Artificial sweeteners linked to host of digestive diseases, study finds

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Artificial sweeteners may be causing long-term digestive diseases and discomfort, according to a new study by Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), in...

TV Personality Heather Mills Launches Vegan Brand VBites In Middle East

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TV Personality Heather Mills is launching her vegan brand VBites in the Middle East. The company has partnered with Spinneys supermarket, owned by Waitrose, to...

Yemoja kicks off industrial scale microalgae production with minimal footprint

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Tel Hai, Israel-based marine ingredient start-up Yemoja, has opened the doors of its new plant dedicated to the production of high value microalga

Thriving Dubai show reflects growing confidence of Middle East organic market

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Organic producers around the world should take note of the demand for organic food and health products in the Middle East, writes Michael Wale.

Thai Union Group Invests in alternative protein Startup, Flying Spark

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Ashdod, Israel-based FoodTech startup Flying Spark and Thai Union Group, one of the world’s largest seafood producers, headquartered in Thailand, are leveraging their expertise and capabilities to develop a strategic entry in the alternative protein market. 

In the bag: Mushroom Benefit sets out to ‘redefine’ stock category

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Netanya, Israel-based start up  The Mushroom Benefit Ltd says it wants to redefine the soups, stock, and sauces retail market with the roll put of its innovative line of ‘cuisine bags’.

Glow-getters: Sleep and nutrition top priorities for skincare consumers

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Skincare consumers believe sleep and nutrition are the most important factors in their pursuit of a healthy glow, new research has shown.

How these Palestinian organic farmers secured a fair price for their premium olive oil

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Michael Wale meets with the founders of a London-Based company helping Palestinian organic olive farmers establish vital export business.

Abu Dhabi on course to develop 100 new organic farms

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In a powerful call to action Abu Dhabi is on course to develop 100 new organic farms as part of a wider commitment to sustainable development. Michael Wale visited the Emirate to find out more

PepsiCo ‘Greenhouse’ winner Yofix launches clean-label plant-based yoghurt alternative

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Israeli start-up Yofix Probiotics – winner of the €100,000 PepsiCo European Nutrition Greenhouse Programme 2018 announced last week – is launching its first dairy-free,...

Lycomato is first tomato extract to gain Non-GMO Project Verified seal

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Lycomato, Lycored’s proprietary blend for supplements, has become the first tomato extract to carry the Non-GMO Project Verified seal.

Wine Water hopes O.Vine will shape new ‘near water’ category

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Wine Water Ltd., an Israeli startup, is launching O.Vine, described as the first spring water infusion with the ‘spirit of wine’. 

Global natural colours leader Frutarom opens €5 million formulation centre  

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Haifa (Israel)-headquarted Frutarom has become one of the top five suppliers of natural colours worldwide following its acquisition of several natural colors companies, and major investments in building integrated supply chains. The company reports double-digit growth annually in the natural colorants segment.

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. 

UAE businesswoman’s Organic Oasis in the desert

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Michael Wale meets Sheikha Muhairy, the 26-year-old owner of an organic farm in the desert on the edge in Dubai which supplies the Spinneys supermarket chain as part of a unique retailer-farm partnership scheme.