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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.

Non-GMO labels are on the rise in Europe – but why?

Non-GMO labels are on the rise in European countries – but unlike the US, EU legislation requires all food containing above trace levels of GM to be labelled. So is there even a need for...

Antibiotic-free - Is this the next ethical food label?

British meat has been found to contain MRSA and consumers are concerned. So would an antibiotic-free label reassure the public,  or are there already enough ethical food labels?

Quiz: Are you sustainable sourcing savvy?

How clued up are you on all the issues surrounding sustainable sourcing - and how closely have you been reading FoodNavigator?Take our quiz and find out! (Need to revise a little...

Rising packaged food sales make Turkey top export destination

Turkey is an attractive destination for European food exports with niche opportunities in dairy, bakery, health and wellness, say market analysts.

Younger shoppers value organics – but buy fewer of them

A majority of UK shoppers aged 16-34 think that organic products are important (54%), compared to under a third (30%) of over-55s, according to a market research report.

Is organic the best way to start the day?

Organic breakfast products are an easy and affordable way to dip a toe in organic, the Soil Association says.

Organic growth: What drove Wessanen to cut 90% of its revenue?

Wessanen has undergone a huge transformation over the past 15 years in its goal to become Europe’s largest healthy and sustainable food company – and has cut its revenue by...

Raw food on the rise

The trend toward raw foods is being driven by a growing group of consumers looking for ‘clean food’ – not just those who consider themselves raw foodists, says Teresa Havrlandova,...

EU regulatory deadlock welcomed by organic groups

EU ministers have failed to reach an agreement on proposed changes to EU organic regulation, pushing back a vote until June – a standstill that is welcomed by organic farming associations....

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

It’s getting juicy in the functional beverage aisle: Juices see success with healthy and natural positioning

Functional beverages are now less about fortification, and more about honing in on the natural health benefits of their ingredients, according to Innova Market Insights.

Investment to tackle organic ‘price barrier’

Price is arguably the biggest barrier the organic market faces, says Mintel – but retailers are coming up with ways to make organic foods accessible to a wider audience.

Scientists develop low-allergen soybean

A new low-allergen variety of soy bean has been developed using conventional methods.

Organic NPD vital to survive mainstream 'healthification'

The organic sector has cultivated a culture of ethical awareness among consumers that conventional manufacturers are now cashing in on – and new product development is vital for the sector...

Organic breaks social class barriers

With working class households making up nearly one third of sales, organic is no longer a middle-class preserve - and some say it is even fueling Britain's 'foodie' culture.

Can organic feed the world?

Organic crops generally have lower yields than conventional crops – but that’s not the only way to measure their potential to feed the world.

Ethical foods make consumers feel morally superior - and food taste better

The feeling of moral satisfaction that consumers get from eating ethical food change their taste experience for the better - and means they are willing to pay more, according to...

“We’ve never seen consumers as confused!” PepsiCo asks what – exactly – is ‘good for you’

PepsiCo faces the challenge of redefining 'good for you', as it sees consumers turn their attention to real sugar, organic, and non-GMO.

Can organic foods and GM-like technologies ever go hand in hand?

The use of certain biotechnologies could support organic production in the future – although the currently approved ‘cross-species’ GM technologies are the biggest threat to the organic food system, says...

Nearly 70% of CEOs worldwide value sustainability

Nearly seven in ten CEOs worldwide see the value of sustainability but only two out of ten (21%) companies are leveraging the full potential of sustainability practices, says a report.

IFOAM: Organic must innovate to break out of niche status

Organic sales are growing but the sector remains niche with market share in single figures, says one industry group – but innovative practice and partnerships could change this.

Demand for ‘natural’ drives Europe’s food colouring growth

Growing demand for natural food colourings by manufacturers and consumers will continue to drive the Western European market in the near future, according to a new report by Future Market...

Food preferences among elderly peers may differ, says study

Older adults with a poor appetite may have a higher preference for variation in foods compared with older adults with a good appetite, according to a study.

Tending the grassroots: The importance of early adopters in NPD

Building a grassroots following is crucial for establishing an innovative food product, says the co-founder of meal replacement firm Ambronite.

Editor's blog

Food Vision Big Debates: Ethical eruptions, technological disruptions, challenged assumptions

Big Food needs to care more; start-ups can’t feed a planet housing 9bn people in 2050; and genuine disruptive technologies are spawning and spinning faster than flapping butterfly wings…So, er,...

Use price policies to promote healthier diets, says WHO

Price policies could encourage healthier diets, according to a new publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe.

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