ORGANIC returns on 13 to 15 September 2018 to the Baltimore Convention Center. Running alongside the Natural Products Expo East, BIOFACH is devoted to products with organic certification and expects to host 200 exhibitors of the 1,40
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MadeGood® committed to zero waste

MadeGood® committed to zero waste
Wed, 27/06/18 - 08:30
By Adriana Michael


Canadian firm Riverside Natural Foods, producer of organic snack bar brand MadeGood®, was recently awarded Silver under the Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) certification system. Administered by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), TRUE helps facilities
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Expanding Asia, China market lifts NOPA Hong Kong

Expanding Asia, China market lifts NOPA Hong Kong
Tue, 26/06/18 - 08:00
By O.W.N News Network


Exhibitors at the KRAV display at NOPA 2017 Natural & Organic Products Asia - NOPA Hong Kong NOPA Hong Kong, seen as the gateway to the flourishing Asian natural and organic market, returns for its 4th edition at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wa
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Fermented food craze welcomes newcomers

Fermented food craze welcomes newcomers
Wed, 20/06/18 - 10:00
By Hannah Flynn


UK health food giant Holland and Barrett chose a fermented turmeric drink as one of three new products the leading retailer will stock on its shelves, at the Natural and Organic Products Europe - NOPE show in London, April 22-23. The decision to put Turmeric Vitality on
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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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Midsona acquires Davert to expand into European market

Midsona acquires Davert to expand into European market
Wed, 16/05/18
By O.W.N News Network


Swedish health foods supplier Midsona AB (Midsona) has continued its recent acquisitions of European organic brands with the announcement of an agreement in early May whereby Midsona will acquire 100 percent of the shares of German organic food pioneer Davert GmbH for app
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Profit surge for Amazon as grocery sales jump

Profit surge for Amazon as grocery sales jump
Tue, 08/05/18 - 10:05
By O.W.N News Network


Amazon.com has reported that North American sales in the first quarter of 2018 jumped by around 43 percent from last year to around $US51 billion, beating the expectations of US analysts, who applauded the company’s biggest expansion in profit margins in about two y
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NOPE:Natural Products Market Growing and Diversifying

NOPE:Natural Products Market Growing and Diversifying
Tue, 24/04/18 - 16:00
By Hannah Flynn


Speakers drilled down into the sales and science behind many of the most significant natural food and product trends happening across Europe, at the Natural and Organic Products Europe -NOPE 2018 show in London this week. Over 700 exhibitors from 42 countries and 10,500+
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Terra Wash MG+ laundry solution approaches 1 million units sold in Japan

Terra Wash MG+ laundry solution approaches 1 million units sold in Japan
Thu, 19/04/18 - 10:25
By Nick Renaud-Komiya


For many environmentally-conscious consumers, finding a clean and sustainable way of washing clothes is a huge challenge. While many detergent products aim to be friendly to the environment, these cleaning products often consist of powders or liquids in plastic containers
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NOPE London 2018 welcomes more organic exhibitors

NOPE London 2018 welcomes more organic exhibitors
Thu, 19/04/18 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


Natural & Organic Products Europe the region's biggest trade show for natural products, will showcase everything from natural healthcare products, organic foods, through to eco-friendly personal care and eco-household products when it returns to the London ExCeL exhib
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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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Microplastics in bottled water, threat to human health

Microplastics in bottled water, threat to human health
Tue, 17/04/18 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


New studies by US researchers found that major bottled water brands are contaminated with microplastics and pose a risk, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to ban plastic cotton buds and straws and criticised Britain's 'throwaway culture' that is killing oceans, wh
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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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Strong support for SIAL Canada 2018

Strong support for SIAL Canada 2018
Fri, 13/04/18 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


SIAL Canada returns to Montreal's Palais des Congress on May 2-4, 2018. It is the 15th edition as the recognized meeting point for the Canadian agri-food industry and gateway to US and international markets. A global food and beverage event, SIAL Canada is the only nation
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Robinsons Retail bags Rustans Supermarket in Philippines

Robinsons Retail bags Rustans Supermarket in Philippines
Fri, 13/04/18
By O.W.N News Network


Multi-format retailer Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. has announced it plans to acquire grocery chain operator Rustan Supercenters Inc. This initiative will expand the Philippine group's retail business, according to reports in ABS-CBN News and Deal Street Asia late March,
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Increased visitor and exhibitor support boosts BIOFACH China

Increased visitor and exhibitor support boosts BIOFACH China
Thu, 12/04/18 - 11:00
By O.W.N News Network


BIOFACH China 2018 returns to the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from May 24 to 26 for its 12th edition. Last year the show had a new record with 476 Exhibitors (2016: 337) from 17 countries and regions, a 41.2 percent increase, and 17,755 visitors
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Casino, Auchan in global buying deal

Casino, Auchan in global buying deal
Fri, 06/04/18 - 13:00
By O.W.N News Network


Auchan Retail and Casino Group have announced they have entered into exclusive talks to build a strategic partnership enabling them to jointly negotiate their purchases in France and abroad with their main multi-national food and non-food suppliers and manufacturers, in c
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IFOAM appoints new executive director

