Food technologists ‘under attack’, says former IFT chief
Food technology is a profession under attack – and both industry and government need to invest to ensure its future, says former IFT president Dr John Floros.
US and Canada agree on organic equivalency
The US and Canada have come to an agreement on organic equivalency standards, expanding organic trade opportunities, US Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced on Wednesday.
Organic sector increasingly dependent on imports: USDA
The US organic sector has become increasingly dependent on imported ingredients as a supply squeeze continues to limit the sector’s growth, according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture.
Stevia’s organic potential is not limited, claims PureCircle
Major Reb A supplier PureCircle has disputed recent suggestions that stevia’s potential for use in organic foods could be limited, although it agrees that certification poses problems.
US organics buck recessionary trend
US sales of organic food have surged despite dire predictions for its resilience as consumers look for ways to cut spending, according to a new survey on American organics.
USDA puts organics in the spotlight
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the US Department of Agriculture will conduct its first ever large-scale survey of organic farming in the US this spring.
Reb A could face organic market challenges
The potential of stevia-derived sweeteners for use in organic foods could be limited because of the plant’s diversified cultivation and Reb A’s processed nature, according to Euromonitor International.
US and Canada to agree on organic equivalency by summer
The US and Canada have agreed to finalize negotiations on organic equivalency standards between the countries by this summer, according to the Organic Trade Association.
“If you don’t plan to plant a garden in Lake Wobegon in the spring, it means you plan to be planted yourself.”
Judge upholds almond pasteurization law
A federal judge has rejected challenges to a law requiring mandatory pasteurization of almonds to reduce risk of salmonella contamination.
Organic growth freezes but will thaw, says Mintel
The number of consumers buying environmentally friendly products has slowed with the economy but is still expected to increase over the next five years, according to new research from Mintel.
SAFC adds certified organics to range
SAFC Supply Solutions has launched its first ever certified organic raw materials for use in food flavors, in response to demand from flavor houses.
Recession is rebalancing organic supply-demand
The price of organic food ingredients is expected to fall in 2009, as the recession reduces demand for organics back in line with available supply, according to predictions from a specialist organic research firm.
Organic still not mainstream
Organic foods are yet to gain mainstream acceptance by US consumers according to a new study by a marketing research and consulting firm in the consumer products industry.
Obama nominates next US secretary of agriculture
President-Elect Barack Obama has nominated the former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack to be the 30th Secretary of Agriculture.