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Soil Association report: Organic Supply Chain in 2017

Europe, Great Britain

20.10.2017 Editor

The comprehensive report The Organic Supply Chains 2017 was recently published by the British Soil Association. The report should serve as a guide for the organic industry to the challenges and opportunities in the UK.


Continuing success of international natural cosmetics markets

Europe, Great Britain

17.10.2017 Karin Heinze

Not only in Germany but on the international stage too the trend in the natural and organic cosmetics industry continues to be very positive development. In the leading market in Europe, the German market, demand shows no sign of slowing. According to Naturkosmetik Verlag, about nine million consumers buy natural cosmetics several times a year and their purchasing behaviour caused turnover in the first half of this year to grow by around two percent.  The “Green & Clean” trend is to be seen everywhere in neighbouring countries with robust market development and also internationally. However, manufacturers and the trade are having to confront a number of challenges.


UK: fall in food security

Europe, Great Britain

12.10.2017 Editor

For the first time in five years the worldwide food security fell in the UK. That is the result of the  sixth annual Global Food Security Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.


UK: successful start of OTB’s ‘Organic. Feed Your Happy’ campaign

Europe, Great Britain

05.10.2017 Editor

‘Organic. Feed Your Happy’ is a consumer promotion by the UK Organic Trade Board (OTB) that started in September. The promotion is part of an EU-funded three-year campaign that aims at emphasizing the importance of organic food production.


Northern Ireland: opposition against proposed mega pig farm

Europe, Great Britain

15.09.2017 Editor

Due to the potential of spreading antibiotic resistance, a planned mega farm for pork in Northern Ireland has received tough criticism.


UK: Soil Association’s Organic September campaign starting today

Europe, Great Britain

01.09.2017 Editor

After the huge success of last year’s campaign, Soil Association is starting its new Organic September campaign today. The campaign aims at reaching as many people as possible via producers, press and social media in order to support growth of the organic market as well as to make consumers understand the difference organic makes compared to conventional products.


Brazil: Natura acquires The Body Shop

Europe, Great Britain

01.08.2017 Editor

Brazil´s biggest company for phyto and natural cosmetics Natura Cosmeticos is acquiring the British cosmetics cpmpany The Body Shop owned by L´Oréal for 1 bilion Euro.

 


Brexit: imports of Fairtrade products continue to be duty free

Europe, Great Britain

27.07.2017 Editor

The Fairtrade Foundation is relieved that the British government has promised that Fairtrade products can be imported duty free after Britain has left the EU.


UK: Holland & Barrett has been acquired

Europe, Great Britain

24.07.2017 Editor

We learn from The Guardian that the market leader in the UK health and wellness retail market, Holland & Barrett, has been acquired for £1.8bn by a retail investment fund controlled by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman.


UK: 2017 BOOM Awards showcase top organic products

Europe, Great Britain

17.07.2017 Editor

Winners of the Soil Association’s prestigious BOOM (Best of the Organic Market) Awards were announced on 5 July at a ceremony in London’s renowned Borough Market.


Prince Charles` Warnings

Europe, Great Britain

06.07.2017 Editor

Prince Charles has warned that the ‘very future of humanity’ may depend on organic farming. Speaking as he celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Soil Association in London.


UK: OF&G White Paper addressing the challenges of global food production

Europe, Great Britain

23.06.2017 Editor

The British Organic certifier OF&G (Organic Famers and Growers) published a White Paper about the Future of Farming. This paper addresses the challenges of global food production.


Soil Association: need for a climate friendly farming

Europe, Great Britain

20.06.2017 Editor

Tackling climate change must be a top priority for future food and farming policy. The next government will be faced with the challenge of producing an agricultural policy for the UK for the first time in decades, says the Soil Association.


UK: Organic food production thriving

Europe, Great Britain

26.05.2017 Editor

The organic licensing body OF&G (Organic Farmers and Growers) says the latest government figures show that the
organic food production sector is thriving as it responds to strong market growth.
 


Unverpackt weltweit: Einfacher, leichter, müllfrei einkaufen

Europe, Great Britain

17.05.2017 Sylvia Meise

Verpackungsmüllberge? Nein Danke! Nichts wegwerfen? Ja bitte! So lautet kurz gefasst das zentrale Ziel der Unverpackt-Läden, deren gesamtes Sortiment aus loser Ware besteht. Schon bald könnten sie auf dem ganzen Globus wie Pilze aus dem Boden sprießen.


Healthy Food Supplies: Department store buys in from Costco

Europe, Great Britain

15.05.2017 Redaktion

LIV, a newly-opened department store for healthy and vegan foods in Liverpool, England, sold cakes bought in cakes from Costco. This is what the Echo can reveal.


GM crops in the UK: dissension among the royals

Europe, Great Britain

20.04.2017 Editor

There is much disagreement in Britain about the benefits and disadvantages of genetic engineering in agriculture.


UK: Natural and Organic Products Europe 2017

Europe, Great Britain

05.04.2017 Editor

The organic sector in the UK is thriving. That's just one of the findings in the Soil Association's latest Organic Report that tells us that the organic sector, with an increase in sales of 7.1% in 2016, is now worth more than 2 billion pounds annually.


Minimalism is it

Europe, Great Britain

28.03.2017 Editor

Package overkill? No thanks! Zero waste? Yes, please! This, in short, is the major goal for a new kind of corner shop offering refill of dry or liquid bulk products. The founders are mostly women, often without a retail background but all of them with a strong aversion to packaging piling up and turning into waste soon after shopping.


£31 million windfall for one in four British dairy farmers

Europe, Great Britain

27.03.2017 Editor

Arla Foods is a dairy cooperative owned by 12,000 farmers in Europe, 2,500 of whom operate in the UK.


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.  


UK: organic market tops £2 billion

Europe, Great Britain

23.02.2017 Editor

The 2017 Organic Market Report was launched by the Soil Association on Monday, 21st of February. The report reveals that the UK organic market is now in its fifth year of growth and worth £2.09 billion. Total sales of organic increased by 7.1%. 


UK GM wheat trial gets go-ahead

Europe, Great Britain

03.02.2017 Editor

The UK government gave the final go-ahead for a new experimental crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat. The planting will take place this spring.


Scotland's organic market is growing continuously

Europe, Great Britain

01.02.2017 Editor

According to the Organic Market Report 2016 of the British Soil Association, Scotland experienced stable market growth last year, and it was a major contributor to overall growth in Britain.


UK: Natural & Organic Products Europe - over 50 speakers

Europe, Great Britain

25.01.2017 Editor

The conference of Natural & Organic Products Expo will update visitors with the latest research and advice in the Natural Products Talks Theatre, Natural Beauty Theatre and Natural Food Kitchen. 


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