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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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Natural cosmetics: ”Quality and company development secure the future”

The first quarter of 2016 the market registered growth of roughly 10 %. Together with the turnover of nature-based cosmetics, natural cosmetics have achieved a market share of around 15 %, i.e. turnover of approximately two billion euros. A super result in view of the saturated cosmetics market. Looking at these figures, it's important to note that long-term commitment by the companies pays off, not only in financial terms but also in physical growth. We talked with natural & organic cosmetics expert Elfriede Dambacher about developments, concepts and the future.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

China – one of the top 4 organic markets worldwide

For years there were no official figures available for the organic market in the People's Republic of China, even though this huge country has for a long time been supplying a lot of organic products. According to the data we now have access to, catapulted China into fourth place in the worldwide ranking of organic markets. Karin Heinze has been travelling in China and at BioFach in Shanghai she spoke to the chairman of IFOAM-Asia Zhou Zheijang and Markus Arbenz, the managing director of IFOAM Organics International (Video and Gallery).

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Brexit – What's next?

The British voted by a  small majority to exit the European Union. That has consequences for the wider economy and for the EU. The wholefood industry has so far shown itself to be not particularly worried. Can that be right? After the British decision to leave the EU companies in other industries set up crisis management teams or at least working groups to assess the impact, but in the  wholefood sector most firms are operating the principle of 'business as usual'. In fact, there are many questions to be addressed, and they affect the organic sector too.

by Editor (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.

by Editor (comments: 0)

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.

by Editor (comments: 0)

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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