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Rapunzel buys Zwergenwiese - German brands join forces

Manufactures, Manufacturers

07.02.2017 Editor

With effect from 28 February, the German organic company Rapunzel Naturkost has acquired the organic manufacturer Zwergenwiese Naturkost GmbH. Zwergenwiese will continue to be an independent company in its present location.


Wessanen buys Spanish organic food company

Manufactures, Manufacturers

25.01.2017 Editor

The Dutch food company Royal Wessanen bought a manufacturer and distributor of organic brands in Spain for €67m.


Danone´s reasons to go organic

Manufactures, Manufacturers

18.01.2017 Editor

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


India: promising development of the domestic market

Manufactures, Manufacturers

10.01.2017 Karin Heinze

The positive development on the Indian domestic market and the continuing professionalisation of companies were apparent  once again at BioFach India / India Organic. The trade fair brought together 177 exhibitors and over 3,700 visitors. Many companies are no longer relying just on exporting but are now happy to turn their attention to the promising home market. Market actors are convinced the domestic market will continue to grow rapidly. The reasons are the expanding middle class and the increasing awareness of health. Watch the video interviews


ChemChina further extended takeover offer to Syngenta

Manufactures, Manufacturers

29.12.2016 Editor

The absence of regulatory approvals has forced the Chinese chemical company ChemChina to extend its takeover offer to the Swiss seed and crop protection company Syngenta once more.


Organic textiles: 50 companies certified to GOTS in the U.S.

Manufactures, Manufacturers

14.12.2016 Editor

Ramblers Way Farm, Inc. of Kennebunk, Maine, manufacturer of garments made from GOTS certified organic wool, has become the fiftieth company to be added to the GOTS public database for the United States.


Food knowledge in danger of extinction

Manufactures, Manufacturers

18.11.2016 Editor

To Chinese the food culture is crucial. It has existed for centuries and has an important place in their daily life. Nevertheless Chinese have never taken a real interest into the origin of their food.


The Syngenta Blackbook

Manufactures, Manufacturers

18.11.2016 Editor

Syngenta is besides Monsanto an example of big chemical companies that pollute environment and try to control the food supply. The Swiss corporation is the largest pesticide producer in the world.


Ukraine: potential that ought to be exploited

Manufactures, Manufacturers

15.11.2016 Karin Heinze

Ukraine is an important source of organic raw materials. Even after irregularities in recent years, some of a serious nature, nothing has changed regarding Ukraine as a sourcing country. There is potential and the new Ministry of Agriculture is working on closing gaps in the organic legislation, supporting organic farms and creating a corresponding infrastructure. However, many people feel the guidelines of the  EU Commission are a hindrance to trade. The guidelines were issued as a reaction to the scandals and apply until at least the end of this year. The two-day conference “Sourcing Organic from Ukraine” was conducive to constructive dialogue between representatives from Ukraine and representatives from politics and control organisations, importers and processors. (Video interviews)


Indian Start-up Exports Organic Produce to Germany

Manufactures, Manufacturers

14.11.2016 Editor

Germany should get more organic food imports from India. The Bangalore start-up back2basics should be become a frequent supplier for Germany. The startup was founded when corporate executive, S Madhusudhan, turned farmer.


Nestle with GMO free pasta in future?

Manufactures, Manufacturers

02.11.2016 Editor

The US pasta and sauce brand Buitoni which is owned by Nestle announced to remove GM ingredients. The move was part of an ongoing effort to provide customers with good quality products they can trust, the company explains.


Koppert partners with Lantmännen BioAgri

Manufactures, Manufacturers

28.10.2016 Editor

Koppert and Lantmännen BioAgri have agreed on the acquisition of the assets of BioAgri’s microbial products, registrations and IP by Koppert. Koppert will expand its seed treatment capabilities.


Bayer-Monsanto and the Concerned Organizations

Manufactures, Manufacturers

20.10.2016 Editor

The Bayer-Monsanto deal has many people worried worldwide. Over 780,000 signatures were submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice in order to warn elected officials about the threat that this company merger could pose to worldwide agriculture.


Showcase projects: organic tea in China

Manufactures, Manufacturers

18.10.2016 Karin Heinze

In China quite a lot of entrepreneurs see the future of tea growing in general and the future of their own companies in the organic sector. Trading organic teas is still mostly dominated by exporting but they are working on innovative concepts in order to open up the domestic market in China. Three examples from classic tea cultivation regions in the south of China illustrate this development. The report and the video take us to the Hangzhou region and the mountainous Yunnan province, the cradle of the tea culture. The video shows various organic tea gardens, harvesting, processing and also an interview with the founder of the firm Dongzhai.


How brands implement non-GMO standards

Manufactures, Manufacturers

13.10.2016 Editor

Since there are currently no federal government regulations that quantify the levels of GMOs or that require the labeling of foods containing GMOs in the United States, Hain Celestial  has participated in the Non-GMO Project (“NGP”).


Japan: 1st Organic Lifestyle Expo

Manufactures, Manufacturers

13.10.2016 Editor

Organic Livestyle Expo OLE is a trade fair organized on the concept of B2B2C which connects producers and distributors with consumers and other stakeholders.


How Bonduelle’s organic produce travels worldwide

Manufactures, Manufacturers

12.10.2016 Editor

Bonduelle announced it will extend its offer of organic canned vegetables with seven new products, which will be available among others in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.


Monaco: Veggie trend benefits wholefood manufacturer Linck

Manufactures, Manufacturers

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.


Zwergenwiese promotes German organic agriculture

Manufactures, Manufacturers

19.09.2016 Editor

The German company Zwergenwiese says that strengthening  organic agriculture and preserving a rich diversity of varieties play an important role when they buy raw materials.


Donating muesli for refugees in Greece and Italy

Manufactures, Manufacturers

16.09.2016 Editor

Malnutrition and eating the wrong kind of food are sometimes the biggest problems faced by refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iran in the reception camps in Greece and Italy.


Swiss organic manufacturer: Soyana has expanded

Manufactures, Manufacturers

16.09.2016 Editor

The Swiss organic manufacturer Soyana has moved into a new production facility in Schlieren near Zurich.


Jumbo merger: takeover of Monsanto by Bayer

Manufactures, Manufacturers

15.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The German chemicals corporation Bayer has announced  the friendly take-over of its US competitor Monsanto. Bayer is paying Monsanto shareholders US$128  per share - a premium of 44 % on the quoted price.


Seeing Potential in Seaweed

Manufactures, Manufacturers

06.09.2016 Redaktion

The Milltown Company is now searching to eradicate synthetics and chemicals out of aqua and agri feed and replace them with natural sustainable organic feed ingredients, such as macroalgae or seaweeds.


Logocos causing a commotion again – planning to sell denied

Manufactures, Manufacturers

19.07.2016 Leo Frühschütz

Bio-Markt.Info reported last December that  Logocos AG belongs to a Swiss holding company whose owners wish to remain anonymous. The German Lebensmittelzeitung now writes that the current proprietors – among them a Kazakh oligarch  – want to sell Logocos AG. Marc Christian Wedekind, chairman of the supervisory board at Logocos, denied this categoriacally when bio-markt.info spoke to him.


Russia: Successful petition by Lookbio.ru and ekokosmetika.ru

Manufactures, Manufacturers

19.07.2016 Editor

Results of the petition "Getting allergenic preservatives out of Russian children’s cosmetics!" initiated by Lookbio.ru and ekokosmetika.ru are that some of the responsible Russian manufacturers of cosmetic products begin to withdraw potentially allergenic preservatives.


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