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E-News Spring 2018

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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EU consumer group slams EC over nutrient profiles

EU consumer group slams EC over nutrient profiles
Fri, 26/01/18 - 10:00
By O.W.N News Network


European Consumer Organization, BEUC and member organizations from 11 countries have called on the EU Commission to swiftly publish the nutrient profiles in 2018 which are now nine years late being implemented, following the EU Commission’s long-standing failure to
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Natexpo's organic success goes to Lyon

Natexpo's organic success goes to Lyon
Fri, 26/01/18 - 08:05
By Warren Beaumont


If one word could sum up NATEXPO, it would be “successful” with nine out of ten visitors saying the exhibition is the essential must-attend event in France for France's EUR7 billion organic sector, according to a visitor survey. Now that the show has become a
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Amazon grocery lift from WFM 365, Germany acquisition?

Amazon grocery lift from WFM 365, Germany acquisition?
Fri, 26/01/18 - 08:00
By Warren Beaumont


Amazon's food and beverage sales gained a boost after it grabbed more grocery turnover in 2017 through sales of Whole Food Markets 365 private label, while a major Amazon grocery move is predicted in Germany and possibly for Whole Foods in Australia. Amazon’s groce
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Bio-Beurs: Gateway to the Dutch organic market

Bio-Beurs: Gateway to the Dutch organic market
Thu, 25/01/18 - 07:50
By Adriana Michael


The latest Bio-Beurs Dutch Organic Trade Fair returned to Ijsselhallen in Zwolle, Netherlands on January 17-18, 2018. The Netherlands is already a key player when it comes to the importation and exportation of organic products all over the globe, but with the organic mark
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Ocado clicks into Canada grocery with Sobeys deal

Ocado clicks into Canada grocery with Sobeys deal
Wed, 24/01/18 - 08:35
By O.W.N News Network


Following its recent agreement with French supermarket Group Casino, the UK's Ocado Group plc (Ocado) and Sobeys Inc. (Sobeys) have signed an international partnership to develop an online grocery business in Canada using the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP), that should help t
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Carrefour's big strategic plan, China retail deals

Carrefour's big strategic plan, China retail deals
Wed, 24/01/18 - 08:30
By O.W.N News Network


Carrefour Group announced a major transformation plan with EUR2 billion in cost savings including voluntary redundancies and closing of 273 ex DIA stores, and EUR5 billion each for expansion of organic sales and food e-commerce and followed it with a potential strategic i
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Canada’s organic market boom says COTA report

Canada’s organic market boom says COTA report
Wed, 24/01/18 - 08:20
By Clara Paz


A new report has found that more Canadian shoppers purchased organic items weekly (66 per cent) in 2017, up 10 percent from 2016, with Millennials (83 percent), University Graduates (78 percent), Albertans (74 percent), Families (72 percent) and Men (67 percent) the top w
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Highlights at the EU Sustainable Cosmetics Summit

Highlights at the EU Sustainable Cosmetics Summit
Mon, 22/01/18 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


About 140 senior executives from the beauty industry convened in Paris for the European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, hosted at the Paris Marriott Champs-Elysées on 6-8 November, where discussions centered on green formulations, sustainable sourcing,
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Unilever boosts 'natural' beauty with Schmidt's Naturals

Unilever boosts 'natural' beauty with Schmidt's Naturals
Fri, 19/01/18 - 09:00
By O.W.N News Network


Global food and personal care giant Unilever has its sights on the growing natural skin care and beauty market with the launch of its newest personal care brands ApotheCARE and Love Beauty and Planet in the US from late 2017/January, then announced in December it will buy
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Summit's insights into Asia sustainable foods

Summit's insights into Asia sustainable foods
Thu, 18/01/18 - 11:00
By O.W.N News Network


Specialist research, training and consultancy group Ecovia Intelligence reported a successful conclusion to the first-ever Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit held in Singapore late November. About 100 senior executives from the regional food industry att
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