California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) introduced a Non-GMO & More seal for its certified members. The seal is intended to better communicate that GMOs are prohibited in organic foods and also to recognize the contributions of the organic movement in creating a healthier world. "CCOF firmly believes that organic is the champion of non-GMO and is committed to working with the organic community to ensure the integrity of organic food," stated Philip LaRocca, Chairman CCOF Inc. Board of Directors.
Organic products, however, are more than just non-GMO foods: the "More" portion of the new seal is intended to remind consumers that the products are grown using enhanced soil health technology and without pesticides. CCOF-certified members can use the new seal wherever they currently use the existing CCOF seal.
The introduction of the new seal closely follows Target's move towards offering more organic food.
The Kroger Co. and UK-based Ocado signed an exclusive partnership agreement, bringing the Ocado Smart Platform to the U.S. for the first time. As part of the agreement, Kroger will increase its existing investment in Ocado by 5%. Ocado will partner exclusively with Kroger in the U.S., enhancing Kroger's digital and robotics capabilities and helping expand its coverage area.read more
Business is never easy, and those undertaking the rigors of bankruptcy proceedings know this struggle all too well. Here at the Food Institute, we currently have our eyes trained on four food industry bankruptcies.read more
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