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USA: OTA blasts USDA withdrawal of organic animal welfare rule

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21.03.2018 Editor

The North American Organic Trade Association (OTA) strongly condemned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices regulation. The Association calls action “egregious", and says battle will continue in court.


Berlin: Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference

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20.03.2018 Editor

The international cosmetics market is undergoing changes. Natural & organic cosmetics are continuing to be a growth driver and, thanks to continuing demand, a popular market segment. But the change is also bringing on a redefinition. 


GMO: EU General Court strengthens the precautionary principle

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20.03.2018 Editor

Last week the General Court of the European Union confirmed the right of civil society organisations to submit legal cases concerning the health risks of genetically engineered plants.


Global study: neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey

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19.03.2018 Editor

As the US based research institute Organic Center reported that almost 200 honey samples from across the globe contain a dangerous concentration of neonicotinoids.


Natural cosmetics: Amazon vs Zalando

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16.03.2018 Editor

More and more consumers are ordering natural cosmetics on the internet. As figures from IRI Market Research testify, in the last few months 22 percent of consumers bought their cosmetics online.

 


Vivaness: winners of the Best New Product Award

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16.03.2018 Editor

Vivaness was once again the international meeting place for the natural cosmetics industry. The fair hosted to 50,200 trade visitors from 134 countries. The Vivaness had 182 new products at the Vivaness Novelty Stand.


GOTS certified facilities increase 8,2% in 2017

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15.03.2018 Editor

The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard GOTS shows an increase of 8,2% to 5,024 facilities in 2017. GOTS certified facilities are located in 62 countries around the world. 


Weleda: 4.2% increase in sales worldwide

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15.03.2018 Editor

Last year, Weleda AG increased its total sales by 2.8 percent and achieved sales of more than 400 million euros for the first time.


Turkey: organic fair Ekoloji takes place in Izmir

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14.03.2018 Editor

The 9th Ekoloji Izmir fair will be held between 9th – 12th May 2018 in Izmir, on the west coast of Turkey. It is the only fair that represents Turkey both national and international in the field of certified organic products.


China´s organic market growth and 12th BioFach in Shanghai

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13.03.2018 Editor

The Chinese organic market is the 4th biggest worldwide. This year the 12th edition of BioFach China will be held from May 24 to 26, 2018 at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center.


USA: Amazon is pushing organic

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13.03.2018 Editor

Step by step, the online trader is widening its presence in the American organic market. The Whole Foods range 365 Every Day Value is playing a big part in this expansion.


BASF in exclusive talks with Bayer to acquire vegetable seeds business

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08.03.2018 Editor

The German based chemical corporation BASF is in exclusive talks to acquire Bayer’s entire vegetable seeds business, operating under the global trademark Nunhems®. Bayer intends to divest this business in the context of its planned acquisition of Monsanto.


USA: General Mills supports transition into organic farmland

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08.03.2018 Editor

General Mills announced a strategic sourcing agreement with Gunsmoke Farms LLC in South Dakota to convert 34,000 acres (almost 14,000 ha) of conventional farmland to certified organic land by 2020.


BioFach 2018: Trends, new products and the „Next Generation“

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06.03.2018 Editor

The demand for organic products in Germany continues unabated. However, in which areas is organic food booming particularly and what trends are to be expected in the near future? In a review of BioFach, we have summarised and discussed the role of the next generation in specialist trade as well as the question of how innovative products from young companies can find their way onto the shelves of specialist retailers. Please also watch our BioFach video review with many interviews on the topic of the next generation.


Vivaness: German natural cosmetics market by far the biggest in Europe

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27.02.2018

More and more consumers are purchasing natural cosmetics. Over the last two years their number has increased by 1.2 million. The winners benefiting from this trend continue to be the drugstores; the losers include the specialist trade. The turnover of natural cosmetics grew by around 1.2 billion euros. As well as providing the latest market data, Vivaness presented many product innovations on the 275 stands in Hall 7A, on the joint German Newcomers Stand and in the Breeze exhibition area. In our article you find details on market data, trends and many photos.


Naturland with record increase of 25% in farmers and area

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26.02.2018 Editor

The Germany based international organic association Naturland has publishing excellent figures at BioFach: currently there are 54,000 farmers in 52 countries the world over operating in compliance with the Naturland standards. This is 26.4% more than a year ago.


Vegan confectionery product launches more than doubled since 2013

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22.02.2018 Editor

Only between 2013 and 2017, product launches of vegan confectionery increased by 140%, because more and more customers reject buying chocolate and sweets with animal derived ingredients.


Sue Edwards has passed away

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21.02.2018 Editor

Sue Edwards was committed organic advocate and long-standing member of IFOAM - Organics International. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sue Edwards”, says IFOAM.


Global organic data show resilient growth

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14.02.2018

A booming organic sector: more farmers, more land and a growing market. This is the résumé of the 19th edition of „The World of Organic Agriculture“. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International launched  the statistical yearbook at Biofach  2018 in Nuremberg. This comprehensive collection of the latest available data (2016) on organic agriculture worldwide contains data on area, operators, and retail sales: 57.8 million hectares of organic agricultural land – organic market grows to almost 90 billion US Dollars.


VIVANESS 2018: natural and organic cosmetics digitalized

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12.02.2018

The future is digital. Digitalization is having an impact in all areas of life and opening up new prospects in the natural and organic cosmetics industry too. Cosmetics are already among the most common products purchased online and German consumers are particularly willing to buy them compared to consumers in other European countries. This is one of a number of aspects that will be under the spotlight when the natural and organic cosmetics industry meets in Nuremberg from 14 to 17 February for VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care.


Bayer-Monsanto: authorities are still investigating

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12.02.2018 Editor

Bayer AG submitted "extensive commitments" to the European Commission to approve the acquisition of the US seed giant Monsanto, reports  the German GMO information service Infodienst Gentechnik.


BIOFACH 2018: main topic „Next Generation“

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12.02.2018 Editor

BIOFACH, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food is taking place between 14 and 17 February 2018. There will be discussions on ideas about how the “next organic generation” wants to continue developing the concept of organic in production and on the market, and how the generational transition can be successfully shaped.


India: state of Uttarakhand to become another organic state

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05.02.2018 Editor

With a budget of 1,500 mn Rupees (more than 23,5 mn US$) the National Government will support organic farming for the next three years in Uttarakhand.


GMOs: IFOAM releases Position Paper

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24.01.2018 Editor

IFOAM - Organics International has released a position paper that  is proposing a number of measures to be put in place to further fortify and enhance the organic sector’s available genetic resources in order to safeguard organic integrity and to ensure organic food will continue to meet the highest consumer expectations in this challenging situation.


Ecovia Intelligence: new growth phase for sustainable foods and cosmetics

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19.01.2018 Editor

In line with Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods Market, a new growth phase for the organic and sustainable products market has been initiated according to Ecovia Intelligence. The research, training and consulting company predicts the market’s distribution developing towards online retailing and home delivery schemes mainly implemented by mobile apps.


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