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Austria: Conversion to organic farming without regrets

Europe Austria

26.09.2018 Editor

According to a survey, 98% of Austrian organic farmers would decide to switch back to organic farming again. Many of them see organic farming as an attitude to life.

Austria: denn‘s biomarkt expands branch network

Europe Austria

12.09.2018 Editor

Tomorrow a new denn's organic market will open in Eisenstadt. The Austrian denn's organic market family will thus grow to 28 markets.

Sonnentor: New sales plus in 2017/18

Europe Austria

21.08.2018 Editor

The accounting year of 2017/18 went well for Sonnentor: The organic herbal specialist once again recorded an increase in sales and invested in the future.

Austria: 100% organic food supply is possible

Europe Austria

10.07.2018 Editor

A 100% supply of Austria with domestic, organically produced food is possible. This is the result of a new study carried out by the Centre for Global Change at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). By the study, the authors show the economic advantages and positive consequences for health and the environment. The study was presented by the initiative Mother Earth as well as Greenpeace as part of the key subject 2018 “Look where your food comes from!”

Austria: Strong increase of organic farming in Tyrol

Europe Austria

16.04.2018 Editor

Organic farming is growing steadily in the Tyrol region, Austria. Around 190 organic farms in areas ranging from milk production to vegetable cultivation have been added in the last two years.

E-commerce and natural cosmetics: challenge and opportunity

Europe Austria


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.

Greenpeace Austria: Merkur selected “Supermarket of the Year” in 2017

Europe Austria

18.01.2018 Editor

Last year again, the environmental organisation Greenpeace examined the range of the nine largest Austrian supermarkets. By the end of 2017, Merkur was voted "Supermarket of the Year" for the second time in a row.

Austria: 60% share of organics in gastronomy

Europe Austria

19.07.2017 Editor

The Austrian organic association Bio Austria is calling for a 60% share of organics in catering by 2025. The proportion of organic food in the offer of the catering sector is at present about 30 %.

Austria: Sonnentor's turnover up by 12%

Europe Austria

14.07.2017 Editor

In the financial year 2016/2017, the Austrian organic firm Sonnentor recorded an outstanding increase in sales of around 12 % and total turnover of 40.2 million euros.

A positive balance for Fairtrade Austria

Europe Austria

02.06.2017 Editor

Austria is among the top 5 Fairtrade countries worldwide. 92 percent of the population know what the Fairtrade organisation does, 41 percent buy products carrying its label regularly and 81 percent at least occasionally.

Austria: Glyphosate-free Roundup

Europe Austria

26.05.2017 Editor

The name is the same, the container is the same, but the contents are different. On the  market in Austria is a new version of the herbicide Roundup. An article in GMWatch ( explains the arrival of this vinegar-based product.

Tyrol/Austria: Growth of a brand

Europe Austria

20.05.2017 Redaktion

The local daily paper, the Tyroler Tageszeitung, reported recently that in 2016 the organic brand Bio vom Berg (Organic from the Mountains) generated sales worth 8.7 million euros, a sharp rise compared with the previous year.

David against Goliath in the Vinschgau Region

Europe Austria

09.05.2017 Kai Kreuzer

A municipality in the Italian province of South Tyrol dispenses with all pesticides. The governor of the province objects and senses it could set a precedent. But many people are supporting the pesticide opponents of Mals.

Austria: organic manufacturers focus on regional marketing

Europe Austria

11.04.2017 Kai Kreuzer

Sonnentor and Zotter are two Austrian wholefood manufacturers that have made a name for themselves at home and abroad and it's quite possible there will be others too, because the number of organic manufacturers in Austria is growing continuously as the organic share in total food sales rises.

Austria: organic gastronomy offers huge potential

Europe Austria

14.03.2017 Editor

According to the organic association Bio Austria, there is huge potential for organic food in the gastronomy and catering sectors.

Austria: 30 percent organic by 2025

Europe Austria

10.03.2017 Editor

Austria is continuing to play a pioneer role in Europe in terms of organic. The new target is organic management of 30% of its agricultural land by 2025.

Pural: “active for 20 years in the wholefood industry“

Europe Austria


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)

German drugstore leader dm has more than 1000 organic products

Europe Austria

03.11.2016 Editor

The organic food range of the leading German drugstore dm continues to grow and has now reached around 1000 articles. This was announced by the company based in Karlsruhe at its annual press conference.

EU boosts Armenia’s organic agriculture

Europe Austria

26.10.2016 Editor

The three year project OASI was founded by the EU and aims to support Armenian organic agriculture. The project has a budget of 3.3 million Euros. A big part of the project's support will go directly to Armenian producers and processors.

Veganz expands retail activity in Austria

Europe Austria

15.09.2016 Editor

The vegan supermarket chain Veganz is cooperating with the food retailer Spar. According to a press report, up to 40 Veganz brand vegan products will be available from now on across the whole of Austria.

Organic growth continues on the global level

Europe Austria


The latest global data on organic farming has been presented by IFOAM – Organics International and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at the BioFach fair 2015 in Nuremberg. The global organic market increased to 72 billion US Dollars, organic agricultural land worldwide is 43 million hectares.

Sonnentor launches partner shop programme

Europe Austria

30.07.2013 Redaktion
Since the beginning of 2013, Sonnentor has been offering the specialist retail trade a partner shop programme.

CAP reform - MEPs miss opportunity to overhaul EU agriculture policy

Europe Austria

18.03.2013 Redaktion
The European Parliament unfortunately failed to vote for a fair and sustainable CAP

Good vintage for the international organic sector

Europe Austria

04.10.2012 Redaktion
The organic markets in Europa picked up speed again.

Sonnentor: Excellent Sustainability

Europe Austria

17.09.2012 Redaktion
The Austrian tea and herb specialist is outstanding in terms of sustainability.
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