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USA: Natural Cosmetics Masterclass focuses on food ingredients

International_EN, North America

15.12.2017 Editor

Taking place in San Francisco on 1st February, this new Natural Cosmetics Masterclass will discuss the growing use of food ingredients in cosmetic & personal care products.


Walmart`s plans for 2018

International_EN, North America

11.12.2017 Editor

The world´s biggest retailer Walmart has some important tasks on its agenda for 2018. According to media reports Walmart plans to grow sales by 3 % and reinvest $ 11 billion. Most of the investment goes into e-commerce.


USA: Trader Joe´s 50th anniversary

International_EN, North America

06.12.2017 Editor

American retailer Trader Joe´s, a subsidiary of the German discounter Aldi Nord, has been in the US market for 50 years.


Canada: the state of organics

International_EN, North America

01.12.2017 Editor

The Canada Organic Trade Association’s (COTA) recently published "The State of Organics" - Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report 2017. The report provides a comprehensive facts about the current level of development of the organic sector in each province.


Amazon: more sale at Whole Foods Stores

International_EN, North America

27.11.2017 Editor

Amazon has started to sell tech products and gifts at selected Whole Foods Market stores. The online giant has also announced additional discounts on Whole Foods prices to members of its Prime membership service.


BIOFACH America 2017 in Baltimore: Closing Report

International_EN, North America

17.11.2017 Editor

Parallel to the Natural Products Expo, the BIOFACH America – All Things Organic took place from 14th to 16th September 2017 in the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, USA. As the organisers report, more than 1,500 organic exhibitors, among them 196 fully organic, and over 29,000 visitors came to the exhibition to exchange trends, information about new products and to learn more about the organic sector.


USA: prohibition of aquaponics in organic food production rejected by NOSB

International_EN, North America

13.11.2017 Editor

At a meeting on the 1st November 2017, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected the proposal to ban hydroponic and aquaponic production methods under the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program.


USA: Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco

International_EN, North America

08.11.2017 Editor

From 30th- 31st January 2018, the North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will be held in San Francisco, USA. Central topics of the eighth Summit in North America will be health impacts, sustainable ingredients as well as organic and eco labels.


Ecover and Method acquired by S.C Johnson

International_EN, North America

18.10.2017 Editor

The US corporation SC Johnson & sons, one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products, signed an agreement to acquire the biobased cleaning products companies Ecover and Method.


Continuing success of international natural cosmetics markets

International_EN, North America

17.10.2017 Karin Heinze

Not only in Germany but on the international stage too the trend in the natural and organic cosmetics industry continues to be very positive development. In the leading market in Europe, the German market, demand shows no sign of slowing. According to Naturkosmetik Verlag, about nine million consumers buy natural cosmetics several times a year and their purchasing behaviour caused turnover in the first half of this year to grow by around two percent.  The “Green & Clean” trend is to be seen everywhere in neighbouring countries with robust market development and also internationally. However, manufacturers and the trade are having to confront a number of challenges.


Poison Papers Project: how US-chemical concerns obscured hazardous chemicals

International_EN, North America

03.10.2017 Editor

The “Poison Papers”, a project by The Bioscience Resource Project and The Center for Media and Democracy, represent over 20,000 rediscovered chemical industry and regulatory agency documents as well as correspondence dating back to the 1920s.


US / EU: Soilless cultivation - organic or not?

International_EN, North America

02.10.2017 Editor

The discussion basically concerns the possibility to grow organic products not in the soil but in substrates. In the USA this has not been regulated until now. It is not explicitly forbidden. And in the regulatory void hydroponic companies were certified organic. 


USA: Organic Agriculture Research Act gained support

International_EN, North America

29.09.2017 Editor

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a non-profit foundation, reports a big success. The Organic Agriculture Research Act (H.R. 2436) gained crucial bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress recently.


US-certified organic agricultural production sales increased by 23% in 2016

International_EN, North America

28.09.2017 Editor

According to data published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), organic agricultural production sales continued to rise in 2016, as US farms produced and sold certified organic goods worth $7.6 bn.


US: new food label beyond organic coming soon

International_EN, North America

27.09.2017 Editor

On 13th September 2017, the Rodale Institute presented draft standards for a product certification considering organic standards as well as regeneration of resources.


US: higher sales of natural and organic personal care products in 2016

International_EN, North America

25.09.2017 Editor

In May 2016, the Global Cosmetic Industry Magazine reported that the US-market for natural and organic personal care products, including cosmetics, skin and hair care and many other products, reached $5.7 bn in 2016. Hence, the market increased by 9.2% over the previous year. According to Naira Aslanian of Kline Group, who produced the study, the main reason for this growth is the customers’ expanding interest in wellness including nutrition as well as self-care.


Canada: 10% increase in organic sales

International_EN, North America

22.09.2017 Editor

Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) reports that 66% Canadian consumers spend at least some of their weekly grocery budget on organic items. This is a 10% increase from a year ago.

 

 


USA: distributor UNFI grows and is excited about Amazon-Whole Foods

International_EN, North America

22.09.2017 Editor

United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI) gets the commitment of Amazon and Whole Foods for their contracts till 2025. One of the biggest US-distributors reports about an increase of  9.5% in the fiscal year, which ended July 29.


OTA: change-makers honored at the Annual Organic Leadership Awards

International_EN, North America

21.09.2017 Editor

Last Wednesday, the Organic Trade Association held the Annual Organic Leadership Awards Celebration at the American Visionary Arts Museum.


Today’s Millennial - tomorrow’s organic parent

International_EN, North America

20.09.2017 Editor

Millennial parents use digital sources of information to learn about new products – online product reviews, blog posts and mobile apps - more frequently than older parents who prefer traditional information sources.


Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Climate + Culture in November 2017

International_EN, North America

05.09.2017 Editor

On 6th and 7th of November 2017, At the Epicenter, a US nonprofit organization, is hosting the Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Climate + Culture in Boulder, Colorado.


USA: Organic Fast-Food Restaurant opened by Walmart

International_EN, North America

04.09.2017 Editor

Recently, the US super store chain Walmart has opened its first so called “farm-to-fork” fast food restaurant in Orlando, Florida. The new restaurant is an outpost of a chain known as Grown, founded by Ray and Shannon Allen and designed to serve organic food such as smoothies and falafel in environmentally friendly containers – if possible, sourced from local suppliers.


Amazon-Whole Foods: alliance is perfect - massive price cuts

International_EN, North America

31.08.2017 Editor

Since 28 August, Amazon is the owner of Whole Foods. Several media report about massive price reductions on the first day of the new ownership and that this could strain the organic supply chain.


USA: price and authenticity still obstacles for organic

International_EN, North America

30.08.2017 Editor

Mintel market research analysed in a recent report that 21% of the consumers agree that organic foods are worth the extra cost. Nearly 40% purchase half of their grocery organic.


USA: Export and Import balance

International_EN, North America

18.08.2017 Editor

According to a report by the Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft – the Agricultural Market Information Company – the USA accounts for more than half the sales of organic products worldwide, and they are growing apace. As a consequence, the USA has become the biggest importer of organic food in the world, with organic making up a large proportion of the imports of particular products. The main US exports are fruit and vegetables.


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