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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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Fairtrade steps up living income but cocoa price needs review

Fairtrade steps up living income but cocoa price needs review
Fri, 27/07/18 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


Fairtrade International, the most recognized global ethical certification system, is one of the few schemes with the ability to improve sustainable livelihoods for cocoa farmers and workers. Now Fairtrade has introduced Living Income and sustainability strategies to help
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Organic dairy milk hit as plant-based nut milks surge

Organic dairy milk hit as plant-based nut milks surge
Fri, 27/07/18 - 08:00
By Warren Beaumont


Researchers such as Euromonitor, Mintel and SPINS have pointed to increased sales of non-dairy plant milk in Europe and the US since 2016, while early 2018 reports suggest US dairy farmers found themselves with a surplus of organic cow's milk in the last few years, as sho
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Protein content on packaging powers sales growth

Protein content on packaging powers sales growth
Thu, 26/07/18 - 07:00
By O.W.N News Network


Through Nielsen's collaboration in Australia with medical research group The George Institute, Nielsen research released late July found that manufacturers are losing over AUD50 million in potential sales by not listing protein content on food and drink packaging, thus mi
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Whole Foods slows for Amazon

Whole Foods slows for Amazon
Fri, 09/11/18 - 09:15
By Warren Beaumont


Despite Amazon reporting its second straight quarter of record profitability late October, its robust revenue growth is cooling due to more competition for Amazon Web Services, while its slower-growing Whole Foods Market business faces stiffer competition from the likes o
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Organic Sweden backs campaign and presence at Nordic Organic Fair

Organic Sweden backs campaign and presence at Nordic Organic Fair
Fri, 09/11/18 - 09:00
By Warren Beaumont


Organic Sweden announced in October that it had been commissioned by the Swedish Board of Agriculture to implement a three-year information campaign on organic food with organic farmers, the Swedish Consumers epoch (SLU) and communications agency Futerra. The Agriculture
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Veganism continues on the spotlight

Veganism continues on the spotlight
Tue, 06/11/18 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


Researcher OpinionWay and Casino Group's 3W.relevanC have analyzed the phenomenon of veganism in France and its impact on shopping behavior and found that more French people could become vegan, while the rate of flexitarians increased in one year from 23 percent to 28 per
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Ex-Monsanto scientist warns his GMO potatoes are not safe

Ex-Monsanto scientist warns his GMO potatoes are not safe
Mon, 05/11/18 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


"Genetic engineering isn’t everyone’s childhood dream. Even I didn’t care for it when I started studying biology at the University of Amsterdam, but my professor explained it was an acquired taste and the best option for a good job. So, I suppressed my d
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Chia Oruro under the Chia de France umbrella debuts the retail scene

Chia Oruro under the Chia de France umbrella debuts the retail scene
Wed, 12/09/18 - 11:00


Agrofun has launched in September its brand Chia Oruro® for direct retail sale online of organic chia seeds produced in France. The line is certified by Ecocert (FR-BIO-001) and offered in 250 g jars for 29,90 Euro, including sales tax (VAT) and delivery throughout th
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New testing in Canada found Glyphosate in foods and snacks

New testing in Canada found Glyphosate in foods and snacks
Mon, 10/09/18 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


New testing conducted by an independent lab found glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, in common children’s lunch foods and snacks sold in Canada. The testing, commissioned by the Coalition for Action on Toxics, revealed that some products
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New tax bill targets US$1 trillion Amazon and founder Jeff Bezos

New tax bill targets US$1 trillion Amazon and founder Jeff Bezos
Fri, 07/09/18 - 10:00


Following the latest widespread publicity about Amazon and Apple to become US$1 trillion companies and negative reports of Amazon's use of labour-hire workers, US independent Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a new tax bill targeting Amazon founder and chief executive Jef
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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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CHFA Expo East Toronto presents over 1000 exhibitors

CHFA Expo East Toronto presents over 1000 exhibitors
Fri, 31/08/18 - 11:00
By Clara Paz


Canada’s largest conference and trade show dedicated to the natural health and organic products industry, CHFA East, will again be hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the year’s biggest showcase of innovative new products and for networking and educ
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Spain will host its first sustainable trade-only fair

Spain will host its first sustainable trade-only fair
Mon, 13/08/18
By Hannah Flynn


A new B2B event for sustainable living, Eco Living Iberia will launch alongside Organic Food Iberia at the IFEMA exhibition center in Madrid on 6-7 June 2019. The new Diversified Communications’ event will feature sustainable living, food and beauty products as wel
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BIOFACH will celebrate its 30th edition

BIOFACH will celebrate its 30th edition
Fri, 05/10/18 - 09:00
By Adriana Michael


BIOFACH the world's leading trade fair for organic food and sustainable products returns to the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg to celebrate its 30thedition on February 13-16, 2019. The organizers expect more than 2,900 exhibitors and 50,000 trade visitors from over 100 count
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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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