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USA: UW-Madison, Organic Valley celebrate longstanding partnership with endowed award

International_EN, North America

16.05.2018 Editor

Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences honors pioneer and leader in organic dairy with an endowed award.


USDA released proposal for regulations for GMO Labeling

International_EN, North America

10.05.2018 Editor

On Monday this week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE or GMO), which it calls “Bioengineered foods.” This is reported by Sustainable Pulse online.


Canada: Quebec government supports organic industry

International_EN, North America

13.04.2018 Editor

Quebec Province´s  liberal government recently unveiled a policy and a high budget to encourage the development of the food sector, including organic farming.


Red Bull launches organic soda line

International_EN, North America

13.04.2018 Editor

The Austrian beverage producer Red Bull has launched an organic soda line called “Organics”.


Kraft Heinz to start a new platform for natural food brands

International_EN, North America

10.04.2018 Editor

Kraft Heinz plans to launch a platform for nurturing, scaling and growing food brands within the organic, natural and super-premium sector, as the US-company announced lately. The new business called Springboard Brands is said to be dedicated to “shape the next generation of food.”


HelloFresh acquires Green Chef

International_EN, North America

06.04.2018 Editor

Green Chef, a US meal kit company, will be taken over by the German Rocket-Internet-Venture HelloFresh.


Study shows organic helps curb nitrogen pollution

International_EN, North America

04.04.2018 Editor

The US research organisiation The Organic Center recently released new research findings from the University of Virginia in collaboration with The Organic Center showing that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale.


EU Commission clears Bayer-Monsanto merger

International_EN, North America

21.03.2018 Editor

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties' overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture, announced the EU authorities.


USA: OTA blasts USDA withdrawal of organic animal welfare rule

International_EN, North America

21.03.2018 Editor

The North American Organic Trade Association (OTA) strongly condemned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices regulation. The Association calls action “egregious", and says battle will continue in court.


USA: Amazon is pushing organic

International_EN, North America

13.03.2018 Editor

Step by step, the online trader is widening its presence in the American organic market. The Whole Foods range 365 Every Day Value is playing a big part in this expansion.


USA: General Mills supports transition into organic farmland

International_EN, North America

08.03.2018 Editor

General Mills announced a strategic sourcing agreement with Gunsmoke Farms LLC in South Dakota to convert 34,000 acres (almost 14,000 ha) of conventional farmland to certified organic land by 2020.


Monsanto demands data from glyphosate opponents before US court

International_EN, North America

07.03.2018 Editor

Monsanto has sued the Avaaz campaign network. Avaaz shall transfer all internal data of its glyphosate campaign to Monsanto. The Supreme Court of the State of New York has issued an order to this effect. Avaaz has appealed and is collecting donations to defend itself against the corporation.


Very successful U.S. Pavilion at Biofach

International_EN, North America

02.03.2018 Editor

The American Organic Trade Association (OTA) together with theForeign Agricultural Service (FAS), Office of Agricultural Affairs in Berlin and U.S. organic food and product companies participated in the Biofach and reported a leap in business inquiries.

 


USA: Distribution moving towards online retailing

International_EN, North America

17.02.2018 Editor

Every large food retailer in North America and Europe is now marketing organic foods under their private labels. The next spurt of growth is envisaged to come from mobile apps linked to delivery services.


USA: The Organic Coup opens new location in Seattle

International_EN, North America

17.01.2018 Editor

The first USDA certified organic restaurant chain The Organic Coup will open another branch in Seattle’s Columbia Tower next month and a food truck is planned for the Microsoft campus.


USA: Senate introduces bill to promote organic agriculture

International_EN, North America

25.12.2017 Editor

For years the organic production in the USA has lagged behind because of the government subsidiesed the big food industry. But now a bill is introduced to the senat that could change the game.


USA: Campbell completed acquisition of Pacific Foods

International_EN, North America

22.12.2017 Editor

According to Campbell Soup Company (CPB) the acquisition of Pacific Foods of Oregon (Pacific Foods) for $700 million in cash, is now completed. This was announced last week.


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.


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