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Weleda remains stable in 2021

Weleda AG was able to achieve sales of 425 million Euros in 2021, thus remaining stable in difficult times. The operating result was below the previous year due to increased investments, while the consolidated annual result changed only insignificantly. The company presented its 2021 annual result to its 2022 Annual General Meeting.

European Organic Congress will take place in Bordeaux

On June 16 and 17, the annual European Organic Congress will be held in Bordeaux, France. IFOAM Organics Europe, together with Interbio Nouvelle-Aquitaine, organized this event that includes plenary sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities.

EU citizens' initiative calls for adherence to binding pesticide reductions

In view of the Ukraine crisis, the European citizens' initiative "Save Bees and Farmers" fears that the Europe-wide target to reduce pesticide use could be watered down. In an open letter, the alliance appeals to the German government to not allow this to happen.

Fair trade products achieve record sales

Consumers in Germany spent significantly more money on fair trade products in 2021 than in the previous year. Growth drivers were roses, cocoa and tea.

Pesticide trial in South Tyrol ends with acquittal

The Regional Court of Bolzano has also dropped the last charge against environmental activist and current Green member of the Bundestag Karl Bär. This means that this attempt to silence critics of pesticides by legal means has finally failed.

Living banana prices – Lidl to pay surcharge to plantations in future

The discounter Lidl wants to pay a price surcharge for all its bananas in the future, so that the workers in the plantations receive a living wage. Partners in the implementation are Fairtrade and the certifier Flocert.

European organic movement calls for a systemic approach to carbon farming

As carbon farming is a current priority on the EU agenda when it comes to climate change mitigation in agriculture, IFOAM Organics Europe urges in their new position paper the need for a holistic and multi-dimensional approach to carbon farming.

Rising sales from organic food in the Czech Republic

The market for organic food in the Czech Republic is growing. Compared to 2019, the growth was 14 per cent higher, and Czech households consumed organic food worth CZK 5.99 billion (compared to CZK 5.26 billion in 2019). This is according to the report on the organic food market in the Czech Republic in 2020, published by the Ministry of Agriculture.

New FiBL study shows ways for climate-neutral organic agriculture by 2040

Net-zero emissions in organic agriculture in Switzerland are challenging, but possible. This is the conclusion of a study published today by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). 

Organic sales in Switzerland reach for the first time over four billion Swiss Francs

For the first time, Swiss retailers and direct marketers turned over more than four billion Swiss Francs in organic products, Bio Suisse announced at its annual media conference this year.

Triballat Noyal now bears the name of its founder

The manufacturer behind brands like Sojade and Bergerie has a new name. Since April 1, the company has been operating under the first name of its founder.



Pasta Nuova is now called Mossa GmbH

The manufacturer behind the specialist trade brand Pasta Nuova has been operating under the name Mossa GmbH since April 1. The renaming is intended to make external communication clearer and more transparent.

"Eco" to be added to EU "black list"

The EU Commission has presented a series of proposals aimed at protecting the climate and strengthening retailers and consumers. According to the proposals, ambiguous statements about a product's environmental properties will no longer be permitted.

Organic food was trending in Austria in 2021

In 2021, special offers and organic products were again in particular demand. Consumption was above the pre-crisis level, although not quite as high as in 2020.

Organic operators can now apply for EU organic awards

Last week, the applications for the first EU organic awards were launched. Organic operators can now apply for eight awards within seven categories.

Lidl Switzerland increases sales of organic products

For the third year in a row, Lidl Switzerland recorded an increase in sales of organic products. Thus, sales of organically produced food increased by 20 percent in 2021 compared to the previous year.

How organic companies are affected by the Ukraine war - and how they are helping

Russia's war against Ukraine is also influencing the businesses of organic companies. They are closing sites and having difficulty obtaining raw materials. All of them, however, are united in solidarity with Ukraine.

EU approves alternative smoking process

The EU has approved "Clean Smoke," an alternative smoking process for organic products that is considered particularly clean and environmentally friendly. The first products are to be sold in natural food stores as early as March.

Change of leadership at FIBL Switzerland

The three-person management team of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL) will have a new composition as of April. Beate Huber succeeds Lucius Tamm.

Followfood wants to become more sustainable and transparent with Blueyou

Following the acquisition of the Kissyo ice cream brand, Followfood has become a majority shareholder in the consulting and trading company Blueyou. Their know-how is to help the organic manufacturer achieve even more transparent supply chains.

New Managing Director at CCPB

Lorenzo Pileri is the new Managing Director of CCPB. The company, based in Bologna, Italy, certifies organic food and organic non-food products. 


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