SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development - EuropeUS edition | Asian edition

Trends > Organics

Organics

Organics

Consumers have shown an enormous appetite for organic food, although recession has dented demand in some parts of the world. We follow the main drivers and trends in this important industry segment.

Coconut sugar: The latest sugar alternative

Coconut sugar is increasing in popularity because it is seen as being a healthier, more ethical alternative to sugar - but nutritionists remain sceptical of the health claims.

UK organic market up 4% last year

The UK organic market has continued its recovery with sales up 4% in 2014, according to new figures from the Soil Association.

The final 5%: EU needs a regulatory push for truly organic products

Europe needs a new flexible system to help keep non-organic ingredients like flavouring in organic products to a minimum, says International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU)

It’s official: Eating organic leads to less pesticide exposure

People who eat organic foods have about half the pesticide exposure of those who eat conventional foods, according to a new study – but all are well within established safe limits.

Vrai bats off 100% organic criticism: We used what was available

It is not always possible to secure 100% organic raw materials, the French organic yoghurt brand Vrai has said in response to a consumer group campaign against its use of...

Denmark launches ‘most ambitious’ organic plan

The Danish government has announced a plan to double its organic farmland by 2020 and to increase demand for organic food.

Organic aroma loophole leaves bad taste

The organic French yoghurt brand Vrai has been forced to pull one of its yoghurts after consumer pressure weighed in on its (legal) decision to use a non-organic aroma.

What does the roadmap to food security really look like?

Food security is vital to the food industry in both developing and developed countries, but what does ‘food security’ really mean, how do we measure it, and can we really...

‘Uncertainty’ over measures to close EU organic supply-demand gap

European organic agriculture lags behind growing demand for organic food, but new EU rules in the pipeline are creating uncertainty in the sector at just the wrong time, says Soil...

FoodNavigator predicts top industry drivers for 2015

It’s time to get out our crystal balls and predict the hottest trends in the European food and drink sector for the year ahead. What’s in store for 2015?

News in brief

Wessanen to acquire Abafoods for €52m

Dutch food company Wessanen has agreed to acquire Italian organic drinks company Abafoods for €52m, the company has said.

How much pesticide residue is in our food?

98.3% of foods in the EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits, but there were “significantly higher” maximum limit exceedance rates for products from outside of Europe, according to a report from the...

What is organic? Organic packaged food growth stalled by differing perceptions

Organic means different things to different consumers around the world – and this is holding back the organic packaged food sector, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

ICN2 'framework' document outlines action plan for better food and nutrition systems

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a 60 point plan as part of a ‘framework for action’ to improve global food and...

Can chlorella crunch into food? Allma launches microalgae crispy snacks

Portuguese microalgae supplier Allma has debuted cereal-based chlorella pieces as it drives the ingredient beyond food supplement aisles.

Corporate responsibility programmes may create a ‘health halo’

Consumers underestimate calorie counts for, and consume more of, foods from companies with positive corporate responsibility programmes, say researchers.

Dispatches questions child safety of arsenic levels in rice crackers and Rice Krispies

A Channel 4 investigation into inorganic arsenic levels in rice has questioned the safety of products aimed at children like rice cakes and Kellogg's Rice Krispies - although all companies...

UK organic sales growth recovery continues

Sales of organic products grew 3.6% in the UK last month – finally recovering in the past year after a five-year recessionary slump.

dispatches from sial 2014

Veggie NPD isn’t about recreating meat but demonstrating an alternative, says Italian firm

Vegetarian products should be about showing vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike that there are tasty alternatives to meat protein, says one Italian food firm.

Ladislav Miko tipped as acting SANCO head, following chief resignation

The position of head of the directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) will likely pass to Czech environmental politician Ladislav Miko following the resignation of Paola Testori Coggi,...

Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned

Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the...

We can cope with extra novel food workload, says EFSA official

The European Food Safety Authority is willing and able to cope with the extra workload of novel food assessment that could come under its control, an official said at a...

European Council declassifies TTIP trade negotiation document

The Council of the European Union has published the negotiating directives for EU-US trade talks (TTIP) after months of criticism from NGOs and campaigners over an alleged lack of transparency.

Natural and organic trends drive European food colourings growth

Europe is the fastest growing market for food colourings driven by demand in natural and organic products, according to a new report from Grand View Research.

FoodNavigator 2015: What’s on our editorial calendar?

From developments in fats and flavours, to the latest trends in fighting obesity, food for kids, and protein, FoodNavigator's special editions calendar for 2015 spans the hottest topics for the...

Key Industry Events