www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk NP NEWS | The online home of Natural Products magazine Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:57:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London start-up MiiRO unwraps vegan lollies http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/london-start-miiro-unwraps-vegan-ice-cream-pops/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/london-start-miiro-unwraps-vegan-ice-cream-pops/#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:56:14 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28080 New Shoreditch-based company MiiRO has launched with three vegan ice cream pops in Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut varieties.

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Just in time for summer, new Shoreditch-based company MiiRO has launched with three vegan Chocolate Covered Creamy Lollies in Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut varieties.

Made with a combination of frozen coconut milk, nuts, Himalayan pink salt and pea protein, the ice creams are sweetened with coconut sugar and Italian grapes and have a smooth raw cacao and coconut butter coating which, says the company, gives them a ‘satisfying crunch’.

The Magnum-shaped ice creams contain no refined sugars, preservatives or artificial flavours and are also gluten-free. They contain a balance of protein, carbohydrates and good fats and are high in fibre. Each one contains just 166 calories.

The ice cream pops have already won two Gold Awards in the FreeFrom Awards 2017.

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Post-Brexit fair trade petition submitted http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/post-brexit-fair-trade-petition-submitted/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/post-brexit-fair-trade-petition-submitted/#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:55:33 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28066 A petition signed by over 38,000 people demanding that post-Brexit trade deals work for farmers and workers in developing countries has been submitted to the Department for International Trade (DIT).

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A petition – signed by over 38,000 people demanding that post-Brexit trade deals work for farmers and workers in developing countries – has been submitted to the Department for International Trade (DIT).

The petition was created by the Fairtrade Foundation, Traidcraft and Global Citizen and was handed in early due to the snap General Election.

“Today Fairtrade is at the Department for International Trade to hand in a petition that more than 38,000 people have signed, calling on the government to change trade for good post-Brexit,” says Tim Aldred, head of policy and research at the Fairtrade Foundation.

“Today too many people who produce the food and drink we enjoy are living on the edge and if the UK doesn’t put deals in place to protect them they could face up to £1 billion in extra taxes. Whatever the result of the election, we want the new trade minister to prioritise this issue and give farmers and workers around the world the security of continued trading with the UK, without having to worry about crippling taxes,” adds Aldred.

The petition is part of a Brexit: Let’s Change Trade For Good campaign that is calling for the Government to:

  • Act quickly. Reassure economically vulnerable countries with an immediate offer of non-reciprocal duty- and quota-free market access.
  • Go further. Make it easier for developing countries to sell higher value products to the UK, and put in place trade policies to tackle poverty in line with our promise to deliver the SDGs.
  • Look ahead. Study the impact of planned trade deals with wealthier countries carefully to make sure that they don’t undermine poorer countries.
  • Use aid and investment well. Make sure that UK aid and investment helps the poorest benefit from trade by helping to strengthen and grow their local businesses.

Earlier this year, in a Parliamentary debate, the International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP welcomed the Fairtrade Foundation and Traidcraft’s campaign and agreed with the importance of fair prices, wages, and sustainable practices for farmers and workers. A range of cross-party MPs including, the SNP, Liberal Democrats and Labour MPs also expressed support for the campaign when it was launched in Fairtrade Fortnight.

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Brown Cow Organics launches veg yoghurts http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/brown-cow-organics-launches-veg-yoghurts/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/brown-cow-organics-launches-veg-yoghurts/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:34:05 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28061 Somerset organic food producer Brown Cow Organics has introduced two natural Organic Live Yoghurts featuring vegetables.

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Somerset organic food producer Brown Cow Organics has introduced two natural Organic Live Yoghurts featuring vegetables.

The initial flavours are Organic Beetroot and Organic Carrot & Turmeric, and the yoghurts are made using the producer’s own Guernsey herd organic whole milk.

With no added sugar, the artisan-produced yoghurts are naturally very low in fat and calories but thick and creamy, with no emulsifiers, stabilizers or thickeners.

