Manufactures, Manufacturers14.11.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers02.11.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers01.11.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers30.10.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers18.10.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers10.10.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers05.10.2017 Editor
By its own account, Unilever has announced to take over the Brazilian organic food producer Mãe Terra for an unknown sum.
Manufactures, Manufacturers19.09.2017 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).
Manufactures, Manufacturers14.09.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers13.09.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers08.09.2017 Editor
Pukka Herbs, a British producer of organic herbal teas and health supplements, will be taken over by the British-Dutch group Unilever.
Manufactures, Manufacturers29.08.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers25.08.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers22.08.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers15.08.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers09.08.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers18.07.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers14.07.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers13.07.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers07.07.2017 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).
Manufactures, Manufacturers04.07.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers28.06.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers27.06.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers13.06.2017 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.
Manufactures, Manufacturers23.05.2017 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.