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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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Santaverde: three decades for and with Aloe vera

The natural cosmetics firm Santaverde has for 30 years been synonymous with high-value Aloe vera products. As newcomers to the industry, Sabine and Kurt Beer developed the growing and processing of Aloe vera on their own finca in the south of Spain. They also organise regular seminars in Estepona at which specialist dealers and cosmeticians receive training. Our author Bettina Pabel attended one of these sessions.

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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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Italy: Positive development of land and farmers in 2012

The trend line is positive again, but the market continues to grow at a higher rate. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Vilnius: specialist organic shops developing well

Half a dozen specialist wholefood shops have opened in the capital of Lithuania. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Italy: Increasing sales at specialized stores

The SANA Observatory 2013 conducted a survey of owners of specialized shops by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Prague: organics in more than the specialist trade

Organic-Market.Info visited Prague and discovered a number of new things going on in organic Marketing by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Basic: launch of its 28th organic supermarket

Basic’s 28th organic supermarket opened in Rosenheim on 21 November 2013 by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Copenhagen: modern market hall a magic magnet for customers

Thousands of customers stream through the halls of the Torvehallerne
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Ekoplaza - a rising star in the organic market in Holland

Erik Does has been in the organic business for over 20 years by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Alnatura – highest turnover in the history of the firm

Alnatura is continuing on the path of sustainable growth by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Sustainable growth in international organic markets

The organic sector is thriving. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Soil Association Conference: Focus on innovation and good food for all

On 9-10 October, the Soil association annual conference took place in London. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

Natexpo: More professional, new activity areas and product innovations

The specialist trade fair Natexpo took place in Paris from 20 to 22 October. by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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)

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