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Amazon acquires Whole Foods Market

Trade, Chain Stores

19.06.2017 Editor

Friday June 16 Amazon and Whole Foods Market annouced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for approximately $13.7 billion.


France: organic retail continues to expand

Trade, Chain Stores

06.06.2017 Kai Kreuzer

As last year, France is excelling with high growth rates in the organic sector. In terms of both land area and turnover, the increase is impressive. The expansion of the specialist wholefood trade in France continues unabated. In the first four months of 2017 (middle of December 2016 to middle of April 2017)  61 specialist organic stores and organic supermarkets were opened. The average retail area measured 335 m². Total turnover of the organic industry, including catering, is around 7 billion euros.


Japan: organic supermarket "Bio c’bon" has opened in Tokyo

Trade, Chain Stores

21.03.2017 Editor

"Bio c'Bon" is an organic supermarket from France. The first store in central Tokyo opened on the 8th of December. The shop offers fresh foods such as fruit vegetables and meat, mainly domestic organic JAS certified agricultural products, processed foods and beverages, such as wine and cheese, seasonings and confectionery as well as natural/organic non-food products, among them body care, cosmetics and supplies for babies and children are offered. The French chain plans to expand in Japan.


Denn’s: increase in turnover of more than 30 percent in 2015

Trade, Chain Stores

18.03.2017 Redaktion

At the end of February German retailer denn’s Biomarkt GmbH presented its end-of-year results for 2015. They show that the Dennree subsidiary generated turnover of nearly 305 million euros  with its then total of  217 stores.


German BioCompany grew more than 8%

Trade, Chain Stores

21.02.2017 Editor

In 2016 BioCompany increased compared to the previous year by 9 million euros (8.2%) to 145 million euros. The other companies of the BioCompany Group, Havelland Bio and Midgard Naturkost, had a revenue of around five million euros.


Veganz explains that it did not declare insolvency

Trade, Chain Stores

26.01.2017 Editor

In a current statement the German firm Veganz GmbH explains that it did not declare insolvency (we reported earlier) but is restructuring the retail stores and focusing on the core business.


Germany: vegan supermarket chain Veganz – declaration of insolvency

Trade, Chain Stores

24.01.2017 Editor

In December, the supermarket chain Veganz reported its self-administered insolvency.  As the Lebensmittelzeitung (LZ) states, its network of stores is going to be radically slimmed down.


Germany: dispute over organic brand Alnatura

Trade, Chain Stores

08.11.2016 Editor

The long dispute between dm, a German chain of drugstores that sells cosmetics, healthcare and household products and health food,  Müller and Rossmann, two other big German drugstore chains, is about to be settled.


The focus is on Wessanen in the takeover market

Trade, Chain Stores

29.09.2016 Editor

As the Dutch stock exchange journal ABM Financial News reports, analysts and investors are focusing on Holland's organic corporation Wessanen. In the course of the takeover of the US organic enterprise WhiteWave by Danone it says that speculation about  Wessanen, already smouldering for some time, has surfaced once again.


Switzerland: Migros offers reusable veggie bags

Trade, Chain Stores

27.09.2016 Editor

Called “Veggie-Bags“, the Swiss corporation Migros is now selling reusable bags for fruit and vegetables.


Veganz expands retail activity in Austria

Trade, Chain Stores

15.09.2016 Editor

The vegan supermarket chain Veganz is cooperating with the food retailer Spar. According to a press report, up to 40 Veganz brand vegan products will be available from now on across the whole of Austria.


McDonald’s goes Cage Free

Trade, Chain Stores

31.08.2016 Redaktion

50% of the whole McDonald’s menu consists of chicken and eggs. Steve Easterbrook, CEO at McDonald’s has now launched a 10-year plan to switch the whole production from caged to free-range hens.


Whole Foods gets a warning for “seriously violations”

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23.06.2016 Editor

The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb about what the FDA called "serious violations" it found after inspecting a Whole Foods food preparation facility in Massachusetts.


