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Study finds quinoa well tolerated in patients with Celiac Disease

Study finds quinoa well tolerated in patients with Celiac Disease
Thu, 02/02/17 - 19:28
By O.W.N News Network


Adding quinoa to the gluten-free diet of patients with celiac disease is well-tolerated, and does not exacerbate the condition, according to new research published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology in January. Dr. Victor F. Zevallos, from the Department of Gast
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Exhibitors vote BIOFACH silver anniversary a major success

Exhibitors vote BIOFACH silver anniversary a major success
Tue, 04/03/14 - 10:00
By Warren Beaumont


BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2014 were again strongly supported by 42,445 trade buyers and visitors (41,794, 2013) from 135 countries (international share 44%) attending the 25th anniversary of the World’s leading Trade Fair for Organic Food and the International Trade Fai
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EcoBase to improve sustainability of Chile’s agri-food

EcoBase to improve sustainability of Chile’s agri-food
Mon, 03/03/14 - 22:02
By Warren Beaumont, Kelly Roesler


Amid increasing global demand for agri-food industries to report sustainability practices and performance, Chile’s food and wine sectors are creating a revolutionary new tool that will do just that. Chile is the first country to develop EcoBase, a database and calc
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At BIOFACH interest in tea remains high

At BIOFACH interest in tea remains high
Mon, 03/03/14 - 17:05
By Warren Beaumont, Angelika Kristeva


Organic and Fairtrade tea companies had a strong presence at BIOFACH 2014, no doubt buoyed by increasing evidence of the health benefits of tea, with its high antioxidant and flavonol activity and solid, 5% to double-digit sales growth during 2013. Buyers were presented w
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VIVANESS: Hot trends and products for natural cosmetics market

VIVANESS: Hot trends and products for natural cosmetics market
Mon, 03/03/14 - 12:23
By Warren Beaumont


The eighth edition of VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care, was held from February 11-15 along with BIOFACH. This year, 192 exhibitors from 30 countries presented their products on a net space of 4,874 m², with many newcomers and niche bra
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Fresh & Easy ‘Wild Oats’ lines latest challenge for WFM

Fresh & Easy ‘Wild Oats’ lines latest challenge for WFM
Mon, 03/03/14 - 11:23
By Warren Beaumont


A revitalised Fresh & Easy looks like the latest competitor to challenge Whole Foods Market, Inc. which is ramping up its value efforts in produce and fresh by adding more “high-grade” conventional offerings alongside organic products due to more competiti
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Casino’s France, International banners boost FY sales

Casino’s France, International banners boost FY sales
Mon, 03/03/14 - 11:11
By Warren Beaumont


Group Casino has announced annual turnover of 48.6 billion Euro for its 2013 full-year results, an increase of 15.9% over 2012 with organic sales growth, exlcuding petrol and calendar effect, of 5.7%, helped by increased activity in France and strong international growth.
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FDA’s new Nutrition Labels focus on calories, sugar

FDA’s new Nutrition Labels focus on calories, sugar
Mon, 03/03/14 - 10:57
By Warren Beaumont


Proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label, released last week by the Food and Drug Administration, received mostly high marks from the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest, which lobbied for the passage of the 1990 law requiring nutrition labels on p
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New Fairtrade Sourcing Program for cocoa launched

New Fairtrade Sourcing Program for cocoa launched
Sun, 02/03/14 - 10:10
By Warren Beaumont


The new Fairtrade Sourcing Program for cocoa, a new commodity sourcing model that also applies to sugar and cotton, was launched by Fairtrade International in January following consumer research and testing. Already at launch nine companies have signed on to increase the
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The Netherlands is Country of the Year at BIOFACH 2015

The Netherlands is Country of the Year at BIOFACH 2015
Sun, 02/03/14 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


The organic sector is growing in the Netherlands and forecasts assume that this trend will increase. The Netherlands has offered a broad spectrum of organically produced products for many years and this is reflected at BIOFACH. This year with 85 exhibitors The Netherlands
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First Sustainable Foods Summit Latin America Launched

First Sustainable Foods Summit Latin America Launched
Sun, 09/02/14 - 12:26
By O.W.N News Network


Registration is open for the 1st edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit Latin America, to take place in São Paulo March 27-28. Organized by marketing research firm Organic Monitor, the inaugural edition will focus on green commodities and sustainable packaging. Si
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2014, The Year of Retail Contradictions

2014, The Year of Retail Contradictions
Fri, 07/02/14 - 00:25
By O.W.N News Network


Global retail branding and sourcing expert Daymon Worldwide has released its eight ‘Global Retail Trends Predictions for 2014 and Beyond’ to help retailers successfully address the contradictory, challenging realities facing the industry in 2014, dubbed by US-
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BioFach celebrates 25 years

BioFach celebrates 25 years
Fri, 07/02/14 - 00:24
By Warren Beaumont


BioFach, the World’s most international trade fair for organic products, celebrates its 25th edition this coming February 12-15. Over 2,400 exhibitors and more than 40,000 trade buyers are expected to congregate at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg in Germany to be pa
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Peter Is captures growing trend for specialty ice cream

