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New EU Organic Regulation imminent – an analysis

The organic industry in many European countries reacted with horror when they heard that the Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the Commission have agreed behind closed doors on a revision of the EU Organic Regulation. Analysis of the results of negotiations reveals there are good reasons to be horrified. The organic sector is going to have a hard time in future. However, because numerous amendments are necessary, the final meeting of the EU ministers of agriculture was postponed at the last minute.

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Ritter Sport: "sustainability " more important than organic

Ritter Sport likes to parade its green image. This German chocolate manufacturer does have an organic line in its product range, but it's not doing so well. Four years ago, Ritter wanted to withdraw from its organic business and convert to “sustainable raw materials”, although it didn't carry through its intention. Now, however, the decision has obviously been made. The company is demanding that 3,500 cocoa farmers in Nicaragua acquire UTZ or Fairtrade certification, which in effect will put an end to organic cropping on these farms.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Records in U.S. sales 2016 - the $40-billion mark is cracked

End of May the Organic Trade Association OTA published its 2017 Organic Industry Survey at the Annual Policy Conference in Washington D.C.. The survey shows that total sales in 2016 increased to $47 billion US-Dollar. The robust American organic sector stayed on its upward trajectory in 2016, gaining new market share and shattering records, as consumers across the United States ate and used more organic products than ever before, explains OTA.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

France: organic retail continues to expand

As last year, France is excelling with high growth rates in the organic sector. In terms of both land area and turnover, the increase is impressive. The expansion of the specialist wholefood trade in France continues unabated. In the first four months of 2017 (middle of December 2016 to middle of April 2017)  61 specialist organic stores and organic supermarkets were opened. The average retail area measured 335 m². Total turnover of the organic industry, including catering, is around 7 billion euros.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

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25th anniversary: Sana pleased with surge in visitor numbers

The Italian exhibition of organic and natural products celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Successfully marketing organics in Slovenia

In the past few years, the organic sector has been gaining ground in Slovenia.

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Mádara: Nordic active agents as success factor

The natural cosmetics of Mádara are exported to 25 countries. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Organic market in Russia: organic expands without certification

For years the Russian government has been tinkering with legally-binding regulation of the organic sector. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Helsinki: good offer in specialist stores and wholefood stores

It’s easy to get an overview of the country’s organic shops, stalls at weekly markets and internet shops. 
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Slovenia: The organic sector is gaining ground

Organics are getting more and more popular in Slovenia.

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