Category Archives: Industry News

Conventional vs Organic vs Genetically Modified

Pick your fruit right – Conventional vs Organic vs Genetically modified!

As you walk into the supermarket, you see a mind-boggling variety of fruits and vegetables. But have you ever wondered whether the attractive looking fruits which promise you that extra pulp and sweetness might not be your ideal health choice. Now there is a way to choose smartly and differentiate between conventionally grown, organically grown and genetically modified fruits by reading their labels carefully. Continue reading

Organic Produce Purchases Claim Record Numbers in 2014

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According to Grocery Headquarters and the Organic Trade Association (OTA), sales of organic food and non-food products set an all-time record in the U.S. in 2014. Sales jumped to $39.1 billion, which is 11.3% more than the previous year.

Organic food sales alone accounts for $35.9 billion of that market, which is an 11% rise from the previous year.

The majority of households purchase organic items on a regular basis; 80% of households polled in the South and 90% on the West Coast and New England buy organic items at supermarkets and retail stores, up from 68% in 2013. OTA research has found that there are no regional, demographic or partisan boundaries when it comes to purchasing organic foods. Continue reading

Haggen Rolls out More San Diego Stores


About two months since grocery chain Haggen entered the California market with a Carlsbad store opening, it’s been doing well, according to one measure by an analyst.

Burt P. Flickinger III, managing director of the Strategic Resource Group in New York, said four key suppliers of a wide range of grocery items told him traffic and sales are up at Haggen stores in Southern California compared to the numbers for the stores that were previously Albertsons and Safeway (known locally as Vons.) Continue reading

Organic Category is Up 11 Percent as of 2014

OUUNITED STATES – The organic train continues across the continent, full steam ahead.

The organic industry reported that the category made an 11.3 percent leap, and the trend is not restricted to any particular region. Continue reading

Produce for Kids changes charities, starts Kids Club


ORLANDO, Fla. — Produce for Kids is changing its primary charitable partner to Feeding America and is starting a kids club to help parents shop for healthy food.

During a Feb. 27 reception at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure conference and exposition, Produce for Kids officials announced the organization is ending its partnership with Children’s Miracle Network. Continue reading

Study: supermarket share of local food sales grows

produceSupermarkets are stealing some local food demand from farmers markets, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report indicates.

Called “Trends in U.S. local and regional food systems,” the 89-page USDA Economic Research Service report said inflation-adjusted sales through farmers markets did not increase between 2007 and 2012, while overall sales of local food increased by nearly 30% in roughly the same period.

While sales of food through direct-to-consumer outlets (farmers markets, roadside stands, you-pick operations) have leveled off, local food sales through intermediated marketing channels (distributors, food hubs and retailers) appear to be increasing, according to the report. “Growing consumer demand for local food may have been met by retailers rather than through direct to consumer sales,” according to the report. Continue reading

Sun Rises on New Web Domain as Organic Sector Grows

Sun Rises on New Web Domain as Organic Sector Grows

Research released this summer by Consumer Reports shows 45% of U.S. residents buy organic foods at least monthly, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting $35 billion in organic food purchases in 2013.

That’s still only 5% of the total “at-home food sales” for 2013, according to USDA, but with a report from TechSci Research predicting annual sales growth of 14% through 2018 for organic foods, there’s good reason to believe the public’s puppy love for organics will grow into a mature affair. Continue reading