Australia: Aldi Targeted
Because of Palm Oil Sustainability Concerns
taking on Aldi because of concerns about palm oil sourcing. Shoppers in
New South Wales are protesting outside Aldi stores, demanding products
with palm oil be clearly marked.
Organiser Anasuya Claff said they were targeting Aldi because Aldi
didn't have a published policy about palm oil, whereas Coles and
Woolworths did. Ms Claff said there was a commitment from Woolworths to
have palm oil labelled on all of their own products.
She said when she raised the palm oil issue with Aldi management on the
phone, they said it was up to their suppliers.
"This is not good enough... Aldi has good sustainable fish and human
rights policies and they are gaining market share against Coles and
Woolies. We want Aldi to know that people care about palm oil."
Ms Claff said a 2011 Food Labelling and Law policy review recommended
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) undertake "a technical
evaluation" of whether more detail could be included on labels for foods
that currently had generic information such as "added vegetable oils".
FSANZ estimates they will report back in 2015.
She also said clear labelling for palm oil sourced from sustainable
plantations was also important.
"We want to push companies to transform to sustainability, and that
means raising awareness and having their customers ask them to use
segregated certified sustainable palm oil. If Aldi hears that their
customers want action, they will take action."
Ms Claff states palm oil plantations are the leading cause of rainforest
destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia, wiping out the equivalent of 300
soccer fields every hour. The loss of rainforest habitat is causing a
massive decline in the population of orangutans, which could be wiped
out in the wild by 2020. It also threatens endangered species such as
Sumatran tigers and Bornean rhinos and represents a huge loss of
biodiversity. Palm oil is in everything from food products to cosmetics
and detergents, but often it is labelled as "vegetable oil" which
doesn't allow consumers to identify and then boycott it.
Asia Lagging Behind in
Sustainable Sourcing of Cosmetic Ingredients
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Australia: New Organic
Skincare Range Bringing Kerr Rivalry?
Supermodel Miranda Kerr's mother is set to
compete against daughter with a new range of organic skincare products.
Theresa Kerr has gone into direct competition with her daughter, 10
months after she was ousted from the supermodel's skincare company Kora
Miranda wanted to keep Kora as a skincare range, but I said: 'You know
what? I want to share certified organic goodness with the world'," Mrs
Kerr told The Sunday Telegraph. It's a bold move by Mrs Kerr, who was
instrumental in helping establish Kora. Her exit from the company in
January came as a shock.
Mrs Kerr's new range, Divine By Therese Kerr, includes certified organic
products, such as deodorant, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, hand
wash and hand lotion; they will be launched nationally in February. Two
months after that, she will extend her range to include hair care and
"I'm really proud of Mum for creating this range," Miranda Kerr said.
"There is definitely a gap in the market for certified organic personal
care products. She is passionate and dedicated and I know it will be a
huge success for her."
Speculation that mother and daughter pair have had a falling out was in
the media earlier this year when Mrs Kerr stepped down from her position
at Kora Organics. Mrs Kerr insists the move isn't a bid to compete with
her daughter. "It is to compliment the Kora range," she said. "Miranda
is really excited, which is wonderful. I would envisage we will end up
having the ranges as mum and daughter beside each other in stores." Of
leaving Kora to start her own range, she said: "I stepped down from that
position because I wasn't walking my walk in regards to health and
"I was working too many hours a day and not having that balance I needed
and that combined with stress, it got too much. It is what it is and I
live life to the fullest and now I have found my passion and it is
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Source: Daily Telegraph
New Zealand: Organic
Meat Demand Outstrips
More organic meat is required to meet
growing consumer demand, say two Auckland-based meat suppliers.
Neat Meat managing director Simon Ericson and Harmony managing director
Mark Hunter have big plans to grow the organic market, but they need
more product first. Ericson grew up on a
Gisborne sheep and beef farm and admits to farming "dead meat" now.
He established Neat Meat in Auckland's Ponsonby in 2001 and two years
later helped develop the Angus Pure brand.
Five years ago he persuaded his friend Mark Hunter to leave his
accounting job and together they bought Harmony, which specialised in
While Neat Meat supplies meat to restaurants, hotels and catering
companies, Harmony's focus is on the retail sector.
Harmony had since moved from "growing the best pork in the world" to
repositioning itself in the organic beef and lamb market.
Sales increased fourfold over the past 4 1/2 years from a low base but
they were still chasing supply, Hunter said.
The biggest growth in retail had been in the Auckland market. Harmony
also exports products to Hong Kong and Singapore where demand is growing.
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