Brown Cow Organics’ owner Judith Freane says she had noticed a growing trend toward food traditionally perceived as fruit-based so felt that vegetable yoghurts were a natural progression.

The yoghurts recently featured on BBC1’s CountryFile.

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The Coconut Collaborative creates citrus treats http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/coconut-collaborative-creates-citrus-treats/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/coconut-collaborative-creates-citrus-treats/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:49:23 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28058 The Coconut Collaborative has added a third product to its range of healthy but indulgent coconut-based desserts. The Little Lemon Temptations are made from coconut cream and real lemon juice for an extra zing. They are dairy-, soya- and gluten-free, contain 125 calories per 45g pot, and are available in packs of four. The Coconut […]

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The Coconut Collaborative has added a third product to its range of healthy but indulgent coconut-based desserts.

The Little Lemon Temptations are made from coconut cream and real lemon juice for an extra zing. They are dairy-, soya- and gluten-free, contain 125 calories per 45g pot, and are available in packs of four.

The Coconut Collaborative co-founder James Averdieck, who also founded Gü in 2003, comments: “We believe there’s a gap in the market for great tasting, free-from desserts which still feel indulgent. Our choc pots in particular have proved a real winner with consumers since they launched last year and adding a lemon line seemed like the natural next move for us. As with the Choc Pots, they combine great taste, a beautiful creamy texture and the healthy benefits of coconut.”

 

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Viridian brews up new Curcumin Latte http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/viridian-brews-new-curcumin-latte/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/viridian-brews-new-curcumin-latte/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:26:59 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28055 One of the latest additions to the Viridian Nutrition range is its innovative Organic Curcumin Latte, which provides 170mg of curcuminoids per serving.

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One of the latest additions to the Viridian Nutrition range is its innovative Organic Curcumin Latte, which provides 170mg of curcuminoids per serving.

The caffeine-free latte blends whole turmeric root with high strength turmeric extract and aromatic spices to create a warming drink when mixed with milk or plant-based milk.

The new latte was launched at Natural & Organic Products Europe 2017 where it was awarded Best New Drink Product.

Commenting on the launch, Viridian’s marketing manager Tom Welch said: “Viridian’s award-winning Organic Curcumin Latte is a contemporary take on the traditional turmeric latte also known as golden milk, and features high potency turmeric root extract with enhanced levels of the prime active known as curcumin. We gave away more than 600 tasting samples at the recent Natural & Organic Products Europe exhibition, mixed with coconut milk, and feedback was an overwhelming positive. This high potency and innovative formula is a solid example of our NPD strategy at Viridian Nutrition, developing research-driven, effective products exclusive for the specialist health food store.”

The ingredients are sustainably sourced and are certified organic by The Soil Association. Each jar contains 30 servings.

Viridian has also launched a softgel version of its Organic Scandinavian Rainbow Trout Oil as well as extending its range of probiotics with Synbiotic L-rhamnosus GG, providing the bacteria at a clinically studied amount of ten billion per capsule.

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Squbes come in cubes http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/squbes-come-cubes/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/squbes-come-cubes/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:24:23 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28052 Virginia Health Foods has introduced bite-size savoury seed cubes called Squbes to offer consumers a natural, healthy mess-free snack.

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Virginia Health Foods has introduced bite-size savoury seed cubes called Squbes to offer consumers a natural, healthy mess-free snack.

The Squbes contain no refined sugar and are wheat-free; they are high in fibre and a good source of protein and magnesium and healthy fats.

Squbes are available in 100g resealable packs or 30g sachets and come in two varieties: Spiced Sesame & Almond combining sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, linseeds, chia seeds, nigella seeds and almonds; and Sea Salt & Black Pepper features sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseeds, chia seeds and nigella seeds. Both varieties contain 167 per 30g packet.

