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Glyphosate verdict: US court condemns Monsanto to high fine

A US court in California made a spectacular decision last week. It sentenced Bayer subsidiary Monsanto to a "compensation for pain and suffering" equivalent to EUR 254 million for a dying cancer patient.

The packaging problem and the search for an ecological solution

When it comes to packaging, the conventional food industry and the organic sector are not very far away from each other.

Breeding: Organic right from the start

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Regarding online trade as an opportunity

What does increasing digitisation mean for the manufacturers of organic food? That was the topic discussed by the Assoziation ökologischer Lebensmittelhersteller (AöL) and its guests from business and research at Biofach.

Public benefits of organic farming need formal recognition

The public benefits offered to the UK by organic agriculture need to be properly recognised and rewarded by government post-Brexit, according to leading organic certifier OF&G.

Germany: organic sales crack 10 billion euro barrier

In 2017, the organic sector achieved sales of over 10 billion euros for the first time. This was announced by Peter Röhrig, Managing Director of the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW, Engl. Association Organic Food Industry), on the occasion of the annual press conference of the organic sector at the start of this year's BIOFACH in Nuremberg.

Vivaness: German natural cosmetics market by far the biggest in Europe

More and more consumers are purchasing natural cosmetics. Over the last two years their number has increased by 1.2 million. The winners benefiting from this trend continue to be the drugstores; the losers include the specialist trade. The turnover of natural cosmetics grew by around 1.2 billion euros. As well as providing the latest market data, Vivaness presented many product innovations on the 275 stands in Hall 7A, on the joint German Newcomers Stand and in the Breeze exhibition area. In our article you find details on market data, trends and many photos.

France: ambitious goals for the public sector

According to the media France wanted to make half of all food in public sector organic or local by 2022. The government has announced that at least half of all food bought by the public sector must be organic or locally produced.

 

Naturland with record increase of 25% in farmers and area

The Germany based international organic association Naturland has publishing excellent figures at BioFach: currently there are 54,000 farmers in 52 countries the world over operating in compliance with the Naturland standards. This is 26.4% more than a year ago.

Mediterranean countries with almost 7 million ha organic area

The Mediterranean Organic Agriculture Network (MOAN) collects and disseminates data on the organic sector in the Mediterranean region.

Biofach: award of Organic Food Industry Research Prize

Four female researchers received the Organic Food Industry Research Prize at BioFach. In their dissertations the winners addressed the consequential costs of conventional fertilising, superfoods, organic agriculture at vocational colleges and rearing chickens for both eggs and meat, the so-called dual-purpose “ei care”.

Vegan confectionery product launches more than doubled since 2013

Only between 2013 and 2017, product launches of vegan confectionery increased by 140%, because more and more customers reject buying chocolate and sweets with animal derived ingredients.

Scotland organic sales up 19.4%

According to the Soil Association’s 2018 Organic Market Report sales of organic in Scotland were growing at a rate of 19.4% in 2017, and account for 6.5% of all UK sales.

Sue Edwards has passed away

Sue Edwards was committed organic advocate and long-standing member of IFOAM - Organics International. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sue Edwards”, says IFOAM.

UK: more than 20% growth for organic cosmetics

According to The Soil Association’s Organic Beauty & Wellbeing Market Report the organic and natural beauty market was worth £75.9 million (85.6 mn €) in 2017, up 24% on the previous year. 

UK: organic market worth £2.2 billion

Last week, Soil Association launched its 2018 Organic Market Report. The report shows that the UK organic market has grown by 6% to over £2.2 billion in 2017.

European organic market grows to over 33 billion euros

The European Union is the world's second largest single market for organic products after the United States.In 2016, organic retail sales in Europe rose by 11.4 percent to 33.5 billion euros, while organic sales in the EU member states significantly exceeded the 30 billion euro mark and reached 30.7 billion euros. The figures were traditionally compiled by the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) and partners and presented at the Biofach.

Dennree: 5% sales plus in 2017 to 974 million euros

The German Dennree group closed the financial year 2017 with sales of 974 million euros. As specifically forecast, the company was able to increase its sales by a further 5% compared with the previous year.

Biofach and Vivaness attract around 50,000 visitors

"Best atmosphere among 3,218 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors", Nürnberg Messe announced at the end of the four days of the fair on Saturday late in the afternoon.

USA: Distribution moving towards online retailing

Every large food retailer in North America and Europe is now marketing organic foods under their private labels. The next spurt of growth is envisaged to come from mobile apps linked to delivery services.

Dutch pioneers Odin and De Nieuwe Band join forces

The Board and the board of directors the organic enterprises De Nieuwe Band and Estafette Odin agreed to merge the trading and production activities after formal approval of the relevant bodies.

Italy: the organic farming and social network Humus introduced

At Biofach Humus, the farming and social network for Italian organic agriculture, for quality, sustainability, and responsibility has been introduced. Join the presentaion today at 6 pm at Hall 4 Booth 361 – 469.


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