Trailblazer Foods Launches First All-Inclusive Organic Coconut Product Line

… this trend: it’s a clean ingredient, natural and organic, and with no added sugar. By offering a complete line to our customers, grocers will be able to meet the needs of every type of consumer seeking coconut products, eliminating the reason to shop elsewhere.” Trailblazer has sold sweetened and unsweetened shredded and flaked coconut for over 15 years, and the company has deep experience and longstanding relationships with coconut processors in Southeast Asia. Trailblazer has leveraged …

FlyPunch! founder builds brand for natural fruit fly killer from Greenville

By Lillia Callum-Penso | May 10, 2015 A mere nine years ago, Mat Franken’s life was on a very different trajectory. Then, he worked in private finance, lived in Naples, Florida and thought little about what he ate. Fast forward to now, and the 37-year-old father of two lives in Greenville, he and wife, Jodi, are very careful about what the family eats and Franken himself is making a go at running his own company. “You have to have an openness to, not to be too hippy dippy, but to the …

Hy-Vee composting food waste at Nebraska stores : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

… Drive.She said employees learn what organic waste can be recycled and how to properly handle it. “Hy-Vee really promotes sustainability and that is a huge thing in our company,” Brown said. Products that are still safe to eat and nutritious are donated to local charitable organizations. Some of the compost may be used in a community garden directly east of the Williamsburg store, Brown said. Hy-Vee does not own the garden but has supported it with grants in the past. Hy-Vee is the …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

… “trying to play catch-up on organic aquaculture,” says Miles McEvoy, who heads up USDA’s organic program. The European Union and Canada, along with other countries, have been exporting their own organic products to the United States. Retailer Wegmans already is selling organic seafood imported from Norway and elsewhere. Organic shoppers “skew to higher income and education which makes them extremely desirable,” says Dave Wagner, the company’s vice president of …

Greenville moms launch organic baby food company

By Lillia Callum-Penso | April 14, 2015 It was a couple months into their friendship when Jessica Gates and Julie Hines decided to go into business together. Their product would be wholesome, nutritious, organic and delicious. Neither woman had previous business experience, but they had a strong desire to provide kids, theirs included, better food choices than they found on the shelves. A year later, Gates, 37, and Hines, 35, have started Harvest Moon Baby Food. The baby food company specializes …

Major lift in Danish organic chicken sales prompts investment

… 173,000t of chicken meat in 2014, of which 17,300 tonnes was sold under the organic label. Major players in the marketplace, including Finland meat manufacturer HKScan, are planning new meat processing-related capital investments for organic chicken production; the company’s sales of organic chicken in Denmark increased by about 32% in 2014. Sales of organic chicken meat have “exploded”, said Anders Olsen, sales director at HKScan Denmark. HKScan will need to bolster volume on the …

Vietnam approves commercial crops of GMO corn to cut imports | Business | Thanh Nien Daily

… environment and biodiversity of NK66 corn. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has also issued certificate for bio-safety for the three GM corn varieties. Kumar Datta, Syngenta Vietnam country director, said the company will coordinate with provincial agricultural agencies on plans to widely spread the varieties for better income of the farmers. Last August, the agriculture ministry approved the imports of four corn varieties engineered for food and animal feed …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… captured by the industry. As I outlined in my book Foodopoly, Monsanto’s roots in the biotech game date back decades, and they have a long history of subverting public policy. In effect, the company used its relationship with the Reagan Administration to create a weak regulatory process that would help the company bring its products to market quickly and smoothly. A 1985 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling that allowed for plants to be patented further entrenched Monsanto’s power in …

An apple a day: Recent industry news | Food Dive

… apples its seal of approval, it took less than two weeks for the company that produced them, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, to enter into an acquisition agreement with Intrexon Corp. Thomas R. Kasser, Ph.D., senior vice president and head of Intrexon’s food sector has high hopes for the acquisition. In a press release, Kasser said, “Okanagan is a world leader in the development of fruit-bearing plants to express enhanced, advantageous traits with tremendous potential to revolutionize the …

AGL sells back ‘unviable’ coal seam gas licence to NSW government | The Australian

Published in The Australian by Sarah-Jane Tasker, Reporter, Sydney, March 9th 2015 AGL Energy has sold back a coal seam gas licence to the NSW government because it was not “commercially viable”. The Australian-listed company said it had taken advantage of the state government’s petroleum exploration licence (PEL) voluntarily buyback scheme, which forms part of the state’s NSW gas plan. AGL (AGL) said it had deemed that the PEL it was selling back to the government was not commercially …