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Vivaness: 10 years of growth in Natural & organic cosmetics

Over the past decade the international natural cosmetics market has developed magnificently. With continual growth of 5 to over 10 % per year, the care products sales figures excluding petro-chemicals and problematical preservatives have left the conventional cosmetics market behind.

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Healthy development in the global organic market

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Organic is continuing on its successful path and the global market is developing positively. BioFach has analysed the development of major organic markets in Europe and North America.


Mitka: practising fair trade in Central America

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

The Central American Coffee Import and Export GmbH, abbreviated to Mitka, imports fair trade coffee from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and, above all, Nicaragua. For 30 years Mitka has striven, maintaining direct contact with producers, to practise fair and sustainable trading with the producers.

Alnatura cooperating with Edeka

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Edeka, with 11,500 stores and turnover of 47.2 billion euros (2014), is Germany’s biggest retail network. It is now the new distribution partner of the organic company Alnatura.

Sustainable Foods Summit Highlighted Key Industry Concerns

by Editor (comments: 0)

The food industry needs to take greater steps towards sustainable development. This was one of the key messages from the Sustainable Foods Summit Europe. Soil fertility, carbon management, regulatory framework, and sustainable food production were stated as major areas of concern.

Nicaraguas core eco initiative fights greenwashing

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Organic farming has slowly become established in Nicaragua. But the work of eco initiatives like Finca La Esperanzita and Sano y Salvo is being jeopardized by the increasing activities of so-called sustainability initiatives. Nicaragua’s core eco initiative Finca La Esperanzita is opposing this development.


Ökotopia 35 years old – the name says it all

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Based on the title of the novel by Ernest Callenbach, the name Ökotopia came about 35 years ago. The theme of the book  is a society organized according to the tenets of environmental and social responsibility.This aim became firmly established in the corporate philosophy of this coffee and tea specialist.

Biocoop: premier driving force in France

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Despite the existence of several successful network and franchise systems in the organic sector, Biocoop remains the biggest association of independent retailers in France. In 2014, turnover increased by 13.4 % to € 657m.

Nicaragua: Managua’s Green Wave

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Ola Verde means green wave and is an organic enterprise in Managua. Carla Fjeld launched an initiative for healthy living and nutrition, and her restaurant, adjoining shop and catering have proved to be a great success.

Organic niche at Expo 2015

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

The world exhibition has been running in Milan since 1 May and will continue until 31 October. This mega-event is dominated by the giants in the agricultural and food industry. But anyone interested enough to search will find the initiatives and events that demonstrate a different approach and alternatives.

Supporting projects in developing and emerging countries

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Launching a project abroad is often no easy undertaking. Facing this challenge are mainly companies that want to start, for example, a cropping and processing project in countries outside Europe.

Solar hotel in Paris

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 1)

Exactly five years ago, an organic solar hotel was launched in Paris where you can breakfast on organic baguettes, organic croissant, organic jam, organic yogurt and organic compote. In the rooms there is a current edition of the consumer magazine Bio-Info and in the bathrooms you find Ecover liquid soap and shower gel.

Organic market in France grows by 10 %

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

There is strong demand for organic food in France and the market is continually growing. In 2014, turnover grew by 10 % compared with 2013 and amounted to five billion euros (Germany 7.8 billion euros). Per capita expenditure in France was 75 euros and the equivalent figure in Germany was 95 euros.

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