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Japan: organic supermarket "Bio c’bon" has opened in Tokyo

Europe, France

21.03.2017 Editor

"Bio c'Bon" is an organic supermarket from France. The first store in central Tokyo opened on the 8th of December. The shop offers fresh foods such as fruit vegetables and meat, mainly domestic organic JAS certified agricultural products, processed foods and beverages, such as wine and cheese, seasonings and confectionery as well as natural/organic non-food products, among them body care, cosmetics and supplies for babies and children are offered. The French chain plans to expand in Japan.


Germany the world leader in organic and fair

Europe, Germany

20.03.2017 Editor

Organic and Fair: nowhere else in the world is this combination as popular as in the German market. 70 percent of fairtrade goods sold in 2016 also carried an organic logo, reports the Transfair association that issues the fairtrade logos in Germany.


EU: renouncing palm oil?

Europe, Europe

17.03.2017 Redaktion

Sustainable production and export criteria for palm oil and gradually  abandoning the promotion of biofuel are intended to create better protection of the rainforest and the threatened species that live therein.


Austria: organic gastronomy offers huge potential

Europe, Austria

14.03.2017 Editor

According to the organic association Bio Austria, there is huge potential for organic food in the gastronomy and catering sectors.


Sweden: New sales record for the organic market

Europe, Sweden

14.03.2017 Karin Heinze

Organic food sales increased by 3.9 billion Swedish Krona (SEK) (€390m) to 25.4 billion SEK (€2.54 billion) in 2016. Organic food sales rose from 7.7 percent to 8.7 percent of the total food market, and online sales stand out with organic food sales now 25 percent of the market. The organic market has been growing for 20 consecutive years and is expected to double within the next 10-year period.


EU: ban for British GM crops?

Europe, Great Britain

27.02.2017 Editor

As a leaked report by the European Parliament shows, there are plans to ban British products if they are contaminated with genetically modified organism.  


Switzerland: organically produced foods on the rise

Europe, Switzerland

27.02.2017 Editor

With a per capita expenditure of about 260 euros, Switzerland is the worldwide leader. With sales of 2.1 billion euros, the organic market volume also grew by 5% in 2015.


Italy: organic export heavyweight

Europe, Italy

24.02.2017 Editor

According to estimates by the Italian industry association AssoBio sales of organic products amounted to 4.2 billion euros in 2015.


Organic farming in Bulgaria

Europe, Balkan States

17.02.2017 Editor

Organic farming in Bulgaria has excellent production subsidies together with a favorable governmental policy and is driven by export demand in the EU market.


Ireland: organic market grows by nearly 24 %

Europe, Ireland

01.02.2017 Editor

As the German Agricultural Market Information Company (Deutsche Agrarmarkt Informationsgesellschaft  - AMI) reports, in 2016 the Irish organic market grew by 23.7 % compared with the year before.


Netherlands: Bio-beurs attracts 10,000 visitors

Europe, Netherlands

27.01.2017 Editor

The organic fair Bio-beurs in Zwolle on January the 18th and 19th counted nearly 10,000 visitors and participants. That was more than 8% more than last year.


Wessanen buys Spanish organic food company

Europe, Spain

25.01.2017 Editor

The Dutch food company Royal Wessanen bought a manufacturer and distributor of organic brands in Spain for €67m.


UK: 10 million Euro EU funding for the organic sector

Europe, Denmark

17.01.2017 Editor

Under the headline „UK Organic Sector backed by EU Funding“ the British Organic Trade Board (OTB) informed, that the OTB, in partnership with Organic Denmark, have been successful in a joint funding application to the EU to promote the organic food and drink sector.


Russia: Successful event for beauty bloggers at InterCharm

Europe, Russia

21.12.2016 Editor

The international community of beauty industry met end of October in Moscow for the largest perfumery and cosmetics exhibition, the InterCharm 2016. It was visited by 69 864 unique visitors within the 4 days.

