FoodChain ID expands into organic certification

FoodChain ID

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – Organic certification options were recently added to FoodChain ID’s portfolio of services based on client requests for the ability to consolidate the certification process into a one-stop approach.

FoodChain ID, formerly known as Global ID Group, is one of the largest global entities in food safety, testing, and verification and it said that nearly half of its non-GMO clients simultaneously certify as organic, making it a significant growth area for the company.

“We’re excited to add more integrated solutions to our portfolio of services,” said David Carter general manager, FoodChain ID. “Growing consumer and regulatory pressure to clearly identify what is, and isn’t, in the foods we eat has many of our clients rapidly seeking providers that can streamline certification and verification services in a way that reduces overhead and speeds their time to market.”

The company acquired two companies to aid in its ability to offer global certification services including Bioagricert, a global company that was among the first to market in the certification of organic foods, in December 2017 and more recently Quality Partner, a premier food safety testing, inspections and certification company serving France and the Benelux regions of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The Benelux region is a priority growth market for Global ID with more than USD 42Bn in revenue in the food market. QP has over 3,000 clients in Europe and is a recognized market leader.

With more than 33 years of expertise in the organic sector, Bioagricert is one of the top, global, NOP-certifying bodies, having certified over 900 operations, the company said.

“As an organic certification pioneer, Bioagricert’s expertise in organic certification, combined with FoodChain ID’s Non-GMO verification expertise and SupplyTrak mapping and label verification system, further strengthens FoodChain ID’s leadership position in providing independent, third-party labeling claims,” Carter added.

QP carries out quality control activities in the agriculture, food processing, retail and catering sectors with a portfolio of testing, inspection, certification, and technical services. QP’s testing business focuses on food microbiology testing, metagenomics, and biomarker testing; its certification offerings include Organic, FSSC 22000, ISO22000, GlobalGAP and Belgian standards. QP also offers technical and training services to retailers and manufacturers.

“The addition of Quality Partner further expands FoodChain ID’s international footprint and leadership position,” said Brad Riemenapp, CEO of Global ID. “QP brings us access to its broad and attractive client base and 18 years of expertise in food safety testing, inspections, and certification. This acquisition is a further step in developing Global ID’s presence in organic certification, following the acquisition of Bioagricert in December 2017. We are excited to enter the Benelux region with the completion of this acquisition.”

FoodChain ID, which serves over 30,000 clients in more than 100 countries, is a portfolio company of Paine Schwartz Partners, a private equity firm engaging in sustainable food chain investing.

How long does it really take you to decide what to eat?

refrigerator-1809344_1920While it may feel like deciding what’s for dinner while standing in front of the fridge with the door open takes forever, a new national survey of 1,000 men and women by market researchers OnePoll and commissioned by Orgain, says Americans actually spend more time deciding what to watch on Netflix.

The research looked at the amount of time Americans spend making various decisions. It revealed that while they spend an average of more than 23 minutes deciding what to watch on Netflix, more than half (55 percent) choose their food almost instantly and almost a quarter (24 percent) do so without reading ingredient labels at all, uncovering opportunities to improve food choices and overall health.

The survey asked respondents to rate how much consideration they give to decisions – both large and small – and found that 31 percent of people take time to carefully consider the pros and cons of both big purchasing decisions (such as buying a car) and small ones (such as a kitchen gadget). They spend more than an hour researching their next vacation (34.2 percent), TV (49.9 percent) or phone (24.8 percent.) However, most people said they spend less than 5 minutes when deciding on a new food brand to eat (55.7 percent) and almost three quarters spend less than three minutes reading food labels or checking the ingredients of what they’re eating.

Findings revealed that people considered decisions around finances (84.1 percent), relationships (55.5 percent), careers (58.8 percent) and even what to wear (60.5 percent) and how to decorate their homes (79.5) worthy of long consideration. Yet, when it comes to food choices, Americans don’t take the time to consider what they are eating.

The Orgain research found that when it comes to food:

  • Fifty-five percent say they pick their food almost instantly
  • Almost 3 out of 4 people spend less than 3 minutes reading food labels while grocery shopping
  • Just four percent say they carefully plan or think about what they’re eating
  • Two-thirds said they aren’t picky about their choices when it comes to food
  • Twenty percent said they aren’t at all picky when it comes to their diet

Airline food study gives Virgin America top marks in healthy eating options

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A new study from NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College and DietDetective.com ranks Virgin America as one of the top airlines offering healthy food options.

“This year Virgin America wins the top spot again with the “healthiest” food choices in the sky with Delta and Air Canada tied for second,” said Charles Platkin, PhD, JD, MPH, the executive director of the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College and editor of DietDetective.com.

Twelve airlines were rated based on 10 criteria including health and calorie levels of meals, snack boxes and individual snacks, improvement and maintenance of healthy offerings, menu innovation and cooperation in providing nutritional information. The survey includes health ratings, average calories per airline, cost, comments, best bets, food offerings, calories, and exercise equivalents.

