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The specialist wholefood trade in Belgium lags behind countries like Germany and France. Large-scale specialist organic stores (over 200 m²) and organic supermarkets (over 400 m²) are far from being the standard in organic marketing. Three of the nearly two dozen Belgian organic supermarkets operate under the title Biocap. The owners are two courageous women – Martine Baré and Annette Dubois – who launched their first large-scale store in 2001. Now, they are managing three organic supermarkets with 400 m² or more of retail space: two in the suburbs of Namur (Bouge and Erpent) to the south-east of Brussels and one in Charleroi. With 210,000 inhabitants, Charleroi - 50 km from Brussels – is the biggest city in French-speaking Wallonia.
Picture: Biocap supermarket in the south of Namur
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