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Minimalism is it

Package overkill? No thanks! Zero waste? Yes, please! This, in short, is the major goal for a new kind of corner shop offering refill of dry or liquid bulk products. The founders are mostly women, often without a retail background but all of them with a strong aversion to packaging piling up and turning into waste soon after shopping.

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Showcase projects: organic tea in China

In China quite a lot of entrepreneurs see the future of tea growing in general and the future of their own companies in the organic sector. Trading organic teas is still mostly dominated by exporting but they are working on innovative concepts in order to open up the domestic market in China. Three examples from classic tea cultivation regions in the south of China illustrate this development. The report and the video take us to the Hangzhou region and the mountainous Yunnan province, the cradle of the tea culture. The video shows various organic tea gardens, harvesting, processing and also an interview with the founder of the firm Dongzhai.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Organic is becoming increasingly popular in Ukraine

In recent years Ukraine has attracted attention mainly on account of two issues connected with organic agriculture in Germany. First, an increasing proportion of organic fodder in Europe is being covered by imports from Ukraine. And second there are cases of residues and also fraud concerning the big and complex organic trade structures in the south of Ukraine, and they have never been completely cleared up. The end result is a very one-sided and  rather negative image of the country. The following contribution shows that organic in Ukraine is, however, also very vibrant and diverse and that organic products are becoming increasingly popular in the country itself. The domestic market is constantly growing.

by Editor (comments: 0)

Monsanto in court

Tribunals are set up to deal with serious crimes, to indict people guilty of crimes against humanity and to punish them. In the middle of October the Monsanto Tribunal will be held in The Hague. For three days, this symbolic citizens' court will hear plaintiffs from all over the world present a summary of the offences committed by Monsanto. The aim is to get the criminal offence of ecocide recognised in international law.Taking place in parallel, the People´s Assembly will work on devising strategies and concepts for conserving resources and ensuring a viable future.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

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Poland: new store concepts with bistro

Poland’s biggest wholefood retailer, the Organic Farma Zdrowia Group, increased turnover in 2014 by 25 %, which equates to a 25 % rise in value from 52 million zloty (12.5 million euros) to over 65 million zloty (15.1 million euros). By implementing a franchise system, the company’s aim is to be operating 100 specialist wholefood stores avross the whole of Poland by the end of 2017.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Italy: An Excellent Organic Wine Pavilion at Vinitaly

The second edition on Vinitaly Bio took place at the most important Italian wine fair, Vinitaly, one of the main international wine exhibitions that was held in Verona from 22-25 March 2015. The expo had about 150,000 visitors from 140 countries and was also attended by more than 2,600 journalists from 46 countries. With only 1000 m² available in the pavilion, there was not enough room for some tens of organic wineries; FederBio will try to obtain a larger exhibition are for the 2016 edition.

 

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Contaminated animal feed: Ukrainian supplier’s certificate withdrawn

In the autumn of 2014, several consignments of organic sunflower cake were imported by the EU as animal feed from Ukraine. They were contaminated with pesticides and were presumably partly of conventional origin. So far, little progress has been made at EU level or in Ukraine to clear up this incident.

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

Study reveals organic consumers maintain a healthier lifestyle

A consumer survey on behalf of the Dutch wholefood retail chain EkoPlaza revealed surprising results and evidence that organic customers live healthier lives than the average population.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

The Current State of the Organic Market in China

According to the Report, organic food sales reached 10.5 billion yuan in 2007 in China and were estimated to be around 20-30 billion yuan (about 3-5 billion US$) in 2013. 2.722 million hectares of agricultural land were managed organically to China’s national organic standard.

 

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Bio Company: double-digit growth and further expansion

In 2014, the German Bio Company continued to consolidate its position as the major organic supermarket operator and market leader in the Berlin‐Brandenburg region. Across the whole of Germany this Berlin chain is now among the top three in terms of the number of stores.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Berlin: organs on track to grow in the metropolitan region

Total turnover in the regional specialist trade in the metropolitan area of Berlin-Brandenburg was well over 350 million euros in 2014. This equates to growth of at least 8 %.
by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Current developments in the Russian organic market

In Europe, Russia is considered to be one of the worst performing countries in terms of the turnover of organic food. According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, in 2012 sales of organic food in Russia amounted to 148 million US dollars, which represents growth of 7.8 % compared with 2011.

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

German enterprise Alnatura increases turnover by 16 %

Even after 30 years since it was founded Alnatura has once again impressed us all with a record result: in the last financial year 2013/2014 ending on 30 September 2014, the company’s turnover came to €689m net. Compared with the year before, this translates into a rise of 16 %. 

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Poland: New stores, more organic farmers

€143m - €155m (PLN600m - PLN650m) - this is the estimated value of the present Polish organic food market.

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Sweden: Organic shops in Stockholm and growth in the catering sector

Organic sales in large retail stores in Sweden grew tremendously in the first months of 2014

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

ISO for natural cosmetics – there’s a problem here!

There have been discussions for some time about creating an ISO standard by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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