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Expensive orchids: vanilla prices and the consequences

Manufactures, Manufacturers

14.11.2017 Jochen Bettzieche

The weather and rising demand are driving up the price of vanilla pods. The spice is not yet worth its weight in gold, but a kilo is currently much more expensive than silver. A natural substitute doesn't exist, and quickly raising production levels is not an option.


India: PGS supporting organic

Manufactures, Manufacturers

02.11.2017 Editor

The Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) is a locally focused quality assurance system built on trust, social networks and knowledge exchange. In the South of India there are some interesting examples.


TRACES: electronic certification system now compulsory

Manufactures, Manufacturers

01.11.2017 Editor

The new electronic certification system called TRACES (Trade Control & Export System), which has been operated in the EU since April 2017, is now compulsory.


AFI: verifying organic farming practices to prevent fraud

Manufactures, Manufacturers

30.10.2017 Editor

In September, the International Conference "Improving Integrity of Organic Supply Chains" took place in Odesa, Ukraine. One important result of the conference is a demand for more transparency.


Ecover and Method acquired by S.C Johnson

Manufactures, Manufacturers

18.10.2017 Editor

The US corporation SC Johnson & sons, one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products, signed an agreement to acquire the biobased cleaning products companies Ecover and Method.


Strike in Darjeeling settled – consequences expected until 2018

Manufactures, Manufacturers

10.10.2017 Katrin Muhl

The strike of tea pickers in the famous tea growing region Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal has come to an end after 104 days. Organic quality tea from Darjeeling is highly regarded all over the world. We asked organic tea firms about the impact the strike is having. Many organic tea manufacturers have sufficient stocks for 2017. But the fact is that bottlenecks in supply could continue into next year and also that the strike has caused great financial damage. Impressions from Darjeeling and a video interview with tea garden owner Gautam Mohan


Unilever takes over Brazilian organic producer Mãe Terra

Manufactures, Manufacturers

05.10.2017 Editor

 By its own account, Unilever has announced to take over the Brazilian organic food producer Mãe Terra for an unknown sum.


UAE: Organic milk delivered to the door

Manufactures, Manufacturers

19.09.2017 Editor

Koita’s organic long-life milk is delivered by a new service: a milkman brings the milk daily to the door of people who ordered it, reports the newspaper The National (online).


Eosta: new sustainable company building

Manufactures, Manufacturers

14.09.2017 Editor

On Thursday, September 14, the Dutch importer of organic fruits and vegetables Eosta laid the foundations for the new sustainable office and logistics building in Waddinxveen in the Netherlands.


India: World Bank invests into organic

Manufactures, Manufacturers

13.09.2017 Editor

The Indian enterprise Suminter India Organics is working together with the Wold Bank arm IFC and will be supported with an investment of $25 million to source products from an additional 14,000 farmers.


Pukka Herbs take-over by Unilever

Manufactures, Manufacturers

08.09.2017 Editor

Pukka Herbs, a British producer of organic herbal teas and health supplements, will be taken over by the British-Dutch group Unilever.


Ecovia Intelligence: Future Outlook for Sustainable Sourcing

Manufactures, Manufacturers

29.08.2017 Editor

One of the most difficult issues associated with sustainable sourcing is whether companies should adopt third party standards or develop in-house schemes. Recent developments suggest the pendulum is swinging towards in-house sustainable sourcing schemes, says Ecovia Intelligence.


BioTropic celebrates 20th anniversary

Manufactures, Manufacturers

25.08.2017 Editor

Apples, mangos, avocados and lemons: sourcing organic fruit from reliable suppliers – that was the idea of the founders of BioTropic- Hubert Bois Naturkost, Naturkost Elkershausen and Terra Naturkost. This year, BioTropic is celebrating its 20th anniversary.


