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General Mills Rejects GMO Ban

The majority of participating shareholders — 97.8 percent — at General Mills’ annual shareholder meeting Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban genetically modified organisms from all of its brands, according to the LA Times. Earlier this year the company removed genetically modified ingredients from its well-known cereal brand Cheerios and … Read more »

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General Mills to Acquire Annie’s

General Mills says it will acquire organic and natural food company Annie’s for about $820 million. Annie’s will join General Mills’ US natural and organic products portfolio, which includes the Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, LÄRABAR and Food Should Taste Good brands. Annie’s posted net sales of $204 million in its latest … Read more »

Green Can Be Cool And Profitable

Growth opportunities lie ahead for companies that recognize that sustainability is not something to embrace simply because of regulatory demands, but also because of the sales benefits of differentiated packaging and the cool factor increasingly associated with green, according to a white paper by L.E.K. The paper says sustainable packaging is … Read more »

Why Consumers Pay More for Organic Foods

The Academics Review report says consumers have spent hundreds of billion dollars purchasing premium-priced organic food products based on false or misleading perceptions about comparative product food safety, nutrition and health attributes. The review examined more than 200 published academic, industry and government research reports into why consumers adopt organic … Read more »

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Green Product Growth Outpaced Others During Recession

A majority of small businesses found sales of green products increased and outpaced traditional alternatives during the recession, a survey from Green America, EcoVentures International  and Association for Enterprise Opportunity reports. The three groups conducted the survey last summer and from the 1,300-plus businesses that responded, they found that the greener the … Read more »

Global Green Trade to Reach $2.2 Trillion by 2020

The global market for low carbon and energy efficient technologies, including renewable energy supply products, will triple to $2.2 trillion by 2020, the United Nations Environment Programme forecasts in a report. The UNEP report, Green Economy and Trade-Trends, Challenges and Opportunities, says developing countries with abundant renewable resources are well-positioned … Read more »

Food Eco-Labels to Proliferate in 2013

The number of eco-labels in the food industry is expected to continue to increase in 2013 and this proliferation could have adverse consequences, according to the research group Organic Monitor. Currently over 200 seals and logos represent some ecological, ethical, ingredient or sustainability attributes in the global food industry, Organic Monitor … Read more »