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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.

Unilver adds Vegetarian Butcher to growing plant-based portfolio

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

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. 

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.

Need I say More?

Holland & Barrett CEO Peter Aldis talks here with NPN’s Jim Manson about the retailer’s new flagship More store at Marble Arch and how it plans to become a £1 billion business by 2020

Cocoa farmer emphasizes need for industry to work in partnership with growers

Fairtrade cocoa farmer Fortin Bley from the Ivory Coast addressed delegates at the London Chocolate Forum on 7 October, warning that unless the international cocoa industry does more to involve farmers, it will risk losing a generation of cocoa growers.

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).

Germany overtakes the US to be world’s leading vegan innovator

New research by analyst Mintel reveals that Germany was the leading market for vegan food and drink product launch activity in 2016.

‘Humane milk myth’ ad is cleared by UK regulators in ‘landmark ruling’

An ad stating that “Humane milk is a myth” has been cleared by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority following complaints from members of the dairy industry that it was inaccurate and misleading.

Green & Black’s drops organic and Fairtrade with new Velvet Edition range

Organic and Fairtrade trailblazer brand Green & Black’s has launched a ‘Velvet Edition’ chocolate range in the UK that is neither organic nor Fairtrade. The...