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Earth Fare’s ‘live longer’ message connects with US consumers

In 2017 US health and wellness retailer Earth Fare launched a new promotion with the strapline ‘Live longer with Earth Fare’. As value propositions go it’s a pretty bold one. And it seems to have connected well with US consumers. This month, the Asheville, North Carolina-based retailers will open its 47th store, in Viera, Florida.

Growing NPD and wider availability boost global organic milk market

A new report from Technavio forecasts that the global organic milk market to grow at a CAGR close to 5% over the the period 2019-2023

7 sustainable food trends to watch out for in 2019

This year is expected to be an important one for the sustainable food industry. Specialist consultancy Ecovia Intelligence has compiled this handy summary of seven sustainable food trends we can expect to see coming through in 2019. 

UK overtakes Germany as vegan NPD world leader

New data from Mintel reveals the UK has overtaken Germany as world leader in vegan food launches. 

Detox term ‘misuse’ prompts name change at Pukka

UK-based organic herbal wellbeing company Pukka Herbs has relaunched its popular Detox tea under a new name – Feel New.

US GMO labelling law: A troubling tale of smiley faces, glaring omissions and bio-washing

The Organic Trade Association says it is “deeply disappointed” in the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final GMO labelling law, which was announced at the end of December.

Tall order: Emirates Airlines commissions $40m ‘better than organic’ vertical farm

Emirates Airlines has commissioned a US$40 million vertical farm to provide its passengers with fresh, pesticide-free salads and greens. It will be, in the words of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, “better than organic”. Michael Wale has been to Dubai to find out more. 

Unilver adds Vegetarian Butcher to growing plant-based portfolio

Food and personal care multinational Unilever is acquiring Netherlands-based The Vegetarian Butcher. 

Transitional organic certification scheme for US farmers launched

A new transitional certification programme for products from farmers who are in the process of becoming organic has been launched in the US.

Fairness is a core organic principle, IFOAM EU reminds Brussels legislators

Fairness has always been a core principle of organic agriculture, leading European advocacy group IFOAM EU has reminded Brussels legislators ahead of important discussions this month on unfair trading practices (UTPs).

Employee ownership will be ‘force for good’ says Riverford founder

One of the UK’s biggest organic businesses, Riverford Organic Farmers, this week formally passed into employee ownership in a move that its founder, Guy Singh-Watson, says will create a “force for good".

Arla launches organic Baby&Me brand in the UK as part of ‘digital first’ push

European dairy cooperative Arla is aiming to build on success already seen in Denmark and China by extending its Arla Baby & Me Organic brand into the UK market.

Europe’s ‘historic moment’ for food and farming sustainability

Europe has arrived at a ‘historical moment” for food and farming sustainability delegates at the 11th European Organic Congress (5-7 September, Tallinn) heard yesterday.

High users of organic food 25% less likely to get cancer

People who eat organic food are up to 25% less likely to develop cancer, according to a study of nearly 70,000 volunteers. 

Brexit has dented confidence, says UK food and drink body

Confidence among UK food and drink manufacturers has declined, driven by increased input costs, squeezed profit margins and uncertainty over Brexit terms, according to the latest survey from Britain's Food and Drink Federation (FDF).