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EU-Chile: agreement on organic products trade confirmed

Trade, Trade

18.10.2017 Editor

Last week, the Council of the European Union has adopted a resolution concerning the agreement on trade in organic products between the European Union and the Republic of Chile.


Sweden: organic sales reached new record in the first six months

Trade, Trade

16.10.2017 Editor

In the first half of 2017, the increase of organic food and beverage is 7-8%, a value increase of SEK 1 billion (105 mn €) over six months. That is the result of Ekoweb´s interim report.


Strike in Darjeeling settled – consequences expected until 2018

Trade, Trade

10.10.2017 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


Illegal cultivation of GM soya: a threat to Mexican beekeepers

Trade, Trade

10.10.2017 Editor

The illegal cultivation of GM soya beans in Mexico poses a threat to the livelihood of the indigenous Mayan beekeepers on the Yucatan peninsula. Mexican delegation seeks supporters in Germany – visit to Naturland.


Arla Foods: organic milk brand for the Middle East

Trade, Trade

02.10.2017 Editor

Arla Foods has launched its first branded organic milk in the Middle East: Arla Organic® Milk is now available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Middle East is the company's biggest strategic growth market outside Europe.


Canada: 10% increase in organic sales

Trade, Trade

22.09.2017 Editor

Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) reports that 66% Canadian consumers spend at least some of their weekly grocery budget on organic items. This is a 10% increase from a year ago.

 

 


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

Trade, Trade

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.


Ageing population & food safety driving organic sales in Asia

Trade, Trade

19.09.2017 Editor

The Asian organic market will witness 10% annual growth till 2020, largely owing to an increasing ageing population with greater life expectancy than before, as well as, widespread food safety concerns due to a slew of food scandals that have come to light in recent years.

This article is first published in the magazine Pure&Eco India and can be published in www.organic-market.info due to a fruitful cooperation of our magazines. 


Thailand: BIOFACH SOUTH EAST ASIA starting in 2018

Trade, Trade

08.09.2017 Editor

As the seventh member of the BIOFACH-family, the new BIOFACH SOUTHEAST ASIA fair will open its doors from 12th – 15th July 2018 at the IMPACT Exhibition Center in Nonthaburi, Bangkok.


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

Trade, 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.


USA: price and authenticity still obstacles for organic

Trade, Trade

30.08.2017 Editor

Mintel market research analysed in a recent report that 21% of the consumers agree that organic foods are worth the extra cost. Nearly 40% purchase half of their grocery organic.


BioTropic celebrates 20th anniversary

Trade, Trade

25.08.2017 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.


Germany: organic sales have grown in the first two quarters of 2017

Trade, Trade

15.08.2017 Editor

During the first half of 2017, German households have bought more organic food items again. German customers have spent a total of 7.5 per cent more money on fresh organic groceries. Even the amount of sold products in general has grown by 6.1 per cent.


Traceability: different systems round the world

Trade, Trade

08.08.2017 Editor

Tracing the movement of goods in the organic sector both within the EU and worldwide leaves much to be desired. Even with the EU's new electronic certification system TRACES (Trade Control & Export System) optimum traceability can't be achieved.


Germany: organic eggs also contaminated with insecticide

Trade, Trade

04.08.2017 Editor

According to the  Ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia, 2.9 million eggs contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil, including organic eggs, produced on farms in Belgium and Holland arrived in Germany.


Eosta: recording all the damage caused by food production

Trade, Trade

03.08.2017 Editor

The study „True Cost Accounting in Farming and Finance”, commissioned by the Dutch company Eosta, calculated the actual cost of producing food - an undertaking praised by Prince Charles.


EU: risks involved in the authorisation of stevia

Trade, Trade

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.


BioFach India: Buyers´Delegation for sourcing

Trade, Trade

28.07.2017 Editor

As in previous years, the Indian organisation ICCOA is offering a program for sourcing organic from India at BioFach India. The international trade fair will be held from 9 – 11 November 2017 in Noida/Delhi, running parallel with the IFOAM World Congress.


Brexit: imports of Fairtrade products continue to be duty free

Trade, Trade

27.07.2017 Editor

The Fairtrade Foundation is relieved that the British government has promised that Fairtrade products can be imported duty free after Britain has left the EU.


UK: Holland & Barrett has been acquired

Trade, Trade

24.07.2017 Editor

We learn from The Guardian that the market leader in the UK health and wellness retail market, Holland & Barrett, has been acquired for £1.8bn by a retail investment fund controlled by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman.


Germany: BioCompany cooperates with Allyouneedfresh

Trade, Trade

21.07.2017 Editor

The Berlin organic supermarket chain BioCompany has launched its online business. All its roughly 150 own-brand products and BioCompany's trade brands are now available from the online supermarket allyouneedfresh.de.


BioFach China with more exhibitors and visitors

Trade, Trade

13.07.2017 Editor

The  eleventh  BioFach China end of May counted more  exhibitors  and  visitors and was more international too.


Italy: posts new record in organic sales

Trade, Trade

11.07.2017 Karin Heinze

 

Nielsen data presented by the Italian Association for Organic Trade AssoBio show a very positive trend in the sale of organic food in Italian supermarkets. From January to April this year, total sales (food, drinks, pet food) increased by 3.7%, up from 0.5% in 2016. The share of organic food in the total food sales increased from 2% in 2013 to 3.4%. Italian consumer purchases in supermarkets have more than tripled since 2009. Also traditional specialized organic shops are growing. 83% of Italian households bought organic products in 2016.

 


USA: CRISPR-Cas technique without labelling

Trade, Trade

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.


Brazil´s organic trade fairs with significant growth

Trade, Trade

07.07.2017 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).


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