Natural & Organic
Customers are clamoring for labels of all varieties, and the demand isn’t going away anytime soon. Here you’ll find the latest products, research and regulations in the—sometimes controversial—realm of organic and natural foods. Also find news on locally focused and ethical foods.
Specialty Retail: Characteristics of Products Sold
% of Sales
% Carrying Products with Claim
Source: State of the Specialty Food Industry 2013, Mintel/Specialty Food Association
* “Local” is defined as within 200 miles distance from operator
All natural and local are the prime characteristics of products sold, with nearly all retailers carrying these. Local products in particular have become the most viable ways for specialty retailers to market specialty foods that differentiate their stores, often without a hefty price tag. There has been increased attention in sustainable and eco-friendly products over the past few years.
Natural And Organic News
Stevia First, the all-natural zero-calorie sweetener, announced initial pilot project results in support of organic stevia extract production in the U.S.
Terra Chips, a brand of The Hain Celestial Group, is partnering with Seed Savers Exchange, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.
With the help of the Slow Money movement, a new generation is choosing to give up existing careers to work the land and feed their communities. But there are significant obstacles to creating a life—and a business—on the farm.
Many retailers, restaurateurs and even hoteliers are rolling up their shirtsleeves to work their own fields, though in some cases, the back forty is being replaced by a greenhouse above the 40th floor.
Natural And Organic Trends
Researchers have found that consumers prefer coffee simply labeled with the term "eco-friendly."
Foraging for fungi and other wild edibles has grown in popularity in the U.S. and abroad in recent years, fueled by hype from chefs, guidebooks and further internet buzz.
Managing Natural And Organic
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Retailers have come up with simple but effective ideas to encourage consumers to choose reusable cloth bags, including a small charge for paper or plastic or a community bag tree.
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Julie Besonen is a writer living in New York City. At the beginning of her career she profiled actors and directors for various entertainment publications, but switched to food writing as she became more obsessed with the restaurants where she conducted interviews. She contributes to ...
New Product News: Natural And Organic
Almondina Brand Biscuits has introduced Toastees, an all-natural, twice-baked almond crisp with a short list of ingredients.
Bobo’s Oat Bars, a manufacturer of natural, vegan breakfast/snack bars, plans to move to a new 12,000-square-foot facility in early January, more than tripling its existing space.
Category Flavor Trends
Snacks have taken the lead as the top-selling organic category this year. Weigh in with your picks on Twitter using the button and hashtag below.
Organic Fairtrade Pure Vanilla
by Nielsen-Massey Fine Vanillas & Flavors