Summary of Health Ratings (5 stars = highest rating): Virgin America 4.25 stars, Delta 4 stars, Air Canada 4 stars, Alaska Air 3.75 stars, JetBlue 3.5 stars, United Airlines 3.25 stars, American 3 stars, Southwest Airlines 2 stars, Allegiant Air 1.75 stars, Hawaii 1.75 stars, Spirit Airlines 1 star, Frontier Air 1 star

The study noted that overall there was an 8 calorie decrease in the food offered this year over last year. Since 2012 the calories in airline food had been increasing slightly: The average number of calories per food item was 360 in 2012; in 2013 it was 388; in 2014 it was 397, 2015 it was 400, and this year it was 392. The survey also looked at the nutrients in the foods when they are provided, as well as innovations moving towards healthy, tasty, inexpensive, sustainable foods.

See the full study at http://www. dietdetective.com/ airline-food-investigation/.

Organic food demand expected to grow global market over 14% annually for next 5 years

organic-veggie-1538668-1600x1200The global organic food market is poised for dramatic growth over the next five years, according to the “Global Organic Food Market – Forecast and Opportunities, 2011-2021” report from Research and Markets.

The global market for organic food is projected to grow at an annual rate of over 14% during 2016-2021, due largely to the high demand for organic food from restaurants, educational institutions as well as retail outlets. Also, lifestyle changes due to health concerns, are another significant impact on organic food demand.

Additional factors contributing to rising demand include the easy availability of organic food products and infrastructural developments in supply chain and distribution network.

Top 5 Future Eating Trends

top 5 future eating trends

PORT WASHINGTON, NY — Consumer market research firm NPD Group has made a few predictions about eating trends over the next five years. Healthy eating comes in at Number 4 on the list with a prediction that the category will overtake sweet snacks by 2018.  Also, fresh end dishes and fresh ingredients play a key role in trends Number 1 and 2.

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Top 5 future eating trends. Source: NPD Group

Organic Cafe Opens in Westchester County, New York

Skinny Buddha Organic Kitchen
Skinny Buddha Organic Kitchen
Asian Chicken with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitakes
Forbidden Rice. Photo by Skinny Buddha.

SCARSDALE, NY — Skinny Buddha Organic Kitchen opened a new sit-down cafe in Scarsdale, NY. Expanding from a simple take-out window in nearby Mount Kisco, New York, the new restaurant seats up to 12 people in a convenient location directly across from the city’s commuter rail.

“We have had much such success with our organic, wholesome food in our current location,” said co-owner Elyce Jacobson. “We know that food and fitness go together. Being that Scarsdale is a fitness-oriented community, we are excited to open our new café.”

The original Organic Kitchen was opened by Skinny Buddha Fitness Center in 2013 in response to personal training clients who wanted prepared organic meals to take home. The menu at both locations consists of organic and local products. And all ingredients are fresh, hormone-free, non-GMO and certified organic; fats are used sparingly and selectively, and all dairy ingredients are made with pasteurized, hormone-free milk, the company says.

Organic Coconut Product Launched

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organic coconut oil

PORTLAND, OR — The health benefits of organic coconut oil and similar products have been making the news lately and that exposure is driving up demand. Capitalizing on the growing market, Portland, OR-based Trailblazer Foods, a manufacturer of private label and branded grocery items, introduced a line of certified organic products on July 1.

“There is a strong and growing demand in the U.S. for better-for-you foods,” said Rob Miller, CEO of Trailblazer Foods, “and coconut fits in with this trend: it’s a clean ingredient, natural and organic, and with no added sugar. By offering a complete line to our customers, grocers will be able to meet the needs of every type of consumer seeking coconut products, eliminating the reason to shop elsewhere.”

The West Coast company will manufacture a complete line of certified organic coconut products, including oil, virgin oil, milk, light milk, flour, sugar and unsweetened flakes, drawing on its relationship with coconut processors in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam.

Organic Baby Food Maker Takes On Equity Partner

Sprout organic baby food
Sprout organic baby food
Photo: Sprout Organic Foods

DULUTH, GA — Organic baby food maker Sprout Organic Foods recently sold controlling interest in its firm to Greenwich, CT-based investment firm North Castle Partners, according to published reports.

Alison Minter, North Castle managing director, who was quoted in BakingBusiness.com, pointed to the potential growth opportunities in the organic baby food market as one reason for the investment:

“The organic baby food category is an attractive market with strong underlying fundamentals. Sprout is a strong brand that resonates with retailers and consumers, with a product portfolio that has meaningful competitive differentiation.”

Founded in 2008, Sprout manufactures and distributes organic baby food products created with certified organic ingredients and no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or other additives, the company says.

Packaged Food Giant Buys Plant-Based Nutrition Product Maker Vega

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Vega, vegan, plant-based nutrition
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DENVER, CO — Consumer foods giant WhiteWave Foods Co. has agreed to buy Vega, maker of plant-based natural health and performance nutrition products, for approximately $550 million.

Vega’s plant-based nutrition products complement our plant-based foods and beverages portfolio. With its strong brand, high-quality products, and commitment to innovation and sustainability, Vega is a perfect fit for WhiteWave,” said Gregg Engles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WhiteWave.

The acquisition is part of the company’s strategy to expand certain niche and growing categories like its plant-based nutrition products.

Vega’s plant-based, gluten-free nutrition products – primarily nutritional shakes and bars – contain nutrient-dense, whole food ingredients, the company says.

The deal is expected to close later this year, and Vega’s headquarters will remain in Vancouver.