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Competitive Pricing Fuels Growing Interest In Organic Specialty Salads

July 21, 2010: 09:46 AM EST
Though it’s a major struggle for California’s organic farmers to keep costs reined in, competitive prices are helping to build consumer demand, and thus increased shelf space, for organic specialty salad components like mixed baby greens and baby spinach. Several of the state’s organic farms report steady and even increasing sales at the retail level and in the foodservice space. That follows the national trend reported by Nielsen Co, which reports that organic products have grabbed a 46 percent share of specialty salad sales. “We think it’s because we’ve been able to get organic salads on shelf more or less within about 25% of the price of conventional,” a spokesman for one large organic producer says.
Don Schrack, "Even supply, aggressive pricing help organic sales remain steady", The Packer, July 21, 2010, © Vance Publishing Corp.
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Food Industry Must Address “Higher-Level” Concerns Of Consumers

July 20, 2010: 08:53 PM EST
Food industry experts speaking at the recent IFT annual meeting acknowledged the bad press food processing has gotten in recent years. But while they stressed that obesity is not the only problem facing the world, they also warned that taking a defensive posture against critics is a mistake. Instead of saying processed foods aren’t harmful, the food industry needs to address the “higher-level” concerns of consumers, especially longevity/wellness and weight/health. Tomorrow’s food system, in addition to being “science- and technology-based,” one expert said, has to be focused on consumer needs and desires and must “assure the health and wellness of consumers, preserve the environment and natural resources, and be sustainable.”
Mary Ellen Kuhn, "Changing the Conversation About Processed Foods", IFT Live, July 20, 2010, © IFT
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EC Expects Robust Growth In Organic Food Imports

July 19, 2010: 08:09 AM EST
Organic food product imports into European Union countries will increase significantly as demand exceeds domestic supply, according to a report from the EC’s Directorate-General for Agriculture And Rural Development. The increased demand in wealthier western EU countries may also fuel a rise in intra-EU trade because organic production has grown much faster than demand in the Central and Eastern European states. More than 80 percent of retail spending on organic food products took place in Germany, Great Britain, France and Italy. The robust growth was driven by the entry of all major retailers into the market. Retail spending on organic food averaged $18.6 billion a year in 2006 and 2007, the report said.
EC, Directorate-General for Agriculture And Rural Development, "An analysis of the EU organic sector", Press Release, EurActiv, July 19, 2010, © European Commission
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Manufacturers Respond To Consumer Demands For Simple, Sustainable Foods

July 19, 2010: 09:49 AM EST
Simplicity tops the list of hottest trends in the food industry, followed closely by sustainability, cooking at home, inherent nutrition, and functionality, according to Innova Market Insights. Food manufacturers are responding to the call for foods that are “simple,” “pure” and “homestyle” with a variety of products and claims. Lay’s Classic Potato Chips promises that it contains only “three simple ingredients” while Pillsbury says its Simply…Cookies are baked with “simple, whole ingredients.” Top products marketed as sustainable include chocolate, tea, juices, fish and seafood, and breakfast cereals. Rounding out the top ten trends are foods that promise: enhanced immunity or energy boosts, “free from” ingredients like gluten, extreme flavors, and are authentically regional.
Mary Ellen Kuhn, "Consumers Seek Simplicity, Innova Reports", Press release, IFT Live, July 19, 2010, © Innova Market Insights, IFT
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Choice Organic Tea Products Certified As Non-GMO

July 7, 2010: 02:48 AM EST
The nonprofit Non-GMO Project has verified that Choice Organic Teas are produced without genetic modification. The teas are also Fair Trade Certified. The product line, which includes 29 teas, will now carry the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. The Non-GMO Project was created by organizations in the natural and organic products industry in the U.S. and Canada to offer consumers a consistent non-GMO choice for organic and natural products made without genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technologies. The project verifies all types of products, including ones not yet produced commercially in GMO form. Choice Organic Teas is a brand of Granum, Inc. of Seattle, Wash.
Choice Organic Teas, "Choice Organic Teas First Tea Company Verified by Non-GMO Project", Press Release, Choice Organic Teas, July 07, 2010, © Non GMO Project
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Organic Or Traditional, Eggs Are Eggs, Quality-wise

July 1, 2010: 05:23 PM EST
A study by scientists at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service found that there's not much of a quality difference between organically and conventionally produced eggs. The scientists examined various kinds of eggs: traditional, cage-free, free-roaming, pasteurized, nutritionally enhanced, and fertile. The biggest variation they found was the size of egg within a carton between brown and white eggs. Brown eggs did weigh more, but white shell eggs had higher percentages of total solids and crude fat. “Although significant differences were found between white and brown shell eggs and production methods, average values for quality attributes varied without one egg type consistently maintaining the highest or lowest values,” the researchers concluded.
D. R. Jones, M. T. Musgrove, K. E. Anderson and H. S. Thesmar, "Physical quality and composition of retail shell eggs", Poultry Science, July 01, 2010, © Poultry Science Association
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Farmers Need To Be Made Aware Of The Positive Environmental Impact Of Sustainable Agriculture