IFOAM appoints new executive director
Fri, 06/04/18 - 11:00
By O.W.N News Network


IFOAM – Organics International has announced the appointment of its next executive director, Louise Luttikholt, who will who will take responsibility for the role on 1 July 2018, while IFOAM and groups such as the US OTA, Oregon Tilth, and the Cornucopia Institute h
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Vegan Society calls for vegan meals in public catering

Vegan Society calls for vegan meals in public catering
Wed, 28/03/18 - 10:00


The Vegan Society in the UK has called for the inclusion of vegan meals in public sector catering such as in hospitals, schools, universities, government and council offices. The organization celebrated National Health Service 'NHS Sustainability Day' on 22 March by launc
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Sustainable packaging concepts at Vivaness 2018

Sustainable packaging concepts at Vivaness 2018
Fri, 16/03/18 - 11:00
By Annemarie Kruse


Developing sustainable packaging solutions can be a significant challenge for organic beauty brands. In fact, the entire issue of cosmetics packaging is more complicated than it might seem at first glance. On the one hand, cosmetic products must be hygienically packaged
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Andean Valley aims to transform the future with nutrition

Andean Valley aims to transform the future with nutrition
Wed, 28/02/18 - 10:00
By Adriana Michael


Renewing its commitment to people’s wellbeing the Bolivian company Andean Valley has revamped its brand introducing a wide variety of products derived from organic Royal Quinoa and the vision of a continued global expansion. At BIOFACH last week CEO, Javier Fern&aa
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Five facts about “Buy Good Feel Good”

Five facts about “Buy Good Feel Good”
Wed, 28/02/18 - 09:30
By Adriana Michael


What is it, who started it, when and why?The “Buy Good Feel Good” Expo is a young trade fair in Toronto dedicated to building a community of people and organizations who believe that business should have a positive impact on the world. Founder Rafik Riad and h
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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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Ocean Spray to acquire Quebec's Atoka Cranberries

Ocean Spray to acquire Quebec's Atoka Cranberries
Wed, 28/02/18 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. announced on February 2 it has reached a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Manseu, Quebec-based Atoka Cranberries Inc. from The Bieler Group. Industry insiders said this move might help Ocean Spray gain better access (with much lowe
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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 hidden cost of cheap foods

The hidden cost of cheap foods
Wed, 28/02/18 - 08:10


Eosta has launched the "Dr. Good Food" fruit and vegetables campaign aimed to increase awareness of the connection between food and health Determining the right price for your products is one of the first lessons entrepreneurs learn. In a market economy, the price
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UK organics posts highest sales ever at GBP2.2 billion

UK organics posts highest sales ever at GBP2.2 billion
Wed, 28/02/18 - 08:05
By O.W.N News Network


The UK organic market is now worth GBP2.2 billion, growing 6 percent in 2017. It is following six years of steady growth, with organic accounting for 1.5 percent of the total UK food and drink market. Nielsen data showed an upward trend for UK supermarkets with Marks &
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Bioeconomy initiatives in Brazil shared at Biofach 2018

Bioeconomy initiatives in Brazil shared at Biofach 2018
Wed, 28/02/18 - 07:00
By Claudia Vasquez Alarcon


Brazilian and German institutions supporting family farming, research centers and a selection of ten Brazilian small organic entrepreneurs related to biodiversity and green economy participated at the second edition of the Green Latin America Bioeconomy Workshop, organize
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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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Nestle will launch first organic products in Brazil

Nestle will launch first organic products in Brazil
Sat, 24/02/18 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


The double-digit growth of the organic sector continues to attract food multinationals, who wish to increase market share. Following the purchase of Canadian vitamin maker Atrium Innovations in September 2017, and the announced purchase of Ecuadorian natural and organic p
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Nestle acquires part of plant-based firm Terrafertil

Nestle acquires part of plant-based firm Terrafertil
Sat, 10/02/18 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


Nestle said on Friday February 9th, that it has bought a majority stake in Terrafertil, a company offering natural and organic plant-based foods. Terrafertil is the world’s largest buyer of goldenberries (Physalis), an Andean superfood high in vitamins and antioxid
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Green Latin America Bioeconomy Workshop in Nuremberg

Green Latin America Bioeconomy Workshop in Nuremberg
Mon, 29/01/18 - 08:00
By Adriana Michael


Planeta Organico, organizers of the b2b event Green Rio 2018, will celebrate the Green Latin America Bioeconomy Workshop on February 13th, in Nuremberg, Germany. The initiative, supported by GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH), takes place one day
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IFOAM alarm over new GE techniques exemption

IFOAM alarm over new GE techniques exemption
Fri, 26/01/18 - 10:20
By O.W.N News Network


Campaigners opposing new plant breeding techniques at protests in Brussels on 17 January called on the European Commission to “prevent GMOs entering the EU market through the back door”, as the debate intensifies over whether genetic engineering techniques sho
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OTA action over livestock rules

OTA action over livestock rules
Fri, 26/01/18 - 10:10
By O.W.N News Network


While the US Organic Trade Association (OTA) had good news after the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the OTA nearly $850,000 for 2018 market promotion, the OTA launched a campaign in December after the USDA announced it would withdraw the Organic Livestock and
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