 


Czech Republic: over 1 million Euro to promote organic products

Europe, Slovakia

16.12.2016 Editor

The Czech Ministry of Agriculture is preparing a campaign for the promotion of organic food which aims to boost sales. The state will invest 30 million crowns (about 1.11 million Euro) in the initiative.


Lithuania: big investment in organic agriculture

Europe, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

09.11.2016 Editor

Lithuania has a great organic agricultural potential. Its public opinion is also disposed to develop this, for the country, new type of agriculture. Lithuanians agree with to 74% to support an environment conscious agriculture, along with banning the use of any chemical fertilizers in agriculture.


German drugstore leader dm has more than 1000 organic products

Europe, Czech Republic

03.11.2016 Editor

The organic food range of the leading German drugstore dm continues to grow and has now reached around 1000 articles. This was announced by the company based in Karlsruhe at its annual press conference.


Poland: new food act comes into parliament

Europe, Poland

21.10.2016 Editor

The ICPPC - International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside worked hard to get a New Food Act, which support small farmers to be discussed on a political level.


Monaco: Veggie trend benefits wholefood manufacturer Linck

Europe, Belgium

27.09.2016 Kai Kreuzer

Vegan and vegetarian foods are on trend worldwide. “The younger generation of under thirty-year-olds in particular is buying animal-free products in ever greater numbers. This year we're anticipating growth in turnover of 120 % in this segment,“ says a delighted Jean François Ordureau, the man in charge of marketing and sales at the manufacturer Linck.


EU Commission no longer recognises organic salmon from Norway

Europe, Norway

22.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

From 1 January 2015 organic salmon from Norway has no longer been organic. That's the opinion of the EU Commission.  What the consequences are is not the least bit clear. The only thing that is clear is the fact the production conditions of Norwegian organic salmon farmers have not changed. What's going on here is to do with the legal situation– and diplomacy in agriculture.


Coup in Turkey: impact on the organic industry

Europe, Turkey

09.08.2016 Editor

Turkey is an important supplier of organic products. Many west European organic companies maintain close business relations with Turkey. The attempted coup and its consequences could therefore have far-reaching implications for the organic sector. Manufacturers and the trade should ensure that they are well prepared.

Video of the organic project Narköy.


Organic regulation negotiations, is the end near?

Europe, Slovenia

06.07.2016 Editor

Last Friday the Slovak Republic took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU from the Netherlands, and is now the sixth Presidency in a row to work on the organic dossier.


Demeter International adopts leitmotif for future operations

Europe, Finland

05.07.2016 Editor

The Demeter International Members' Assembly was held from 13 to 18 June in Finland. In view of the challenges occurring in our time we need a paradigm shift in agriculture. The Demeter actors from all regions of the world saw in the biodynamic method a holistic model for societal change. Representatives of Demeter and biodynamic associations in 23 countries on five continents gathered to discuss and adopt strategies for taking forward agriculture and the food economy. There was also agreement that new gene technologies like CRISPR-Cas, Cisgenetics and TALEN have to be regulated, since they are technical interventions in cell and genome.


Malta strongly rejects accusations of organics fraud

Europe, Malta

05.05.2016 Editor

The Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture has strongly rejected claims that Malta was involved in a scam involving the fraudulent labelling of conventional grain as being organic.


Luxembourg: Organic sector growing slowly

Europe, Luxembourg

24.03.2015

Fernand Etgen, the Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection, released the latest statistics on organics in Luxembourg.


Tutorial on the use of the OrMaCode

Europe, Greece

27.02.2015 Karin Heinze

The project Data Network for Better European Organic Market Information - OrganicDataNetwork - aims to increase the transparency of the European organic food market.


Organic growth continues on the global level

Europe, Hungary

24.02.2015 Karin Heinze

The latest global data on organic farming has been presented by IFOAM – Organics International and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at the BioFach fair 2015 in Nuremberg. The global organic market increased to 72 billion US Dollars, organic agricultural land worldwide is 43 million hectares.


Portugal: organic cork oak forests provide new jobs

Europe, Portugal

07.03.2013 Redaktion
A new concept was found to develop ecological strategies for preserving the old stands of cork oaks.

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