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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.

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.

From wheat to meat: Seaweed start-up launches vegan bacon after pasta success

Following the success of I Sea Pasta, seaweed specialist Seamore, has launched a vegan bacon made entirely from seaweed and has further plans to expand its market.

EU awards €10.4m to regrow British and Danish organic sectors

The European Commission has dished out €10.4m to the UK and Denmark’s organic associations to promote the organic industry in both countries.

From farm to fork: How much do you know about where Europe's food comes from?

Eurostat, the official statistics bureau of the European Union, has published data report on Europe's farms, fisheries and food supply. How much do you know about where your food comes from?...

Ethical food and drink worth over €10.5 billion in the UK

Sales of ethical food and drink increased 5.3% in 2015 to just over £9.03 billion (€10.55 billion), according to new research. Organic continued its revival but Fairtrade has struggled again.

Quiz of the year: How much do you remember about 2016's biggest food news?

Think you remember the major events to hit the European food industry in 2016? Let us put your knowledge to the test with our news quiz!

Stop CETA: Trans-continental coalition fights trade agreement

A coalition of over 450 civil society groups from Europe and Canada has signed an open letter pleading legislators to vote against the deal, fearing it will erode public power over the...

Soil Association slams 'unscientific' analysis of organic's not-so-green credentials

The UK’s organic certification body, Soil Association, has defended organic food following an article in New Scientist which urged consumers to stop buying organic to protect the environment....

Opinion

Ethical certification promises much - but it's been a tough year

Back in 2014 I interviewed Hans Jöhr, who at the time was corporate head of agriculture at Nestlé. We had a (refreshingly) open discussion about certification schemes. Some of them...

Irish researchers say green pastures mean better dairy products

Irish scientists say there is evidence that pasture-fed cows do produce better products.

Ethics rather than fancy apps turn millennials on: Survey

It’s ethics and environmental performance rather than snazzy apps and Facebooking that can win millennials over, according to a survey of young consumers in France, Germany, the UK and the...

Wessanen strengthens position in Spanish organic market with Biogran takeover

Wessanen has consolidated its position in Europe's sustainable, organic food market with the acquisition of Spanish firm Biogran. Does this mean the Dutch firm itself is looking increasingly attractive to...

Europe's struggle to match organic supply and demand - without compromising standards

Demand for organic food in Europe is booming but suppliers are struggling to match it, and there are worries that the Commission's proposal to decertify organic food that contains traces...

Unilever to add vegetarian logo to 500 products

Unilever has partnered with the European Vegetarian Union which will see the 'V' logo added to around 500 of its products such as Hellman’s, Flora and Knorr by the end of 2017....

Pesticide data suggests EU food is safe; campaigners disagree

97% of food samples tested in the EU are free of pesticide residues or contain traces that are within legal limits, according to 2014 data published this week by the European...

Scouting out Europe's latest free-from innovation at SIAL

What are the latest free-from trends sweeping Europe? How is the mature gluten-free market staying innovative? And how much on-pack prominence should you give to free-from claims? FoodNavigator hit the...

'This product is not against cheese'

Plant-based pioneers say lactofermented soy will enrich traditional cheese sector

"Soy is good, but lactofermented soy is better," says French firm Sojami which predicts its patented process for creating plant-based cheese will lead to a vegan cheese industry as rich and...

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