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Summer 2015

EU organic industry says no to new regulation By OWN News Network

EU organic industry says no to new regulation By OWN News Network
Sun, 02/08/15 - 12:03
By O.W.N News Network


The intense discussions among national Ministers at the May 11 AGRIFISH Council meeting clearly demonstrated how difficult it is to reach agreement on an initial problematic proposal if the sector’s opinion is not appropriately taken into account, said IFOAM EU, t
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Fairtrade launches in Brazil

Fairtrade launches in Brazil
Sun, 02/08/15 - 11:52
By Warren Beaumont


Audrei Cavalho Suarez from COOPFAM cooperative Brazil. COOPFAM’s coffee carrying the Fairtrade mark is now sold in stores in Brazil. Photo credit Didier Gentilhomme Fairtrade InternationalBrazilian consumers now have the power to help farmers in Brazil and developin
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Whole Foods Market’s ‘365’ set for 2016

Whole Foods Market’s ‘365’ set for 2016
Sat, 01/08/15 - 12:00
By O.W.N News Network


US wholefoods and organics chain Whole Foods Market, Inc. is going on the offensive to combat the larger chains as organics becomes more mainstream and has announced the name of its new streamlined, value-focused brand as ‘365 by Whole Foods Market’, smaller
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Asia: A look at organic and natural C&T markets

Asia: A look at organic and natural C&T markets
Mon, 27/07/15 - 14:11
By Annemarie Kruse


Natural and organic cosmetics in East Asia are booming. According to a recent report by Organic Monitor, the Asian countries are amongst the fastest growing organic markets worldwide. And China is the biggest regional market. The country has a strong and affluent middl
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Snail cosmetics leave a trail at Vivaness

Snail cosmetics leave a trail at Vivaness
Sat, 27/06/15 - 12:57
By Annemarie Kruse


Snail based cosmetics by Italian firm BioearthSnail mucus, believed to have superior skin-repairing properties is commonly used in Asian cosmetics. European consumers, however, tend to react squeamishly when confronted with the slime of helix aspersa. Snail secretion, pr
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Spotlight on Asia

Spotlight on Asia
Sat, 27/06/15 - 12:54
By Warren Beaumont


China is the world’s largest grocery market with the value of the organic food market estimated at US$7.8 billion to more than US$13 billion, while grocery market growth is expected to rise by 9% in 2014 to over 14% in 2020, according to IGD research. A market stud
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Ancient green matcha is the new trendy beverage

Ancient green matcha is the new trendy beverage
Sat, 27/06/15 - 12:04
By O.W.N News Network


Though matcha is one of this year’s hottest food trends, it has been known for centuries in Japan This year the interest in matcha green tea has been exploding. Though it has been around in Japan for centuries, playing a key role in traditional tea ceremonies, and
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2nd edition of NOPA set to roar

2nd edition of NOPA set to roar
Sat, 27/06/15 - 00:12
By O.W.N News Network


NOP Asia, Hong Kong, 2014The 2nd edition of the fair Natural & Organic Products Asia, to take place in Hall 3DE at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai August 26-28 is set to attract widespread interest. According to show organizers Diversified Co
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Whole Foods Market to launch ‘365’ value concept

Whole Foods Market to launch ‘365’ value concept
Fri, 26/06/15 - 00:08
By O.W.N News Network


hole Foods Market Elmhurst store, Chicago.US wholefoods and organics chain Whole Foods Market, Inc. is going on the offensive as organics becomes more mainstream and has announced the name of its new streamlined, value-focused brand as ‘365 by Whole Foods Market&rsq
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E.Leclerc, REWE strategic alliance to develop organics

E.Leclerc, REWE strategic alliance to develop organics
Fri, 26/06/15 - 00:04
By Warren Beaumont


Michel-Edouard Leclerc (on left) and Alain Caparros at the signing of the agreement.French retailer E.Leclerc and the German REWE Group have decided to establish a strategic alliance expected to be effective in early 2016, announced by the CEOs of the two companies, Miche
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Global spice giant plans more organic brands

