Switzerland’s first 100 per cent organic cocoa-processing plant has completed its test phase and has started producing organic and fair trade certified semi-finished cocoa products in Beringen near Schaffhausen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the South Tyrolean pesticide trial, the author Alexander Schiebel has been acquitted. Meanwhile, the trial against Karl Bär continues.
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.
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.
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.
IFOAM Organics Europe prepares for the second virtual edition of the European Organic Congress from 16-18 June 2021. In six dedicated sessions, experts and participants will discuss Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), expected changes in the new EU Organic Regulation, organic’s contribution to climate change mitigation, sustainable food systems and rural development. Registrations are now open for interested parties.
The EU has approved the yellow mealworm as the first insect in the novel food category. Yet there are already foods with insects on the market. How does that work together?
Oatly, the world's largest producer of oat drinks, is turning to Wall Street. With the initial public offering (IPO), the company, which made a loss of 60 million euros last year, wants to raise billions.
The internationally active French organic certifier Ecocert has acquired the Belgian market leader Certisys. Certisys founder Blaise Hommelen is to train the new executive director during a transition phase.
The existing rules are too strict for the Commission when it comes to products of new genetic engineering. Organic associations criticise the plans - and register their own proposals for change.
An international team of scientists wants to ensure that new genetic engineering methods are approved for use in organic farming. Only in this way organic could really become sustainable, the scientists say.
Rapunzel and IFOAM presented the One World Award on Monday. The five winners were those who make the world a fairer place through ecological, social and economic improvements.
The organizers of the Biofach and Vivaness trade fair duo have published figures on the participants in the E-Special. Among other things, they show which countries and industries were represented and to what extent.
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