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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?

Demographics don't provide easy answers to GMO debate, says Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center: The GMO debate is hugely polarizing, but the divide ‘does not fall along familiar political fault lines’

Think anti-GMO sentiment is primarily the preserve of white college educated liberals? Think again, says Pew Research Center, which has just conducted a consumer survey suggesting that attitudes on GMOs,...

Pure Growth Organic seeks to make organic accessible & acceptable to children

Rightly or wrongly, organic snacks often are stereotyped as “esoteric” products that sacrifice flavor and fun for nutrition and are “hard on the wallet” compared to their conventional counterparts, according...

NOSB’s vote to delist carrageenan viewed as ‘dangerous precedent,’ restrictive

The National Organic Review Board’s decision Thursday to remove carrageenan from the list of allowable non-organic ingredients in organic products will limit consumers’ organic options, result in inferior products and...

Non-GMO seal for Taiyo’s matcha boosts transparency for multifunctional ingredient

Taiyo’s Non-GMO certification for its Matcha Powder is a sign of the growing influence of this attribute, even for ingredient categories that have never been subject to genetic modification. ...

Pros & cons of carrageenan weighed at NOSB ahead of vote to delist it

Advocates for and against allowing organic products to continue using the non-organic thickener carrageenan argued their cases in front of the National Organic Standards Board Wednesday ahead of the advisory...

NOSB debates organic status of carrageenan, tocopherols, marine algae, hydroponics

Organic industry stakeholders from across the nation are gathered in St. Louis today for what promises to be a highly contentious three-day meeting during which the National Organic Standards Board...

Upcoming vote on organic certification of hydroponics stokes emotions, has far-reaching impact

Mere weeks before the National Organic Standards Board is expected to vote on a recommendation to allow hydroponically grown food to qualify as organic, the Cornucopia Institute filed a formal...

Packaging & product innovations from Nasoya make tofu more convenient

Tofu is gaining acceptance as a center-of-the-plate protein beyond vegetarians and vegans thanks in part to the growing focus on plant-based diets as well as new packaging and product innovations...

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Nomva expands west coast distribution, unveils new packaging

Probiotic-fueled organic fruit & veggie snack brand Nomva has just picked up distribution in close to 175 Target stores, 200 Ralph’s stores and 150 Sprouts stores on the West Coast,...

Living Intentions’ new packaging communicates values, moves away from “raw” & expands into popcorn

Breakfast and snack food maker Living Intentions is overhauling its packaging and streamlining its portfolio to help products better “pop” from the shelf and more effectively communicate its “roots” in...

The growing demand for free-from foods offers Hispanic food, beverage new growth avenue

The Hispanic food and beverage market in the US is growing steadily along with the Latino-American population, but manufacturers can speed its growth and expand the appeal of their products...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How ugly produce can help companies cut costs & generate sales

Most Americans are trained from a very young age to believe that beautiful is better – even when it comes to food – but as most people also know, this...

Pea protein specialist branches out into whole pulse powders

World Food Processing is branching out from pea protein to offering a line of whole pulse ingredients aimed at helping food manufacturers achieve fortification targets.

We've just got into 1,700 Walmart stores with paleo, organic and gluten free meals

Beetnik CEO: ‘I’m a chef. If someone doesn’t like my product, I take it super-personally’

Most successful entrepreneurs combine limitless self-belief and a thick skin, says Beetnik Foods founder David Perkins, but they’re also human: “As a chef, I know everyone’s tastes differ, but this...

Expo East

Evolution Fresh blends coconut milk with juice to reduce sugar in new Organic Superfoods line

Cold-pressed, HPP juice-maker Evolution Fresh’s upcoming spring launch of Organic Superfood Juices promises to “support a wide range of consumers in their wellness goals,” including cutting back on sugar, which...

Rebranding as Soul Sprout gives former Two Moms in the Raw broader appeal, scientific grounding

Veteran snack-maker Two Moms in the Raw expands its portfolio of organic plant-based products after rebranding as Soul Sprout to appeal to more consumers and better communicate the added-value of...

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: 5 trends driving growth in natural & organic

As US consumers embrace a healthier lifestyle focused on prevention rather than treatment, they increasingly are turning to the natural and organic channel for products that are clean, natural and...

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Nature’s Path acquires controlling stake in raw snack maker Gorilly Goods

Canadian organic cereal and snacks maker Nature’s Path has acquired a 51% stake in raw snack firm Gorilly Goods for an undisclosed sum.

From grain-free to grass-fed: What is driving growth in natural, organic and specialty foods?

With Expo East around the corner, food investment specialists Whipstitch Capital and Silverwood Partners have both released reports exploring the growth drivers in natural, organic and specialty foods. Checkout our...

TSG Consumer Partners: Many of the big CPG companies are effectively outsourcing innovation

While buying or investing in a flurry of smaller, sexier brands may not have a meaningful impact on their P&L for 5-10 years, it's the only way many big food...

What does health & wellness mean to consumers? Nielsen conducts global survey

US consumers increasingly see non-GMO, natural, organic and clean label claims as a proxy for ‘healthy’ or ‘healthier,’ says Nielsen in a new report* examining how consumers around the globe...

Vinegar sales in US climb on health benefits, bold flavor & versatility

Sales of vinegar, a long-time and often-overlooked pantry staple, are skyrocketing as consumers increasingly embrace it as a clean, functional ingredient that offers health benefits, sought-after flavor variety and versatility,...

Hip Chick Farms overcomes terrible odds to secure $2M to fund fast-paced growth

After pitching potential investors for “two years solid,” all the hard work of the co-founders of Hip Chick Farms finally paid off – literally – to the tune of $2...

Grocery sales in Target's LA25 test stores are 2-3% higher, reveals CEO

Target has seen meaningful uplifts in grocery sales in ‘LA25’ stores where it is testing new merchandising concepts, but has had a challenging quarter owing to deflationary pressures, chairman and CEO...

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Steaz sold to 'privately-held strategic buyer' for undisclosed sum

Organic ready-to-drink (RTD) tea brand Steaz (The Healthy Beverage Company) has been sold to a “privately-held strategic buyer” for an undisclosed sum in a deal CEO Linda Barron said would...

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