New research has revealed the cost of groceries has dropped for the fourth month in a row.
Research conducted by the shopping and comparison website, mySupermarket, found the cost of a basket of 35 popular products dropped for the fourth month in a row, costing £84.36 in March.
It’s the lowest recorded price since the mySupermarket Groceries Tracker was launched in December 2014.
Prices for items such as broccoli, bananas and onions have dropped, with broccoli now more than a third cheaper than it was this time last year. It also dropped more than 25 per cent in price in the last month alone. Bananas were more than eight per cent cheaper than last month and more than 16 per cent cheaper than this time last year. Items that rose in price included carrots (up more than five per cent).
mySupermarket Managing Director, Kim Ludlow, commented: “One thing for certain is that you need to ensure you are getting the best possible price for your shop. While prices continue to drop, there are several key products that are rising, or fluctuating month to month.”
A significant increase in the number of certified organic operations has helped drive double digit growth in the organic sector in the U.S, new data has revealed.
According to a new report from The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are now 21,781 certified organic operations in the United States and 31,160 around the world.
According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the number of domestic certified organic operations increased by almost 12 per cent between 2014 and 2015, representing the highest growth rate since 2008 and an increase of nearly 300 per cent since the count began in 2002. The total retail market for organic products is now valued at more than $39bn in the United States and over $75bn worldwide.
Along with consumer demand for organics, increasingly they are asking for local foods. Industry data estimates that U.S. local food sales totalled at least $12bn in 2014, up from $5bn in 2008.
“Organic food is one of the fasting growing segments of American agriculture,” commented Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As consumer demand for organic products continues to grow, the USDA organic seal has become a leading global standard. The increasing number of organic operations shows that USDA’s strong support for the vibrant organic sector is helping to create jobs and opportunities in rural communities.”
Commenting on the report, Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association, said: “This latest market report confirms that it continues to be a very positive time for organic food and farming. The USA is the world’s largest organic market, helped by strong Government leadership, including encouragement from Michelle Obama. The continued growth of organic in the US is mirrored in other leading organic countries from China to Germany. Meanwhile in the UK, the organic market is in steady growth and is set to break the £2bn mark this year.”
USDA has also established a number of resources to help organic producers find technical and financial resources to help them grow domestically and abroad.
The data announced today are publicly available as part of the recently launched Organic Integrity Database, a modernised system for tracking certified organic operations. It means, organic certifiers can add new operations and report changes to existing operations.
The Tesco-owned NutriCentres are to close, it has been announced.
The supermarket giant confirmed that it was to close the stores. Indeed, on the NutriCentre website, there is a ‘closing down sale’, with major discounts on products.
A Tesco spokesperson told Health Food Business: “We have taken the difficult decision to close our Nutricentre business. We have learned a lot through Nutricentre but we believe we can serve our customers better through our core UK business. Our priority now is to support affected colleagues.”
The news comes just weeks after NutriCentre announced a major range rationalisation, following the appointment of a management team
The Soil Association is calling all organic food enthusiasts to vote in its BOOM Awards.
A new version of the Organic Food Awards, the BOOM Awards are run as a way to recognise people and businesses that use and promote organic. The awards celebrate the best innovative and great tasting organic products and are judged by an independent panel of well-known experts in good food.
Anna Jones, former chef and food stylist for Jamie Oliver, is this year’s BOOM Ambassador, and she said: “I believe that food and eating should be joyful, and good organic produce is at the centre of this joy. There has been a real shift towards people wanting to know the origins of what they’re eating – from where it was grown to who planted the seeds – and organic produce has these values at its core. I am excited to celebrate the individuals and businesses that are giving us some brilliant choices about what we buy and eat.”
To nominate, visit www.soilassociation.org/awards/boomawards/consumerchoice before April 15, when nominations close. The results will be announced on 11th May 2016.