IFOAM World Congress and General Assembly: Inspiration and Outcomes

Evaluation of the Congress by IFOAM’s managing director Markus Arbenz was positive, the keynote speakers also pointed to the way forward

Finland scores with organic oat flakes

Oats are one of the crops that grow especially well in Europe’s Nordic regions.

IFOAM World Congress: From Bla-bla to Do-do!

The 18th IFOAM World Congress began on 13 October in the ICC in Istanbul

Significant differences between organic and non-organic food

A new study has revealed that organic food is much more nutritious.

The gold One World Award goes to South Korea and India

The One World Award sponsored by Rapunzel Naturkost was presented for the fourth time in Germany

Italy: Sana closes with record figures

Sana took place in Bologna on 6 - 9 September 2014.

Barnhouse celebrates 35th anniversary with Krunchy cargo bike

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

Vivaness 2015: The place to be for the global natural cosmetics industry

In February 2015, Vivaness in Nuremberg will once again be the inspiring place to be

IFOAM Organic World Congress 2014 in Istanbul

The Turkish organic movement invites us to the biggest organic event of the year from 13 to 15 October 2014

South Tyrol: Bio-Hotel Panorama offers full eco enjoyment

An eco holiday but without foregoing any comforts – that’s what’s on offer at Hotel Panorama in Mals.

Herrmannsdorf: learning about sausage, bread and cheese

Herrmannsdorfer Landwerkstätten is offering courses to share their knowledge on artisan food production

Innatex: fashion with a mission

At Innatex in Germany, more than 240 exhibitors from 20 countries presented their collections for next summer.

OrganicDataNetwork: discussion with market researchers and representatives of official agencies

The second European Workshop on “finding practical solutions to current organic market data problems” ha beeb held in Italy.  

Natural Cosmetics made in Brazil

Brazil is the home of companies active on the international stage in plant-based cosmetics.

An unanimous “NO” to the full revision of the EU-Regulation on Organic Production

Higl-level statements in Berlin at a BÖLW event

Brazil: organic as profiling tool

The offer is becoming more and more varied in Brazil, and you find organic products in all marketing channels.

Brazil: dynamic growth of the domestic market and exports

In our country special, we report in several articles on the Brazilian organic market.

The Netherlands: BioFach 2015 country of the year

Export firms with a wide organic range deliver all over Europe.

Natrue: Lobbying in Brussels the top priority

The list of activities and projects of the natural cosmetics industry association Natrue and its office in Brussels is long.

Primavera: passion for healing fragrances

Over the course of 28 years the company has developed a high level of expertise in aromatherapy.

EVG Landwege: Organics from nearby

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

Sonnenhausen: Bio Conference Hotel on Bavarian Estate

Sonnenhausen offers excellent organic cuisine and a professional service for conferences and private parties.

Mani Bläuel: certified fair olive oil from Greece

The Naturland Fair logo on the labels of Mani Bläuel olive oils and olive products indicates the high ecological and fair quality of this Greek olive brand.

TTIP: disaster through the back door

Europe and America have been negotiating about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Claus-Pural: launch of new wholesale warehouse

The relocation from Claus-Pural’s base in Gilching in Bavaria to Fürstenfeldbruck was carried out within three days.

Empowering smallholders by group certification

Smallholders play an essential role in food production and food security, in sustaining rural economies and as stewards of biodiversity.

Ecover`s future goal is a natural clean world

Interview with long term innovation manager Tom Domen

Sunflower protein: innovation for organic manufacturers

The specialist company AOT for oils and fats in discovered and developed the benefits of sunflower protein

Italy: Operation Vertical bio - 11 suspects under house detention

Vertical bio is an operation that intervened in an international criminal conspiracy.

BioFach 2014: exhibitors very pleased with quality of visitors

The visitors, especially the specialist retailers, found the fair a rewarding experience.

BioFach Launch: Strong Growth in Turnover – Politicians Criticised

At a press conference to launch BioFach, specialist journalists were given the current data. 

EU revision brings advantages but potential problems as well

The revision of the legally binding framework conditions for the organic sector have been debated for the last six months or so.

BioFach 25: Innovations and Congress Tips

"Into Organic" is the new motto of BioFach; "Into Natural Beauty" is that of Vivaness.

GON: Network and Promotion for Organic from Japan

While the growth of organic agriculture is still moderate, the demand for organic products has been continuously increasing in Japan.

Helekang - one of the leading players in online organic retailing in China

Helekang offers about 10,000 products, of which about a third is organic.

Venue Vivaness: Natural cosmetics driving innovation and growth

The markets for natural cosmetics at international level have recorded stable growth rates for years and prospects for the coming years are brilliant.

Animal testing in China – not with Logocos, Lavera and BDIH

Since Logocos announced at the end of November that the firm was withdrawing from the Chinese market with immediate effect, things have been happening very fast. 

Merry christmas and a happy new year!

In many respects this has been an exciting year
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