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EXKI Nature’s Kitchen: First restaurant in Germany

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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"

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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?

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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

International_EN, 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.


VegMed 2018: Scientific congress on plant-based nutrition as medicine

International_EN, Germany

30.03.2018 Editor

International medical research regularly confirms: Vegetarian and vegan nutrition is an effective component in the treatment and prevention of many chronic diseases. VegMed Scientific Congress in Berlin from 20 to 22 April 2018 offers interested parties the opportunity to inform themselves about the current status of scientific research.


Germany: more organic products in discounters

International_EN, Germany

29.03.2018 Editor

According to GfK market research, 95 per cent of all households bought at least one organic product in 2017. Discounter Aldi expanded its organic range over the years and has set itself ambitious sales targets in the organic segment for the coming years.


EU: No decision on neonicotinoids

International_EN, Germany

23.03.2018 Editor

Although it is high time to impose an immediate ban on the three insecticides clothianidine, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, the Member States are pushing for a decision. And Germany plays an inglorious role in this.


IFOAM: Louise Luttikholt new Executive Director

International_EN, Germany

22.03.2018 Editor

Louise Luttikholt is announced the new Executive Director of IFOAM Organics International, headquartered in Bonn, Germany. She follows Markus Arbenz and will take the responsibility from July 2018 .


E-commerce and natural cosmetics: challenge and opportunity

International_EN, Germany

20.03.2018 Karin Heinze

Ramon Stroink is Managing Director of the natural and organic cosmetics division at Weleda for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is also on the advisory board of Vivaness and the German industry association for cosmetics, detergents and cleaners IKW. We talked to him about the development of the natural and organic cosmetics market in the German-speaking area and the growing challenge of digitization and its opportunities.


Berlin: Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference

International_EN, Germany

20.03.2018 Editor

The Natural Cosmetics Conference attracts more people each year.The international cosmetics market is undergoing changes. Natural & organic cosmetics are continuing to be a growth driver and, thanks to continuing demand, a popular market segment. But the change is also bringing on a redefinition. 


Vivaness: winners of the Best New Product Award

International_EN, Germany

16.03.2018 Editor

Vivaness was once again the international meeting place for the natural cosmetics industry. The fair hosted to 50,200 trade visitors from 134 countries. The Vivaness had 182 new products at the Vivaness Novelty Stand.


BASF in exclusive talks with Bayer to acquire vegetable seeds business

International_EN, Germany

08.03.2018 Editor

The German based chemical corporation BASF is in exclusive talks to acquire Bayer’s entire vegetable seeds business, operating under the global trademark Nunhems®. Bayer intends to divest this business in the context of its planned acquisition of Monsanto.


BioFach 2018: Trends, new products and the „Next Generation“

International_EN, Germany

06.03.2018 Editor

The demand for organic products in Germany continues unabated. However, in which areas is organic food booming particularly and what trends are to be expected in the near future? In a review of BioFach, we have summarised and discussed the role of the next generation in specialist trade as well as the question of how innovative products from young companies can find their way onto the shelves of specialist retailers. Please also watch our BioFach video review with many interviews on the topic of the next generation.


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