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Elworld Agro India: Friend of the farmer

Trade, Products

25.09.2018 Editor

In 2016, Satyendra Dwivedi has founded an organic food production company called Elworld Agro. Within only two years, he was able to win over 2000 partners – thanks to his company’s farmer-friendly pricing model.


Sonett: New product certifications

Trade, Products

24.09.2018 Editor

Sonett is converting its product certifications for detergents and cosmetics. "The transition will be smooth", announces Managing Director Beate Oberdorfer.


Sustainable Beauty Awards 2018: Last entries until Saturday

Trade, Products

17.09.2018 Editor

On 6th November 2018, Ecovia Intelligence will co-host the Sustainable Beauty Awards Reception alongside the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Paris. Entries for the contest are still open until 22nd September.


Organic imports from Turkey: How the current inflation affects prices

Trade, Products

11.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The Turkish Lira lost value rapidly in the last months. Organic-market.info has asked what effects this has on organic imports from Turkey.


German beverage producer Voelkel wins court case against Eckes-Granini

Trade, Products

07.09.2018 Editor

For one year, German producer Voelkel fought against the Eckes-Granini Group in court and was now proved right. The dispute concerned the label layout of bioC.


Germany: Coconut oil controversy

Trade, Products

06.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

A German professor described coconut oil as "the pure poison". This has triggered a broad debate about the health benefits of this food, which has become increasingly popular in recent years.


Aldi Germany: Strategy against packaging waste

Trade, Products

04.09.2018 Editor

The German discount stores Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd want to significantly reduce packaging. The common strategy is also about unpacked and disposable bags.


Primavera: Alcohol remains a preservative in organic floral waters for now

Trade, Products

31.08.2018 Horst Fiedler

For now, Primavera has cancelled the distribution of non-alcoholic organic plant waters announced for September. Quality control results are the reason.


The packaging problem and the search for an ecological solution

Trade, Products

14.08.2018 Jochen Bettzieche

When it comes to packaging, the conventional food industry and the organic sector are not very far away from each other.


Organic Food Iberia 2019: Major new organic trade fair in Madrid

Trade, Products

14.08.2018 Editor

According to event organiser Diversified Communications, the new trade show Organic Food Iberia will open at the IFEMA exhibition centre in Madrid in 2019.


Cocoa conference: Hunger prices for cheap chocolate

Trade, Products

29.05.2018 Leo Frühschütz

"The cocoa sector will only be sustainable when farmers earn a living." This was stated in the Berlin Declaration adopted at the end of the 4th International Cocoa Conference that took place recently in the German capital. The three-day meeting of around 1,500 cocoa industry players focused on the continuing catastrophic living conditions of cocoa producers, particularly in West Africa. We took a closer look on the cocoa industry and on the organic sector.


Germany: more and more organic eggs from factory farming

Trade, Products

22.05.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The size of poultry houses for organic laying hens has once again become an issue in the German media: there is an increasing trend to big poultry houses. It's not possible to see where this will lead because the new EU Organic Regulation approves the current practice in Germany and a number of other EU countries of keeping 30,000 and more organic hens in one poultry house. When consumers buy their eggs they have no information regarding the size of a particular poultry house.


Tea in shortage

Trade, Products

08.05.2018 Jochen Bettzieche

Drought, strikes and unrests limit the choice in the tea shelves. Rooibos and Darjeeling are particularly affected by the consequences. While the deficiency will continue for the also called bush tea or redbush tea, recovery is in sight for Darjeeling tea from India (see our earlier report).

 


Global study: neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey

Trade, Products

19.03.2018 Editor

As the US based research institute Organic Center reported that almost 200 honey samples from across the globe contain a dangerous concentration of neonicotinoids.


BioFach 2018: Trends, new products and the „Next Generation“

Trade, Products

06.03.2018 Editor

The demand for organic products in Germany continues unabated. However, in which areas is organic food booming particularly and what trends are to be expected in the near future? In a review of BioFach, we have summarised and discussed the role of the next generation in specialist trade as well as the question of how innovative products from young companies can find their way onto the shelves of specialist retailers. Please also watch our BioFach video review with many interviews on the topic of the next generation.


Very successful U.S. Pavilion at Biofach

Trade, Products

02.03.2018 Editor

The American Organic Trade Association (OTA) together with theForeign Agricultural Service (FAS), Office of Agricultural Affairs in Berlin and U.S. organic food and product companies participated in the Biofach and reported a leap in business inquiries.

 


Biobased food packaging through the eyes of the consumer

Trade, Products

11.12.2017 Editor

What do consumers think of biobased food packaging? And can manufacturers and retailers strengthen the brand position of their food products by choosing biobased food packaging? Within the COMBO public private partnership, Wageningen University & Research is helping the food sector make well-founded, sustainable packaging choices.


Breaking: EU renews glyphosate licence for five years

Trade, Products

27.11.2017 Karin Heinze

It´s hardly to believe! Germany voted yes for a five years renewal for the weedkiller glyphosate - this ensured the qualified majority for the approval.While massive protests took place the member states disregarded the citizens requirements. 

 


Important details in marketing Kamut

Trade, Products

29.08.2017 Jochen Bettzieche

For a number of years Kamut has been a trend food. It's a grain that can be easily marketed because there's something mystical about it. What many people don't know is that the term Kamut applies only to Khorasan wheat grown on specific croplands. The word comes from ancient Egyptian and means “wheat”. Because it comes from a dead language, the American Quinn family was able to have it registered as a trademark. This means that anyone using the word Kamut must identify it as a registered trademark.


Nanoscale particles of anti-caking agent cause damage

Trade, Products

11.08.2017 Editor

The additive silicium dioxide E 551 is used as an anti-caking agent in dry food so that, for example, powdered soup or spices stay free-flowing. Silicium dioxide has been considered safe.


EU: risks involved in the authorisation of stevia

Trade, Products

28.07.2017 Editor

As the University of Hohenheim reports, the EU Commission has authorised new uses of the natural sweetener stevia. Hitherto only steviol glycoside, not the natural stevia leaves, was approved for use as a calorie-free sweetener in food and beverages.


UK: 2017 BOOM Awards showcase top organic products

Trade, Products

17.07.2017 Editor

Winners of the Soil Association’s prestigious BOOM (Best of the Organic Market) Awards were announced on 5 July at a ceremony in London’s renowned Borough Market.


USA: Campbell to acquire Pacific Foods

Trade, Products

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.


USA: CRISPR-Cas technique without labelling

Trade, Products

10.07.2017 Editor

As TestBioTec, the German organisation critical of genetic engineering, has reported, mushrooms in the USA have been manipulated using new genetic engineering techniques (CRISPR-Cas). No label shows that to the consumers.


ECJ judgement: the term “soya milk” no longer allowed

Trade, Products

27.06.2017 Editor

It is no longer permitted to market products of purely plant origin by using words like milk or cheese. That was the decision of the European Court in Luxembourg.


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