Organic & Wellness News Logo
Organic &
Wellness News
Organic & Wellness News
Open in PDF format: PDF Spring 2012

Spring 2012

In Denmark, commitment to sustainable production increases

In Denmark, commitment to sustainable production increases
Tue, 28/02/12 - 17:50
By Adriana Michael


Denmark might be a small northern European country, but it shows perhaps the biggest commitment to a lifestyle and business practices based on social and environmental responsibility. The Danes are resourceful and have good eye for product design and taste, two strong att
READ MORE...


Naturkost Übelhör: 25 years supplying the best ingredients

Naturkost Übelhör: 25 years supplying the best ingredients
Tue, 28/02/12 - 17:23
By Warren Beaumont


Germany’s Naturkost Übelhör, a world leader in high quality organic ingredients such as Sachia® chia seed and chia oil, is celebrating 25 years commitment to organic cultivation and the organic industry. The firm was founded by entrepreneur Josef Ü
READ MORE...


Agave promises a durable, sustainable fibre

Agave promises a durable, sustainable fibre
Mon, 27/02/12 - 19:37
By Adriana Michael


Blue Agave (Weber Tequilana) is not only known for its use in the production of the natural sweetener agave syrup and tequila, Mexico’s national alcoholic beverage. It is also a crop with potential for other economically and environmentally sustainable applications,
READ MORE...


Slovenia embraces Peruvian superfoods

Slovenia embraces Peruvian superfoods
Wed, 22/02/12 - 17:41
By Adriana Michael


A small country of just two million in the heart of Europe, where the Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Pannonian plains and the Karst caves, Slovenia is becoming an attractive country for organic foods and LOHAS lifestyles. The charming nation attracts business people
READ MORE...


Fair Trade USA announces new Fair Trade Certified label

Fair Trade USA announces new Fair Trade Certified label
Mon, 20/02/12 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


The United State’s leading third-party certifier of fairtrade products, Fair Trade USA, announced a redesigned certification label and significant revisions to its Multiple Ingredients Product Policy on January 18. Under the revised ‘Single Products’ Ing
READ MORE...


South-South trade vital for expansion at Andean Valley

South-South trade vital for expansion at Andean Valley
Sun, 19/02/12 - 17:33
By Clara Paz


Fifteen years ago, Andean Valley and other Bolivian leading quinoa exporters were selling the little golden grain only as commodity to a handful of traders based mainly in Europe and North America. The highly nutritious and gluten-free seed had caught the attention of a
READ MORE...


MARAP finds nutrient-rich oasis

MARAP finds nutrient-rich oasis
Sun, 19/02/12 - 16:00
By Adriana Michael


Imagine a wide, sunny and fertile oasis, 800 metres above sea level, at the foot of the impressive Himalayan mountain range, with a pristine air and water supply. Now picture a ground full of rich soil, free of man-made chemicals, nurturing 65 types of nuts, fruits and ve
READ MORE...


Gold for ALB-GOLD

Gold for ALB-GOLD
Fri, 17/02/12 - 11:00
By O.W.N News Network


Pasta is the signature of Italian cuisine and ALB- GOLD the symbol of flavour and taste that comes from sustainable quality. ALB –GOLD has been recognized as “Best Organic Brand in 2012” in a competition among top brands conducted by LEBENSMITTEL PRAXIS
READ MORE...


Organic Monitor says consumers turning to natural personal care

Organic Monitor says consumers turning to natural personal care
Thu, 16/02/12 - 15:00
By O.W.N News Network


Global sales of natural and organic beauty products projected to reach USD 9 billion last year and while consumer demand for natural and organic products remains buoyant, new research finds the growth rate is slowing because of the weak economic climate. In its December r
READ MORE...


Certifications and dedicated facility bolster Sindan Organic

Certifications and dedicated facility bolster Sindan Organic
Wed, 15/02/12 - 10:00
By Amanda Doughty


Last year, Bolivian entrepreneur Teodosio Huayllani Marca embarked in a new venture, Sindan Organic, with the purpose of offering a diversified portfolio of superfoods of the highest quality such as quinoa, amaranth, sesame, cañahua and chia, to please the most dis
READ MORE...