German company GEPA: “spearheading fair trade”

Manufactures, Manufacturers

22.08.2017 Karin Heinze

The biggest fair trade firm in Europe, domiciled in Wuppertal in Germany, is delighted with another good business year: in 2016 the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Partnerschaft mit der Dritten Welt mbH (GEPA) – The Fair Trade Company - recorded growth of around 7 percent and achieved turnover of 74 million euros. With the appointment of Peter Schaumberger the company is headed by two managing directors, with Schaumberger becoming the brand and distribution manager. He intends to increase the proportion of organics in the product range and concentrate his attention on sustainability and climate change. The company also involves itself in world economic and development policy issues.


WALA – building for the future

Manufactures, Manufacturers

15.08.2017 Karin Heinze

A great deal has been packed into WALA's new laboratory building – far more than just the very latest analysis and environmental technology. The organically structured glass building in Bad Boll is sending out a signal. The objective of this manufacturer of medicines and natural cosmetics is to build a bridge to scientific research in order to create a joint approach to solving important medical issues, to research phytoactive agents and to develop new ideas. The company thinks long-term and is investing in the future. Get some impressions from Bad Boll from this video.


Rapunzel „One World Festival“

Manufactures, Manufacturers

09.08.2017 Editor

The German organic pioneer Rapunzel invites guests on 9 and 10 September to its One World Festival, that is held every two years. The programme of the two-day event encompasses Information, culture, music, organic culinary delights and the presentation of the One World Awards.


Santaverde: three decades for and with Aloe vera

Manufactures, Manufacturers

18.07.2017 Editor

The natural cosmetics firm Santaverde has for 30 years been synonymous with high-value Aloe vera products. As newcomers to the industry, Sabine and Kurt Beer developed the growing and processing of Aloe vera on their own finca in the south of Spain. They also organise regular seminars in Estepona at which specialist dealers and cosmeticians receive training. Our author Bettina Pabel attended one of these sessions.


Austria: Sonnentor's turnover up by 12%

Manufactures, Manufacturers

14.07.2017 Editor

In the financial year 2016/2017, the Austrian organic firm Sonnentor recorded an outstanding increase in sales of around 12 % and total turnover of 40.2 million euros.


USA: Campbell to acquire Pacific Foods

Manufactures, Manufacturers

13.07.2017 Editor

The US-based Campbell Soup Company announced on July 6 that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Pacific Foods of Oregon for $700 million in cash.


Brazil´s organic trade fairs with significant growth

Manufactures, Manufacturers

07.07.2017 Editor

From 7 to 10 June the 13th Biofach America Latina – Bio Brazil Fair saw around 35% more than visitors than the previous year (25,664) and 167 purely organic exhibitors (2016: 117).


Sustainable Foods Summit: Major Outcomes from European Edition

Manufactures, Manufacturers

04.07.2017 Editor

The European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit drew to a successful close in Amsterdam on 1-2nd June. Over 100 senior executives from the food industry debated sustainability issues over the two-day summit.


USA: OTA is setting up Integrity Task Force

Manufactures, Manufacturers

28.06.2017 Editor

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is setting up a Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force to address a vulnerability recently revealed in the organic supply chain.


Ritter Sport: "sustainability " more important than organic

Manufactures, Manufacturers

27.06.2017 Kai Kreuzer

Ritter Sport likes to parade its green image. This German chocolate manufacturer does have an organic line in its product range, but it's not doing so well. Four years ago, Ritter wanted to withdraw from its organic business and convert to “sustainable raw materials”, although it didn't carry through its intention. Now, however, the decision has obviously been made. The company is demanding that 3,500 cocoa farmers in Nicaragua acquire UTZ or Fairtrade certification, which in effect will put an end to organic cropping on these farms.


Organic Processing and Trade Association “OPTA” established

Manufactures, Manufacturers

13.06.2017 Editor

The Organic Processing and Trade Association (OPTA) was founded in Milano on June 7th 2017 by active processors and traders working toward an organic sustainable food system in Europe.


New plant varieties needed

Manufactures, Manufacturers

23.05.2017 Jochen Bettzieche

While in southern Bavaria frost and snow at the end of April caused the fruit blossom to freeze, farmers in other regions in Germany were moaning about drought. And that's just the start – coming down the line is climate change and it's imperative that the food industry adjusts to what is on the way.


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