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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.

Can Russia's organic industry match Putin's ambitions?

Russian president Vladimir Putin wants Russia to become the worlds biggest supplier of eco-friendly food - but the country still has a long way in terms of organic certification and production,...

Could consumers see GM as an eco-friendly food choice?

Swedish researchers have suggested that food labelled both GM and eco-friendly may become commonplace in the future - but is this an idea consumers will buy into?

Soil Association tightens standards for organic aquaculture

British organic certification body, the Soil Association, has launched stricter standards for aquaculture which will also allow producers of organic seaweed to bear its logo.

Norwegian firms rethink product branding as consumers rate quality over origin

Norwegian food manufacturers are scrambling to change their branding and packaging as research shows the country's consumers rate country of origin lower than quality.

UK shoppers pay 89% more for organic food: survey

UK consumers are paying an 89% premium for organic products at the major supermarkets, according to a survey, while more than half of organic shoppers think they pay too much.

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Why do people buy organic? Separating myth from motivation

Sales and demand of organic food have been rising again after an uncertain 2014-15, buoyed on by stronger claims of benefits to health, a more natural way of production and...

Is the ethical shopper's purse big enough for organic AND fairtrade?

Shoppers and supermarkets are falling back in love with organic, but this is as much down to innovation and marketing as it is a lifting of the economic storm clouds,...

European organic and biotech industries clash over plant breeding techniques

Organic farming body IFOAM EU has called for new plant breeding techniques that are still in the experimental stage to be classed as GM under EU law - but this...

Firmenich and Veolia join food giants in sustainable investment fund

Flavour giant Firmenich and water management firm Veolia join Mars and Danone in an investment fund that boosts the security and sustainability of their supply chains while improving the livelihood...

'Green food': Euromonitor's top consumer food trend for 2016

How can 'Big Food' become synonymous with sustainability in 2016?

One of 2016’s biggest food industry trends will be the switch to sustainable, says Euromonitor, affecting everything from invisible ingredients to finished products, business acquisitions to public policy – but in...

Processed foods eligible for EU funding under healthy eating scheme

Manufacturers of processed foods containing fruit and milk are eligible for EU funding under a healthy eating programme for schools, approved by the agriculture committee yesterday, but maximum levels for...

1000-strong survey reveals German consumers' food industry wish list

A 1000-strong survey into dietary habits and attitudes shows Germans are generally happy with their food but want more neutral nutrition information and ethically-produced meat - and they are willing...

What does COP21 mean for the food industry?

Et voilà – we have a global deal on carbon emissions. But what will be the impact of COP21 on food?

Research ‘spin’ has policymakers going round in circles

Scientists and the media have long been uneasy bedfellows, but when it comes to research on nutrition they have become unlikely sweethearts.

FoodNavigator 2016: What's on our editorial calendar?

Putting the spotlight on innovative start-ups, sugar reduction, sustainable sourcing and the latest trends in colour, texture and flavour, FoodNavigator's special editions calendar and online events for 2016 spans the...

COP21: Sustainability in focus

More headaches for "less meat" messaging

Want to promote products with less meat or meat alternatives? Steer clear of environmental messages and focus on health, say researchers.

Chinese market open for UK organic dairy imports

A British organic dairy cooperative has broken into the one of the world’s most lucrative markets after being awarded the UK’s first licence through the Soil Association to export organic products...

Innova's top ten trend predictions for 2016

Incredible organic? More studies needed to substantiate health effects

More research is needed to establish the health and nutritional credentials of organic foods, say agricultural MEPs.

French brands pipped to the post with private label veggie range

French retailer Carrefour has launched what it claims is France's first private label range of vegetarian products - which could spur other brands to occupy this relatively undeveloped space, says a market...

Loud and proud: EU handouts to help European agri-food products stand out

Over 30 trade-association led campaigns promoting everything from olive oil to fresh meat have been named the recipients of the latest round of EU funding for agri-food products.

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The state of the health and wellness market in 2015

Is organic still selling? Does the 'natural' trend mean fortified/functional food is now passé? And why are consumers turning their noses up at better for you (BFY) offerings? Ewa Hudson,...

Trading up: can a shift from quantity to quality lift meat market malaise?

Whilst seafood sales are going swimmingly, the chilled processed meat category is under pressure globally, although volume declines could be tempered by value gains, says Euromonitor International.

Transforming acacia gum from invisible ingredient to sustainable superfood

Acacia gum seems to have it all – manufacturers say it’s clean-label, organic, sustainably sourced and provides income in developing countries. So why is industry not doing more to promote this?...

Wessanen reports strong Q3 results

Dutch food group Wessanen has reported strong Q3 results which it puts down to a consumer shift away from ‘Big Food’ towards healthy and sustainable food.

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