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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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Kenya: organic farming is productive and resource-conserving

A long-term study in Kenya shows that maize yields and nutrient uptake in the organic farming systems are quite similar to conventional systems. Due to premium prices, organic systems are more profitable for farmers than conventional ones. The study was carried out by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in close cooperation with partners in Kenya.

 

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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. 

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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)

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Poland: new store concepts with bistro

Poland’s biggest wholefood retailer, the Organic Farma Zdrowia Group, increased turnover in 2014 by 25 %, which equates to a 25 % rise in value from 52 million zloty (12.5 million euros) to over 65 million zloty (15.1 million euros). By implementing a franchise system, the company’s aim is to be operating 100 specialist wholefood stores avross the whole of Poland by the end of 2017.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

Italy: An Excellent Organic Wine Pavilion at Vinitaly

The second edition on Vinitaly Bio took place at the most important Italian wine fair, Vinitaly, one of the main international wine exhibitions that was held in Verona from 22-25 March 2015. The expo had about 150,000 visitors from 140 countries and was also attended by more than 2,600 journalists from 46 countries. With only 1000 m² available in the pavilion, there was not enough room for some tens of organic wineries; FederBio will try to obtain a larger exhibition are for the 2016 edition.

 

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Contaminated animal feed: Ukrainian supplier’s certificate withdrawn

In the autumn of 2014, several consignments of organic sunflower cake were imported by the EU as animal feed from Ukraine. They were contaminated with pesticides and were presumably partly of conventional origin. So far, little progress has been made at EU level or in Ukraine to clear up this incident.

by Leo Frühschütz (comments: 0)

Study reveals organic consumers maintain a healthier lifestyle

A consumer survey on behalf of the Dutch wholefood retail chain EkoPlaza revealed surprising results and evidence that organic customers live healthier lives than the average population.

by Kai Kreuzer (comments: 0)

The Current State of the Organic Market in China

According to the Report, organic food sales reached 10.5 billion yuan in 2007 in China and were estimated to be around 20-30 billion yuan (about 3-5 billion US$) in 2013. 2.722 million hectares of agricultural land were managed organically to China’s national organic standard.

 

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Bio Company: double-digit growth and further expansion

In 2014, the German Bio Company continued to consolidate its position as the major organic supermarket operator and market leader in the Berlin‐Brandenburg region. Across the whole of Germany this Berlin chain is now among the top three in terms of the number of stores.

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Berlin: organs on track to grow in the metropolitan region

Total turnover in the regional specialist trade in the metropolitan area of Berlin-Brandenburg was well over 350 million euros in 2014. This equates to growth of at least 8 %.
by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Current developments in the Russian organic market

In Europe, Russia is considered to be one of the worst performing countries in terms of the turnover of organic food. According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, in 2012 sales of organic food in Russia amounted to 148 million US dollars, which represents growth of 7.8 % compared with 2011.

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German enterprise Alnatura increases turnover by 16 %

Even after 30 years since it was founded Alnatura has once again impressed us all with a record result: in the last financial year 2013/2014 ending on 30 September 2014, the company’s turnover came to €689m net. Compared with the year before, this translates into a rise of 16 %. 

by Karin Heinze (comments: 0)

Poland: New stores, more organic farmers

€143m - €155m (PLN600m - PLN650m) - this is the estimated value of the present Polish organic food market.

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Sweden: Organic shops in Stockholm and growth in the catering sector

Organic sales in large retail stores in Sweden grew tremendously in the first months of 2014

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ISO for natural cosmetics – there’s a problem here!

There have been discussions for some time about creating an ISO standard by Redaktion (comments: 0)

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