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"Alnatura is a social experiment"

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Bees are buzzing and frogs are croaking in the grounds of the nature-based headquarters of Alnatura in Bickenbach (Hesse). And in the building belonging to one of the biggest organic companies in Germany there is much activity too. This where the  “working partnership“ develops ideas for new brand products, a 3D online shop and concepts for the store of the future. Founder Götz Rehn sees this collective activity as an “experiment on the way to a  social-organic model company“. 

France: significant organic growth across the board in 2015

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29.03.2016 Kai Kreuzer

The organic market in France has been growing steadily for years. Turnover in the whole organic sector has now reached €5.5bn (preliminary estimate for 2015), which equates to growth of 10% compared with 2014. The number of companies in the organic industry, from organic farmers, processors and wholesalers to retailers, has risen to 42,216, a pleasing expansion of 7.2%.

German Dennree Group grows by 15 percent

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10.02.2016 Editor

In 2015 the dennree group achieved consolidated net turnover of €820m, 110 million more than in the previous year.

Bio Company in Berlin continues to grow

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The Berlin organic supermarket chain and market leader of the region Berlin-Brandenburg Bio Company increased its turnover 2015 by 17.5% to €134m. The chain is planning to increase its network of stores in 2016 to over 50 and to expand its network of regional partner firms.

Aldi's new organic selection is challenging Whole Foods

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05.02.2016 Editor

The German Aldi supermarket chain, which has 1,500 stores in the U.S., is becoming a bigger challenge to organic supermarkets as it expands its selection.

European supermarkets increase the offer of organic products

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12.01.2016 Editor

Organic, responsible and sustainable products have come a great way during the past year. More supermarkets around the world has embraced organic culture and added sustainable products to their shelves.

Biocoop: premier driving force in France

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01.09.2015 Kai Kreuzer

Despite the existence of several successful network and franchise systems in the organic sector, Biocoop remains the biggest association of independent retailers in France. In 2014, turnover increased by 13.4 % to € 657m.

Oslo: Norway’s organic industry ready to expand

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15.07.2015 Kai Kreuzer

When it comes to the production and consumption of organics, Norway is one of the countries lagging behind in Europe. Further evidence is the fact that we can’t get up-to-date organic data about Norway – this most western of the Scandinavian countries and also one that is not a member of the EU.

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.

Bio-Planet: food retailer’s subsidiary an important player in Belgium

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16.06.2015 Kai Kreuzer

In April 2015, Bio-Planet’s fifteenth organic supermarket was opened in Halle, 20 km south-west of Brussels. 14 years ago in 2001, the first Bio-Planet store was launched in Kortrijk.

Poland: new store concepts with bistro

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21.04.2015 Kai Kreuzer

Poland’s biggest wholefood retailer, the Organic Farma Zdrowia Group, increased turnover in 2014 by 25 %, which equates to a 25 % rise in value from 52 million zloty (12.5 million euros) to over 65 million zloty (15.1 million euros). By implementing a franchise system, the company’s aim is to be operating 100 specialist wholefood stores avross the whole of Poland by the end of 2017.

Poland: turnover of wholefood retailer Organic Farma reaches 15 million euros

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09.04.2015 Redaktion

The biggest wholefood retailer in Poland,  the Organic Farma Group, increased its turnover by 25 % in 2014. It grew from 52 million zloty (€12.5m) to over 65 million zloty (€15.1m), which equates to a gain of 25 %.

Bio Company: double-digit growth and further expansion

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In 2014, the German Bio Company continued to consolidate its position as the major organic supermarket operator and market leader in the Berlin‐Brandenburg region. Across the whole of Germany this Berlin chain is now among the top three in terms of the number of stores.

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.

German enterprise Alnatura increases turnover by 16 %

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Even after 30 years since it was founded Alnatura has once again impressed us all with a record result: in the last financial year 2013/2014 ending on 30 September 2014, the company’s turnover came to €689m net. Compared with the year before, this translates into a rise of 16 %. 

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.

Latvia’s organic sector is growing – still plenty of potential for organics

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17.11.2014 Redaktion
The number of organic farms in Latvia has tripled to around 3,470.

SuperBiomarkt grows to 22 stores

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23.10.2014 Redaktion
On 28 August 2014, SuperBiomarkt opened its fourth store in the Schadow-Arkaden  in Düsseldorf.

Barnhouse celebrates 35th anniversary with Krunchy cargo bike

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15.09.2014 Redaktion
Barnhouse aims to bring more customers into the shops in 15 cities.

EVG Landwege: Organics from nearby

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12.06.2014 Redaktion

This year, the Lübeck producer-consumer cooperative called EVG Landwege can look back on 15 successful years.

Tegut: every fourth product is organic

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24.02.2014 Redaktion
The first new store openings are on the horizon, with planning well underway.

Basic: launch of its 28th organic supermarket

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03.12.2013 Redaktion
Basic’s 28th organic supermarket opened in Rosenheim on 21 November 2013

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

Alnatura – highest turnover in the history of the firm

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22.11.2013 Redaktion
Alnatura is continuing on the path of sustainable growth

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
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