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Wal-Mart Promises Organic Food for Everyone

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Buoyed by the improving economy and Americans belief that they can eat themselves healthy, sales of organic food are booming again. The growth in sales of organic products in the U.S., food and nonfood, had slowed to 4.6percent in 2009 but has since rebounded. Sales rose 11.5percent in 2013, to $35billion, according to the Organic Trade Association.

Once sold primarily in musty natural foods shops, organics went wide after Whole Foods Market (WFM) took over the high end of the market, earning the nickname Whole Paycheck in the process. In recent years the mainstream has discovered more natural foods, and big chains, including Kroger (KR) and Safeway (SWY) have piled in. Sales of organic products at Costco (COST) have doubled in two years to about $3billion a year.

Now the organics industry is bracing for its next big shakeup. Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), the nations largest grocer, is expanding its selection of organic foods. And its promising to sell the stuff at the same prices it sells nonorganic food.

Most organic food costs at least 25percent more than regular fare. Wal-Mart says it will keep prices low by using Wild Oats, a well-known name in organics, as its supplier. The deal came together in 2011 after two organics industry veterans bought the Wild Oats name from Whole Foods, then recruited billionaire Ron Burkles Yucaipa Cos. as the majority owner and operator of the company. Anthony Zolezzi, who with Tim Luberski bought the name, said he visited Wal-Marts Bentonville (Ark.) headquarters 13 times to sell the company on rebooting Wild Oats as a way to sell affordable organic foods. The idea was to democratize organic to the masses, says Zolezzi. Wal-Mart now accounts for more than 90percent of Wild Oats business.

Our new, specific effort with Wild Oats, launched earlier this year, is a natural progression as we meet customer demand, says John Forrest Ales, a Wal-Mart spokesman. We are working to lower the price of organic pantry staples to be at parity with national brand nonorganic products.

Retails romance with organics has squeezed Whole Foods, which transformed the industry in the 90s by lavishly displaying organic food and repositioning it as delicious and upscale. I think for a long time Whole Foods had the field to ourselves pretty much, said John Mackey, Whole Foods co-chief executive officer, in a May earnings call. That was nice. But we dont any longer. The chain has responded to rivals by reducing prices and running its first national ad campaign.

Whole Foods bought Wild Oats, then a chain of 109 natural foods stores, in 2007. Soon after the deal was announced, the Federal Trade Commission challenged the acquisition as anticompetitive. As part of a settlement in 2009, Whole Foods agreed to sell 32 stores, as well as the rights to the name Wild Oats. (Some of the stores ultimately were sold; others were closed or converted into Whole Foods stores.)

Studies differ on whether organic food, produced without synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, or chemical fertilizer, is any more healthful than conventionally grown produce, but that hasnt slowed its appeal. Theres a growing belief among a lot of educated people, and its filtering into the mainstream, that organic is a better way to eat, says Jim Hertel, managing partner for Willard Bishop, a retail consulting company in suburban Chicago. Its kind of like the democratization of organics. Food accounts for 92percent of overall organic sales. The other 8percent includes organic clothing, personal care products, and pet food.

The biggest obstacle to continued growthand cheaper pricesis lack of supply. Farmers cant convert to organic production overnight, and in recent years there hasnt been much incentive to do so because of the high prices theyre getting for conventional products. The drought in California, where 21percent of the 14,326 organic farms in the U.S. are located, is further limiting supplies.

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Fair Local Organic Foods hosts nal farmers market, bringing food vendors to Union

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By Rebecca Brickner | Published 13 hours ago

Khin Oo (left), a sophomore healthy policy and management major, samples food from Yugalas Kitchen from Carrboro at FLOs farmers market in the Great Hall.

Rainy weather did not stop passionate local vendors from selling their goods at an on-campus farmers market Thursday.

Fair Local Organic Food, a student group known as FLO, organized the event, which offered a mix of food for sale and for free. It was the groups final farmers market of the semester.

Claire Hannapel, director of communications for FLO, has been managing the groups farmers markets since the spring.

We hold these markets because were a group of students who want to think critically about food and where it comes from, and we want to bring that conversation to campus, she said.

Because of inclement weather, the event was relocated from the Pit to the Great Hall of the Student Union.

Hannapel said FLO embraced this change because it was representative of the uncertainty that goes into growing food.

Today was more a success in terms of a learning experience instead of sales, she said. Things usually just sort of come together in unexpected ways (in farming), and today was definitely an example of that.

The Food Coalition, which seeks to increase collaboration between student groups like FLO that work to address food issues, came to the market for the first time Thursday. At least 14 food issues groups were represented at the event.

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Chinese Organic Food Industry Performance Examined by AMID in Discounted Market Research Report Published at …

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London, UK (PRWEB) November 05, 2014

China's demand for organic foods has been gaining momentum at a fast rate in the past ten years. Domestic organic food production is valued at over USD 2.5 billion, and the demand and production alike are expected to keep on following an upward trend and exceed the worldwide average in the next few years. The Chinese economy continues to witness a high-speed increase, which has been fuelled by the consecutive upsurges in industrial output, exports and imports, capital investment and consumer consumption for more than 20 years.