“With the current trends for health and wellness, consumers are looking for alternative snacking options that meet their needs for a wholesome but delicious treat,” says Helen O Dowd, founding director of Virginia Health Foods. “As a result, the category is growing at 13% year-on-year, making this the perfect time for the new Squbes brand to launch. Squbes is a nutritious savoury concept packaged in handy resalable bags so we are confident this range will be a success for our retailers.”

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BetterYou gels with magnesium http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/betteryou-gels-magnesium/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/betteryou-gels-magnesium/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:09:53 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28049 BetterYou has launched a new MagnesiumGel, boasting, says the brand, the most concentrated gel/magnesium content on the market.

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As it celebrates its tenth year, BetterYou has launched a new MagnesiumGel, boasting, says the brand, the most concentrated gel/magnesium content on the market.

As an extension to its transdermal magnesium range, the BetterYou MagnesiumGel provides 100mg of elemental magnesium for every 1ml of gel. In a single teaspoon this would be 500mg.

Formulated for ease of use and targeted application for the consumer, the gel uses a pure source of magnesium mined from an ancient seabed a mile below ground and guaranteed free of man-made pollutants.

“MagnesiumGel is an exciting new extension to the transdermal magnesium range offering the customer targeted application and sustained delivery through the skin, meaning the magnesium absorption begins instantly,” says Andrew Thomas, co-founder and MD of BetterYou.

“As a company, we try not to change our base ingredient when developing new products. So, for the MagnesiumGel, we take the MagnesiumOil and add a gelling agent – nothing else.

“We’re trying to get elemental magnesium into people’s bodies, but what we’re also trying to do is to increase convenience and customer compliance. We’re trying to do it in the most effective way possible. We’ll keep on developing and innovating products to help people elevate magnesium. Transdermal is the fastest way of elevating magnesium and much faster than any other sort of traditional supplementation. It’s something that we’re very passionate about.”

The gel is suitable for children and for use during pregnancy.

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General Election prompts organic policy push http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/election-prompts-sa-policy-push/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/election-prompts-sa-policy-push/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:49:23 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28043 The SA is pushing for eight policies to be included in all political parties’ manifestos ahead of the snap general election on 8 June.

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The Soil Association (SA) is pushing for eight policies to be included in all political parties’ manifestos ahead of the snap General Election on 8 June.

The policies are:

  • Investing in healthy soils – though soil stewardship payments, mandatory soil testing, incentives for more grass and clover, and agroforestry.
  • Zero carbon farming by 2050 – a commitment to ensuring the agriculture and food sector plays its part in tackling climate change, in line with the Paris Agreement.
  • Funding for farmer-led research – allocate 10% of the current research and development budget for innovative agriculture projects led by farmers themselves.
  • Stronger support for organic farming – building on the current system to increase the amount of land farmed using organic methods to benefit the environment and improve animal welfare, and to meet growing consumer demand for organic food.
  • A ‘good life’ for all farm animals within 10 years – setting a new welfare framework for all farm animals supported by the mandatory method of production labelling, stronger regulation of farm antibiotic use, and public investment to help farmers make the transition.
  • Investing in child health – commit to creating an environment where it is normal, easy and enjoyable for children and young people to eat well.
  • Better public procurement – to widen public access to healthier, higher welfare, local and organic food and to build stable markets for farmers and growers.
  • Every hospital becomes a ‘beacon of good food’ – contributing towards the ‘radical upgrade in prevention and public health’ called for in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

The policies build on the SA’s recent report on post-CAP priorities and are designed to ensure that all political parties put climate change, public health, soil protection and farm animal welfare at the centre of their food and farming vision.

The SA is also highlighting the need for more coordinated working across departments and with devolved administrations, and more resources for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

It is urging people to petition their MPs on this issue and share their own ideas for food and farming priorities with the SA by emailing: policymail@soilassociation.org

 

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G-NUTS serves up low-salt peanuts http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/g-nuts-cooks-low-salt-peanuts/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/g-nuts-cooks-low-salt-peanuts/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:23:37 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28038 G-NUTS has introduced to the UK its unique-tasting snack G-NUTS Peanuts, aimed at consumers looking for a tasty but healthy snack.

