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BIOFACH America 2017 in Baltimore: Closing Report

Trade, Trade fair/conferences

17.11.2017 Editor

Parallel to the Natural Products Expo, the BIOFACH America – All Things Organic took place from 14th to 16th September 2017 in the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, USA. As the organisers report, more than 1,500 organic exhibitors, among them 196 fully organic, and over 29,000 visitors came to the exhibition to exchange trends, information about new products and to learn more about the organic sector.


Expensive orchids: vanilla prices and the consequences

Trade, Trade

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

Trade, BIOFACH World

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.


France: obstacles for the growth of organic food sales

Trade, Supermarkets

16.10.2017 Editor

According to a report by EURACTIV, more consumers are getting aware of pesticides’ risks for health as well as the environment and decide to eat organic food. So, the supermarkets’ organic food sales are increasing. Since 2007, sales of organic have multiplied by 3.5 and reached 7.15bn Euro in 2016. Further, with making up 42% of all sales during last year, supermarkets are the greatest retailers of organic food.


An Indian organic journey: Namu & Misha´s reunion

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

03.10.2017 Editor

When old school friends Namu Kini and Misha Gill reunited as young mothers in their 30s, both decided to chuck up their corporate jobs and embark on an organic journey together. They took the decision to quit their high powered careers to dive into their true passion - creating an organic food company which would offer people healthy, tasty and pure food. Thus was happyhealthyme (HHM) conceived.


USA: distributor UNFI grows and is excited about Amazon-Whole Foods

Trade, Wholesale

22.09.2017 Editor

United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI) gets the commitment of Amazon and Whole Foods for their contracts till 2025. One of the biggest US-distributors reports about an increase of  9.5% in the fiscal year, which ended July 29.


10th Natural Cosmetics Conference: Ensuring future success for the industry

Trade, BioFach / Vivaness

19.09.2017 Editor

 

September the 26-27 the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference will open its doors in Berlin for the anniversary edition. The Conference will be held for the 10th time and will provide information about current topics of the natural cosmetics industry, presenting and discussing these from a critical point of view.

 


Amazon-Whole Foods: alliance is perfect - massive price cuts

Trade, Coventional Food Retail Trade

31.08.2017 Editor

Since 28 August, Amazon is the owner of Whole Foods. Several media report about massive price reductions on the first day of the new ownership and that this could strain the organic supply chain.


France: Naturalia opens vegan stores

Trade, Chain Stores

25.07.2017 Editor

The French organic chain Naturalia, a company belonging  to the Monoprix corporation, has opened three small outlets with  a range of around 2000 vegan products.


Bringing organic food to consumers through the food service

Trade, Miscellaneous

19.10.2016 Editor

It is by now well known that organic food sells well about almost everywhere in the world. From Korea to France through the USA and Germany organic  product sales have recorded double digit growth.



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