Farming & Foodservice

Family farms are disappearing, even as restaurants look to source better ingredients. Can agriculture and foodservice help save each other? In the last five years, food-sourcing issues like traceability, sustainability, and quality have moved from the periphery of foodservice operations to the white-hot center. Fast-food titans like McDonald’s have pledged to source better ingredients, while[…]

Medical Foods

The food and beverage industry has been recently delving into “medical foods,” and foods that are formulated to meet the specific needs of patients, such as those with cancer. Medical foods are the delivery mechanism for medical treatment. Medical foods ” … feature distinctive nutritional requirements, based on scientific principles …” which is a partial definition developed by the FDA.

U.S. organic cheese sales up 15%

U.S. organic cheese sales grew about 15 percent last year to reach an estimated $570 million, according to a new market report from Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com. The report said the organic cheese segment grew by a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.5 percent between 2012 and 2015, and expects it to “continue to outperform the[…]

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USDA Announces Cost-Share Program with Organic Certification

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that approximately $11.6 million is available through state departments of agriculture to make organic certification more affordable for organic producers and handlers across the country. “The organic market is booming, with more and more producers taking advantage of[…]

Why Organic Restaurant Certification Matters

Serving giant fried chicken sandwiches and boasting the tagline “taste the revolution,” the Organic Coup opened quietly in Pleasanton, California last November. It’s a modest fast casual food joint from two former Costco executives, focusing on all things fried chicken (i.e., sandwiches, wraps, and bowls), but the restaurant has a bigger purpose: It’s the first[…]

Organic industry forced to import feed

Because most of the corn and soybeans harvested across the Midwest come from genetically modified seed and use crop chemicals shunned by the organic industry, an increasing amount of specialty grain used to produce organic milk, eggs and meat is being imported. America may export more grain to feed cattle, pigs and poultry than any[…]

US Organic Producers Show Record Growth

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. organic sector continues to see record growth. There are currently 21,781 certified organic operations in the U.S., and 31,160 around the world. Data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program shows the number of domestic certified organic operations increased by almost 12 percent between[…]