June 30, 2010: 10:45 PM EST
The global change to sustainable organic farming needs to be speeded up, the departing head of the U.K.’s organic certification body says. One of the best ways to expedite the adoption of sustainable agriculture is to boost cooperation among organic bodies around the world to inform farmers and consumers about the environmental benefits. He says it’s important for consumers to understand the health benefits of organic food, but equally important are the environmental advantages. A year ago, however, the Food Standards Authority said that organic food offers no particular added health benefits to consumers. But, Patrick Holden says, consumers “intuitively understand” organic food is healthier despite the FSA’s “rebuttals.” In addition, organic bodies globally need to educate farmers about the benefits of sustainable agricultural practices on the fragile environment.
just-food, "Organic needs global co-operation, says Holden", AFN, June 30, 2010, © AFN/just-food
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The Food and Drug Administration Suggests Limits To The Use of Antimicrobial Drugs In Food-Producing Animals

June 29, 2010: 10:42 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a part of the Food and Drug Administration, has published a policy framework (“The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals”) relating to the use of antimicrobial drugs in animals used for food. For over 50 years, antimicrobial drugs have been used in both human and veterinary medicine, but growing resistance to these drugs makes them less effective as therapies, creating a potential danger to public health, and so these drugs need to be used more “judiciously” in order to slow the pace of growing resistance. The guidance includes limiting use of such drugs except where necessary, and limiting use in food-producing animals to situations where there is veterinary oversight. 

FDA, "The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals", Draft Guidance statement, FDA, June 29, 2010, © FDA
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Australian Scientists Develop High-Yielding Black Tiger Prawn

June 28, 2010: 03:38 PM EST
Scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the prawn industry have bred an improved Black Tiger prawn that is producing record yields in aquaculture farms. The scientists used DNA technology to ensure top quality prawn stocks. Half of the prawns sold in Australia are imported from China and Vietnam, so it is a priority both for the prawn industry and consumers to develop an Australian prawn that breeds in captivity and is completely sustainable. According to the scientists, the average industry yield for farmed prawns is only five tons per hectare. “So this year's average yield of 17.5 tons per hectare is a major leap forward.” Several breeding ponds produced 20 tons per hectare and one produced a world record yield of 24.2 tons per hectare.
"Is this the perfect prawn?", News release, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), June 28, 2010, © CSIRO
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Honest Tea Debuts First Organic Bottled Tea Containing Stevia

June 28, 2010: 11:06 PM EST
Honest Tea has launched the first ready-to-drink organic bottled tea naturally sweetened with organic stevia. The company says the tea took longer than usual to develop, partly because using stevia as a beverage ingredient needed FDA clearance, and partly because it took awhile to get the “flavor and function” right. Passion Fruit Green Tea with Maqui Berry blends USDA-certified organic green tea with passion fruit and maqui berry, a South American “superfruit.” The zero calorie tea is sweetened with an organic extract of stevia, a leafy plant native to South America that is sweeter than sugar, but without the calories. The company’s marketing effort for the new tea variety includes a link-up with the anti-cancer initiative Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
PRWeb, "Honest Tea Unveils First Bottled Tea Sweetened With Organic Stevia", PRWeb, June 28, 2010, © PRWeb
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Perennial Grains Would Provide Major Boost For Global Food Production

June 28, 2010: 02:40 PM EST
It may take another twenty years, but perennial grain crops that are more eco-friendly than annual grains are on their way, according to soil scientists. Perennial grains require less fertilizer, herbicide, and fuel, and cause less erosion, than annual grain cops. All that’s required to make them a reality is the right breeding programs and a few scientific breakthroughs. The scientists published a paper that calls for worldwide cooperation in the development of perennial grains, which would help farmers living off marginal land to expand sustainability. Perennial grains have longer growing seasons and put down deeper roots that reduce erosion, build soil and sequester carbon from the atmosphere.
J. D. Glover, J. P. Reganold, et al., "Increased Food and Ecosystem Security via Perennial Grains", Science, June 28, 2010, © American Association for the Advancement of Science
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Some Hospital Chefs Urge Less Meat On Patient, Staff Menus

June 24, 2010: 01:22 AM EST
An emerging trend in hospital food may not only be healthier for patients and the environment, it may save hospitals a lot of money. Hospital chefs in the San Francisco Bay area recently experimented with menus for patients and staff that featured significantly reduced portions of beef, pork and poultry. The research, published by Johns Hopkins University, found that hospitals that cut meat purchases by 28 percent would save an average of $400,000 a year. With savings like that, hospitals could afford to buy “sustainably raised” meat with less cholesterol and more vitamins, and no harmful antibiotics. Not surprisingly, a representative of the meat industry said cutting back on meat consumption is bad for patients. "When you're sick, protein is the key," she said.
April Dembosky, "Hospital Food Gets A Push Down The Organic Aisle", NPR, June 24, 2010, © NPR
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Whole Foods Store Creates Local Garden To Supply Its Own Produce

June 23, 2010: 01:30 AM EST
A Whole Foods Market store in Richmond, Va., will cultivate a one-acre garden plot in a residential community to grow some of its own produce to be used at first in its own prepared foods and the salad bar. With approval from the county, it also plans to sell produce directly to customers. The community garden, the first created by the Texas-based company, is divided into five sections and includes areas for composting, an orchard, space for individual plots and for demonstration and educational programs. Whole Foods will use most of the garden itself, but individuals eventually might be able to rent small areas as well. The land for the garden was donated by the retail and residential development's management company.
Louis Llovio, "Whole Foods grocery to grow produce for itself", Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, June 23, 2010, © Media General Communications Holdings, LLC
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In Choosing Pesticides, The “Organic” Label Shouldn’t Be The Deciding Factor

