Europe Switzerland15.11.2018 Leo Frühschütz
From September 2017 to August 2018, customers bought 7 percent more organic vegetables in Swiss retail outlets than in the same period last year. Sales of fruit and milk increased as well.
Europe Switzerland17.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz
The run-up to the Swiss referendum on the Fair Food Initiative has shown that people want more sustainability and transparency with regard to the origin and production of food. FiBL has developed the "SMART tool" to make such achievements visible.
Europe Switzerland20.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz
In 2017, organic products worth 2.7 bn Swiss francs were sold in Switzerland. According to the Federal Office for Agriculture, organic food sales now account for 9% of total food sales.
Europe Switzerland06.08.2018 Editor
On 19th August 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm, FiBL Switzerland invites interested parties to an open day in Frick, Canton of Aargau in Switzerland.
Europe Switzerland05.07.2018 Editor
The Federal Office for Agriculture published the statistics 2017 for organic food. One in ten fresh food items sold in Switzerland last year was organic.
Europe Switzerland26.06.2018 Editor
BioSuisse, umbrella association of Swiss organic producers, reports that there is a supply shortage of the biological plant protection agent Novodor.
Ramon Stroink is Managing Director of the natural and organic cosmetics division at Weleda for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is also on the advisory board of Vivaness and the German industry association for cosmetics, detergents and cleaners IKW. We talked to him about the development of the natural and organic cosmetics market in the German-speaking area and the growing challenge of digitization and its opportunities.
Europe Switzerland23.08.2017 Editor
The “Verein zur Förderung der Qualitätsstrategie der Schweizer Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft“ (Association to support the quality strategy of Swiss agriculture and food economics) invites interested parties to its autumn conference about new methods of plant breeding taking place on the 8th of September 2017 in Bern.
Europe Switzerland26.07.2017 Editor
At the annual general meeting of the Swiss Association for Bio-dynamic Agriculture the decision was taken to incorporate the «Hahn im Glück» - happy chicken - project guidelines into the Demeter agriculture guidelines.
Europe Switzerland03.07.2017 Editor
The Swiss Bio Marché again proved to be a powerful attraction. Around 200 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors turned the little town of Zofingen into the Swiss organic capital for the eighteenth time.
Europe Switzerland14.06.2017 Editor
In 2016 the 7.8 % growth of the Swiss organic market was three percentage points higher than growth in 2015. For 2017, a record number of conversions to organic are reported by the Swiss organic association Bio Suisse.
Europe Switzerland01.06.2017 Editor
The Swiss company Coop has launched the Karma range for vegetarians and flexitarians. Of the roughly 120 products, over 90 are also suitable for vegans and 20 are certified organic by Bio Suisse.
Europe Switzerland27.05.2017 Editor
Recently, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences established the new Sino-Swiss Organic Agriculture Research Center (SSOARC) in China. With this new institute, FiBL and IGDB will provide a wide range of services in the field of knowledge transfer and research.
Europe Switzerland23.03.2017 Editor
Even though Zalando, WhatsApp and Netflix are in the lead, organic brands (Migros Bio and Bio Suisse) feature for the first time among the TOP 10 favourite brands of the Swiss between 15 and 25 years old.
Europe Switzerland27.02.2017 Editor
With a per capita expenditure of about 260 euros, Switzerland is the worldwide leader. With sales of 2.1 billion euros, the organic market volume also grew by 5% in 2015.
Europe Switzerland16.01.2017 Editor
“We need to reduce the need for antibiotics in order to reduce their use”, that was one of the statements of Thomas Van Boeckel, author of frequently cited research on antimicrobial consumption in food animals.
Europe Switzerland13.01.2017 Editor
Twenty years ago, sixty scientists and consultants belonging to the Research Institute of Organic Farming (FiBL) moved into the former School of Agriculture in Frick. Today FiBL and the control company bio.inspecta AG employ 300 people and there is to be further expansion of the facilities in Frick.
In the 20 years since it was founded, Pural Vertriebs GmbH is one of the few wholesalers that has developed into a powerful sales partner for the wholefood trade nationwide. The ongoing extension of the product range with exclusive brands and innovative labels, the takeover of regional distribution companies and the resulting expansion and, not least, the arm of the business dealing with the health food and orgnic trade, including abroad, contributed to the dynamic development of the Pural group of companies. Another contributing factor is that second-generation family members with great commitment have entered the business. Ulrike and Heinz Claus explain the development of their company and their view of loyalty to the specialist trade. (Video interview with Ulrike Claus)
Europe Switzerland18.11.2016 Editor
Syngenta is besides Monsanto an example of big chemical companies that pollute environment and try to control the food supply. The Swiss corporation is the largest pesticide producer in the world.
Europe Switzerland07.11.2016 Editor
India is heavily relying on its agriculture and when the harvest is not good the consequences can be catastrophic for their farmers. The garbanzo bean is one of the most popular crops of produce, particularly in northern India.
Europe Switzerland27.09.2016 Editor
Called “Veggie-Bags“, the Swiss corporation Migros is now selling reusable bags for fruit and vegetables.
Europe Switzerland16.09.2016 Editor
The Swiss organic manufacturer Soyana has moved into a new production facility in Schlieren near Zurich.
Europe Switzerland18.07.2016 Editor
End of June the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland visited the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Frick and expressed the interest in a collaboration.
Europe Switzerland21.06.2016 Editor
In 2015 the Swiss bought 520 million CHF (522 million USD) of fair trade products with the Max Havelaar label last year.