Global spice giant plans more organic brands
Fri, 26/06/15 - 00:02
By O.W.N News Network


McCormick consumer products.The leading global supplier of spices, herbs and seasonings to consumer and food manufacturing markets McCormick & Co is looking at more product development in the health and wellness markets such as in organic, natural, and free-from. The
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Midsona buys Danish organic co Urtekram

Midsona buys Danish organic co Urtekram
Fri, 26/06/15
By Warren Beaumont


Dietary supplements and health foods company Midsona AB of Malmo, Sweden has agreed to acquire Danish organic food company Urtekram International A/S (Urtekram), Scandinavia’s largest organic wholesaler. The move in early June came six months after Midsona bought N
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Canada’s Manitoba Harvest acquired in US$108m deal

Canada’s Manitoba Harvest acquired in US$108m deal
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:57
By O.W.N News Network


Manitoba Harvest productsUS stock exchange listed company Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI) has made an agreement to acquire a stake of around 87% of one of Canada’s major hemp food suppliers, Fresh Hemp Foods Ltd (Manitoba Harvest), for C$132.5 million (US$108 mi
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NOPA Asia satisfies growing appetite for natural & organic

NOPA Asia satisfies growing appetite for natural & organic
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:42
By O.W.N News Network


The Natural & Organic Products Asia (NOPA2015) trade fair is expanding dramatically this year to help companies satisfy Asia’s growing appetite for organic and natural products. NOPA2015, scheduled from 26 to 28 August 2015 in Hong Kong, is the only trade show o
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Expoalimentaria attracts increased buyers, business growth

Expoalimentaria attracts increased buyers, business growth
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:39
By Adriana Michael


Peru Natura 2014 pavilion at ExpoalimentariaExpoalimentaria, the largest international trade show in its region, has attracted more buyers and more business over the last few years to consolidate its place as the main trading platform for unique ethnic, organic and gourme
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Julia Roberts supports Save Our Soils ahead of ‘Celebrating Soil’

Julia Roberts supports Save Our Soils ahead of ‘Celebrating Soil’
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:26
By O.W.N News Network


Julia Roberts, Hollywood star will speak on behalf odf Save Our SoilsBy the time you’ve read this, 9,378 m² of fertile soil has been destroyed. This is the message Julia Roberts is delivering to the world as she becomes the latest in a line of international VIP
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Natexpo nurtures growing force of French organic stores

Natexpo nurtures growing force of French organic stores
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:20
By Warren Beaumont


Touch on Bio store, 5th arrondissment, Boulevarde Saint Germain, Paris.Organic groceries and fresh food are readily available in France. In Paris major supermarkets such as Carrefour and Casino which has the excellent Monop small store concept, range a wide variety of org
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Sprouts Farmers Market hits 200 stores

Sprouts Farmers Market hits 200 stores
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:16
By O.W.N News Network


Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the United States, has announced plans to add eight additional locations to its growing roster of fresh, natural and organic grocery stores to jump over the 200 store barrier. “Each of these stores wil
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Kracklin’ KAMUT: a delicious new organic snack made from roasted KAMUT® grain

Kracklin’ KAMUT: a delicious new organic snack made from roasted KAMUT® grain
Thu, 25/06/15 - 23:10
By O.W.N News Network


Bob Quinn, President Kamut International Ltd.Tastebuds tingled at London UK’s annual Natural & Organic Products Europe exhibition last month when one of the many exciting newcomers, a delicious organic snack, made its debut prior to its official launch in the Un
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Back to basics at 7th Sustainable Foods Summit

Back to basics at 7th Sustainable Foods Summit
Thu, 25/06/15 - 22:25
By Cíntia Taylor


