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Latin America: New Natural Beverage Launches


UAE: Al Maya Group Opens New Supermarkets


Latin America: Summit Casts Sustainability Spotlight on Brazil




Latin America: New Natural Beverage Launches

Brazilian organic food company Green Fusion has introduced B+ natural juices range. The drinks have functional and antioxidant properties. The juices are made with 75% to 80% pulp of local Brazilian fruits, available in five different blends. Products are sold in 300ml bottles produced by Ownens-Illionois and made with heat-shrinkable sleeve labels.

In Peru, the food and drinks company La Cosecha Peruana, has launched two new natural drinks. It has launched its Beberash chicha morada corn drink and herb-based drink emoliente in glass bottles; they are already in convenience stores and Tottus. They will also arrive in Cencosud and Supermercados Peruanos.

La Cosecha Peruana hopes to see sales rise between 15% and 20% in 2014 with these drinks, following a 10% increase seen in the first half of the year. The company also has a range of fruit drinks and tea under the same brand which it sells in Subway, as well as the other shops. It is testing a chia product and a range of diet products for product launch.

La Cosecha Peruana makes 60% of its sales in Lima, and 5% of its production is exported to the US. With its eye on the European organic foods market, the firm is looking to start exporting, with the aim of raising exports to 10% of its total sales.

Source: Gestion (Peru) / Embalagem Marca


UAE: Al Maya Group Opens New Supermarkets

The Al Maya Group has extended its reach in Abu Dhabi by opening its 4th supermarket in the country's capital and 1st on Al Reem Island, which is a residential, commercial and business project.

The Group operates more than 40 supermarkets across the Gulf. According to the group director Mr. Kamal Vachani, Group Director: "We are expanding our retail business activities in a big way and are planning to increase the number of stores in the Middle East before the year end."

"We also import and stock a large variety of fruits and vegetable from various countries to cater to the needs and satisfaction of our valuable customers. We are also aiming at bringing in fresh organic produce locally, as well as from Spain, Holland and the United States. Organic products from South Africa like Carmien Organic Tea, Organic Olive Oil will soon reach our shelves including products like All Gold Ketchup and Bakers Biscuits and Natural Spices" said Kamal Vachani, Group Director.

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Source: Islamic Financial News



Latin America: Summit Casts Sustainability Spotlight on Brazil

Taking place in São Paulo on 10-12th September, the Latin American edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit will cast the sustainability spotlight on Brazil.

Brazil has announced the World Cup and the upcoming Olympics will be the most sustainable on record. The events will use solar powered stadiums, serve organic foods, undertake waste recycling and offset carbon emissions. These green initiatives are part of a broad strategy to encourage sustainability in Brazil. Although the government is investing in green initiatives, Organic Monitor research finds Brazil and the wider Latin American region is lagging in sustainability.

Latin America is now established as a major producer of natural ingredients and ecological products. The region has almost 20% share of global organic farmland, and is the biggest producer of sustainable commodities, such as coffee, cocoa, sugar and soya beans. In the cosmetics industry, the biomes of Brazil are a hotbed of natural ingredients. Rainforest specialties, such as açaí, pracaxi, andiroba, copaiba, and annatto, have made their way in cosmetic and personal care applications across the globe.

Although Brazil and Latin America have become major exporters, they remain small consumer of green products. Less then 2% of global natural & organic cosmetics sales are from the region. Latin American brands are using indigenous natural ingredients however most cosmetic formulations remain conventional, with the presence of synthetic preservatives, emulsifiers, surfactants and emollients. Furthermore, few cosmetic companies have adopted coherent sustainability strategies to address their ecological impacts.

By focusing on green formulations (ingredients) and sustainability metrics, the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit aims to address some of the sustainability shortcomings in the Latin American cosmetics industry.

Opening the summit is a keynote by George Korres, Founder and CEO of Korres Natural Products, on the healing value of green ingredients. Originating from the oldest homeopathic pharmacy in Greece, the natural cosmetics brand has built an international presence. Korres will give insights into how brands can successfully formulate natural cosmetics using medicinal herbs and plant extracts.

Dalberto Adulis from Instituto Akatu will discuss approaches to encourage sustainable consumption of cosmetic and personal care products. Brazil has the third largest cosmetics market in the world, however environmental impacts remains high because of consumer behavior. Advice will be given into to cosmetic brands and retailers on how they can promote conscious consumption. Another paper will share consumer research on sustainable products; what do Brazilian consumers think of green products, and how can they be encouraged to become more sustainable?

For the first time, a dedicated session will feature sustainability metrics. Industry experts will show how metrics can help cosmetic brands and ingredient firms on the green journey. An update will be given on the use of Life-Cycle Analyses to measure and reduce environmental footprints. L’Oreal will state how metrics were used to set targets in its ‘Sharing Beauty for All’ sustainability strategy. The cosmetics multinational plans to reach 1 billion more consumers whilst reducing its environmental footprint by 60% by 2020. Paulo Pianez, Sustainability Director of Carrefour Brasil, will share the retailer’s experiences in measuring sustainability.

With many Latin American brands grappling with green formulations, the summit devotes a session and workshop to green ingredients. Judi Beerling, Head of Technical Research at Organic Monitor, will give an interactive workshop to guide brands on how to replace synthetic emulsifiers, surfactants and emollients in product formulations. Details will be given on green alternatives to SLS / SLES and related petrochemical-based materials. Marie Harris from Instituto Harris will highlight the safety issues associated with natural ingredients. Other papers will cover innovating using natural actives, green preservation approaches, sustainable botanicals, and developing certified natural & organic cosmetics.

Organized by Organic Monitor, the aim of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit is to encourage sustainability in the beauty industry by bringing together key stake-holders and debate major sustainability issues in a high-level forum. The 3rd Latin American edition will be hosted at Hotel Novotel São Paolo Jaraguá Conventions on 10-12th September. More information is available from the website

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