Organics in India: The time is right!

Organics in India: The time is right!
Wed, 15/02/12 - 09:48
By Adriana Michael


India’s agriculture is at the crossroads. Hundreds of farmers who had tried “chemical farming” are turning to multiple-crops and organic farming, not only because of the high cost involved in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and the seeds supplied by th
READ MORE...


Natural sweeteners continue to rise

Natural sweeteners continue to rise
Mon, 13/02/12 - 14:20
By Warren Beaumont


Consumer demand for all-natural sweeteners keeps growing. The category is up 8 percent according to the SPINS scan. Agave, which is 1.4 times sweeter than sugar, has been a driving force in the overall growth of the sweetener industry. Agave-based sweeteners sold nearly $
READ MORE...


Quinoa processes evolve

Quinoa processes evolve
Sat, 11/02/12 - 10:00
By Clara Paz


Quinoa's rising popularity has meant a better income for subsistence farmers who grow the grain in the Andean highlands. It also has brought new challenges for producers, processors and traders who are aware that unless environmentally sustainable, the boom will not last
READ MORE...


Winter Fancy Food Show illustrates continued Growth in Organic Sector

Winter Fancy Food Show illustrates continued Growth in Organic Sector
Fri, 10/02/12 - 14:00
By Chelsea Kerrington


From Comfy House Foods quinoa blueberry pudding to Uncle Tong sun-ripened banana syrup, Victoria’s Kitchen almond water to Bison Brewing organic beer, the 2012 Winter Fancy Food Show, January 15-18th featured something for everyone scoping out the latest in organic
READ MORE...


WWF Scorecard shows sustainable palm oil sourcing is possible

WWF Scorecard shows sustainable palm oil sourcing is possible
Thu, 09/02/12 - 17:27
By Warren Beaumont


Despite the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) association leading the push to increase the amount of certified sustainable palm oil being produced and used globally, the World Wild Fund For Nature (WWF) says that while companies are buying more certified sustainab
READ MORE...


PACARI Chocolate obtains Demeter Biodynamic® certification

PACARI Chocolate obtains Demeter Biodynamic® certification
Wed, 08/02/12 - 03:05
By Chelsea Kerrington


Pacari Chocolate, a unique premium “tree-to-bar” line and the first single-origin organic chocolate made entirely in Ecuador, has obtained the prestigious Demeter Biodynamic® Certification, the ultimate recognition of sustainability. Based on the principl
READ MORE...


Trends to watch this year

Trends to watch this year
Tue, 07/02/12 - 19:37
By Warren Beaumont, Adriana Michael


This past year was one of change. In 2011, the global population reached seven billion, food prices continued to climb and a gloomy economy clouded with social and political uncertainty prevailed. Natural disasters like the devastating tsunami in Japan shocked the world a
READ MORE...


Maqui Berry the queen of the South

Maqui Berry the queen of the South
Mon, 06/02/12 - 09:30
By Chelsea Kerrington


Hailed as the ultimate “superfruit,” the maqui berry (Aristotelia Chilensis) is quickly gaining popularity among the specialty food and organic sectors. Native to Chile and southern Argentina, this antioxidant-rich berry is relatively new to the scene, althoug
READ MORE...


The Secrets of Feminine Hygiene Products—Why We Need Alternatives

The Secrets of Feminine Hygiene Products—Why We Need Alternatives
Sun, 05/02/12 - 13:30
By Chelsea Kerrington


How large is the market for feminine hygiene products and what does it mean to Mother Earth? According to Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the 2015 global market projection for tampons alone is $2.6 billion USD. At an average unit price of 20 cents, that’s 13 billion
READ MORE...


What makes a high quality agave syrup

What makes a high quality agave syrup
Thu, 02/02/12 - 09:00
By Adriana Michael


Demand for natural sweeteners to replace refined white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is on the rise. Alternatives like agave syrup have taken front stage. There are more than 200 types of agave plants. Agave syrup and another sweetener called insulin are only made f
READ MORE...