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Organic Crops Have Significantly More Antioxidants, Study Finds

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An international study led by the University of Newcastle in the U.K. has found a diet of organic food can provide antioxidants that are equivalent to 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

A release from the university said the meta-analysis looked at 343 studies into the differences between organic and conventional crops, and found that the former can have 18-69% more antioxidants such as polyphenolics than the latter.  Continue reading

U.S. Parents Willing to Spend More on Organics, Study Shows

U.S. Parents Willing to Spend More on Organics, Study Shows

The proportion of U.S. parents citing price as a barrier to buying organic products has dropped sharply in the last year, showing that more families are willing to pay a price premium for organic-certified items.  Continue reading

Organics Continue Double Digit Growth

Organics Continue Double Digit Growth

While organic products in the marketplace continue to experience double digit growth, they still only represent a small percentage of overall business, meaning there is much room for more growth.

That was the take away message delivered by a trio of speakers at a workshop sessions during the United Fresh Produce Association convention in Chicago, June 10-12. Continue reading

U.S. Produce Aisles Experience Volume and Sales Growth

U.S. Produce Aisles Experience Volume and Sales Growth

Revenue from U.S. produce departments rose 4.8% in 2013, averaging $47,000 per week, reported United Fresh in its annual FreshFacts on Retail.

Average weekly dollar sales grew 4.5% for fruit in comparison to 2012. For vegetables, all top 10 categories also experienced an increase in weekly dollar sales, alongside value-added fruit and fresh-cut fruit. Continue reading

The Expanding World of Organics

The Expanding World of Organics

What motivates a shopper to try an organic product can vary from shopping cart to shopping cart. The definition of the typical organic shopper is becoming blurry as more consumers experiment with the segment. Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Increases Organic Banana Plantings in Mexico

Organics Unlimited Increases Organic Banana Plantings in Mexico

With an eye on expanding its market and buoyed by strong demand, Organics Unlimited has increased its organic banana acreage.

“Organics Unlimited is an organic banana grower in Mexico, and we also pack and import all of our bananas to the United States for distribution there,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, who, with her husband, Manuel, owns and operates Organics Unlimited in San Diego. “Distribution is from our warehouse in San Diego, where we sell to both chains who have ripening capabilities and wholesalers who ripen.” Continue reading

Study: Teens Buying More Organic

Study Teens Buying More Organic

A wide-ranging study of teen consumption trends states that more teens are choosing organic food compared with two years ago.

Minneapolis-based Piper Jaffray & Co. recently released its 26th semi-annual “Taking Stock With Teens” consumer research project . The study found that 39% of teens reported they ate organic food compared with 33% two years ago. Continue reading

Highway Eases Path to Texas for Shippers

Highway Eases Path to Texas for Shippers

The long awaited completion of the Mazatlan-Durango Highway offers fresh produce shippers an easier way to move product from Sinaloa to the McAllen, Texas, area. The opening of the $2.1 billion highway, more than a decade under construction, was marked by Mexican authorities in an Oct. 17 ceremony. Continue reading

Organic Category Continues Growth Pattern

Organic Category Continues Growth Pattern

Organic demand continues to grow, according to reports from suppliers. The Organic Trade Association recently released its 2013 organic industry survey, which tracks U.S. organic sales. Continue reading

Sustainable Trend Requires Education Efforts

Sustainable Trend Requires Education Efforts

Organic, Fair Trade and other sustainable solutions remain popular with banana companies, and companies continue the education efforts needed to promote those programs. Continue reading