June 22, 2010: 11:49 PM EST
A new Canadian study provides evidence that organic pesticides aren’t necessarily environmentally friendly, mainly because larger amounts are needed to get the job done. The study tested the effectiveness and environmental impact of a mineral oil-based organic pesticide, two conventional pesticides and two new reduced-risk synthetic pesticides on soybean crop aphids. Using a measurement scheme that analyzes the impact of ingredients on various environmental factors, including leeching rate into the soil toxicity to animals, the researchers found that the mineral oil organic pesticide affected the environment most because it requires large amounts of it to smother the aphids. It was also less effective than the novel synthetic pesticides and while destroying beneficial insects.
Christine A. Bahlai, Yingen Xue, Cara M. McCreary, Arthur W. Schaafsma, Rebecca H. Hallett, "Choosing Organic Pesticides over Synthetic Pesticides May Not Effectively Mitigate Environmental Risk in Soybeans", PLosOne, June 22, 2010, © PLosOne
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European Parliament Rejects Traffic Light System For Warning Consumers About Food Contents

June 18, 2010: 11:26 AM EST
The European Parliament has voted to require nutrition labeling of pre-packed foods, but rejected requests for a visual support system that would warn consumers of high fat, sugar or salt content. Even national level application of the so-called traffic light system was rejected by the EP. In the UK, a traffic light system uses red, amber and green to caution consumers at a glance. Member states will now have a chance to consider whether they should accept the Parliament's position. The House, meanwhile, agreed to require producers of processed foods to list on the front of packages the levels of energy, salt, sugar, fat and saturated fat. Labels would also show guideline daily amounts (GDAs) expressed per 100g or per 100ml, rather than “per portion.”
EurActiv, "Food industry wins battle on 'traffic light' labels", European Union Information website, June 18, 2010, © EurActiv.com PLC
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OCA Applauds Whole Foods Market For Stricter Standards On Organic Personal Care Labeling

June 16, 2010: 03:42 AM EST
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) said that it is “pleased” that natural products retailer Whole Foods Market is adopting tighter standards for organic labeling on personal care products it sells. The OCA applauded Whole Foods for addressing “widespread organic labeling fraud in personal care” and mentioned several companies that claim their products are organic though they “are generally made without any organic material whatsoever and are usually composed in significant part from petrochemicals.” Whole Foods says organic claims on personal care products should be similar in meaning to the organic claim on food products, which is regulated by the USDA. The OCA says it will ask other retailers, including Trader Joe's and the National Co-Op Grocers Association, to join Whole Foods in adopting a stricter labeling standard.
"Whole Foods Market Imposes One-Year Deadline on Brands to Drop Bogus Organic Label Claims and Calls for Federal Regulation of Personal Care Products", PR Newswire, June 16, 2010, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Roquette Succeeds At Making Pea Protein Palatable As Functional Ingredient

June 14, 2010: 02:51 AM EST
The use of vegetable proteins in functional foods has been slow to develop, mainly because of taste and odor problems. But vegetable proteins, including those extracted from the pea, offer nutritional, functional and even ethical advantages. And now Roquette has come up with a pea-derived protein, marketed as “Nutralys,” that has neutralized taste and odor, and is non-GMO, highly nutritional, easily digestible, and made from a reliable, traced source. Containing 85% protein, Nutralys is the main ingredient in a new vegetable drink – Vegetal Booster – that also contains water, maltodextrin and fiber. “With Nutralys S85F, Roquette opens up new prospects for development in the world of vegetable-derived products, in particular for certain food applications such as dairy, dietary and slimming products and those dedicated to sports,” according to Food Ingredients First.
"Pea Protein Innovation Opening Up New Application Opportunities", Food Ingredients First, June 14, 2010, © CNS Media BV
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USDA Bans Organic Food Inspector In China Over Conflicts Of Interest

June 13, 2010: 02:02 AM EST

The USDA, which contracts with private organizations to inspect and certify organic foods worldwide, has disqualified a private American inspector in China because of conflict of interest issues. The agency said it will send an audit team to China to take a close look at the certification process there. The problem with the disqualified inspector, the Organic Crop Improvement Association, is that it hired employees of a government agency to check state-controlled farms and food processing facilities. The OCIA earlier this year shut down most of its operations. Consumers and organic food retailers have long suspected there were problems with purportedly organic foods imported from China. Whole Foods Market will soon stock only two private label organic items from China, down from 30 two years ago.

WILLIAM NEUMAN and DAVID BARBOZA, "U.S. Drops Inspector of Food in China", New York Times, June 13, 2010, © The New York Times Company
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Kashi Joins With Burt’s Bees To Present Holistic Health Educational Tour

June 8, 2010: 01:27 AM EST
Natural food company Kashi has joined forces with natural personal care company Burt’s Bees to present its national "Day of Change" tour, a free annual event designed to teach people about the importance of holistic health and natural living. Attendees can visit four interactive sessions to sample Kashi foods and Burt’s Bees products, attend classes and participate in other activities. In the “Explore Here” session, for example, visitors take part in interactive displays and workshops on sustainability, how to look for natural ingredients in natural foods and products, and holistic health and wellness. The tour visits 17 cities through September and features more than 50 events at each site.
"Kashi Company Kicks Off 2010 Day of Change(TM) Tour in Partnership With Burt's Bees", PR Newswire Association LLC, June 08, 2010, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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East Canada Dairy Farmers Are Switching To Organic