Discounted report Organic Food Markets in China drawn up by Asia Market Information & Development Co (AMID) is available at MarketPublishers.com.

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Title: Organic Food Markets in China Published: November, 2014 Pages: 208 Price: US$ 3,200.00 http://marketpublishers.com/report/other_food_products/organic-food-markets-in-china.html

The research publication offers an unrivalled guide to the Chinese organic food industry. It canvasses the overall economic condition in the country, identifies the major economic trends shaping the domestic organic food industry, and evaluates the countrys investment environment. The report contains historical and actual assessments of industry performance, provides a shrewd look at the industrys structure, analyses the demand and supply situation, and gives an all-round picture of the distribution system in the country. A competitive scenario review and also comprehensive profiles of the leading manufacturers in Chinas organic food sector are provided. Additionally, mid- and long-term industry forecast data are at hand in the study.

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Food for thought

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This past winter, UC President Janet Napolitano was eating high-end organic food at legendary Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse with a group of UC chancellors, an event hosted by famed restaurant proprietor Alice Waters.

Among the topics were population growth, world hunger and sustainable farming practices. Napolitano found the meal and conversation so inspiring that she reportedly started scribbling out ideas for a universitywide compact on a napkin. And then, in a moment that would have made John Hancock proud, all the people at the table signed it.

In July, Napolitano went public with this ambitious plan to develop food practices systemwide, expand classroom offerings about sustainable food, and increase sustainable farming practices at all UC campuses. The UC Global Food Initiative will harness the University of California's resources to address one of the critical issues of our time: how to sustainably, equitably, and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach 8 billion by 2025.

UC Santa Cruz is poised to play a pivotal role in the movement because the campus is nothing less than "the Mothership" of sustainable agriculture, said Daniel Press, executive director of UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).

"There is no other university with such a well-established sustainable agricultural program," said Press. He met with Napolitano in June to discuss how the campus can help push the initiative forward. After all, CASFS has been an epicenter for sustainable farming for more than 45 years, and many of the organic farmers on the West Coast have trained at the center.

Since 1967, UC Santa Cruz has been a destination for those interested in learning organic farming and gardening skills. Trainees have come from around the world. "The training we provide here is being picked up in Latin America, Europe and Asia," said Press.

With its long history as a training ground, CASFS has a national reputation for the skill and knowledge of its instructors and researchers. The center recently received a $4 million gift that is being used to create an endowment to keep CASFS a leader in the sustainable food world. This gift from an anonymous donor is the first step in building a $10 million endowment that will ensure the center's long-term productivity and impact.

Along the way, knowledge and best practices exported from UC Santa Cruz have helped "sustainable" and "organic" go mainstream.

The world has changed since the days when a group of hardworking UC Santa Cruz apprentices set up makeshift tents on the 30 acres of campus land that have become the Farm & Garden.

"Sustainable farming is no longer seen as a 'flaky, hippie' activity," said Press. "The world has taken a different view of organic agriculture than it used to."

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Organic food gaining popularity among health conscious

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With obesity and diabetes levels rising in the Kingdom, many consumers are now taking up a bigger slice of the health food market in the country. Doctors in the city are recommending that people eat organically produced vegetables and fruits because they are more nutritious and can aid in the prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes and cancers. It also assists in helping people maintain a healthy weight. Mahmouda Yahiya, a dietician and blogger on healthy living, said recently: Several retailers and vendors are using chemicals these days to make vegetables and fruits look fresh. The rampant use of such chemicals destroys their nutritional benefits. Thats why we are advising patients suffering from health issues to consume foods that are grown naturally. She said that since demand has risen, many supermarkets have special sections only for organic products, making it easily available for consumers. According to the Middle East market consultancy firm Orient Planet, the organic food market in the Kingdom was estimated at over SR1 billion in 2009 accounting for 90 percent of the Gulf Cooperation Councils organic food market. A similar report issued in the same year by Frost and Sullivan projected Saudi Arabias health food market would grow by 11.8 percent a year. Mohammad Othman, a retail executive manager, said: Saudi Arabia is considered among one of the largest organic food markets in the Gulf due to the growing demand from people for the health benefits they offer. The major part of the health food market in Saudi Arabia is imported from western countries because there is a lack of consistent local suppliers. This forces retail companies to charge relatively high prices. However, the healthy food market is flourishing and is expected to increase in the coming years, he said. Yazeed Khalid, a Syrian national living in Jeddah, said: I prefer to use organic products to avoid health hazards. Although they are much more expensive, there is little chance of contamination and the end product is of good quality. Many people did not know about organic food, but now there is growing awareness as the desire to stay healthy has increased.

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