www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk NP NEWS | The online home of Natural Products magazine Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:07:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Feel good with teapigs http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/feel-good-teapigs-2/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/feel-good-teapigs-2/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:04:29 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27330 Teapigs has created a new range of ‘feel good’ teas to help meet consumer demand for functional drinks.

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Teapigs has created a new range of ‘feel good’ teas to help meet consumer demand for functional drinks.

The three-strong range incorporates: Clean ‘N Green, a detox tea combining green lea, lemongrass, ginger, coconut and dandelion leaves to cleanse and refresh; Snooze, a slightly sweet flowery blend of apple, lavender and chamomile to help aid restful sleep; and Up Beet, an energy tea with a fruity punch, containing beets, spice and hibiscus.

Commenting on the launch, brand co-founder Louise Cheadle said: “More and more consumers are looking for drinks that give them specific health benefits and demand for healthy green and herbal teas is growing. All our teas are healthy but we’ve put together this special range of ‘feel-good teas’ with ingredients that will give consumers specific benefits. And we’ve made sure they taste amazing too. These are not ‘healthy teas’ that are consumed whilst holding your nose; because we use real, whole, top quality ingredients, these teas both taste and do good.”

 

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Goodness Gracious creates new organic purées, brand refresh http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/goodness-gracious-creates-new-organic-purees-brand-refresh/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/goodness-gracious-creates-new-organic-purees-brand-refresh/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:47:49 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27326 Natural baby and children’s food brand the Goodness Gracious Food Company has introduced three new products at the same time as unveiling a redesign.

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Natural baby and children’s food brand the Goodness Gracious Food Company has introduced three new products at the same time as unveiling a redesign.

Goodness Gracious Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash & Carrot Puree

The new organic purée varieties are Pumpkin and Coconut Milk Purée with Cardamom; Kale, Parsnip, Courgette and Quinoa Purée with Cumin and Fennel Seeds; and Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash and Carrot Purée.

The company says that each recipe is based on the principles of Ayurvedic food combining to created balanced food that ensures optimum nutrition and nourishment.

Goodness Gracious founder Katherine Gubbins (pictured) says: “In talking to mums we found that ingredients are the main priority when it comes to purchase. They also want convenience, but are concerned about getting enough fruit and vegetables into their young ones’ diets as well as having variety.”

Talking about the redesign, she adds: “Our new design talks directly to adults, giving them a clear understanding of the product and its nutritional profile, and we are steadfa

st in our use of premium, 100% organic ingredients of the highest quality, with all our purées made here in the UK.”

Each new-look 140g pouch has fresh imagery and bold graphics with a clean design to highlight the ingredients and make product selection straightforward.

Support for the range includes advertising on Nick Jr and Nickelodeon, which has a reach of over 1.25 million children and 700,000 mums. Social media and a PR campaign will continue throughout 2017. “We shall be investing heavily in the brand throughout the year to provide education as well as inspiration and support for retailers to help drive sales,” adds Gubbins.

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New venture GG’s opens its door in Denby Dale http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/new-venture-ggs-opens-door-denby-dale/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/new-venture-ggs-opens-door-denby-dale/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:51:52 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27293 Earlier this month Gaynor Saxton opened the doors to the new GG’s Artisan Bakery and Health Store in the West Yorkshire village of Denby Dale. After starting out small seven years ago at the Springfield Mill, selling fruit and veg and home-made pastries, Saxton opened The Good Health Store on Denby Dale High Street, but […]

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Earlier this month Gaynor Saxton opened the doors to the new GG’s Artisan Bakery and Health Store in the West Yorkshire village of Denby Dale.

After starting out small seven years ago at the Springfield Mill, selling fruit and veg and home-made pastries, Saxton opened The Good Health Store on Denby Dale High Street, but business continued to boom.

“We outgrew the old shop within a matter of weeks,” Saxton explains, “so I had to make a decision: either the business had to grow and I needed to take people on or I went backwards and stayed small. Basically the staff started coming and we kept getting bigger.”

Along with her husband Paul, Saxton bought a 19th century house four doors down from the original shop and over the past 12 months they have transformed into a health store – retaining as many of the original features as possible – along with a purpose-built commercial bakery in the basement.

“It’s been brilliant,” says Saxton. “It’s amazing – people have been queuing out the door. We’ve had all the old regulars come back as well as new people, and some who have travelled to come here. We’ve had a 50% increase in turnover already.”

Due to customer demand, the store is already setting up an organic delivery service whereby local customers can order their shopping online. This is just an extension of the store’s existing service, says Saxton. “We have always delivered to older customers in the area who can’t get out. They ring us up and ask us to deliver and we’ve always said yes, of course. Community is everything. I’ve grown up here so a lot of people know me and support me, and now I can help by taking their shopping to them.”

The store’s ethos is all about eating well and looking after yourself, according to Saxton, and the product range is a mixture of local and organic. The bakery offers a wide range of organic artisan breads, including a 100% organic spelt bread using spelt grown on a local farm in Driffield. The store also has bodycare, supplements and other groceries as well as a salad bar, deli counter and patisserie counter. “We’re just like an old-fashioned store really where one shop has got the lot. But always with health in mind.”

Having only been open for a few weeks, Saxton already has plans for the future of the shop. In the summer the courtyard will be opened for customers to enjoy, and there are also plans for bread-making lessons as well as courses to teach children and young adults the basics of cooking.