June 6, 2010: 08:02 PM EST
Although some big obstacles stand in the way of east coast Canada family dairy farmers looking to switch to organic production, a growing demand for organic products and a need to develop new revenue sources are pushing them to move forward. It’s an expensive and lengthy start-up process, because land, crops and cattle all have to be certified to ensure that no pesticides or commercial fertilizer were used to grow feed. And a really tricky obstacle is finding a processor who can handle organic milk. But the organic premium that can be charged means that a marginal dairy farm can become a more viable family farm. With that goal in mind, a half dozen dairy farmers in Nova Scotia have formed an organic milk cooperative whose mission is to get organic milk to the market by Christmas.
"Organic dairy industry growing in Atlantic Canada", The Canadian Press, June 06, 2010, © CTV Global Media
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Organic Marketers Need To Link Price To Ethics, Fairtrade, Sustainability Issues

June 4, 2010: 08:18 PM EST
Consumers in the U.K. and Europe have been more likely to leave organic produce on the grocery shelf, apparently confused about why it costs so much. But the global market is perking up, apparently because some organic marketers have caught on to the fact that consumers are willing to spend more for organic food if ethical and environmental messages are clearly communicated. Marketers, therefore, need to make consumers aware of the value of sustainability and fair-trade produce and link that value to price. A growing awareness of climate change, third world debt and other ethical issues among consumers will make it easier for marketers to sell organic produce that is ethically sourced, supports indigenous peoples and has low ecological footprints, according to writer Elizabeth O’Keefe.
Elizabeth O’Keefe , "Organics sector makes slow but sure progress", FPJ Fresh Info, June 04, 2010, © Lockwood Press Ltd
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Despite Recession And Search For Bargains, Shoppers Still Think Green When Shopping

June 3, 2010: 08:28 AM EST
Although many grocery shoppers in the U.K. turned away from “green” and organic foods during the recession – sales dipped 9.7 percent in 2009 – market research indicates that consumers still think green as they wander the supermarket aisles, and sales are beginning to perk up. Research by a British retailer found that the down economy did not really change people’s attitudes toward environmental issues. Half of 2,000 people interviewed said they would do more to protect the environment if it were easier to do so. Grocery analyst firm IGD found that people still believe the provenance of food is important and more and more people want locally produced food and fairtrade products. The key for companies is to work with consumers on finding ways to save money by buying green.
Elizabeth Rigby, "Consumers: Green issues are still a concern for food buyers", Financial Times, June 03, 2010, © The Financial Times Ltd.
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Maintaining Customer Trust Is Crucial As Mineral Make-Up Products Proliferate

May 27, 2010: 03:21 AM EST
As more and more mineral make-up products arrive in the marketplace – there were 150 product launched in the U.S. alone in 2009 – cosmetics firms need to be sure they are not diluting public trust with inferior products. Datamonitor says, for example, that new products with low mineral content could end up being harming the credibility of the market category. With big companies like L’Oreal and Estée Lauder entering the market, competition is growing intense. Companies need to maintain customer trust by being completely up front about product ingredients and their benefits. Companies successful at building and maintaining customer trust have used tactics like selling mineral make-up products through the QVC shopping channel and infomercials, and by creating a presence on social media sites like Facebook.
Katie Nichol, "Consumer trust vital for mineral make-up brands in competitive market", Cosmetics Design, May 27, 2010, © Decision News Media SAS
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US Data Shows New Food Product Introductions Declined In 2009, Private Label Gains

May 24, 2010: 03:29 AM EST
After a 23% increase in new product introductions for the US between 2006 and 2008, Mintel International Group reported a 20% drop in 2009. The decline in brand new products is driven by SKU reductions on the part of retailers and a decline in new product launches from smaller manufacturers. Notably, while private label launches also fell last year, they did so at a slower rate than those for brands. Mintel highlighted PL’s increasing share of new food products, which has jumped from 16.6% in 2006 to 24.7% in 2009. Lynn Dornblaser, director, CPG Trend Insight, Mintel International Group, points to PL’s growing power: “There's less loyalty to brands, because benefit loyalty is replacing brand loyalty. Consumers want their needs met. If PL can respond, consumers are less likely to go back to brands.”
DAVID ORGEL Editor-in-Chief david.orgel@penton.com , "How Private Label Gains in New Products Contest", Supermarket News, May 24, 2010, © Penton Media, Inc.
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Report Finds Major Cleaning Products, Detergents Contain High Levels Of Carcinogen

May 22, 2010: 04:08 AM EST
Major household cleaning products and detergents processed using the inexpensive ethoxylation technique to make chemical ingredients less harsh end up creating a carcinogen known as 1,4-dioxane. This fact is not known by most consumers because 1,4-dioxane doesn’t need to be mentioned on labels. The Green Patriot Working Group,however, has issued a preliminary lab report on laundry detergents that contain 1,4-dioxane. Two conventional brands did the best: Dreft powdered detergent (P&G, non-detectable) and Sun Burst (Sun Products Corp., ND). The three worst offenders among conventionals were Tide (P&G, 55 parts per million, or ppm), Ivory Snow Gentle (P&G, 31 ppm), and Tide Free (P&G, 29 ppm). The two worst "Natural" brands were: Planet Ultra Liquid laundry detergent (6.1 ppm), and Mrs. Meyers laundry detergent (1.5 ppm). Others had undetectable levels.
Ethan A. Huff, staff writer, "The best, and worst, laundry detergents with 1,4-dioxane contamination", Natural News, May 22, 2010, © Natural News Network
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Survey Finds Keen Interest In Functional Foods Among Organic Devotees

