USDA approves use of carrageenan in organic food

USA - The U.S. federal executive department, USDA has ruled that the use of carrageenan as an emulsifier in organic foods like ice cream and high protein drinks is acceptable despite recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board's (NOSB), its advisory arm to withdraw the approval. Carrageenan is used in high-protein beverages to keep the…

Unilever enters snack space, announces urban farming expansion plans

USA - Unilever has announced the expansion of its U.S. urban farming efforts with the launch of Growing Roots, a new organic, plant-based food brand that will support urban farming with every purchase. According to the company, the brand builds on its multiyear commitment to urban farming initiatives, which establishes and funds partnerships to unlock…

Campbell Soup completes acquisition of Pacific Foods for US$700m

USA - Campbell Soup has announced its completion of the acquisition of Pacific Foods of Oregon (Pacific Foods) for US$700 million in cash, subject to customary purchase price adjustments. A leading producer of organic broth and soup, Pacific also produces shelf-stable plant-based beverages and other meals and sides. According to the company, organic food is…

FSSAI issues new regulation, common logo for organic foods

INDIA – Indian food safety and standards regulator FSSAI has released a unified regulation on organic foods in the country, as the country hopes to tap into growing worldwide demand. It has also launched a common logo with a tagline ‘Jaivik Bharat’ to be used on certified organic foods to act as a symbol of…

Unilever acquires Brazilian natural and organic business Mãe Terra

BRAZIL – Anglo-Dutch group Unilever has signed a deal to acquire the Brazilian natural and organic food business Mãe Terra for an undisclosed sum. Mãe Terra is a fast growing brand in Brazil, which provides health-conscious consumers with organic and nutritious food products since its establishment in 1979. Unilever’s purchase of Mãe Terra marks the…

Danone invests in French organic baby food start-up Yooji

FRANCE – Danone Manifesto Ventures has announced its investment in the French organic food start-up Yooji, the value of which has not been disclosed. The investment highlights Danone’s response to a consumer shift towards healthy living as their tastes are drawing the company interests towards the food and manufacturing industry, to promote healthy lifestyles. However,…