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La Vie Claire: organic chain with 240 stores on an expansion path

After the organic association Biocoop, that has over 350 specialist wholefood stores, in terms of numbers La Vie Claire is in second place with 240 stores. In 2014, its growth in turnover came to 17 %, and the number of customers rose by 8.5 %. These positive figures confirm the management under Benoît Soury and Brunel Marmone and the owners of the company, the family of Régis Pelen, in their plan to continue the current investment strategy.

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Bio-Planet: food retailer’s subsidiary an important player in Belgium

by Kai Kreuzer

In April 2015, Bio-Planet’s fifteenth organic supermarket was opened in Halle, 20 km south-west of Brussels. 14 years ago in 2001, the first Bio-Planet store was launched in Kortrijk.


Natrue Membership Assembly was a big success

by Karin Heinze

The Association for Natural & Organic Cosmetics Natrue hosted a highly successful Membership Assembly on 22 May. At the meeting new members were welcomed and old members were updated of the latest endeavours in the world of natural and organic cosmetics.


Crowdfunding: money via the internet

by Karin Heinze

According to a current study by Ernst & Young and the Center for Alternative Finance at the University of Cambridge, crowdfunding and other alternative methods of financing are booming in Europe.


Ukraine: 5th International Central/Eastern Europe and Central Asia Conference

by Redaktion

The 5th International Conference on the Development of the Organic Sector in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian countries is considered by the participants and organizers to have been a great success.


TIPI: Global Organic Innovation Platform

by Kai Kreuzer

Global and European organic technology platforms present their visions and strategies for organic food and farming research on Science Day, held on February 13, 2015 at the global organic fair BioFach in Nürnberg. The Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM (TIPI) discussed the second draft of its vision and strategy for organic farming research and in particular its action plan.


Sri Lanka: Good Market – Organic, Sustainable and Local

by Karin Heinze

Sri Lanka is a small country and for a long time the people had other worries than where to buy organic products. But the Good Market project in Colombo shows that there is growing demand for organic food, natural cosmetics and sustainably manufactured products.