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Certified organic retailing in practice

Under the National Organic Program (NOP) regulation, retail stores selling organic products are not required to undergo organic certification. However, many have opted become voluntarily certified. Certified retailers include national chains, neighborhood co-ops and independent stores. All retailers are required by law to follow NOP rules regulating the handling of organic products, whether chose to […]

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Organic produce a major driver of sales

The produce category has long been a major driver of overall organic sales. According to United Fresh Produce Association, both dollar and volume sales of organic fruits and vegetables skyrocketed 20% in 2013. The finding was published in the group’s FreshFacts on Retail report, released March 13, 14. The report goes on to state that […]

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CFIA’s new labeling tool

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency launched a new online labeling tool to help producers, manufacturers and retailers improve compliance with federal food labeling regulations. The new tool will provide self-assessment checklists, examples of the regulations in practice and detailed diagrams of product labels. Access the online labeling tool here.

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Release of New GOTS Version 4.0

Yesterday, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) International Working Group (IWG) announced the release of GOTS Version 4.0 and the corresponding updated Manual, as well as a chronological summary on relevant changes. The documents are now available in the download section of the GOTS website. GOTS is the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from certified organic […]

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OTA launches organic newsletter for retailers

This week, OTA will launch its newest communications platform – The Organic Market Basket – a twice monthly e-newsletter that is offered at no cost for retailers. The newsletter offers information relevant to merchants who are new to organic, as well as to seasoned industry members who have followed organic for decades. The piece is […]

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USDA releases preliminary 2012 Census of Ag results

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Feb. 20 released the preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture results. Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States to reach $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33 percent ($97.4 billion) from 2007. Other results showed the number of farms and farm […]

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Regulatory changes coming

COTA has confirmed that the Organic Products Regulations (OPR) will be annulled and rolled into the Safe Food For Canadians Regulations, the most significant change for Canadian organic products since OPR came into force in 2009. The streamlined Safe Food For Canadians Regulations will include the food and beverage regulations that govern organic, commodities, and […]

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Canadian market data 

COTA’s “Canada’s Organic Market, 2013 – Growth, Trends and Opportunities” is on sale now. This in-depth publication provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive overview of Canadian organic agriculture and market, combining consumer research with sales data to provide valuable insight into market size, growth trees and Canadian consumers. COTA and OTA members enjoy a 55 […]

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Organic Certification for Retailers

Some retail food stores are certified organic, while others are not. However, both types of retailers handle, display, and sell organic products throughout their stores. Who documents and enforces organic compliance at the retail level? While most retail establishments are not required to become certified, those that offer organic products have a legal responsibility to […]

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NOP guidance on unpackaged organic products

In an October 2010 recommendation, the National Organic Standards Board raised concerns that uncertified brokers, distributors, and traders handling unpackaged products, such as hay and bulk grain, lack regulatory oversight from accredited certifiers, thus opening the door for conventional products to be mislabeled as organic. To address the issue, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued […]

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