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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 calcium not permitted in organic soy drinks, says German court

A German state court has ruled an algae-sourced calcium has no place in an organic soy drink – the manufacturer has appealed the verdict.

Marketing sustainable soy: 'Invisible but important' or loud and proud?

By the end of 2017 one third of soy imported into Europe will be certified, says the Roundtable on Responsible Soy, but will consumers know it?

Ethical labels are worth €709 billion globally - so which one is best for your product?

Fairtrade in France but organic in Austria? Euromonitor analysed 26,000 products across the world to help manufacturers understand which ethical labels work best for their products, depending on the country, category...

Preferences for homemade are 'a threat' to baby food manufacturers: Mintel

Sales of UK baby food have taken a hit a hit as 83% of parents opt for homemade food, according to Mintel data - but premium-positioned products and adult-friendly flavours could...

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2016

Snacking chocolate brand Brownie Brittle taps organic boom with new range

Snacking chocolate brand Brownie Brittle will be highlighting its first organic line at the upcoming Sweets & Snacks Expo as consumer interest in an organic diet grows.

Do we need a better global approach on whole grains?

The lack of a harmonised message on whole grain intake in many countries may be leading to confusion and creating barriers for industry, warn researchers.

Healthy agers: To market older, you’d better get wiser

Europe’s seniors see functional foods as a 'dated' concept, are uncomfortable with products that expressly mention age, and want sustainable, naturally nutritious products, finds a consumer study led by the...

The EFSA hackathon: Authority offers €20,000 for app ideas

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is offering €20,000 for an app idea it can use to provide “quick, user-friendly” mobile access to its work."

TTIP – a nail in the coffin for EU food producers?

The big winners of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal will be the corporate food giants and US factory farms with European producers set to lose the most, according...

Cheap food or no pesticides: Consumers can’t have it both ways, says ECPA

The European Crop Protection Association has said Europeans don’t understand the harsh realities of food production or appreciate the potential magnitude of the world’s food supply problem - pesticides are important in...

ASA ruling

Far from shy: Shouts about coconut sugar fall foul of advert regulators

Tiana Fair Trade Organic's claims that its coconut nectar is a “guilt free sugar substitute” are in breach of regulations, the British advertising authority has ruled.

Italian agri-entrepreneurs cultivate kiss-friendly heritage garlic

Two Italian entrepreneurial farmers have launched KissinGarlic a mildly flavoured garlic that is easily digested and doesn't cause bad breath. But by cultivating a plant variety that was on the cusp...

Polish potential: Poland is Eastern Europe’s food innovation hub, says Mintel

Poland is leading the way for food and drink innovation in Eastern Europe accounting for over a third of product launches in the region – but as one of the...

EU and Chile sign landmark organic trade deal

The European Union and Chile have finalised the first of a new generation of agreements aimed at facilitating trade in organic products.

The rise of the 'invisible ethical': Why consumers want sustainability throughout the supply chain

From non-GMO glycerine-based solvents to sustainably sourced hydrocolloids, more and more companies are seeking ethical certification for 'invisible' ingredients – but what’s fuelling this demand when consumers probably don’t even...

Policy expert slams 25-year Food and Farming Plan

The government’s forthcoming 25-year Food and Farming Plan has been slammed for its failure to address key issues of sustainability and described as a missed opportunity and “doomed to be...

EU regulators debate future of glyphosate

EU regulators are today debating whether to extend approval for Monsanto's controversial pesticide glyphosate.

Awareness of state organic logo is 100%, says Danish government

Danish demand for organic food is booming and awareness of the state-controlled logo has never been higher, according to a recent survey.

Innovation and changing shopping habits fuel UK organic sales

The UK organic market is on track to beat pre-recession growth figures in 2016, buoyed by innovation from small manufacturers and a change in the way consumers shop, says a...

'Health driven consumers are passionate, conflicted and disrupting your business': The Hartman Group

Consumers are in conflict – they want food that is indulgent, healthy and convenient. But this conflict also opens up big opportunities to companies who know where to look for the...

Premium-priced poverty: Organic cocoa shortages loom as farmers reluctant to meet demand

Demand for organic cocoa is on the rise but market analysts are predicting supply shortages unless more cocoa producers switch to organic farming – but where’s the incentive to do so...

Organic meat & dairy has more omega-3 but amounts aren't 'nutritionally relevant'

Organic meat and dairy products have more healthy omega-3 fatty acids according to a large meta-analysis review - but experts have warned the amounts are too small to actually have an...

EU and Colombia enter talks for deal on organic products

The European Commission (EU) and the Government of Colombia have started talks aimed at securing a bilateral agreement on trade in organic products, it has been announced. 

Organic trends, innovations & hot topics: What's the buzz at BioFach?

Keep on top of the social media buzz at Europe's leading trade fair for organic product innovation, BioFach in Nuremburg, Germany.

Organic growth set to double – but it won’t feed the planet alone: Study

Sales of organic food and drink are set to double by 2018 but this is not enough to feed the world – a truly sustainable farming system is needed for...

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