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Why the organic community should fall in love with true prices – Interview with Adrian de Groot Ruiz

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

20.11.2018 Rebecca Sandbichler

The economist Adrian de Groot Ruiz reveals how he calculates the true prices of our food. Read about the advantages he sees for organic trade - and where he would first look for hidden social and economic costs.


New method for egg production: When male chicks do not even hatch

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

20.11.2018 Editor

Gender determination in the egg provides the possibility to only breed laying hens. The first eggs produced in this way are now available in conventional retail.


France: Trends and tendencies in the organic specialist trade

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

13.11.2018 Kai Kreuzer

In 2017, France generated organic sales of around 8.3 bn euros. However, as conventional retailers are pushing their organic growth, the specialist trade is being threatened. But new trends also create new opportunities.


Nestlé and Unilever: Action for more animal welfare

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

16.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Food companies Nestlé and Unilever have formed the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW) together with five international catering companies.


Lidl Belgium: Discounter supplies Ghent's households by bicycle

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12.10.2018 Editor

In the Belgian city of Ghent, discounter Lidl has recently started offering its customers a bicycle delivery service for around 400 fresh foods. The goods can be ordered online via the pop-up web shop “Simpl”.


Allegation: Product copy - Lemonaid against Lidl

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13.09.2018 Katrin Muhl

Lemonaid accuses the German discounter Lidl of consumer deception. There is an open letter and a social media campaign. Lidl has now taken the floor at the request of bio-markt.info.


Italy: Organic sector shows impressive growth

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

28.08.2018 Karin Heinze

Data collected by Nielsen confirm a positive trend in the Italian organic market. The numbers presented at the shareholders' meeting of AssoBio, show that organic food sales within large-scale retail exceeded 1.5 bn euros.


Retail groups call on strict regulation of new genetic engineering

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16.07.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Leading food retailers from Germany and Austria such as Edeka, Lidl, Rewe and SPAR have appealed to the EU Commission to make the procedures of new genetic engineering subject to EU genetic engineering law.


France: Carrefour´s seed inititative „Forbidden Market“ successful

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04.07.2018 Editor

Ninety per cent of the planet’s cultivable varieties have already died out in the 20th century, says FAO. The French retailer Carrefour joined producers in their fight to make fruit and vegetables grown from farmers' seeds available to consumers.


Aldi launched natural and organic cosmetics range

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

28.06.2018 Editor

Face care, shower gel or body balm - beauty products have complemented the range of discounters for many years. Natural and organic cosmetics were previously only available from the German discount store Aldi as a timely limited special offer.


Germany: more organic products in discounters

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

29.03.2018 Editor

According to GfK market research, 95 per cent of all households bought at least one organic product in 2017. Discounter Aldi expanded its organic range over the years and has set itself ambitious sales targets in the organic segment for the coming years.


Denmark: Coop launches organic agriculture fund

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27.12.2017 Editor

According to a press release the Danish retailer Coop Denmark together with environmental associations is raising funds to support organic farming in Denmark. 


Netherlands: plus 10 % in organic sales 2016

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

21.12.2017 Editor

Organic food sales in the Netherlands increased by 10% in 2016 to € 1.4 billion. In the last ten years, sales have tripled. The winners are mainly the supermarkets.


Walmart`s plans for 2018

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

11.12.2017 Editor

The world´s biggest retailer Walmart has some important tasks on its agenda for 2018. According to media reports Walmart plans to grow sales by 3 % and reinvest $ 11 billion. Most of the investment goes into e-commerce.


USA: Trader Joe´s 50th anniversary

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

06.12.2017 Editor

American retailer Trader Joe´s, a subsidiary of the German discounter Aldi Nord, has been in the US market for 50 years.


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.


UK: Holland & Barrett has been acquired

Trade Coventional Food Retail 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.


Record organic sales in Italy

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

12.07.2017 Editor

The AssoBio organic association recently presented Nielsen data on the trend of organic food sales in Italian supermarkets.


Italy: posts new record in organic sales

Trade Coventional Food Retail 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.

 


The Amazon - Whole Foods deal: searching for the Holy Grail

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

04.07.2017 Jochen Bettzieche

The internet giant Amazon has made a takeover bid for the American retail food chain Whole Foods Market. This constitutes a direct attack on the established retail food corporations. Looking at the deal from a European and German perspective, it is unlikely that the reaction will be takeover bids for German organic supermarkets.


France: organic retail continues to expand

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

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.


Switzerland: Coop and its Karma veggie brand

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

01.06.2017 Editor

The Swiss company Coop has launched the Karma range for vegetarians and flexitarians. Of the roughly 120 products, over 90 are also suitable for vegans and 20 are certified organic by Bio Suisse.


El Corte Inglés: First Biosphere has opened in Valencia

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

20.04.2017 Editor

With organics a growth industry in Spain worth an estimated €1bn a year, El Corte Inglés has developed the in-store Biosphere.


Kroger wants to buy Whole Food Market

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

11.11.2016 Editor

Kroger is seriously considering a takeover of Whole Foods Market powered the stock in both companies. Kroger is an American retailer founded in 1883 in Ohio. It is the country's largest supermarket chain by revenue.


Germany: dispute over organic brand Alnatura

Trade Coventional Food Retail Trade

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.


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