Peter Is captures growing trend for specialty ice cream
Fri, 07/02/14 - 00:23
By Cat Kolonko


Many consumers perceive ice cream as an indulgent treat worthy of a premium price. Perhaps that is why globally, retail ice cream revenue is predicted to reach $74 billion in the next four years, according to researchandmarkets.com. While far reaching international compa
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La Orquidea launches 1st Peruvian dark chocolate made at the source

La Orquidea launches 1st Peruvian dark chocolate made at the source
Fri, 07/02/14 - 00:20
By Lori L. Rice


Peruvian chocolate company, Orquidea Chocolates, is set to launch a new line of dark chocolate bars in Europe and the United States. The line made its debut at Salon du Chocolat in Paris last October and followed with its first U.S. introduction at the Winter Fancy Food S
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Sacha inchi: Ready to take off

Sacha inchi: Ready to take off
Thu, 06/02/14 - 13:48
By Lesly Vera


Following the 2013 approval of Sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) oil and seeds for food application in Europe under the novel food legislation, the perennial plant from the Peruvian Amazon is attracting great interest in the specialty food and natural cosmetics sectors.
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Danforel bring its fresh organic trout to BioFach

Danforel bring its fresh organic trout to BioFach
Thu, 06/02/14 - 13:45
By Paula Salazar


Danforel, the Danish leading exporter of organic smoked trout fillet, will be exhibiting at BioFach this year. The company will present a very high quality organic trout that delights with its freshness, high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and low fat content. All of its p
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Specialty tea suppliers benefit from changing consumer tastes

Specialty tea suppliers benefit from changing consumer tastes
Tue, 04/02/14 - 23:45
By Warren Beaumont


Organic, fair & ethical tea companies are benefiting from a global tea revival and consumer support for pesticide-free, sustainable tea, while retailer’s shelves are packed with an increasing range of tea varieties and flavors. Whether its high tea in a sophist
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Libre Tea Reflects Vision of What and Where Tea Can Be

Libre Tea Reflects Vision of What and Where Tea Can Be
Tue, 04/02/14 - 23:44
By Adriana Michael


“We believe that capturing a blissful tea moment, wherever you happen to be, allow you to connect and reflect – with yourself and the world.” This is how eco-conscious entrepreneur Wendy Weir introduces the inspiration and concept of Libre Tea, her thri
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Winter Fancy Food Show identifies new trends

Winter Fancy Food Show identifies new trends
Tue, 04/02/14 - 11:38
By Lori L. Rice


The 39th Winter Fancy Food Show took place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. on January 19 – 21. Over 1,300 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions featured 80,000 products at what is considered the West Coast’s largest specialty food and beverag
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Natural Products Expo West 2014 poised to break records

Natural Products Expo West 2014 poised to break records
Tue, 04/02/14 - 05:30
By O.W.N News Network


Anaheim (CA) Convention Center March 6-9, 2014 will host the 34th annual Natural Products Expo West. The event is poised to draw over 60,000 attendees and feature over 2,500 exhibitors across natural and specialty foods, organic, supplements, health and beauty, natural li
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Sustainable Brands Give New Meaning to “Waste”

Sustainable Brands Give New Meaning to “Waste”
Tue, 04/02/14 - 05:28
By Kat Schuett


Although the word “sustainability” doesn’t include the letters “re,” this combo is a critical part of its core meaning, from recycling and reusing, to inspiring us to rethink every step of how we do business. The theme for the Sustainable Br
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Sustainability brings dividends for Les Jardins De Gaia

Sustainability brings dividends for Les Jardins De Gaia
Tue, 04/02/14 - 00:27
By Warren Beaumont


French tea producer Les Jardins De Gaia (Gaia Gardens) is seeing a definite rise in demand for and sales of organic premium leaf teas and now supplies one of the widest range of organic and fair trade teas in Europe. And according to Les Jardins De Gaia export manager Au
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More evidence shows drinking tea improves health

More evidence shows drinking tea improves health
Mon, 03/02/14 - 00:28
By Warren Beaumont


Decades worth of research show that tea may help prevent chronic illnesses. And new research shows tea helps promote weight loss and maintain a healthy weight, improve bone health and activate areas of the brain that bolster attention, problem solving and mood. While the
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Signature Estates enjoys USA organic, tea revival

Signature Estates enjoys USA organic, tea revival
Mon, 03/02/14 - 00:26
By Warren Beaumont


Signature Estates teas come from the Darjeeling, Assam and the Nilgiris regions of India that have been run by the Chatterjee family for a hundred years, with 14 family estates producing tea that is all certified 100% pure by the Indian Tea Board and certified organic by
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Botanical Adulterants Program endorsed by medicinal plant researchers

Botanical Adulterants Program endorsed by medicinal plant researchers
Sun, 02/02/14 - 19:30
By Warren Beaumont


The largest international professional organization of scientists who analyze and research medicinal plants and therapeutic derivatives has endorsed an educational program that advises industry, health professionals, and researchers about the challenges of adulterated her
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Latin American premium chocolate growth deserves fair prices

