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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?

Natural vs organic: What’s the difference, and do shoppers care?

How clean is your label, and who decides - plaintiff's attorneys or Whole Foods Market? Are ‘all-natural’ claims still resonating with consumers or are other on-pack cues more important? And...

New trade organization forms with mission to define what 'natural' means

A new trade organization has formed with the mission to define what 'natural' means.  The nascent Organic and Natural Health Alliance (ONHA) plans to go about defining that attribute in...

60-second interview: the day job

What do you do? Gwendolyn Wyard, regulatory director of organic standards and food safety at the Organic Trade Association

In the latest installment of our ongoing What do you do interview series, we talked with the regulatory head of organic standards at industry trade group the Organic Trade Association...

Big Interview: Chris Licata, CEO of Blake's All Natural Foods

‘Natural’ the bright spot in recovering frozen aisle, says Blake’s All Natural boss

The success of the frozen section hinges on the continued trend toward prepared meals with cleaner ingredient decks and accessible price points, says Chris Licata, CEO of natural and organic...

News in brief

KeHE to buy Nature's Best to create natural products distribution powerhouse

Leading natural products distributor KeHE has struck a deal to buy Nature's Best – the largest privately owned wholesaler-distributor of health and natural food products...

One in five consumers mistakenly thinks ‘local’ means ‘organic’: study

The terms “local” and “organic” have become increasingly coveted characteristics for packaged foods and beverage in the North American market, as evidenced by a growing number of marketing campaigns touting...

New products gallery: Gen Mills innovates to keep up with trends, Mamma Chia’s ‘cleaner energy’, CVS makes healthy snacks affordable

FoodNavigator-USA takes you through the latest and greatest in new product launches, from affordable healthy snacks and chia energy drinks to all-purpose stevia and dairy-free desserts. 

US specialty food prize tops $88.3bn in 2013: 'Millennials are talking about specialty stores in the same way that they talk about restaurants'

At $88.3bn in 2013, the size of the US specialty food prize is already mouthwatering, and if current trends continue (sales grew 9.6% in 2012 and 8% in 2013), it...

F&B industry projects strong 2014 sales; nutrition, private label leading the way

The US food and beverage industry anticipates continued sales growth in 2014 on the heels of strong performances the past two years, according to the second annual "US Food &...

Study: ‘Organic’, ‘whole grain’ give unhealthy foods a health halo

Health-related buzzwords such as “heart healthy”, “organic” and “all natural” can lead consumers to rate unhealthy foods as healthy, according to a study of college students at the University of...

Consumers seek out ‘natural’, ‘locally grown’ on product labels: survey

When shopping for food, two-thirds of US consumers look for “locally grown” on labels, while 59% check to see if the products they’re buying are natural, according to a survey...

Non-GMO not necessarily organic, and other GMO myths busted: OTA

With all the attention GMOs have received in recent months—good and bad—confusion in the marketplace has inevitably followed, as consumers scramble to make sense of the pro- and anti-camps’ arguments...

Honest Tea co-founder Seth Goldman on disruptive innovation: We can take the Honest brand beyond the beverages aisle

The Honest brand could extend well beyond the ready-to-drink tea category into a wider array of beverages and even foods, says the co-founder of Honest Tea, which posted a 27%...

Grocery shopping in 2014: diversified and fragmented, says FMI

Not only are today's consumers less likely to rely on a primary store for food shopping, but they're sharing shopping duties and planning for specific meals rather than stocking up...

Functional foods forum participant says the move toward organic is an unstoppable groundswell

Natural and organic is the future of functional food and food in general, according to MetaBrandCEO Eric Schnell.  Schnell is a panelist in an upcoming NutraIngredients-USA online forum title "Trends...

Tony's Fine Foods acquisition solidifies UNFI against increasing competition, CEO says

United Natural Foods Inc. the dominant force in organic and natural food distribution in North America, says its acquisiton of Tony’s Fine Foods will help it stave off competition in...

60-second interview: the day job

What do you do? Blake Waltrip, CEO of Ancient Harvest

In the latest iteration of FoodNavigator-USA’s What do you do interview series, we talk with the boss of organic ancient grain specialist Ancient Harvest about the challenges of long-distance (work)...

Special edition: Organic & non-GMO

One Degree Organic: like CPGs from the farmers’ market

The founders of Canadian bakery products manufacturer One Degree Organic Foods think the current packaged food landscape has distanced consumers far too much from Mother Nature. They’re looking to narrow...

Big Interview: Sarah Pike, CEO & founder of Buen Sabor

Buen Sabor making consumers into 'freezer believers'

The daughter of parents who owned one of the first certified organic farms in Maine, Sarah Pike grew up in a big family for whom the freezer was the preservation...

Voters in rural Oregon ban GMO crops

Residents of a southwestern Oregon county voted emphatically on Tuesday to ban the planting of most genetically engineered crops.

Bolthouse, Plum hot spots in tepid earnings report from Campbell Soup

Recent acquisitions in the natural space—Bolthouse Farms and Plum Organic—were among the bright spots in a disappointing quarterly earnings report for Campbell Soup Company.  The development points to changing sales...

Guest article: Steven Hoffman, managing director, Compass Natural

GUEST ARTICLE: GMOs are not the answer, just because organic isn’t perfect

Pointing out problems and flaws in organic farming and certification is constructive in that they need to be addressed. But using the imperfections of the organic production system to defend why...

Guest article: Mischa Popoff, author, Is it Organic?

GUEST ARTICLE: Phantom menace of GMOs keeps organic industry off target

I worked for five years as a USDA-contract organic inspector after growing up on an organic grain farm in Saskatchewan. I had the pleasure of inspecting over 500 organic farms...

Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

Organic Trade Association: US retail sales of organics grew 11.5% to $35.1bn in 2013

US retail sales of organic products grew 11.5% to $35.1bn in 2013, the strongest growth the industry has seen in five years, according to new data from the Organic Trade Association (OTA),...

Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

Quinn Popcorn founder: You have to be an idealist if you’re going to change the food industry

Microwave popcorn was a childhood favorite snack of Kristy Lewis; though her nostalgia turned to disillusionment when as an adult she learned that the chemical-, hydrogenated oil-laden formula hadn’t evolved...

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