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Bundled commitment for sustainable cocoa in Europe

The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa, the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa and the Belgian platform Beyond Chocolate have committed to joining forces for a more sustainable cocoa value chain. They did this by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. 

New dates for Organic World Congress

In light of recent developments around covid-19, the organizing committee of the Organic World Congress has decided to postpone the event.

 

Biotropic offices report on Corona

Biotropic, the fruit and vegetable importer asked employees in its branches from France to Costa Rica to the Ivory Coast, to report on Corona and the situation for them locally.

How corona effects Gepa's coffee partners in Honduras

Andrea Fütterer from Gepa, the fair trade organisation was stuck in Honduras until the 3rd April has reported back on the situation in Honduras for Gepa’s coffee partners in Honduras and the people's protest against the curfew.

Gepa reports on Corona worldwide

Gepa, the fair trade organisation has reported on the situation for its worldwide partners from for craft enterprises as well as food producers. Their situation is very different ...

Corona virus in Burkina Faso

Gebana, the Swiss fair trade company processes mangoes and cashew nuts from local organic farmers in Burkina Faso. In a blog post, the company reports on the impact of Corona there.

Germany: Lidl makes supply chains transparent

On its website, Lidl Germany publishes a list of the main suppliers for its food and non-food private label range. The discounter thus fulfils transparency requirements that the German organic specialist trade has not yet realised for its own brands.

Otto Greither celebrates his 95th birthday

Otto Greither - whose name stands for health, humanity and vision, became 95 yesterday this week. On this very special birthday, Salus employees paid tribute to their long-standing managing director.

Organic Food Iberia and Eco Living Iberia announce new dates

Organic Food Iberia and Eco Living Iberia, the major international trade events for natural and organic products, have confirmed new dates due to the rapidly escalating coronavirus outbreak.

New from France: a fungus-resistant organic banana

From this spring, customers will a find new bright yellow organic banana, in the organic section of the French supermarket chain Carréfour. They are called Pointe d'Or, are grown in the traditional way and are resistant to the Black Sigatoka fungus.

Signatures for the rescue of bees and farmers

A European Citizens’ Initiative aims to phase out synthetic pesticides by 2035, support farmers, and save bees and nature. If it gathers one million signatures by September 2020, the EU Commission and Parliament must consider turning the campaign’s demands into law.

The digitalised shopping cart is coming

The annoying search for coins to unlock the shopping trolleys will soon be a thing of the past. An app on the ever-present smart phone can do the job and offer retailers many additional benefits.

Pine flavoured ice cream from Finland

A quite exceptional flavour from Finland that will enhance the ice cream range at organic food stores: it comes from Suomisen Maito Oy, the ice cream manufacturers, using Aura pine but guaranteed needle-free.

Coronavirus: Biofach Japan cancelled

The 16th round of Biofach Japan was scheduled for 10 - 13 March 2020. It would have taken place at the Biofach Japan Pavilion at Foodex Japan in Chiba, Tokyo. Now the event is cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

Coming up: Organic Wine Iberia in June

Organic Wine Iberia co-located with Organic Food Iberia and Eco Living Iberia, will take place at Ifema-Feria de Madrid, on 3-4 June. The event will feature over 600 exhibiting companies.

Sonnentor saves 20 tons of packaging

Thanks to improved aroma protection bags for tea, Sonnentor can eliminate the wood-made wrapping film from all boxes. This ‘unveiling’ will save the environment from around 20 tons of packaging every year.

New EU organic legislation: quality before speed demanded

The focus of the German BÖLW (Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft – Organic food production alliance) event at the Biofach Congress was on the new organic legislation from 01 January 2021, the changes companies will face and the state of work in progress on specific regulations.

Beiersdorf enters natural cosmetics market

As the Hamburg-based skin care giant announced, the ‘Stop The Water While Using Me’ brand has been part of the group since February.

Biofach and Vivaness with more than 47,000 trade visitors

Biofach, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, and Vivaness, the International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care, achieved record highs for exhibitor numbers.

The role of CAP Eco-schemes to incentivise sustainable farming practices

The newly introduced CAP Eco-scheme has a great potential to drive transition to more sustainable farming systems, according to a new report by research institutes FiBL and IEEP, commissioned by IFOAM EU.

Certification for sustainable sea salt production

Friend of the Sea, a project by the World Sustainability Organization, has developed certification standards for sustainable sea salt production. Companies that fulfil the criteria can use the "Friend of the Sea" eco-label for their sea salt products.


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