May 18, 2010: 09:11 AM EST
Eight in 10 natural and organic consumers routinely examine food ingredient labels for health and nutrition content and are interested in purchasing functional foods that offer added health, nutrition and dietary benefits, according to a survey conducted by Mambo Sprouts Marketing. Four in ten indicated they were very interested in functional foods. Not surprisingly, natural and organic consumers expressed the most desire for foods with organic ingredients (65 percent) and low sodium grocery items (47 percent) followed by low fat/cholesterol (39 percent) and vegetarian items (31 percent). They also indicated a preference for functional foods with added calcium (44 percent), omega 3 (44 percent), antioxidants (43 percent), probiotics/prebiotics (38 percent), and vitamin D (30 percent).
"Mambo Sprouts Marketing Survey Reveals Organic Consumers Seek Functional Foods", News release, May 18, 2010, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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BPA Present In 92 Percent Of Canned Food, Report Seeks Ban

May 18, 2010: 06:55 AM EST
The Center for Health, Environment & Justice in New York City found that BPA (Bisphenol A) was present in 92% of the canned food products it tested. The report’s authors are seeking a ban on BPA in all food packaging from the FDA, which has maintained BPA’s safety while recently pledging $30 million for further research. While studies have linked BPA to widespread reproductive and developmental harm, representatives for the canned food industry point to the major preventative impact BPA-based packaging has had on the spread of food-borne illnesses. Alternative packaging is being adopted by companies. The General Mills subsidiary, Muir Glen, for example, plans to remove BPA from its canned tomato cans. Still, concerns exist about the health impacts of BPA alternatives.
Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter, "BPA in Cans Poses Health Threat, Report Claims", MSN, May 18, 2010, © HealthDay
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Nestle To Probe Environmental Destruction Claims Against Palm Oil Suppliers

May 17, 2010: 09:05 PM EST
Nestle is to investigate allegations that its palm oil suppliers are involved in environmentally damaging practices. The Swiss-based firm said it will work with the non-profit organization, The Forest Trust, to look for evidence of rainforest and wildlife destruction by its palm oil providers, as Greenpeace alleges. The Forest Trust helps curb illegal logging by tracing consumer products to their source. Nestle, which plans to tap only environment-friendly palm oil sources from 2015, suspended palm oil purchases from Indonesia's Sinar Mas following Greenpeace claims of unsustainable practices. The company buys 320,000 tons of palm oil annually, about 0.7 percent of world production.
"FACTBOX-Nestle, "eco-friendly" palm oil and Kit Kat", Reuters, May 17, 2010, © Thomson Reuters
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USDA: Strong Demand For “Local” Food, Number Of Farmer’s Markets Doubles

May 17, 2010: 07:00 AM EST
A USDA economic research report surveying available literature on local food systems says that direct-to-consumer sales of local food continues to grow, with most small farmers based near metropolitan areas in the Northeast and West Coast. Between 1998 and 2009, the number of local farmer’s markets nearly doubled from 2,756 to 5,274 – supporting available data showing that consumers are willing to pay more for the perceived benefits of locally grown food. However, the USDA reports that there remains no consensus among companies, consumers and local food markets about the definition of the term “local” itself with respect to the geographic distance between production and consumption.
Steve Martinez, Michael Hand, Michelle Da Pra, Susan Pollack, Katherine Ralston, Travis Smith, Stephen Vogel, Shellye Clark, Luanne Lohr, Sarah Low, and Constance Newman , "Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts, and Issues", Economic Research Service, USDA, May 17, 2010, © USDA
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Nestlé Condemns Rainforest Destruction; Pledges 100% Sustainable Palm Oil By 2015

May 17, 2010: 12:41 AM EST
In a press release Nestlé condemned the destruction of the tropical rainforest due to palm oil production, saying that it “views destruction of tropical rainforests and peatlands as one of the most serious environmental issues facing us today.” Nestlé, which is a member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil called for an end to the destruction and is talking with several NGOs to find solutions to this problem. The company has already stopped purchasing from Sinar Mas – which has acknowledged their role in deforestation – and they are also undertaking an audit of Sinar Mas to address the allegations made against them by Greenpeace for their mistakes. Nestle is also partnering with The Forest Trust to define requirements to guide their procurement procedures to help them achieve sustainability.
"Statement on deforestation and palm oil", Nestle, May 17, 2010, © Nestle
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“Green Blushing”: Companies Think Twice About Publicizing Sustainability Initiatives

May 17, 2010: 03:56 AM EST
Growing environmental concern is causing many companies to embark on green initiatives but many are reluctant to publicize their sustainability projects, an unwillingness media has labeled “green blushing” (the opposite of “green washing”). Michael Dunn, director of OgilvyEarth at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide says that these companies prefer to talk about their environmental initiatives once the details are in place, reducing the chance that they will be criticized by green groups. Joe Baladi, CEO of BrandAsian, believes that a company’s sustainability efforts are not closely coordinated with their communications group, hence the failure to publicize worthwhile causes. The key to publicizing these projects, he says, is to make sure that the right message reaches the public in a coordinated manner.
Asiya Bakht , "What are the benefits of hiding environmental initiatives aka ‘green blushing’?", Media.asia, May 17, 2010, © Haymarket Media Limited
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The Prince of Wales Explores Ways to Bring Organic Food to the Masses with Asda

