Organic Certification

Organic industry fights back against USDA delay of animal welfare rule

Organic industry fights back against USDA delay of animal welfare rule

By Elizabeth Crawford

Against the vast majority of stakeholders’ wishes, the US Department of Agriculture once again is delaying the widely supported Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices because the department believes the final rule oversteps Congress’ mandate ‘for the...

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

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

By Elizabeth Crawford

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 committee’s vote on the issue Thursday.

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

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast

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

By Elizabeth Crawford

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 have added health benefits.

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Summer Fancy Food Show

Sheila G’s overcomes challenges to launch organic Brownie Brittle

By Elizabeth Crawford

Sheila G’s retains its “edge on brownies” and its competition with the launch of an organic Brownie Brittle line that launched this year despite initial formulation challenges and tighter product margins, according to the company’s founder and CEO Sheila...

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OTA hopes to “turn the corner” on organic supply shortages in 2016

By Elizabeth Crawford

The Organic Trade Association in 2016 will push forward several initiatives to help industry “turn the corner” on the supply shortages currently holding it back from meeting surging demand for organic products, the group’s CEO Laura Batcha says. 

Who buys organic and where is evolving

Organic & Non-GMO Trends

Who buys organic and where they buy it is evolving

By Elizabeth Crawford

The face of the organic shopper is changing slowly to reflect more accurately the American population thanks in part to increased distribution, according to a new study by the Organic Trade Association. 

Local claims are rising star as sun sets on organic claims

Local claims are rising star as sun sets on organic claims

By Elizabeth Crawford

New consumers continue to enter the organic category for the first time, but the health halo cast by the US Department of Agriculture’s certification is dimming as it becomes more mainstream and as shoppers’ interpretation of the standard evolves. 

OTA: organic certification enough for non-GMO claims

OTA: organic certification enough for non-GMO claims

By Maggie Hennessy

The Organic Trade Association says that third-party certification under the USDA National Organic Program is sufficient for non-GMO label claims, calling organic production is the optimal solution to US agriculture, according to a statement from its board...

Prop 37 designed to be ‘business friendly’, says Right To Know

Prop 37 designed to be ‘business friendly’, says Right To Know campaign

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

If passed into law, California’s Prop 37 would not guarantee that unlabeled foods were free from GMOs, just that genetically modified organisms were not intentionally included – a provision designed to be ‘business friendly’, according to the organization...

Organic Trade Association, Organic Standards Protection Act

OTA welcomes proposal for stricter organic program controls

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has welcomed the introduction of legislation that would tighten controls on organic certification, saying that it would protect the integrity of the USDA’s National Organic Program seal.

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