"Alnatura is a social experiment"

Trade, Chain Stores

14.06.2016 Karin Heinze

Bees are buzzing and frogs are croaking in the grounds of the nature-based headquarters of Alnatura in Bickenbach (Hesse). And in the building belonging to one of the biggest organic companies in Germany there is much activity too. This where the  “working partnership“ develops ideas for new brand products, a 3D online shop and concepts for the store of the future. Founder Götz Rehn sees this collective activity as an “experiment on the way to a  social-organic model company“. 


France: significant organic growth across the board in 2015

Trade, Chain Stores

29.03.2016 Kai Kreuzer

The organic market in France has been growing steadily for years. Turnover in the whole organic sector has now reached €5.5bn (preliminary estimate for 2015), which equates to growth of 10% compared with 2014. The number of companies in the organic industry, from organic farmers, processors and wholesalers to retailers, has risen to 42,216, a pleasing expansion of 7.2%.


German Dennree Group grows by 15 percent

Trade, Chain Stores

10.02.2016 Editor

In 2015 the dennree group achieved consolidated net turnover of €820m, 110 million more than in the previous year.


Bio Company in Berlin continues to grow

Trade, Chain Stores

09.02.2016 Karin Heinze

The Berlin organic supermarket chain and market leader of the region Berlin-Brandenburg Bio Company increased its turnover 2015 by 17.5% to €134m. The chain is planning to increase its network of stores in 2016 to over 50 and to expand its network of regional partner firms.


Aldi's new organic selection is challenging Whole Foods

Trade, Chain Stores

05.02.2016 Editor

The German Aldi supermarket chain, which has 1,500 stores in the U.S., is becoming a bigger challenge to organic supermarkets as it expands its selection.


European supermarkets increase the offer of organic products

Trade, Chain Stores

12.01.2016 Editor

Organic, responsible and sustainable products have come a great way during the past year. More supermarkets around the world has embraced organic culture and added sustainable products to their shelves.


Biocoop: premier driving force in France

Trade, Chain Stores

01.09.2015 Kai Kreuzer

Despite the existence of several successful network and franchise systems in the organic sector, Biocoop remains the biggest association of independent retailers in France. In 2014, turnover increased by 13.4 % to € 657m.


Oslo: Norway’s organic industry ready to expand

Trade, Chain Stores

15.07.2015 Kai Kreuzer

When it comes to the production and consumption of organics, Norway is one of the countries lagging behind in Europe. Further evidence is the fact that we can’t get up-to-date organic data about Norway – this most western of the Scandinavian countries and also one that is not a member of the EU.


Organic Farmers against Whole Foods’ New Rating System

Trade, Chain Stores

23.06.2015 Redaktion

Five organic farmers gave Whole Food’s co-CEO John Mackey a statement concerning the company’s new production rating system. Whole Foods has long used scales, like their numerical 1-5 meat ratings, to help consumers find the ideal point where price meets ethics.


Bio-Planet: food retailer’s subsidiary an important player in Belgium

Trade, Chain Stores

16.06.2015 Kai Kreuzer

In April 2015, Bio-Planet’s fifteenth organic supermarket was opened in Halle, 20 km south-west of Brussels. 14 years ago in 2001, the first Bio-Planet store was launched in Kortrijk.


Poland: new store concepts with bistro

Trade, Chain Stores

21.04.2015 Kai Kreuzer

Poland’s biggest wholefood retailer, the Organic Farma Zdrowia Group, increased turnover in 2014 by 25 %, which equates to a 25 % rise in value from 52 million zloty (12.5 million euros) to over 65 million zloty (15.1 million euros). By implementing a franchise system, the company’s aim is to be operating 100 specialist wholefood stores avross the whole of Poland by the end of 2017.


Poland: turnover of wholefood retailer Organic Farma reaches 15 million euros

Trade, Chain Stores

09.04.2015 Redaktion

The biggest wholefood retailer in Poland,  the Organic Farma Group, increased its turnover by 25 % in 2014. It grew from 52 million zloty (€12.5m) to over 65 million zloty (€15.1m), which equates to a gain of 25 %.


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