The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced $19m in funding for organic agricultural research across the country as part of a drive toward a more sustainable supply of organic ingredients.
Recession not driving ethical spending underground
Tighter purses are not turning consumers away from ethical shopping with interest in all things sustainable or humane thriving despite the recession, according to market researcher, Packaged Facts.
USDA report examines organic sector’s ‘revamped marketing’
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has compiled a report on the marketing of organic food, which it says aims to respond to a dearth of information on the fast-changing sector.
New association urges industry to profit from ecological thinking
The food industry can clean up its image, benefit the environment, and become more profitable while doing so, says the founder of a new trade association, the Ecological Food Manufacturers Association (EFMA).
‘EcoSocial’ organic certification arrives in the US
Organic ingredients supplier Global Organics has introduced ‘EcoSocial’ certified organic cane sugar to North America – a certification that aims to incorporate environmental, social and economic criteria.
Education key to GM and irradiation acceptance: Report
Negative consumer attitudes towards biotechnology (GMOs) and irradiation could be improved through communication and education, a new report has concluded.
Organic foods are now ‘mainstream’, says USDA
Organic food has entered the mainstream with strong growth in all sectors over the past decade, including packaged and prepared foods and beverages, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
US shoppers choose local over organic
US consumers are far more likely to regularly buy locally grown fresh produce than organic, even at the same price, new research has discovered.
Consumers stay loyal to organic food
US shoppers are staying loyal to organic food even though the majority admit to having changed their cooking and eating habits because of the state of the economy.
Aurora Organic Dairy denies further allegations of malpractice
Aurora Organic Dairy has denied accusations by small-scale farm campaigning organization the Cornucopia Institute accusing it of selling milk that does not adhere to organic standards.
National Organic Program to undergo independent audit
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ordered an independent audit of its National Organic Program (NOP) to boost transparency and integrity, and bring it in line with international standards.
More room for growth in fragmented kids’ organic sector
The market for organic kids’ snacks and baby food presents a growing opportunity for smaller food manufacturers, says a new report, although larger brands might do better to steer clear.
Premium consumers still drawn to natural, organic foods
Wealthy consumers who have taken a hit in the recession are more likely to buy natural, organic and ethical foods than those who have been unaffected, claims a new report on psychographic responses to financial setback.
Aging population could boost sales of healthy foods
Foods that are perceived to bring added health benefits are forecast to be among the fastest growing market trends over the next decade, according to a new report from the NPD Group.
US consumers think natural is greener than organic, says survey
American consumers believe that a ‘natural’ label claim is a better indicator of an eco-friendly product than ‘organic’, according to a new survey from advertising firm the Shelton Group.