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More than 10,000 professionals attended Natexpo Lyon 2022

10,177 professionals from the organic sector met from September 18 to 20 at the Natexpo in Lyon. That is 27 per cent more participants than at the previous Lyon edition in 2020.

European organic movement calls for a systemic approach to carbon farming

As carbon farming is a current priority on the EU agenda when it comes to climate change mitigation in agriculture, IFOAM Organics Europe urges in their new position paper the need for a holistic and multi-dimensional approach to carbon farming.

Rising sales from organic food in the Czech Republic

The market for organic food in the Czech Republic is growing. Compared to 2019, the growth was 14 per cent higher, and Czech households consumed organic food worth CZK 5.99 billion (compared to CZK 5.26 billion in 2019). This is according to the report on the organic food market in the Czech Republic in 2020, published by the Ministry of Agriculture.

New FiBL study shows ways for climate-neutral organic agriculture by 2040

Net-zero emissions in organic agriculture in Switzerland are challenging, but possible. This is the conclusion of a study published today by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). 

Organic sales in Switzerland reach for the first time over four billion Swiss Francs

For the first time, Swiss retailers and direct marketers turned over more than four billion Swiss Francs in organic products, Bio Suisse announced at its annual media conference this year.

Triballat Noyal now bears the name of its founder

The manufacturer behind brands like Sojade and Bergerie has a new name. Since April 1, the company has been operating under the first name of its founder.

Pasta Nuova is now called Mossa GmbH

The manufacturer behind the specialist trade brand Pasta Nuova has been operating under the name Mossa GmbH since April 1. The renaming is intended to make external communication clearer and more transparent.

"Eco" to be added to EU "black list"

The EU Commission has presented a series of proposals aimed at protecting the climate and strengthening retailers and consumers. According to the proposals, ambiguous statements about a product's environmental properties will no longer be permitted.

Organic food was trending in Austria in 2021

In 2021, special offers and organic products were again in particular demand. Consumption was above the pre-crisis level, although not quite as high as in 2020.

Organic operators can now apply for EU organic awards

Last week, the applications for the first EU organic awards were launched. Organic operators can now apply for eight awards within seven categories.

Lidl Switzerland increases sales of organic products

For the third year in a row, Lidl Switzerland recorded an increase in sales of organic products. Thus, sales of organically produced food increased by 20 percent in 2021 compared to the previous year.

How organic companies are affected by the Ukraine war - and how they are helping

Russia's war against Ukraine is also influencing the businesses of organic companies. They are closing sites and having difficulty obtaining raw materials. All of them, however, are united in solidarity with Ukraine.

EU approves alternative smoking process

The EU has approved "Clean Smoke," an alternative smoking process for organic products that is considered particularly clean and environmentally friendly. The first products are to be sold in natural food stores as early as March.

Change of leadership at FIBL Switzerland

The three-person management team of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL) will have a new composition as of April. Beate Huber succeeds Lucius Tamm.

Followfood wants to become more sustainable and transparent with Blueyou

Following the acquisition of the Kissyo ice cream brand, Followfood has become a majority shareholder in the consulting and trading company Blueyou. Their know-how is to help the organic manufacturer achieve even more transparent supply chains.

New Managing Director at CCPB

Lorenzo Pileri is the new Managing Director of CCPB. The company, based in Bologna, Italy, certifies organic food and organic non-food products. 

IFOAM Organics Europe calls for increased support of organic farming

The organic food and farming movement analyzed the Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2027 (CAP) of several member states. Their conclusion is that most CAP national Strategic Plans lack ambition and will not contribute to significantly developing organic farming in the EU or to achieving the EU’s targets set in the Farm to Fork Strategy.

EU Organic Awards to be presented for the first time

To stimulate the goal of 25 percent organic farming by 2030, the European Commission will grant annual awards for the best and most innovative organic players in its Organic Action Plan. 

New Oxfam study: Starvation wages for pineapples and grapes

On plantations in Costa Rica and South Africa, people work for the lowest wages and under catastrophic conditions. German supermarkets profit from this.

Dennree Group increases sales

The organic retailer was able to further expand its growth from the previous year in 2021. The workforce again benefited from the positive business development. Dennree also invested in its warehouse at the company headquarters in Toepen.

Every third customer buys natural cosmetics

Germany remains the largest market for natural cosmetics in Europe. In 2021, the division gained 1.6 million customers. Meanwhile, organic specialist retailers are losing their importance as a sales channel.


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