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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.

Algae and insects: Are they still the next big ingredients in cooking oils?

The majority of UK adults (85%) use edible oils, according to Mintel, but what are these consumers preferring to buy? FoodNavigator looked into the world of speciality, artisanal and innovative...

EU launches electronic tracking system for organic imports

A new system to electronically certify imports of organic products and ingredients come into force today, promising to tighten traceability, fight fraud and collect reliable data on organic trade. ...

Health risk from pesticide residues is low, says EFSA

The health risk from pesticide residues in food is low, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), with 97% of samples within legal limits - but...

Oikos fights government plans to abandon Norway's organic targets

Oslo’s government has announced plans to reduce its ambitious organic targets, sparking a backlash from the country's lead organic trade group who advise their government to 'Look to Sweden'.

Russians have appetite for healthy and nutritious 'proper' food

Researchers in St Petersburg say the majority of Russians see a ‘proper meal’ primarily in terms of health and nutrition, but do not have regular access to it.

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker...

Office veggies: Placing vegetables in public areas raises consumption by almost double, finds study

Dutch researchers have found vegetable consumption can be increased dramatically using simple placement techniques in public places such as offices and hospitals.

EU okays organic imports from Norway and Iceland

Organic products from Norway and Iceland, including Norwegian organic salmon, can once more be imported to the European Union following a harmonisation of rules on production standards.

Protecting consumers from deception: EU Parliament backs tough food inspection regulations

The EU Parliament has backed new regulations for tougher food inspections from farm to fork in a bid to qualm consumer worries of food fraud after the horse meat scandal in...

Medicinal spices and fruity vinegar: Predicting Europe’s future flavour behaviour

Health through flavour, the power of nostalgia and blurred lines between sweet and savoury will be the biggest European flavour trends, according to analysts at Mintel.

Organic is a single part of a sustainable food system, and only works in certain contexts: study

Organic may be less sustainable and less beneficial to consumer health than previously thought, according to new research.

Food Vision 2017

From marketing to taste: How virtual reality will change the food industry

Virtual reality has arrived and is set to change the way the food industry engages with consumers and even the way consumers taste food by creating multisensory experiences, according to...

Organic Trade Board unveils its €10 million plan for sector regrowth

The Organic Trade Board (OTB) has announced a three-year plan to expand the organic industry after securing over €10m in EU funding in January.

Campaigners launch fresh attack on pesticide mixtures in EU food

Europeans are consuming dozens of pesticides on a daily basis, say the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), which today marked 12 years of "inaction and failure" in the EU’s attempts to...

Predicted post-Brexit slump fails to materialise as UK organic market marches on

The UK organic market looks to be weathering any post-Brexit uncertainty as figures suggest the industry is in rude health, with consumer perception and reassurance at the heart of growth,...

Will acacia gum finally get the clean-label recognition it wants?

Acacia gum is 100% natural, non-GMO, organic, gluten-free and applicable in almost every area of the food industry. Why does it have a chequered past, and how can it obtain...

Organic and free-from in rude health as shoppers study labels

Sales of free-from and organic foods have rocketed in Europe as more and more shoppers spend time looking at labels in order to identify “guilt free” purchases, according to new data from...

Voluntary certification schemes essential to meet SDG targets, say WWF & ISEAL

Voluntary sustainability standards covering everything from palm oil to fish and tea to sugar will play a significant role in helping food businesses meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according...

UMFHA tells fake manuka honey to buzz off

The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) has developed a system that uses compounds to validate manuka honey as genuine, after a rise in fake manuka honey was sold in...

News in brief

Lallemand touts high protein yeast extract for meat alternatives

Lallemand says it has created a unique new extract, Prim Lyfe 175A, which enhances meat and bouillon notes suitable for vegetarian alternatives.

Laser loving: Dutch and Swedes team up for plastic-free laser label trial

Laser labels or 'natural branding' are increasing in popularity as Dutch fruit and vegetable supplier Nature & More teams up with a Swedish supermarket in saying no to plastic labels on...

Dutch 'social ambitions & entrepreneurial spirit' will make its food healthy and sustainable: RIVM

The Netherlands has global ambitions to make food safe, healthy and sustainable - and this is how it should be done, accoridng to the country's National Institute for Public Health...

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Follow the 'farm to fork' conversation at Berlin's Green Week

Since 1926, Berlin's Green Week has brought together farmers, food manufacturers and agriculture ministers to showcase the best in international food and drink and discuss the future of the food...

Russia says it is revelling after 2014 Western food embargo but could an end be in sight?

Russia's ban of food imports from Europe has been in place since 2014 but Donald Trump's election to the White House could mean an end is in sight. We take...

Carrot biscuits, beetroot yoghurt and coconut sugar: A look at Europe's low sugar innovations

Natural sweeteners, such as agave and stevia, are in higher demand than artificial sweeteners as Europe cracks down on sugar.

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