May 8, 2010: 06:35 PM EST
Prince Charles has met with Asda’s chief operating officer to discuss how less well-off shoppers can be convinced to purchase organic food. A spokesman said the Prince is passionate about widening the appeal of organic food and that he is devoted to the idea that it should not be confined to the wealthy. Prince Charles’s organic brand, Duchy Originals, was taken over by Waitrose in 2009 after its profits fell by 80 percent to less than £60,000. Although freed from Duchy Originals the Prince remains motivated: in a recent interview he said "What people don't seem to understand is the hidden costs in environmental damage when pesticides and chemicals are used. And if more people converted to organic systems then the prices would come down."
Richard Eden, "Prince of Wales shops at Asda for organic bargains", Telegraph, UK, May 08, 2010, © Telegraph Media Group Limited
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Organic Farm In UAE Shows What Can Be Accomplished In The Desert

April 29, 2010: 11:26 PM EST
Only few farms in the United Arab Emirates produce organic foods such as baby food, fruits, vegetables and breakfast cereals. But that should change soon. The government wants 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) eventually set aside for organic farming. But organic farming in the UAE is not an easy proposition. Nazwa Organic Farm has been around for awhile and was recently certified by the government. It has overcome numerous obstacles, but it still manages to deliver organically grown crops to 170 customers twice a week at reasonable prices. Crops grown without chemicals must be harvested, transported and marketed quickly or they will spoil in the hot and humid UAE climate. The farm uses 50,000 gallons of well water a day, and spends $6,800 a month on electricity for its giant air-conditioned greenhouses.
Nadeem Hanif, "Organic at its best: Green and clean", Gulf News, April 29, 2010, © Al Nisr Publishing LLC
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EFSA Continues Scrutiny Of EU Health Product Claims

April 29, 2010: 10:15 PM EST
Major changes in EU laws and regulations have affected the food industry, and more are on the way, according to a Euromonitor International briefing. The process began with “extremely protracted” new rules on nutrition and health claims and fortification in 2007. New organic legislation followed in 2009. The next several years will see an overhaul of general food labeling legislation that will have a significant impact on all food manufacturers. The European Food Standards Authority in October 2009 rejected more than two thirds of generic health claims submitted under the regulation. The biggest surprise was the rejection of 170 clinically-studied probiotic strains because they were not sufficiently characterized. Next on the EFSA’s agenda are long overdue nutrient profiles and a website listing of approved and rejected health claims.
Ewa Hudson, Head of Health & Wellness Research, Euromonitor International, "EFSA Dictates New Directions for EU Health Products", Nutraceuticals World, April 29, 2010, © Rodman Publishing
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Companies Need To Make A Healthy Society A Business Priority

April 13, 2010: 08:12 PM EST
Businesses should be paying close attention to the fact that health has emerged as a critical socioeconomic and personal issue that rivals concern for the environment. A recent study of 15,000 people in 11 countries found that protecting the public's health was as important as protecting the environment among nearly three-fourths of respondents. Scientific and technological breakthroughs have made it easier to protect and improve the nation’s health, but threats – aging, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, poor management of chronic diseases, bad behavioral choices – continue to reduce the quality of life, endanger economic development and put pressure on the sustainability of the planet. Some companies like General Electric have already begun to make health part of a “holistic strategy” that joins business outcomes with the common good.
Nancy Turett, "Health Is The Next Green For Business", Forbes.com, April 13, 2010, © Forbes.com LLC™
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Puma To Shift From Cardboard To Eco-Friendly Packaging For Its Sneakers

April 13, 2010: 03:00 AM EST
Puma, the third largest sporting goods supplier after Nike and Adidas, is to stop using shoe boxes for its sneakers in 2011. Instead, Puma will use “cardboard frames wrapped in reusable shoe bags” that will reduce its carbon-footprint and save 8,500 tonnes of paper. It will also save about 60 percent of the water and energy used in the production and transport of the new eco-friendly packaging. Though the company does not expect to incur savings with the new packaging, it argues it should take a lead as a responsible company that cares for the planet and hopes that other retail companies will follow suit.
"Puma saying goodbye to shoe boxes ", Reuters, April 13, 2010, © Thomson Reuters
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FDA Reviewing Triclosan For Possible Harmful Impact On Humans

April 8, 2010: 03:14 AM EST
In light of recent animal studies of triclosan and consumer concerns the US FDA indicated it is reviewing available scientific evidence on the ingredient’s safety. Animal studies show triclosan can disrupt hormonal activities while bacteria studies suggest it can help make bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies triclosan as pesticide, yet at this point there are no data that showing that triclosan is harmful for humans and some studies show it can have beneficial effects. The ingredient is used in a range of popular products, including in Procter & Gamble's Old Spice and Gillette’s shaving creams, Henkel AG's Dial soap products and Colgate-Palmolive's toothpaste.
"Triclosan: What consumers should know ", U.S. Food and Drug Administration, April 08, 2010, © U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Unilever Takes Tough Stance With Palm Oil Producer, PT Smart

April 7, 2010: 01:45 AM EST
The world’s largest palm oil buyer Unilever, will only resume purchasing palm oil from PT Smart, a Sinar Mas subsidiary, if the company is cleared after an investigation over allegations of illegal practices, or shows it has taken steps to ensure it is a sustainable provider. According to a Greenpeace report, Sinar Mas, Indonesia’s top producer of palm oil, is responsible for “widespread deforestation and peatland clearance” which contributes to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the devastation of rain forests. This led Unilever to cancel their $32 million yearly contract with Sinar Mas. Unilever and PT Smart together appointed two independent auditors, Control Union Certification and British Standard institute, to investigate validity of the environmental allegations. Nestlé, another palm oil buyer, has stopped buying from Sinar Mas while Cargill, a large agribusiness company, is threatening to remove the company from their supplier list due to the allegations.
Yayat Supriatna , "Unilever to resume buying CPO if Sinar Mas cleared", Reuters, April 07, 2010, © Thomson Reuters
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Consumer Group Urges FDA To Act On “Slack Fill”

