Organic industry addresses supply chain challenges
May 19, 2016
The U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015 with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up 11 percent from the previous year's record level and far outstripping the overall food market's growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Organic Trade Association's (OTA) 2016 Organic Industry Survey.
With more than 77,000 attendees, the 36th annual Natural Products Expo West and Engredea experienced another record-setting year with 6.9 percent growth. Produced by New Hope Network, Boulder, Colo., the 2016 Expo West brought together more than 3,000 exhibiting companies, including more than 600 first-time exhibitors. The show took place March 9-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Los Angeles-based CORE Nutrition, purveyors of CORE Hydration premium bottled water, announced its major market rollout of its newest innovation, CORE Organic, a USDA Certified, organic fruit-infused beverage with antioxidants and 5 calories in each serving.
Health and wellness remains an overarching driving factor in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market today. As such, consumers have increasingly grown cautious of the products that they put in their bodies, with a growing number avoiding sugar-sweetened beverages. But one brand is tackling this issue by trying to reinvent the juice category.
Pure Leaf Iced Tea, a product of The Pepsi Lipton Tea Partnership, Purchase, N.Y., announced the launch of its Pure Leaf Tea House Collection, a super-premium line of the organic tea leaves brewed with fruits and herbs. In addition to its Pure Leaf Tea House Collection, the brand is building on its Unsweetened Iced Tea by launching two new flavors — Unsweetened Black Tea with Lemon and Unsweetened Green Tea — giving consumers more zero-calorie options that don't sacrifice on taste, the company says.