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G-NUTS has introduced to the UK its unique-tasting snack G-NUTS Peanuts, aimed at consumers looking for a tasty but healthy snack.

Company founder Funmi Brady says that what makes G-NUTS Peanuts different from others on the market is the quality and freshness of the peanuts and the way they are cooked – with just sea salt – to retain their subtle, natural flavour. The nuts aren’t cooked in oil and only minimal salt is added. “The shop-bought nuts here are so salty and oily,” Brady explains. “Ours are natural, with a subtle, delicious flavour.”

Brady grew up in Nigeria where as a child freshly cooked peanuts, known in Africa as groundnuts, were one of her favourite snacks. Now living in the UK, and inspired by her memories, Brady spotted a gap in the market and is on a mission to introduce people to proper peanuts.

The production takes place in Nigeria by G-NUTS’ sister company, enabling control of standards throughout the process. The peanuts are hand-cooked in small batches to ensure maximum flavour and quality.

“We only employ women for the cooking,” explains Brady. “I’m trying to give something back to the economy in Nigeria. It’s good to know that there are people working for us in Nigeria who are getting money that they need.”

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Consumer confusion prompts labelling campaign http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/28032-2/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/28032-2/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:50:46 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28032 The Soil Association (SA) has launched a campaign for greater clarity on beauty product labelling.

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The Soil Association (SA) has launched a campaign for greater clarity on beauty product labelling.

Using the hashtag #ComeCleanAboutBeauty, the campaign is asking people to sign an online petition calling for brands to use the terms ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ responsibly or not at all.

Consumer confusion is rife in this area according to new research commissioned by the SA, with many consumers making erroneous assumptions about products that have the term ‘organic’ on their label, even if it only relates to a single ingredient. Of 1,000 people questioned, the SA said that 72% said they would lose trust in a beauty brand that made misleading claims about being organic and 69% felt that misleading labelling should be against the law.

The lack of clarity and potential for misleading consumers is also likely to have an impact on retailers. The research found that 64% of people said they’d lose trust in a retailer if they found out that beauty products which say organic on the label are not certified and could not meet organic standards.

As part of the campaign, the SA has cited examples of uncertified products that are using the term organic on their labels. The associated Campaign for Clarity: Come Clean About Beauty report states that the SA has ‘not been able to do a comprehensive survey of all beauty products, but our limited research found 13 products from eight different brands that have labels which could suggest to consumers that they are wholly or mainly organic, yet are not independently certified’.

“This is the tip of the iceberg,” says SA policy director Peter Melchett. “The labels on products we encountered were littered with confusing terms. Our consumer research shows that it is very difficult for consumers to know they are making the right choice when doing their shopping.”

This report also highlights the fact that many products which claim to contain organic ingredients also contain ingredients that would not be permitted by an independent international organic and natural health and beauty standard. Working with leading independent toxicologist, Emeritus Professor Vyvyan Howard of the Centre for Molecular Bioscience at Ulster University they came up with the ‘Terrible Ten’ – a list of ten ingredients that consumers should look out for, and which would never be permitted in a certified organic product.

‘We are not suggesting that the inclusion of any of these ingredients in the products listed means that those products are unsafe. We are talking about the impacts that some of these ingredients have been found to have in wider use,’ adds the report. However, it says that ‘brands which are doing this are in danger of exploiting the reassurance that consumers seek when they choose an organic product’.

“I was shocked to find ingredients which could contain human carcinogens in products with labels which could misleadingly suggest that they might be organic,” says Howard. “Genuine organic products are independently certified and I would encourage consumers to choose those to be sure they are keeping away from ingredients included in the Terrible Ten.”

 

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