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Organic farmers are also suffering from drought

Europe, Germany

07.08.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Organic farmers are as affected by the current drought as their conventional colleagues. The situation varies from region to region and from farm to farm.


L'Oréal acquires Logocos

Europe, Germany

02.08.2018 Editor

L'Oréal becomes the new owner of Logocos. This has been announced by Logocos Naturkosmetik AG.


FOODprint action: 100,000 people want food without genetic engineering

Europe, Germany

26.07.2018 Leo Frühschütz

For ten months, organic food producer Rapunzel, supported by 30 companies and associations from the organic sector, has collected confessions against genetic engineering in the field and on the plate.


High-tech strategies for small farmers and organic farming

Europe, Germany

12.07.2018 Editor

Organic farming can benefit from technological developments and innovative solutions. The conference „Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)” in Cologne will take place on October 1st and 2nd.


German Alliance publishes resolution to regulate new genetic engineering processes

Europe, Germany

09.07.2018 Editor

In the coming weeks, the European Court of Justice will give its opinion on the legal classification of new genetic engineering procedures. On this basis, the EU Commission and EU Member States decide whether and how they will regulate them in future.


Germany: 1.4 million hectares organic land

Europe, Germany

05.07.2018 Editor

The figures published by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture confirm that many German farmers switched to organic farming in 2017. This is an opportunity for policymakers to achieve important sustainability goals, says the organisaton BÖLW. 


Rapunzel: 1.4 million euros for eco-social initiatives

Europe, Germany

03.07.2018 Editor

Rapunzel Naturkost and Deutsche Umwelthilfe have been offering the Hand-in-Hand Fund for 20 years. During this time, almost 330 eco-social projects in 55 countries were supported with unbureaucratic help for self-help.


Health Ingredients Europe presents Organic Spotlight

Europe, Germany

02.07.2018 Editor

Fi Global, the organiser of Health ingredients (Hi) Europe & Natural ingredients (Ni) Europe will host the Health & Nutrition Week around the show.  


Aldi launched natural and organic cosmetics range

Europe, Germany

28.06.2018 Editor

Face care, shower gel or body balm - beauty products have complemented the range of discounters for many years. Natural and organic cosmetics were previously only available from the German discount store Aldi as a timely limited special offer.


EXKI Nature’s Kitchen: First restaurant in Germany

Europe, Germany

22.06.2018 Editor

The Belgian fast food chain EXKI, which is committed to healthy food and sustainability according to its own statements, opens its first restaurant in Cologne. Further restaurants are planned.


BioFach America – All Things Organic: German Pavilion and Nexty Award

Europe, Germany

18.06.2018 Editor

BioFach America – All Things Organic will take part from13 to 15 September 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The show runs alongside the Natural Products Expo East and will draw the international organic industry to the Eastern seaboard of the USA.


Cyclo-di BADGE: New pollutant from the can

Europe, Germany

18.06.2018 Editor

Tin cans are usually coated – contaminants in this layer can theoretically pass into the food inside the can. German food controllers (of CVUA-MEL) have now pointed out a pollutant that previously was not the focus of attention: Cyclo-di-BADGE (CdB). It can also be a problem for organic producers, as they do not use any other cans than their conventional colleagues.


Germany: Glyphosate study "tree bark"

Europe, Germany

04.06.2018 Editor

An alliance of organic producers and traders wants to promote "agriculture suitable for the grandchildren". Experts assume that pesticides spread via the air and are quasi ubiquitous. A tree bark study on the initiative "Aktion Ackergifte? No, thank you" will prove that.


Fairtrade: German GEPA looks back to a positive year 2017

Europe, Germany

24.05.2018 Editor

The German fair trade pioneer GEPA continued its stable development in 2017 with wholesale sales of 72.4 million euros (minus 1.9 %). Consumers bought the company's products for around 114 million euros (sales at retail prices).


Germany: more and more organic eggs from factory farming

Europe, Germany

22.05.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The size of poultry houses for organic laying hens has once again become an issue in the German media: there is an increasing trend to big poultry houses. It's not possible to see where this will lead because the new EU Organic Regulation approves the current practice in Germany and a number of other EU countries of keeping 30,000 and more organic hens in one poultry house. When consumers buy their eggs they have no information regarding the size of a particular poultry house.


Germany: Glyphosate debate takes effect

Europe, Germany

17.05.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Three quarters of all Germans have heard of the topic "Glyphosate in food", according to the Consumer Monitor 2/2018 of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) an increase of 14% to 2017.


Packaging Congress: Germany says goodbye to the plastic bag

Europe, Germany

14.05.2018 Editor

According to a survey by the Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.V. dvi, the time of the plastic bag is over: Over 80% of German consumers bring their own shopping bags. ©


Swedish Midsona acquires the German company Davert

Europe, Germany

04.05.2018 Editor

Midsona has own  strong brands within healthfoods, personal care and hygiene holds a leading position in the Nordic organic market. The acquisition strengthens Midsona’s presence in the attractive organic foodsegment. Davert’s premium brand and product portfolio are highly complementary to Midsona’s existing organic brands.


German organic market: Whole food shops back on course for growth

Europe, Germany

01.05.2018 Editor

The first three months of 2018 are the second consecutive quarter of positive sales developments on the German organic market: On a like-for-like basis, the average daily turnover of the companies surveyed for the turnover barometer rose by 10.3%.


Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference Berlin: Cultural changes call for repositioning

Europe, Germany

20.04.2018 Editor

Changing values, digitalization, increasing competition: The market for natural & organic cosmetics is facing new demands. The 11th edition of the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference, to be held September 25-26, 2018 in Berlin will focus on the changes that the cosmetics industry needs to adapt to.


Red Bull launches organic soda line

Europe, Germany

13.04.2018 Editor

The Austrian beverage producer Red Bull has launched an organic soda line called “Organics”.


Germany: Around 25% of market launches were organic in 2017

Europe, Germany

12.04.2018 Editor

One quarter of all food and beverage products introduced in Germany in 2017 were organic. Furthermore, almost three quarters of consumers wish for an even greater choice of organic food and beverages at their place of purchase. This is what Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) has found out.


Germany: 20% organic acreage until 2030?

Europe, Germany

10.04.2018 Editor

Almost six months after the election of the new German government last September, the governing coalition between CDU/CSU and SPD is now in place. One of the agreed goals of the two parties is to achieve 20% organic cultivation land by 2030. Julia Klöckner (CDU), new Federal Minister of Agriculture and Food, is about to implement the announcements for sustainable agriculture.


HelloFresh acquires Green Chef

Europe, Germany

06.04.2018 Editor

Green Chef, a US meal kit company, will be taken over by the German Rocket-Internet-Venture HelloFresh.


Bio Company, German champion in sustainability and regionality

Europe, Germany

03.04.2018 Karin Heinze

Once again, Berlin-based Bio Company experienced growth in 2017 and it sees itself well positioned for the future. The company's first stores were launched in Berlin almost 20 years ago. For Georg Kaiser, co-founder and CEO at Bio Company, merely selling organic products was not enough. So, he insisted on offering products from the metropolitan region of Berlin-Brandenburg and built up a network of regional suppliers. For this CO₂ saving measure as an important part of the sustainability strategy, the company has been rewarded.


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