Latin American premium chocolate growth deserves fair prices
Sun, 02/02/14 - 19:27
By Adriana Michael


There is growing demand for dark, fine and organic cacao and chocolate made at the source, particularly from Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. These countries developed a global reputation for higher flavor and more unique, rare cacao bean chocolate. However, a major issue is
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Certification and regulation systems must become more efficient

Certification and regulation systems must become more efficient
Sun, 02/02/14 - 19:26
By Adriana Michael


OWN asked industry players about the major accomplishments and obstacles the organic and sustainable sectors have experienced over the past decade. Markus Pandur, of UHTCO Corp EU, highlighted a common concern that needs to be addressed: the cost of regulation, certifica
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America’s GMO Awakening

America’s GMO Awakening
Sun, 02/02/14 - 19:25
By Kat Schuett


For years Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have been quietly mixed into the US conventional food supply at alarming rates, their existence unknown to most consumers. 2013, however, marked a monumental year when mainstream Americans began to literally wake up and look
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New EU law on food information to consumers (FIC) starts Dec 2014

New EU law on food information to consumers (FIC) starts Dec 2014
Sun, 02/02/14 - 12:19
By O.W.N News Network


Have you started preparing for 2014 yet? – Countdown to the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC), which modifies existing food labelling provisions in the Union to allow consumers to make informed choices and safe use of food, while at the same time ensur
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Top milestones of the U.S. Organic and Sustainable Sectors – 2004-2013

Top milestones of the U.S. Organic and Sustainable Sectors – 2004-2013
Sat, 01/02/14 - 19:29
By O.W.N News Network


OWN asked Laura Batcha new CEO/Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association to present some of the major milestones and achievements for the OTA and the industry from 2004 to 2013. Here are the highlights. Growth of the U.S. organic industry U.S. organic sales h
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América Orgánica celebrates best foods in the continent

América Orgánica celebrates best foods in the continent
Sat, 01/02/14 - 19:28
By Adriana Michael


Many years of travelling abroad led Venezuelan entrepreneur Nicolas Ramirez Osio to visiting gourmet and natural health food stores such as Whole Foods Market. During those retail tours he noticed how acai, quinoa, chia and other nutritious foods presented in fancy packag
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Costa Rica supports organic producers’ compliance with new EU rules

Costa Rica supports organic producers’ compliance with new EU rules
Sat, 01/02/14 - 19:27
By O.W.N News Network


From January 2014, Certifying Agencies Organic Products and Phytosanitary Service (SFE), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica as competent authority said it shall comply with the new import regulations established by the European Union, with the aim of en
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Spotlight on Chile

Spotlight on Chile
Sat, 01/02/14 - 19:26
By Adriana Michael


Although organic farming in Chile started in the early 1980s, the sector only took off in the mid-1990s. Having been a supplier of off-season fresh and frozen fruit mainly for countries in the northern hemisphere, large conventional fruit and wine companies with export ex
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Organic Fairs

Organic Fairs
Sat, 01/02/14 - 12:00
By Adriana Michael


Organic Trade Fairs Crucial to Sector Growth By Adriana Michael – as printed in O.W.N. Spring 2004 Trade fairs have been an important aspect in the development of every industry since the Middle Ages and the organic sector is no exception. Exhibitors meet clients a
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Factoria Quinoa launches first 100% quinoa supplement

Factoria Quinoa launches first 100% quinoa supplement
Thu, 30/01/14 - 10:00
By Paula Salazar


A Colombian enterprise, Factoria Quinoa has developed Quinoasure®, the first 100% instant organic quinoa powder to be used as a high nutritional supplement or as a food ingredient. Quinoasure® offers high solubility, providing great protein digestibility. A versa
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Brighton UK welcomes new ethical supermarket

Brighton UK welcomes new ethical supermarket
Tue, 28/01/14 - 20:10
By O.W.N News Network


A new ethical supermarket opened in Brighton, UK on the 7th December and marks a new era in food shopping as the first ethical supermarket aimed squarely at regular supermarket shoppers. The new store is located at 20-21 York Place, London Road, Brighton. Co-founders are
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Alnatura opens 83rd outlet

Alnatura opens 83rd outlet
Tue, 28/01/14 - 13:21
By Warren Beaumont


Germany’s organic product focused supermarket Alnatura opened a new Alnatura Super Natural Market in Munich in December at “forum on deer garden” the seventh branch in Munich, and its 83rd Alnatura market. The six other branches are located in the city
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Natural & Organic Products Asia Expo debuts in Hong Kong

Natural & Organic Products Asia Expo debuts in Hong Kong
Mon, 27/01/14 - 13:03
By O.W.N News Network


Following 17 years of continued success running the flagship exhibition & conference Natural & Organic Products Europe in London, UK and the Award winning Natural Products Scandinavia in Malmo, Sweden, the first edition of Natural & Organic Products Asia will
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The Original Sin

The Original Sin
Mon, 27/01/14 - 13:00
By O.W.N News Network


By Antony Calo The Challenge One of the main challenges for the organic industry is to be able to assure clients that their products are genuine and to show their origins. There is a need for transparency and traceability from field to the end consumer. Organic supplier
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