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Demand for organic products is increasing, with the latest data from the Organic Trade Association showing that US retail sales of organic products rose 11.5% to $35.1bn in 2013. But can the meteoric growth continue, and will supply match demand?

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GMOs, limited technology, dwindling farmers threaten organic growth, Sen. Tester says

The organic industry must overcome substantial hurdles to sustain its double digit sales growth, including the threat posed by genetically modified organisms, limited technological advancements and a dwindling farming population,...

organic and non-gmo trends

Rise in organic imports signals opportunity for U.S. farmers, OTA says

Sharp increases in imported organic soy beans and corn to the U.S. in 2014 to feed the expanding organic dairy, poultry and livestock sectors is a “‘help wanted’ message for...

New products gallery: Califia Farms unveils almond milk Horchatas, Yoplait to launch Plenti, and Daiya Foods introduces dairy free cheesecake

From dairy-free cheesecakes from Daiya Foods to almond milk horchatas from Califia Farms, more cold-pressed innovation from Evolution Fresh and fresh breath chews from Hershey, this month’s gallery is packed...

organic and non-gmo trends

Organic food sales grow 11% in 2014 with politically, geographically diverse shoppers

Organic is outgrowing its moniker as a specialty category thanks to a double digit increase in sales last year by consumers nationwide of all political leanings and ethnic backgrounds, according...

What are the top 10 challenger brands in US food retail?

It’s no secret that smaller, emerging brands are winning the battle for consumers’ hearts, minds and wallets from larger, established players in the US food and beverage industry, but which...

US organic food sales rose 11% to $35.9bn in 2014

Wild Oats organic products are now sold in 3,800 Walmart stores

Around 3,800 Walmart stores now carry at least 30 Wild Oats organic products, while 2,200 stores carry more than 70 items, says the retailer, which says customers are saving up...

Is ALDI the ‘most underestimated grocery retailer in the US?'

While Trader Joe’s gets plenty of plaudits, its German parent company ALDI – which operates nearly 1,400 stores in 32 US states - is probably “the most underestimated grocery retailer”...

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From chickpea pasta and banana flour to barrel-aged tea

From the purveyors of banana flour to chickpea pasta, barrel-aged tea, chilled nutrition bars, gourmet oatmeal and upmarket cottage cheese, here's FoodNavigator-USA's latest pick of entrepreneurs to watch in the...

US specialty food market surges 10.3% to $109.5bn in 2014; new buzzwords include grass-fed, fermented, pickled

US sales of specialty foods blasted through the $100bn barrier in 2014, with retail ($85.5bn) and foodservice sales ($24bn) combined hitting $109.5bn, up 10.3% on 2013 sales of $99.3bn, according...

Love With Food subscription snack box helps brands sample products efficiently

Subscription snack box company Love With Food helps natural snack manufacturers drive brand awareness and sales by sampling their products directly to consumers’ doors for a fraction of the cost...

Web portal gathers organic producers, purveyors and consumers under one umbrella

Choice in the modern food system is something of a two edged sword. More options are available now than ever, but this abundance can also create more stress for consumers...

Bar maker-turned co-packer BumbleBar furthers organic mission

Long before “gluten-free,” “sustainable” and “organic” held the marketing sway they do now, Liz Ward wanted to channel her passion for organic agriculture and social justice into a naturally nutritionally dense food product by...

An organic check off campaign could bring more farmers into the fold, clarify claims, OTA says

Demand for organic in the U.S. is soaring with more than 80% of families buying some organic products, pushing sales up to an expected $40 billion last year, according to...

Rabobank on top natural food trends at Expo West: Ginger and turmeric are in, kale is so last year

Ginger, turmeric and sprouted grains are hot, while kale and Greek yogurt are cooling off, according to  trend watchers at Rabobank International who walked the floor at the 2015 Natural...

NPA lobbies legislators to protect definition of organic to include non-GMO

Consumer confusion about organic verses non-GMO claims abounds, and the Natural Product Association wants to set the record straight with a new lobbying effort. 

Bread is back! Dave's Killer Bread takes on the carb-bashers at Expo West

While retail sales of packaged bread have been pretty sluggish in recent years, one company that’s bucking the trend is Oregon-based Dave’s Killer Bread.

IN PICTURES: From WTRMLN WTR to Temple Turmeric, beverage trendwatching at Expo West

From watermelon juice with a dash of lemon; to artichoke water with ginger; maple water; coconut smoothies; caffeine water; protein-packed dairy and non-dairy beverages; and a new wave of turmeric-laced...

Disrupt or die: Big Food is at a crossroads, says Hartman Strategy

While ‘legacy’ food and beverage brands are laser focused on price, promotion and placement, no amount of financial clout or merchandising wizardry can mask the fact that smaller, sexier, more...

Vegan, paleo, grass-fed, pasture-raised, ancient grains, and allergen friendly claims are gaining

From grass-fed to Paleo: What are the hottest trends in the natural food and beverages market?

According to Chicago-based market research firm SPINS, US retail (dollar) sales of foods & beverages rose 1.7% in 2014, while unit sales declined by 0.4%. By contrast, sales of natural...

'We lack a clear positioning; the shopping experience hasn’t matched what our guests expect'

Target unveils bold new food strategy: ‘Shoppers want us to inspire them with unique and differentiated products’

Some details about Target's food 'reinvention' plan emerged during its Q4 earnings call last week, but more flesh was put on the bones this week as bosses outlined plans to...

GUEST ARTICLE

GUEST ARTICLE: Investing in our future: Why the time is right for an organic check-off

As organic pioneers recognized more than twenty years ago, there is something keenly satisfying about controlling your destiny.

Growth in organic, raw, non-GMO and allergy-free products is outpacing rest of business

Sprouts Farmers Market CEO on online delivery: We haven’t found a model that works for us … yet

Sprouts Farmers Market is exploring online delivery options, but hasn’t found a model that works, yet, chief financial officer Amin Maredia said this week.

Tessemae’s All Natural charts its own course in crowded condiment category

The founder of Tessemae’s All Natural, the maker of the No. 1 refrigerated salad dressing at Whole Foods and Safeway, originally took the road most traveled, but when that did...

Failing to label GMOs threatens food manufacturers’ relevance, consumer trust

As more consumers avoid genetically modified organisms, manufacturers that fail to label whether their products contain GMOs are at an increased risk of losing consumer trust and relevance, according to...

Door to Door Organics eyes $500m prize as Millennials integrate online grocery shopping into their lifestyles

You can make money out of online grocery shopping if you have a scalable business model, a targeted range of high quality fresh foods, and the tools to help you...