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

International_EN, 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.


France: ban of plastic microbeads in cosmetics in 2018

International_EN, France

15.03.2017 Editor

By publishing the Decree in the Official Journal of the French Republic dated March 8, 2017, the implementation of the law is official.


France: organic farmland and market are growing fast

International_EN, France

21.02.2017 Editor

At BioFach the Pavillon France “Made in France with Love” was once again the biggest foreign country participation with 104 companies in over 1200 sqm of exhibition space. Recent market data show a dynamic development.


International Organic Seminar in Paris

International_EN, France

30.01.2017 Editor

In the current context of strong growth in organic farming, Agence BIO is organizing its 12th international seminar on organic farming on Tuesday, 28th February 2017 in Paris.


France: boost to growth of the organic industry

International_EN, France

24.01.2017 Kai Kreuzer

Organics are booming in France: the semi-state Agence Bio is anticipating growth in turnover of an amazing 20% for 2016. Statistically, 21 farms in France convert to organic every day. At the end of June 2016 France had 31,880 organic farmers. The area of organic land rose in consequence to over 1.5 million hectares, which equates to approximately 6% of all agricultural land.


Danone´s reasons to go organic

International_EN, France

18.01.2017 Editor

Danone’s CEO Emmanuel Faber suggests obesity, malnutrition and declining soil health are reasons to go organic


France: official ban of pesticides in public green spaces

International_EN, France

06.01.2017 Editor

From New Year’s Day on spraying of pesticides is forbidden in France, chemicals are banned from all public green spaces, including parks, gardens and forests.


Pural: “active for 20 years in the wholefood industry“

International_EN, France

22.11.2016 Karin Heinze

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)


French organics a fast rise with a quick fall?

International_EN, France

17.11.2016 Editor

France is known for being very protective over their local products. The Fédération Nationale d’Agriculture Biologique (Fnab) launched its 6th national campaign last September. The Fnab was created almost 40 years ago to give a voice to organic producers.


Why French organic food is on the rise

International_EN, France

07.11.2016 Editor

The Agence Bio published in late September a study on the development of organic agriculture in France. According to the study, in the first six months of the year, sales of organic products rose by 20%.


Multinationals increase their sustainability

International_EN, France

31.10.2016 Editor

The acquisition of green industries is on the rise since years. After the French based cosmetics company L’Oréal bought environmentally orientated brands like The Body Shop and Sanoflore, Unilever is also following this trend. 


France in pole position on the origin of country label

International_EN, France

14.10.2016 Editor

After the French State Council (“Conseil d’Etat”) and the European Commission agreed, the trial period will run for a period of two years, from 1 January 2017 until the end of 2018. COOL requirements will not apply to organic products.


France catching up with organic leaders

International_EN, France

07.10.2016 Editor

According to the organic agency Agence Bio, the first half of this year has proved to be very fruitful. Organic food sales increased by 20%.


Green Acquisitions will be highlighted at Sustainable Summits in Paris

International_EN, France

29.09.2016 Editor

Unilever’s purchase of Seventh Generation is the latest in a series of green acquisitions. Organic Monitor predicts the trend to continue as large multinationals look to build a foothold in sustainable product industries.


Monaco: Veggie trend benefits wholefood manufacturer Linck

International_EN, France

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.


Monaco: organic in the principality on the way up

International_EN, France

06.09.2016 Kai Kreuzer

In the little city state between Nice and the Italian border – where the southern Alps reach the Mediterannean - a propitious climate for selling organics has developed. Two specialist organic stores, a smaller organic shop and several eateries using organic products are enjoying growing popularity in the Principality of Monaco.


Farewell to Elisabeth Mercier from Agency Bio

International_EN, France

11.07.2016 Editor

On July 1st, Florent Guhl, 48 years old, will take over the Directorate of Agence BIO in France. This is the farewell to Elisabeth Mercier.


Danone buys WhiteWave

International_EN, France

08.07.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The food corporation Danone intends to take over the US American manufacturer WhiteWave. Both companies expect the sale to be concluded by the end of the year, provided they have the agreement of the authorities.


Vegan on the rise in France

International_EN, France

25.05.2016 Editor

The Vegetarian Association of France (AVF) is a non-profit association, strictly secular and non-political, whose aims are to promote the vegetarian diet in France.


France intend to better animal welfare

International_EN, France

14.04.2016 Editor

The French Ministry for Agriculture has launched a four-year animal welfare strategy, a first for the country, which is far behind its European partners in this respect.


France: retail is focusing on organic

International_EN, France

01.04.2016 Editor

French organic retailer committed to supporting organic farming and responsible consumption Biocoop has ended 2015 with a 17% increase in turnover, to 768 million Euros and 383 stores, according to Retail Analysis.


France: significant organic growth across the board in 2015

International_EN, France

29.03.2016 Kai Kreuzer

The organic market in France has been growing steadily for years. Turnover in the whole organic sector has now reached €5.5bn (preliminary estimate for 2015), which equates to growth of 10% compared with 2014. The number of companies in the organic industry, from organic farmers, processors and wholesalers to retailers, has risen to 42,216, a pleasing expansion of 7.2%.


Bio-Marché.Info has closed

International_EN, France

08.01.2016 Editor

The French portal Bio-Marché.Info ceased operating from the beginning of this year.


Review of the Year 2015: Events, Developments, Trends and Numbers

International_EN, France

22.12.2015 Karin Heinze

It’s been a good year for the organic industry: the turnover of manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in Germany, on the European and international markets has grown continually. The area of organically farmed land and the number of organic farms have increased slightly in this Year of the Soil. Look back with us over the organic year in our review! 


Natexpo Trade Fair Paris: “The networked store is coming”

International_EN, France

17.11.2015 Kai Kreuzer

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.


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