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.
The Corona pandemic has proved that digital tools can tremendously facilitate business processes and allow for many tasks to be performed remotely. This is also true for organic audits and inspections. But some limitations persist, and many people still have reservations towards new technologies. The digital future of organic audits and inspections has yet to be defined.
Voters in Switzerland can permanently ban pesticides and redistribute agricultural subsidies in favor of organic. But organic producers and organic retailers are against it. What's going on?
One of the largest specialists for gastronomy and communal catering will be starting its own organic brand from April. With this step, Transgourmet wants to profit from the untapped organic potential in the out-of-home market.
Those who want to make their money work for veganism can invest in the shares of vegan companies. 21 of them have now been compiled by two investors into an index called "Vegtech".
The Wessanen Group, which has been renamed Ecotone, is on an expansion course, focusing on the market launch of new products and not ruling out further acquisitions in the organic sector.
Consumers in Switzerland spent just over 400 euros per capita on organic food last year. Gastronomy is to contribute more to organic sales in the future.
Certifier Natrue has conducted a consumer study on the purchase of natural cosmetics. At the top of the wish list is naturalness - however, consumers sometimes attribute this characteristic more to conventional products than to certified natural cosmetics.
In the course of the agricultural reform, the EU bodies are currently also negotiating new regulations on the designation of vegan milk alternatives. A petition once again bundles the unwillingness of the affected manufacturers.
If Europe's organic area does not grow faster, the EU will miss its Green Deal target. Now an action plan is intended to boost the pace. IFOAM Organics Europe welcomes the measures.
Under tropical conditions, organic farming can contribute significantly to sustainable development. This was the conclusion of a long-term trial that has been running since 2007.
FIBL is conducting a survey with market stakeholders until 31 March 2021. The results will help a project team to develop guidance on the selection of appropriate technologies for organic processors.
In September, a new World Board will be elected at the General Assembly of the globally active organic association. The deadline for applications for the honorary position is 15 April 2021.
In this interview, Danila Brunner and Petra Wolf look back on the digital version of Biofach and Vivaness - and give a first preview of how the trade fair duo could play out next year.
67 measures to protect biodiversity are on the table at the still young association. The founding members include environmental associations, standard setters and food companies such as Nestlé.
In the Corona year, natural cosmetics again recorded strong growth and were able to attract many new buyers. However, not all forms of distribution are benefiting equally.
Two internal executives rise to the top of the organic trading house. Herwarth von Plate is apparently leaving the company.
The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL) has developed a sustainability standard for companies in the food industry. It covers the entire value chain, is geared towards continuous improvement and has been pre-tested by two organic companies.
The Corona pandemic has rapidly changed the natural cosmetics industry, from new distribution concepts to unprecedented new products and growing competition from conventional manufacturers. In Vivaness' "Beauty Briefing 2021," blogger Julia Keith takes us through the most important developments in the market.
Participants are invited to exchange with policy makers on the challenges and opportunities for an agroecological transition in Europe.
Like Germany, Austria also reports record sales figures for organic food. But the Austrians are already a bit further ahead.
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