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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.

Brands go for ethical certification to protect reputation, not maximise profits

Food manufacturers sign up to traceability schemes like Fairtrade and Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) to improve their supply chains and traceability rather than bump up the price of their...

Europol: False organic certification continues to be major problem for food industry

Counterfeit certification labels, such as fake organic or protected designation of origin (PDO) labels, continues to be a major problem for the European food industry, according to a report by Europol....

Sweden’s Real Stevia to bring sweetener back to its roots with Paraguayan plant

Swedish supplier The Real Stevia Company will open a processing plant in the sweetener's native Paraguay, adding to its portfolio an 'origin' stevia that is sustainably sourced and Paraguayan from farm...

Lost in processing? Organic’s ‘halo effect’ blunted in processed food

Organic claims for processed foods may not be particularly advantageous in promoting the benefits of the product, a study reckons.

Hasta la Pasta? Italians ditch traditional pasta for alternatives

Sales of traditional pasta in Italy are falling as consumers ditch carb-heavy versions for gluten-free, whole wheat or even next-generation seaweed pasta, according to market research firm Mintel.

Taiyo introduces sweet-tasting dietary fibres

Combining sweetness with fibre, is the aim of Taiyo’s new varieties of Sunfiber, an all-natural range of soluble dietary fibres which can also be used as a sweetener.

Tate & Lyle launches 17 non-GMO starches

Specialty ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle will launch 17 non-GMO starches in order to meet a growing global demand, particularly in North America and Eastern Europe, it says.

Austrian start-up taps into fermentation trend with umami-packed seasoning

With its umami-packed, fermented seasoning made from locally-sourced, organic lupin and oats, Austrian start-up Genusskoarl is bringing to the market its "soy sauce adapted to European tastes".

MSC's 2020 strategy: One fifth of seafood certified sustainable by 2020

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) wants to see 20% of global fish and seafood certified sustainable by 2020, according to the strategy plan it released on its 20th anniversary.

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...

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