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Stavtrend: a cautionary tale of organic fraud

A Slovak trader sent 2,000 tonnes of what was assumed to be conventional wheat to Germany via Italy. Analysis of the case reveals that the organic control system works, but that things can nevertheless go wrong.

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Refugees welcome!

The biggest challenge of all is what we call “everyday life” – including when receiving and integrating refugees. There are many hurdles and forms to fill out – but also committed helpers. Among them are many actors in the organic industry. After all, behaving with social responsibility is one of the basics in the organic sector. Examples from Germany reveal how you can become an active participant and what that can achieve in people's daily lives. 

by Editor (comments: 0)

Pural: “active for 20 years in the wholefood industry“

In the 20 years since   it was founded, Pural Vertriebs GmbH is one of the few wholesalers that has developed into a powerful sales partner for the wholefood trade nationwide. The ongoing extension of the product range with exclusive brands and innovative labels, the takeover of regional distribution companies and the resulting expansion and, not least, the arm of the business dealing with the health food and orgnic trade, including abroad, contributed to the dynamic development of the Pural group of companies. Another contributing factor is that second-generation family members with great commitment have entered the business. Ulrike and Heinz Claus explain the development of their company and  their view of  loyalty to the specialist trade. (Video interview with Ulrike Claus)

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Tribunal gathers evidence of Monsanto´s ecocide

The Monsanto Tribunal was held in the middle of October in The Hague. A panel of five prestigious judges listened to witnesses from all over the world. Lawyers, farmers, mothers, health experts and scientists made serious accusations against the American chemicals and seed corporation Monsanto. The aim is to incorporate ecocide into international law. The People´s Assembly, that was held in parallel to the Tribunal, has already  “condemned“ Monsanto (watch the videos). More reports from The Hague.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

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Study says: steviol glycosides are biopiracy

Working together with organisations in Switzerland and Paraguay, the German Misereor has presented a study that demonstrates clearly that the marketing of stevia-based sweeteners is an act of biopiracy towards the Guarani Indians.

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

Halal cosmetics are gaining ground

The market for Halal cosmetics is growing worldwide.According to forecasts, by  2050 around 30 % of the world’s population will belong to this religion. At the international Natural and Organic Conference an expert provided information on certification criteria, banned ingredients and interfaces with natural and organic cosmetics.

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Natexpo Trade Fair Paris: “The networked store is coming”

Future trends and the specialist wholefood trade in 2025 were the focus of this year’s Natexpo, that was held from 18 – 20 October in the Parc des Expositions not far from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

GAIA expands organic supermarket chain in Switzerland

The first organic supermarket with the Greek name GAIA (Mother Earth) begins the roll-out across the whole of Switzerland. The flagship store is located in a busy street three kilometres north-west of downtown Zurich.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Natural and organic cosmetics meet the mainstream

The concept of natural and organic cosmetics has long since ceased to be strange. We spoke with the Swiss management consultant Moritz Aebersold who has been working in top management jobs in the international natural cosmetics industry about the development of the European and international markets.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Eau Vive: growth of the regional chain in the east of France

The organic chain Eau Vive was founded by Didier Cotte in 1979 and up to now its growth had been moderate. But everything has changed this year with the addition of six new stores that increased its tally from 32 to 38.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Vivaness: 10 years of growth in Natural & organic cosmetics

Over the past decade the international natural cosmetics market has developed magnificently. With continual growth of 5 to over 10 % per year, the care products sales figures excluding petro-chemicals and problematical preservatives have left the conventional cosmetics market behind.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Healthy development in the global organic market

Organic is continuing on its successful path and the global market is developing positively. BioFach has analysed the development of major organic markets in Europe and North America.

 

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Alnatura cooperating with Edeka

Edeka, with 11,500 stores and turnover of 47.2 billion euros (2014), is Germany’s biggest retail network. It is now the new distribution partner of the organic company Alnatura.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Sustainable Foods Summit Highlighted Key Industry Concerns

The food industry needs to take greater steps towards sustainable development. This was one of the key messages from the Sustainable Foods Summit Europe. Soil fertility, carbon management, regulatory framework, and sustainable food production were stated as major areas of concern.

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Ökotopia 35 years old – the name says it all

Based on the title of the novel by Ernest Callenbach, the name Ökotopia came about 35 years ago. The theme of the book  is a society organized according to the tenets of environmental and social responsibility.This aim became firmly established in the corporate philosophy of this coffee and tea specialist.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Biocoop: premier driving force in France

Despite the existence of several successful network and franchise systems in the organic sector, Biocoop remains the biggest association of independent retailers in France. In 2014, turnover increased by 13.4 % to € 657m.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

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