Topic of the week

Poland: new store concepts with bistro

Poland’s biggest wholefood retailer, the Organic Farma Zdrowia Group, increased turnover in 2014 by 25 %, which equates to a 25 % rise in value from 52 million zloty (12.5 million euros) to over 65 million zloty (15.1 million euros). By implementing a franchise system, the company’s aim is to be operating 100 specialist wholefood stores avross the whole of Poland by the end of 2017. Organic Farma Zdrowia (Health from Organic Farms) owns the online shops Ekosfera24 and Organic24, and it also has a share in the subsidiaries Eco-Vital (28 %), the wholefood wholesaler Bio Planet (100 %) and the restaurant chain Green Way (30 %). Bio Planet, founded in 2005, increased net profit significantly in 2014 to PLN 1.5 million (348,000 euros) from PLN 1.1 million (232,000 euros) in the preceding year.

Picture: "Organic" is a concept of the Organic Farma Zdrowia Group, the biggest wholefood retailer of Poland. But also the wholesaler Bio Planet is part of the group.

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