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Virtual European Sustainable Cosmetics Summit and Sustainable Beauty Awards 2021

On 25-28th October 2021, the European Sustainable Cosmetics Summit take place online for the second time. Stakeholders from the cosmetics and beauty sector will discuss about green materials, new technologies, marketing and customer impacts. The Sustainable Beauty Awards will be hosted alongside the conference.

Corona fuels organic sales in the USA

Organic products also sold particularly well in the United States in the Corona year. The Organic Trade Association reports double-digit growth. Above all, fresh produce increased.

Weleda AG elects new Chairman of the Board of Directors

Paul Mackay did not stand for re-election as President. His post will be taken over by Thomas Jorberg, who has been a member of the board for one year.

Austria: Demeter and Spar cooperate

The organic growers' association Demeter has entered into a partnership with Spar in Austria. Demeter hopes to reach more people with the help of the food retail chain.

How pesticide findings on organic food can be explained

Again and again, traces of pesticides are found on organic food. This is rarely the fault of the farmers. The FIBL has carried out more detailed research on this on behalf of Bio Suisse.

Oxfam: German supermarkets continue to pay starvation wages

Corona flushed a double-digit increase in sales into the coffers of German retail chains. But on the plantations, wages remain below subsistence level. In Brazil, workers had to buy their own protective masks.

Veganz with new investors

The plant-based food specialist has raised fresh capital and plans to build the largest vegan production facility in Europe. The initial public offering is coming up soon.

National authorities see no acute danger from glyphosate

On 15 December 2022, the EU-wide authorisation for glyphosate expires. The manufacturers have already applied for a renewal - and are now getting support from national authorities. Yet more and more new studies speak against the herbicide active ingredient.

Packaging: Disposable plastic tableware is now banned

Two packaging regulations came into force on 3 July. Among other things, the marketing of disposable plastic cutlery is prohibited by law. In addition, manufacturers must label certain products as containing plastic.

European organic vineyards grow dynamically

In the Corona year 2020, sales of organic wine made big leaps. For organic viticulture, 2019 was already a record year. France continues to lead the industry.

European Organic Congress 2021: What the organic sector can do for the European Green Deal

Europe is facing massive ecological transformations within all sectors. The EU wants to pave the way by implementing its Green Deal. The role of organics in this was discussed at the 15th European Organic Congress.

Rejection of environmental initiatives: Swiss population votes against more organics

With a double "no" vote against a pesticide ban and stricter drinking water protection, the Swiss have rejected two initiatives. The result of the vote is also a success for the country's organic associations.

Vivatis acquires majority stake of Wojnar

The Austrian food group Vivatis wants to expand its fresh convenience sector as majority owner of the traditional Viennese company Wojnar. The Austrian Federal Competition Authority still has to approve the purchase.

Holle sells baby food in the USA

The organic manufacturer already sells its products in numerous countries. Since spring, branches of the US supermarket chain Whole Foods, which belongs to Amazon, have also been selling Holle baby food.

Switzerland: Coop introduces filling stations for beer and mineral water

In some Coop branches, customers have recently been able to tap their own beer and mineral water. The offer is one of three unpacked pilot projects of the Swiss supermarket chain.

“Really Raw” Standard: New Seal indicates “real” raw food products to consumers

A seal developed by the Raw Food Association identifies products that are "genuinely raw" according to the catalogue of criteria. Four companies have already been certified.

Plant drinks still allowed to be called milk alternatives

The CAP negotiations are on ice. But vegan food producers can breathe a sigh of relief - and continue to promote their products as milk substitutes. The EU Parliament withdrew the controversial Amendment 171 recently.

South Tyrol: Acquittal for pesticide critic

In the South Tyrolean pesticide trial, the author Alexander Schiebel has been acquitted. Meanwhile, the trial against Karl Bär continues.

Virtual Edition of the European Sustainable Foods Summit starts next week

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 12th edition of the European Sustainable Foods Summit will be held online. The virtual conference takes place next week from 8th-11th of June 2021 and will discuss sustainability developments and innovations in the food industry.

Calcium enrichment: Algal lime must not be added to soy drinks

The European Court of Justice has ruled that organic food may not be fortified with calcium derived from algae. In doing so, the court prohibited a practice that had been common for a long time, but the ruling is not likely to have serious consequences.

Eco-Controls: Why organic smallholders in Africa need the help of their buyers

For small farmers in southern countries, organic control according to EU rules is a challenge. Now, Brussels has tightened the requirements again. In order to fulfill them, the farmers need the support of their buyers.


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