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Hippeas secures $10m investment, expects to triple revenue in 2018

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Fast-growing natural snack brand Hippeas has announced a $10 million investment from US venture capital firm CAVU.

‘Green’, ‘clean’, ‘cruelty-free’ …. and unhealthy?

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Meat alternatives are often positioned as more ethically responsible and greener meal options. Assumptions are sometimes made that they are also healthier. But are they?

NPG at Biofach: Follow us for updates and live reporting

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Natural Products Global will be at Biofach in Nuremberg this week to report on all the biggest news stories from the world’s organic trade event. 

Kale fail: Clean-eaters’ favourites contain highest pesticide residues

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While they are revered in ‘clean-eating’ circles, spinach and kale are ranked second and third respectively (and the highest for all vegetables) in the latest Dirty Dozen ranking from US non-profit the Environment Working Group (EWG

First Sustainability Food Awards announced

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The first awards dedicated to sustainability in the international food industry have been launched by Ecovia Intelligence (formerly known as Organic Monitor).

Customers report ‘deterioration’ in Whole Foods produce and 'depressing' shopping experience

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US news website Business Insider says that Whole Foods Market customers have told the site that there has been a significant deterioration in the quality of fresh produce in-store, since Amazon’s takeover of the business in the summer.

Meet the Bolivian company backing hundreds of organic quinoa farmers, and helping to feed...

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Michael Wale meets with the CEO of the Bolivian company turning highly sought after organic ‘Royal Quinoa’ into an international export success story. 

LaCroix comes out fighting as its ‘all-natural’ claim is disputed

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US-based National Beverage Corporation, maker of LaCroix sparkling water, is fighting back against a class action lawsuit filed by law firm  Beaumont Costales. 

All together now: Australian organic sector forms ‘unifying’ trade group 

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A brand new advocacy group – Organic Industries of Australia – has been formed to strengthen representation of the country’s AU$ 2 billion organic industry.

Silent takeover: How the corporate world shrinks organic aspirations 

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Why do so many organic pioneers sell to giant multinationals? Ronald van Marlen has an idea. “Could it be because they’re exhausted by the sheer power of the food system? They’re just exhausted by it all?” 

Wessanen agrees €885m takeover by PAI-led consortium

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Leading European natural and organic food company Wessanen has announced on Friday (12 April) that it had accepted a takeover offer valuing the firm at around €885 million.

High trust in organic during Covid helped produce sales soar by 50%

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High levels of trust in organic during the Covid-19 crisis helped produce sales soar by 50%, and follows a “banner year’ for organic 2019, says US trade body the Organic Trade Association. 

From ‘evergreen consumption’ to ‘elevated convenience’ – the food and drink trends that will...

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Issues of sustainability, health and wellness, and convenience will inform many of the food and drink trends that will define 2019, predicts Mintel.

Planet Organic announces takeover of As Nature Intended

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Trailbazing UK health and wellbeing retailer Planet Organic has acquired As Nature Intended, the chain of seven London-based organic and natural food stores. 

UAE’s retailers expand organic shelf space by 60% 

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Retail space given over to organic food and drink in the UAE has grown 60% in the last four years according to new research from Mintel, creating a major opportunity for both local growers and international brands.