What’s the difference between organic olive oil and regular, plain old olive oil? A lot more than you may think!
The key here is knowing your descriptive terms on the label (or within the oil name), and understanding which terms actually denote different quality grades. When reviewing the differences between organic oil and regular oil, it’s important to know that you’re not just comparing if the oil was grown organically or not — most often, you’re also comparing two different olive oil grades that have been produced in completely different ways.Continue Reading
RBD Canola Oil and RBD Soybean Oil are all based of off a set parameter — the Chicago Board of Trade, also called the Board, the CBOT or the CME Group depending on who you’re talking with. This is the baseline for pricing, so that producers and suppliers can offer standardized pricing.
But what if you’re not buying the industry standard refined, GMO canola or soybean oil? What if you need organic canola oil or organic soybean oil? Does the pricing for those oils work in the same way? We’ll fill you in.Continue Reading
Recently I have read a myriad of misinformation on organic canola oil on the internet. There’s also a myriad of truthful information out there, but sometimes it’s hard for the average consumer to know what is correct, because everyone — on both sides — is only trying to share the truth as they know it.
As food manufacturers, it is our duty to our customers to be able to explain the ingredients used, so if you’re using organic canola (or thinking about it) here’s how to answer one of the more common questions you’re going to get.
Or if you’re a consumer reading this, here’s the background to your burning question.
I’ve gotten this one multiple times myself: how can organic canola oil exist, if certified organic products can’t be genetically modified, and canola oil is — by its very nature — genetically modified from the rapeseed plant?
That is right where we will start, because that’s right where the first misunderstanding begins. Because canola was never actually genetically modified from rapeseed to begin with.Continue Reading
It’s always interesting to me to look at the natural and organic trends on a larger scale; they show the incredible power that consumers have to shape what we as food manufacturers make. It’s also amazing to me how, by acting as consumers, can shape this change through what we buy.
With this in mind, I recently ran across an infographic that I thought would be worth sharing. It outlined the timeline of the growth of the “natural” and organic food market, from the mid-90s to now. The changes are gradual at first, but clearly snowball in recent years.Continue Reading
The number of organic farms is on the rise — in fact, from 2014 to 2016 the number of certified organic farms has risen by 6.2% nationwide, totaling 14,979 farms. This is an increase of about 1,000 organic farms in the last couple of years.
The top five states leading in organic farmland acres are California, Montana (my home state), Wisconsin, New York and South Dakota. California leads the running with 688,000 acres, while Montana has caught up closely behind with 417,000 ares.Continue Reading
It’s no surprise to hear that organic products are in high demand. So it only goes to say that organic ingredients that make up those products are in high demand too.
But can the supply keep up with this growing demand?
These big questions related to the organic supply chain are front-of-mind for many natural food manufacturers like you: Can your growing demand for organic ingredients be met? Can the supply chain keep up? And will you run into any ingredient shortages?Continue Reading
Today, the sale of organic products makes up 5% of the current food market, with the remaining 95% being conventional or non-GMO products. However, the demand for organic products has been on the rise, with growth percentages recently in the double digits.Continue Reading
Today, we are going to review some of the trends in the natural food industry over the last few years.
There’s a lot of data surrounding the natural food industry showing how it’s growing. As food manufacturers, however, you’ll want to know which product claims are growing and declining and why — so that you can make educated decisions about your future product lines and how they will be marketed.
We are going to review some statistics based off of the product claims that are being used on packaging — and how the use of those product claims have changed over time. We’ll also review how natural grocery stores are growing and more importantly, why.Continue Reading
If you are getting your retail food product certified organic, you’ll want to figure out which level of organic certification your product will quality for and determine what your marketing/quality goals are.
There are four options for organic claims — two of them are allowed to use the USDA Organic Seal on their packaging, and two of them are not.Continue Reading