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Why the organic community should fall in love with true prices – Interview with Adrian de Groot Ruiz

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20.11.2018 Rebecca Sandbichler

The economist Adrian de Groot Ruiz reveals how he calculates the true prices of our food. Read about the advantages he sees for organic trade - and where he would first look for hidden social and economic costs.

France: Trends and tendencies in the organic specialist trade

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13.11.2018 Kai Kreuzer

In 2017, France generated organic sales of around 8.3 bn euros. However, as conventional retailers are pushing their organic growth, the specialist trade is being threatened. But new trends also create new opportunities.

Unpacked: Glass instead of plastic silos

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30.10.2018 Horst Fiedler

For all those who want to offer unpacked goods in their shop, grain mill manufacturer Hawos has developed glass silos. They offer advantages over frequently used plastic silos.

Switzerland: Organic consumption has doubled in ten years

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20.09.2018 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.

Organic imports from Turkey: How the current inflation affects prices

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11.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The Turkish Lira lost value rapidly in the last months. has asked what effects this has on organic imports from Turkey.

German organic market: Whole food shops back on course for growth

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01.05.2018 Editor

The first three months of 2018 are the second consecutive quarter of positive sales developments on the German organic market: On a like-for-like basis, the average daily turnover of the companies surveyed for the turnover barometer rose by 10.3%.

Dutch pioneers Odin and De Nieuwe Band join forces

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16.02.2018 Editor

The Board and the board of directors the organic enterprises De Nieuwe Band and Estafette Odin agreed to merge the trading and production activities after formal approval of the relevant bodies.

USA: distributor UNFI grows and is excited about Amazon-Whole Foods

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22.09.2017 Editor

United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI) gets the commitment of Amazon and Whole Foods for their contracts till 2025. One of the biggest US-distributors reports about an increase of  9.5% in the fiscal year, which ended July 29.

Germany: dennree group's 10% growth

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15.02.2017 Editor

The dennree group has reported that in 2016 its consolidated net turnover came to 920 million euros -  a gain of 100 million euros, which equates to ca. 10% compared with the year before.

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

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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)

Conventional food is considerably more expensive than organic food

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For a long time the organic industry has been having a discussion about so-called externalized costs. But far from all consumers are aware of the fact that the low price of food is achieved at a cost because of the chemicals used in agriculture, factory farming and the severe consequences for the environment. Or they put it to the back of their minds. It’s high time to tell people the truth. This is the reason why Volkert Engelsman, head of the Dutch organic company Eosta, has launched the information campaign “The True Cost of Food”. Organic supermarkets have started to promote the campaign. The background and a video interview with Volkert Engelsman.

Tradin Organic: new projects for sourcing organic cocoa

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07.03.2016 Editor

Since the 1980’s, Tradin Organic have been active in sourcing organic cocoa and is developing new projects each year. In 2015, some of the new origins added to the project list were Peru and Sierra Leone.

Organic Farmers against Whole Foods’ New Rating System

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23.06.2015 Redaktion

Five organic farmers gave Whole Food’s co-CEO John Mackey a statement concerning the company’s new production rating system. Whole Foods has long used scales, like their numerical 1-5 meat ratings, to help consumers find the ideal point where price meets ethics.

Correction: Malta - the EU organic Achilles heel

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15.04.2015 Redaktion

With regard to our article "Malta - the EU organic Achilles heel" that we published on on 1 April, we as and the author of the article Mr. Leo Fruehschuetz want to correct some facts and apologize to Mr Aart Jan Jonker for the comments referring to his name. Mr. Jonker and the group Biodiet/Pure Life have sent us their remarks that we publish here.

With 710 million euros, the German Dennree Group is number one

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In the financial year 2014 – 40 years after it was founded in 1974 – the Dennree Group recorded consolidated net turnover of 710 million euros, which equated to an increase of 14 % compared with the year before.

The Netherlands –Biofach Country of the Year – developing splendidly

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The Dutch organic market has more or less doubled since 2008, and in 2013 it passed the billion euro mark. The organic organisation Bionext estimates the value of turnover to be 1.07 billion euros. Around 1,500 certified organic farms are operating in the Netherlands and 1,700 companies are active in the manufacturing and trading sector.

BioTropic sets up projects in West Africa and the Dominican Republic

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27.01.2015 Kai Kreuzer

As an importer operating in many countries in four continents, BioTropic GmbH is continuing to create cropping projects of its own, plus projects for processed products.

German company Davert: Ready for the future

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Davert company is one of the German wholefood pioneers. In the last three years the company has subjected itself to total renewal.

Ekoplaza - a rising star in the organic market in Holland

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26.11.2013 Redaktion
Erik Does has been in the organic business for over 20 years

Estonia: Biomarket stores – successful with German brands

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04.11.2013 Redaktion
Biomarket is one of the leading organic wholesalers and retailers in Estonia

Ebl: regional and independent

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06.08.2013 Redaktion
For about a year, all sections of the German company Ebl-Naturkost have been located in Fürth.

A year of change for Tradin

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08.02.2013 Redaktion
Despite turbulence in the raw materials markets and the difficult economic conditions in some exporting countries, the Dutch-Canadian company is doing well.

Ökoring: new building and sustainability raise the company profile

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06.07.2012 Redaktion
Ökoring, the wholefood wholesaler in the south of Germany, is well prepared for the future
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