TradeLink Internationals weekly round up of organic, gluten free and ancient grain news from around the world.
Celebrity diet fads may not be to everyone's taste, but there's no denying once a celebrity starts eating a food that is mostly unknown, it gains attention. Last year we wrote about quinoa and how the prices rose in South America once a taste for the grain developed in the U.S.
The price of quinoa tripled from 2006 to 2013 as America and Europe discovered this new superfood. That led to scary media reports that the people who grew it in the high Andes mountains of Bolivia and Peru could no longer afford to eat it.
American consumers' demand for chemical-free and locally produced food has caused a surge in the number of organic operations across the county, new figures show. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that the number of certified organic producers jumped by almost 12 percent from 2014 to 2015 -- the highest rate increase since 2008.
Retailers have an opportunity to capture more sales of "Free-From" products as consumers increasingly view them as healthy alternatives to more traditional fare. Gen-Y consumers in particular - and especially Millennial-aged mothers - are interested in products with "clean" labels and foods that lack certain additives and ingredients.
Scott Eells | Bloomberg | Getty Images When entrepreneur Austin Allan starts rolling out the next product line for his chilled soup company next year, he'll be doing so with the quiet support of a big-name backer: General Mills.
To boost its supply of organic foods, Costco is trying something new: It's working with farmers to help them buy land and equipment as it struggles to keep pace with customer demand. Share story At Costco's recent shareholder meeting, CEO Craig Jelinek touted the vast amounts of food the company sold last year, from 83 million rotisserie chickens to $6.1 billion worth of produce.
WASHINGTON - You've probably heard that some strange-sounding foods such as amaranth and quinoa are growing in popularity. But what nutritional benefits do these ancient grains offer? And how do they stack up against wheat, rice and corn? Lean Plate Club blogger Sally Squires recently spoke with WTOP about them.