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Consumers Prefer Craft Items

Consumers are looking for right-sized purchases and want to support small businesses rather than big brands, according to Mintel’s North America Consumer Trends 2016 report. Consumers prefer mom-and-pop stores and handmade items, leading to growth in farmers markets and giving consumers the ability to learn more about the maker or the production process. Authenticity and[…]

Separate ‘organic’ category sought in FMMO

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) filed a request with USDA’s Ag Marketing Service, seeking a public hearing to amend the federal milk marketing order (FMMO) system. The request, filed in late September, seeks to identify organic dairy as a separate and distinct marketing and supply chain, and seeks to change how organic milk handlers meet[…]

Consumers shopping all-natural trust small, independent companies

LOS ANGELES – A new national consumer poll released by Instantly on Wednesday found that artificial ingredients in food products are a top concern for Americans and many do not trust large companies to produce all-natural alternatives. According to the study, 75% of Americans said that when it comes to producing all-natural products, they trust[…]