Tobias Bandel of Soil & More, one of the speakers at the SFS2015 in AmsterdamCalls for more action and less talk have dominated this year’s European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam. Speakers claimed the term ‘sustainability’ has
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Opening new markets advances world’s top ethical label

Opening new markets advances world’s top ethical label
Thu, 25/06/15 - 19:07
By Warren Beaumont


Fairtrade is the most recognised ethical label in the world and while new labeling programs and changes over the last 18 months have not been without criticism, Fairtrade continues to empower and provide long term benefits for disadvantaged producers, farmers and workers.
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Stories inside the Summer Edition

Stories inside the Summer Edition
Thu, 25/06/15 - 19:07
By Adriana Michael


Thousands of business visitors attending the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Centre in New York June 28-30 will have an opportunity to see and try the first organic, fair trade and kosher certified plantain chip, which is already exciting palates in California, Canad
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First organic plantain chips on the move

First organic plantain chips on the move
Thu, 25/06/15 - 19:06
By Adriana Michael


Thousands of business visitors attending the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Centre in New York June 28-30 will have an opportunity to see and try the first organic, fair trade and kosher certified plantain chip, which is already exciting palates in California, Canad
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US and Europe in chocolate tug-of-war

US and Europe in chocolate tug-of-war
Thu, 25/06/15 - 19:03
By O.W.N News Network


The US chocolate confectionery market, the world’s largest, is on track to hit sales of $25 billion in 2019, but is lagging behind Europe in product innovation indicates a report by Mintel. The marketing intelligence company says that while US sales grew 24% during
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Chufa – the tigernut

Chufa – the tigernut
Thu, 25/06/15 - 18:53
By Ditte Christina Lustrup


Organic Gemini has introduced an attractive line of Chufa productsUntil recently the use and consumptions of Chufa, also called the tigernut, has been limited to the Mediterranean, but the word of its health benefits is spreading beyond this region. Despite the name, the
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Dietitians back flavonoids to help beat colds

Dietitians back flavonoids to help beat colds
Thu, 25/06/15 - 18:29
By O.W.N News Network


Blueberries are foods rich in flavonoidsThe Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) says in research presented at the DAA National Conference in Perth, Western Australia in May that adults are 33% more protected from the common cold (upper respiratory tract infections &
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New WHO guidelines for sugar intake

New WHO guidelines for sugar intake
Thu, 25/06/15 - 18:29
By Warren Beaumont


A new World Health Organization (WHO) guideline released in March recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide
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Study shows eating organics cuts pesticide exposure

Study shows eating organics cuts pesticide exposure
Thu, 25/06/15 - 18:26
By Warren Beaumont


A new study on organophosphate chemical exposure in humans, published in the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal, provides more evidence to show that eating organic produce is a good way to avoid eating pesticides. The study provides a better understanding of the h
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Solar Rain introduces water from man-made clouds

Solar Rain introduces water from man-made clouds
Thu, 25/06/15 - 18:25
By Ditte Christina Lustrup


In Southern Califonia and nearby States, a new type of drinking water has been showing up in the stores. It is Solar Rain water, a high-quality drinking water, made ‘straight from the clouds’. In contrast to other bottled water manufacturers,Solar Rain, uses a
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Higher profile for Peruvian superfoods, but challenges ahead

Higher profile for Peruvian superfoods, but challenges ahead
Thu, 25/06/15 - 18:23
By Adriana Michael, Warren Beaumont


Peruvian organic growers and suppliers are developing a high profile for their products in world manufacturing, retail and consumer markets. The South American country is a major source of organically grown and certified ‘superfood’ products such as maca, quin
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certifiedFood : Only sustainable ingredients

certifiedFood : Only sustainable ingredients
Thu, 25/06/15 - 18:23
By Annemarie Kruse


A new international B2B trade event focusing on organic, ethical and innovative non-synthetic ingredients will launch in the German city of Hamburg on 25th and 26th November 2015. certifiedFood is providing a new business platform for suppliers, manufacturers and traders
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