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German company GEPA: “spearheading fair trade”

The biggest fair trade firm in Europe, domiciled in Wuppertal in Germany, is delighted with another good business year: in 2016 the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Partnerschaft mit der Dritten Welt mbH (GEPA) – The Fair Trade Company - recorded growth of around 7 percent and achieved turnover of 74 million euros. With the appointment of Peter Schaumberger the company is headed by two managing directors, with Schaumberger becoming the brand and distribution manager. He intends to increase the proportion of organics in the product range and concentrate his attention on sustainability and climate change. The company also involves itself in world economic and development policy issues.

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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.

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

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)

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Growing number of organic chains in Germany

About half of all specialist organic stores and of organic supermarkets now belong to a chain. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Organic market in Switzerland – remarkable growth in recent years

Bio Suisse has published key data on organics by Redaktion (comments: 0)

UK: Sales of organics growing again

The Soil Association has published its Organic Market Report 2014, revealing growth of the organic sector by 2.8% in 2013.

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

USA: Corporate consolidation in the organic sector

WhiteWave has announced that it completed its acquisition of Earthbound Farm by Redaktion (comments: 0)

In-Cosmetics: green trend in raw materials

The international cosmetics ingredients trade fair was held in Hamburg. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Nearly two million organic farmers worldwide

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

BioFach World – events around the globe

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

German natural cosmetics market grows to 920 million euros

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Bio Company: 100 million euros in its 15th anniversary year

Bio Company in Berlin is delighted to have achieved record turnover and sees further potential for expansion. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

International Trade Fair Calendar 2014

Even though the first 2.5 month are already over, there are still a plethora of organic fairs planned. This article aims to be a summary of 2014's most important fairs. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

The responsibility of the cities

BÖLW has mounted an event focusing on the issue of town – country. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

105 new specialist organic stores in the record year 2013

Never before in Germany have so many specialist organic stores and organic supermarkets opened their doors as during last year. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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