April 5, 2010: 05:50 AM EST
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPSI), a US nutrition and food consumer group, is calling for the Food and Drug Administration to stop food companies selling food packages that contain a large proportion of air, a practice known as “slack fill”. Federal rules already exist to restrict slack fill to situations where air in the package is unavoidable – through settlement or to help protect the contents – but the CPSI believes that manufacturers are using it as a trick to make consumers think they are getting more for their money. The watchdog also argues that slack fill has an environmental cost, unnecessarily taking up space in shipping containers and trucks.
"CSPI Calls on FDA, State Attorneys General to Crack Down on “Slack Fill”", Center for Science in the Public Interest, April 05, 2010, © Center for Science in the Public Interest
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Organic Food Market In India Withstands Inflation And Recession

April 2, 2010: 10:52 PM EST
Organic food in India looks to have managed continuous growth last year despite the economic recession, price inflation and the fact that that it is priced up to 80% higher than regular food products. Organic retailers in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad disclosed a growth of more than 20% while a chain of organic food establishments in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Dehradun did not report any slowdown. Also in Chennai, another organic store continues to serve a hundred customers daily. Organic food accounts for less than 5% of India’s food market and is typically purchased by wealthier consumers that can still afford to pay a premium, largely shielding the market.
Swati Anand, "Inflation no worry for organic food", Times of India, April 02, 2010, © Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
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UK Policymakers Take Note: Organic Business Is On The Mend

April 1, 2010: 04:21 AM EST
According to a report by the UK’s Soil Association, organic business, like all other business, has felt the recession’s negative impact. But there is cause for optimism. Overall, organic sales may have dropped 13 percent, but organic milk and baby food sales defied the trend, posting increases of one percent and 20.8 percent respectively. Organic health and beauty product sales soared by 33 percent to $55 million. Organic farmland increased by nine percent over 2008. Organic sales show a possibility of “modest growth” (two to five percent) this year. But more work needs to be done. In particular, lawmakers need to be reminded of the environmental benefits of organic farming: converting all UK farmland to organic production would have the same environmental impact as taking a million cars off the road.
"Organic Market Report 2010", Soil Association, April 01, 2010, © Soil Association
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US EPA Adds BPA To Chemical Concern List, Possible Impact On Food Packaging

March 28, 2010: 11:36 PM EST
US-based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will investigate the potential harmful effects of chemical bisphenol A (BPA) on human health and the environment. BPA, widely used in the manufacture of consumer and industrial products, is believed to have adverse effects on animal reproduction and development as well as the endocrine system. The US Food and Drug Administration previously raised concerns about BPA’s potential impacts, adding it would look at ways to cut BPA exposure in food packaging. EPA will investigate BPA’s effect on water supply and on growth, reproduction, and development of aquatic organisms and wildlife. EPA will also include BPA in its chemical concern list. EPA is authorized under the Toxic Substances Control Act to list chemicals that may present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.
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Italian Chocolate Maker ICAM Expands Private Label Manufacturing Business In N. America

March 23, 2010: 10:30 PM EST
With U.S. consumers now “very sensitive to chocolate product quality,” ICAM (Lecco, Italy) hopes to boost its North American private label chocolate making business with a Los Angeles sales office operating under the Agostini Chocolate brand. The U.S. sales team will offer North American retailers and consumer brand companies an array of different stock and custom choices for developing premium chocolate products. Noting that American retailers are selling a lot of premium organically-produced chocolates from ”unique cocoa origins,” ICAM believes its high quality, organic, chocolate products produced from single origin and Fair Trade cocoa beans will flourish. The Agostini factory, which produced almost 7,000 tons of private label products in 2009, has strong Equal Partner relationships with key cocoa producing countries Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
"Agostoni Private Label Chocolate Now in U.S.", Natural Products Marketplace, March 23, 2010, © Virgo Publishing, LLC
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USAID And Coca-Cola Extend Partnership To Tackle Global Water Issues

March 22, 2010: 04:30 AM EST
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Coca-Cola have added another $12.7 million to their joint investment in the Water and Development Alliance (WADA), an organization devoted to solving global water problems. WADA will use the new funding to help maintain eight new multi-year programs battling water-related challenges throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The additional money invested – the total is now $28.1 million since 2005 – WADA now supports 32 projects in 22 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, according to the two organizations, which noted that more than a billion people worldwide lack safe drinking water and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation.
"THE COCA-COLA COMPANY AND USAID EXPAND GLOBAL WATER PARTNERSHIP", PR Newswire, March 22, 2010, © PR Newswire
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Emerging Nutricosmetics Industry Moving Forward With Superfruit-Based Skin Care Formulas

