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Expensive orchids: vanilla prices and the consequences

The weather and rising demand are driving up the price of vanilla pods. The spice is not yet worth its weight in gold, but a kilo is currently much more expensive than silver. A natural substitute doesn't exist, and quickly raising production levels is not an option.

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Important details in marketing Kamut

For a number of years Kamut has been a trend food. It's a grain that can be easily marketed because there's something mystical about it. What many people don't know is that the term Kamut applies only to Khorasan wheat grown on specific croplands. The word comes from ancient Egyptian and means “wheat”. Because it comes from a dead language, the American Quinn family was able to have it registered as a trademark. This means that anyone using the word Kamut must identify it as a registered trademark.

by Jochen Bettzieche (comments: 0)

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.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

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)

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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)

Successfully marketing organics in Slovenia

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

by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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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