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

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

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.


Germany's best organic shops have been chosen

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

01.03.2017 Editor

At BioFach international trade fair this year's winners of the award "Best Organic Shop" were announce. They were  selected by the readers of the magazine Schrot&Korn, that is available in more than 2,000 organic shops and organic supermarkets in Germany.


Germany: The Good Food sells waste food only

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

28.02.2017 Editor

"The Good Food" offers waste food in two shops and on the market in Cologne. These are the first shops in Germany that sell only products that would otherwise have been destroyed as waste.


German BioCompany grew more than 8%

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

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.


Germany: dennree group's 10% growth

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

15.02.2017 Editor

The dennree group has reported that in 2016 its consolidated net turnover came to 920 million euros -  a gain of 100 million euros, which equates to ca. 10% compared with the year before.


Germany: nearly 10% growth in organic turnover

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

13.02.2017 Editor

The turnover of organic food grew strongly in Germany in 2016. This was reported by the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW) and the Arbeitskreis Biomarkt  prior to the launch of BioFach.


Weak growth in turnover in specialist trade in Germany

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

02.02.2017 Editor

According to surveys carried out by the Klaus Braun consultancy, the trend to much lower growth in turnover in the German wholefood trade continued at the end of last year.


Bio Company: Put a stop to one-way cups

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

15.12.2016 Editor

Disposable coffee cups are creating mountains of waste across the whole of Germany. Some companies in Berlin intend to tackle the problem. 


German specialist organic trade growing more slowly

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

10.11.2016 Editor

In the first 9 months of 2016 the average daily sales in the specialist organic trade,c ompared with the same period last year, grrw by 2.2%. Thus the last quarter is the fourth in a row with lower single-digit growth.


Dutch organic sales increased by 11.5 percent in 2015

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

01.11.2016 Editor

The share of organic in the retail (grocery and specialty) was more than 4.3% in 2015. In the first half of 2016 the growth at the supermarkets goes on.


Organic is becoming increasingly popular in Ukraine

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

04.10.2016 Editor

In recent years Ukraine has attracted attention mainly on account of two issues connected with organic agriculture in Germany. First, an increasing proportion of organic fodder in Europe is being covered by imports from Ukraine. And second there are cases of residues and also fraud concerning the big and complex organic trade structures in the south of Ukraine, and they have never been completely cleared up. The end result is a very one-sided and  rather negative image of the country. The following contribution shows that organic in Ukraine is, however, also very vibrant and diverse and that organic products are becoming increasingly popular in the country itself. The domestic market is constantly growing.


Organic marketing in China: Green & Safe in Shanghai

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

20.09.2016 Karin Heinze

The rapidly growing middle class in the mega-cities of China is increasingly health-conscious and can also afford to buy organic food. In Shanghai, the cool thing to do is, for example, to shop at Green & Safe or to eat out there. The store with its big restaurant reminds you in its concept and offer of the US-American Whole Foods Markets, and you find organic brands from the west on the shelves. Western food is in great demand in China. Shanghai has a number of organic delivery services as well.


Monaco: organic in the principality on the way up

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

06.09.2016 Kai Kreuzer

In the little city state between Nice and the Italian border – where the southern Alps reach the Mediterannean - a propitious climate for selling organics has developed. Two specialist organic stores, a smaller organic shop and several eateries using organic products are enjoying growing popularity in the Principality of Monaco.


Organic marketing in China: Green & Safe in Shanghai

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

30.08.2016 Karin Heinze

The rapidly growing middle class in the mega-cities of China is increasingly health-conscious and can also afford to buy organic food. In Shanghai, the cool thing to do is, for example, to shop at Green & Safe or to eat out there. The store with its big restaurant reminds you in its concept and offer of the US-American Whole Foods Markets, and you find organic brands from the west on the shelves. Western food is in great demand in China. Shanghai has a number of organic delivery services as well.


Organic-food competition hurts sales

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

12.08.2016 Editor

Whole Foods dominated the American market for organic food for a long time. Now, companies like Kroger  and Wal-Mart have increased their range of organic products drastically.


"Alnatura is a social experiment"

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

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, Specialised Food Retail Trade

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%.


Russia: consequences of the import ban

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

03.03.2016 Kai Kreuzer

“Compared with a year ago, there has been a huge fall in the exchange rate of the rouble against the euro with the result that imported goods are now much more expensive,” says Tanya Lebedeva. She is the founder and CEO of LookBio, an important publisher of both a printed and an internet magazine for consumers and professionals in Russia. Tanya gives an overview of the problems for the organic sector. 


Bio Company in Berlin continues to grow

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

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.


German specialist organic trade cracks 3 bn

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

05.02.2016 Karin Heinze

Evaluation of the figures from 20 wholesale companies in the German Organic Trade Association BNN reveals a rise in turnover of 11.4%. The turnover of the specialist organic trade increased in 2015 to €3.04bn.


Aldi's new organic selection is challenging Whole Foods

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

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.


GAIA expands organic supermarket chain in Switzerland

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

10.11.2015 Kai Kreuzer

The first organic supermarket with the Greek name GAIA (Mother Earth) begins the roll-out across the whole of Switzerland. The flagship store is located in a busy street three kilometres north-west of downtown Zurich.


Eau Vive: growth of the regional chain in the east of France

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

27.10.2015 Kai Kreuzer

The organic chain Eau Vive was founded by Didier Cotte in 1979 and up to now its growth had been moderate. But everything has changed this year with the addition of six new stores that increased its tally from 32 to 38.


Alnatura cooperating with Edeka

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

22.09.2015 Karin Heinze

Edeka, with 11,500 stores and turnover of 47.2 billion euros (2014), is Germany’s biggest retail network. It is now the new distribution partner of the organic company Alnatura.


Biocoop: premier driving force in France

Trade, Specialised Food Retail Trade

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.


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