March 22, 2010: 04:07 AM EST
The successful use of so-called superfruits in natural products has caught the attention of the personal care and beauty industries, where the phenomenon is known as “nutricosmetics” or “beauty from within.” Anti-aging and beauty products that are ingested rather than topically applied increasingly include superfruit-derived ingredients, whose benefits are supported by scientific research. One company, for example (derma e), is using formulas based on: pomegranates to help prevent wrinkling and reduce free radical damage; grape seed oils to improve sun-aged skin; and cranberry oils to fight free radicals and hydrate skin. An industry executive cautioned, however, that companies need to hold superfruit-based products to the same high quality standards as other personal care products: including “sustainable harvesting, identifiable and researched phytochemical profile testing, and quality assurance compliance.”
Alissa Marrapodi , "Beauty Fruits—Superfruits for Skin Care", Inside Cosmeceuticals, March 22, 2010, © Virgo Publishing, LLC
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Natural & Organic Products Europe Show Set For April 11-12

March 22, 2010: 03:15 AM EST
More than 500 European manufacturers and suppliers of functional foods will be showcasing new products, brand improvements, and redesigned packaging at the Natural & Organic Products Europe show from April 11-12 at London’s Olympia. According to show organizers, a wide variety of innovative natural and organic products will be featured during the free two-day event. Among the expected highlights: a new concentrated organic beetroot stamina shot from James White Drinks; a homegrown, all natural chewing gum made with Black Mitcham peppermint from Peppersmith; artichoke tea from Natur Boutique; new organic and natural snacks from Infinity Foods; and Glee Gum, an all-natural, gluten-free chewing gum from Natural & Organic Products Europe. Registration information can be found at www.naturalproducts.co.
"Functional Foods - Trade show highlights at Natural & Organic Products Europe 2010", CisionWire, March 22, 2010, © Cision
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Current Nutrition Issues Present Opportunities – And Threats – To The Dairy Industry

March 19, 2010: 01:37 AM EST
The dairy industry could benefit significantly from – or be harmed by – today’s food and nutrition trends. It is critical to “educate” the public and health professionals about the health benefits of dairy in each instance, according to a dairy industry group. Some connections to health are easier to draw. On the issue of obesity, dairy is well-positioned because of low-fat milk. Likewise, dairy stands to benefit from research that is recasting the negative image of saturated fats, and examining the satiety-inducing effects of dairy-based protein, such as whey. But there are more ominous threats to the industry: efforts to trim sodium, fat and sugar content, or restrict their intake by school children; expansion of vitamin D fortification to other foods; and efforts to encourage increased consumption of plant-derived nutrients.
"Food and Nutrition Issues Likely to Impact the Dairy Industry in the Next 1 to 3 Years", American Dairy Products Institute, March 19, 2010, © American Dairy Products Institute
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Determined Organic Food Marketers Face Uphill Battle Overcoming Chinese Skepticism

March 18, 2010: 10:55 PM EST
Though taking different approaches to the problem, home-grown Chinese organic food entrepreneurs and big grocery chains are battling the same tough obstacle in the huge Chinese food market: skepticism about the price and authenticity of organics. France's Carrefour strategy is to spend money educating shoppers on health benefits, while Beijing Organic and Beyond Corp. is earning trust “one customer at a time” with quality products. But it’s a tough sell. Prospective customers haven’t forgotten recent news of milk tainted with melamine or toxic cowpeas. Organic food labels are often confusing to consumers (“non-polluting food,” “green food,” etc.). And the premium prices are frequently prohibitive: middle-income Chinese shoppers intrigued by the health benefits of organics still balk at prices three to five times higher than non-organic choices.
Niu Shuping and Tom Miles, "Organic food sales a tough slog in China", Reuters, March 18, 2010, © Thomson Reuters
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Natural Products Industry Needs To Toughen Its Standards For Use Of “Natural” Label

March 19, 2010: 04:30 AM EST
The term “natural” – which unlike “organic” is not strictly defined by any federal or state agency – is being applied to so many questionable products that consumers should ignore it, says green advocate Dianne MacEachern. A voluntary standard developed by the natural products industry is a “step in the right direction,” she says, but it doesn’t go far enough. The Natural Products Association (NPA) standard says naturals cannot contain phthalates and formaldehyde or synthetic colors and flavors, nor can they be processed with harsh or toxic chemicals. But there are key problems: the standard is voluntary, it ignores a product’s life cycle, and was developed without input from consumers or independent scientists. Besides fixing those problems, a tougher NPA standard should ban antibacterials and be popularized via the media, MacEachern advises.
Diane MacEachern, "The Problems with 'Natural' Products -- and How to Fix Them", GreenBiz.com, March 19, 2010, © Greener World Media - GreenBiz.com®
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Solazyme Puts Algae To Work In Fuel Oil, Nutritional Ingredients, Cosmetics Markets

March 18, 2010: 04:41 AM EST
About 200 companies are trying to profit from the fact that algae can produce oil from sunlight and carbon dioxide, but one firm seems to be far ahead of the pack. Well-financed privately-held Solazyme is also well-diversified – thanks to genetic engineering and a tank-based production technology – delivering a wide array of algae-derived products in large volumes for three market segments: fuel oils, nutritional ingredients and cosmetics/nutraceuticals. The U.S. Navy is a major fuel customer. Food supplement makers are buying its protein-rich microalgae powder. Unilever has agreed to incorporate its algal oil in personal care products. Biofuels experts see a bright future for the company because, in an era of increasing environmental and foreign oil supply concerns, Solazyme’s fuels are U.S.-sourced and boast a carbon footprint better than diesel or gasoline.
Marc Gunther, "Fuel, Vitamins, Soap Help Solazyme Algae Stand out from Pond Scum", GreenBiz.com, March 18, 2010, © Greener World Media - GreenBiz.com®
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