 

 

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Hain Celestial announces deal to acquire Yorkshire Provender http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/hain-celestial-announces-deal-acquire-yorkshire-provender/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/hain-celestial-announces-deal-acquire-yorkshire-provender/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:30:46 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27315 Premium soup brand Yorkshire Provender is set to be purchased by Hain Daniels, part of the US Hain Celestial Group.

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Premium soup brand Yorkshire Provender is set to be purchased by Hain Daniels, part of the US Hain Celestial Group.

Commenting on the move, Yorkshire Provender co-founder Belinda Williams (pictured) said: “This is a significant milestone for Yorkshire Provender and we look forward to working with the Hain Daniels team to continue our growth in new and existing customers.”

James Skidmore, CEO of the Hain Daniels Group, added: “We are excited to work together with the Yorkshire Provender team and leverage our combined infrastructures to drive future growth. This transaction expands the depth of our soup offering with Yorkshire Provender’s gluten-free, delicious premium recipes and flavours.”

Yorkshire Provender, which in 2016 had net sales of approximately £6 million, was founded in 2007 and will continue to operate from its Yorkshire base.

The deal is subject to approval by the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

Hain Celestial owns a number of natural brands including Ella’s Kitchen, Alba Botanica, Avalon Organics, Celestial Seasonings and Jason.

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Easy Bean creates new flavours for spring http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/easy-bean-creates-new-flavours-spring/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/easy-bean-creates-new-flavours-spring/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:40:47 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27311 Easy Bean is launching two new flavours of its Chickpea Crispbread in March: Cheddar Crunch and Seaweed Sesame.

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Easy Bean is launching two new flavours of its Chickpea Crispbread in March: Cheddar Crunch and Seaweed Sesame.

The crackers are handmade using nutty-tasting chickpea flour ­– making them naturally gluten-free, wheat-free and high in fibre – combined with locally-sourced butter and buttermilk to give a crisp and crumbly texture.

The Cheddar Crunch variety incorporates West Country Mature Cheddar sourced from Ford Farm in Dorset, with polenta for added crunch, and is topped with linseed, flax, millet and chia seeds.

A blend of native seaweed is used to season the Seaweed & Sesame Crispbread, which is flecked with green and purple and topped with sesame seeds for a Japanese twist.

These new flavours join the existing Moroccan Spice, Seeds & Black Pepper and Mung Bean & Chive variants.

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Organic sales top £2 billion as UK achieves fifth year of growth http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/organic-sales-top-2-billion-uk-market-achieves-fifth-year-growth-uk-organic-market-grew-7-1-2016-worth-2-09-billion-according-latest-figures-soil-association-data-g/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/organic-sales-top-2-billion-uk-market-achieves-fifth-year-growth-uk-organic-market-grew-7-1-2016-worth-2-09-billion-according-latest-figures-soil-association-data-g/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:08:40 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27303 The UK organic market grew 7.1% in 2016 to be worth £2.09 billion, according to latest figures from the Soil Association.

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The UK organic market grew 7.1% in 2016 to be worth £2.09 billion, according to latest figures from the Soil Association.

Data gathered in the 2017 Soil Association Organic Market Report confirm that organic sales in the UK have now grown for five consecutive years.

Good growth in 2016 was helped by a stronger performance from supermarkets, with sales up 6.1% (compared to 3.2% in 2015) – although independent retailers managed growth of 6.3%.

Foodservice also performed well with organic sales up 19.1%, thanks to increasing availability in high street chains like McDonald’s, Pret, Nando’s and Jamie’s Italian.

In non-food, the organic beauty and wellbeing sector grew by 13% to be worth £61.2 million, while Soil Association certified textile sales rose 30% to £28 million.

Clare McDermott, business development director at Soil Association Certification said; “It’s a positive time for organic as it ticks lots of boxes for consumers. Organic is extremely relevant for trends towards eating better food, knowing where your food comes from, avoiding pesticides or antibiotics and ‘free from’ diets. Increasingly, we’re seeing consumers choose organic as a shortcut to a healthy lifestyle and this will continue. Despite uncertainty around Brexit for us all, it brings lots of opportunities too – particularly for export for British organic and more product innovation.”

“It’s a positive time for organic as it ticks lots of boxes for consumers. Organic is extremely relevant for trends towards eating better food”

Supermarkets accounted for 69% of total sales (as in 2015) and their customers ordered more organic products online. The Soil Association says that wider access to organic online more generally is becoming an important driver of growth, and that new retail platforms – such as Amazon Fresh and the Planet Organic shop on Ocado – are examples of innovative new options for shoppers.

The organic charity says that UK sales are catching up with market growth rates around the world. It estimates that the UK represents around 4% of global sales, which are valued at $81billion. British organic sector’s reputation for quality is helping strengthen exports too ­– nearly half (49%) of Soil Association Certification licensees currently export, where sales are estimated at £250m.

Jeff Hodgson from Tesco said: “The Organic market is in strong growth which is predicted to continue this year. Organic food is becoming more important to more customers as we see new customers entering the market and existing organic shoppers increasing the size of their organic basket. A proportion of this growth is driven by customers seeing organic as a healthier choice.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Biofach draws record-breaking 50,000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/biofach-draws-record-breaking-50000/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/biofach-draws-record-breaking-50000/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:48:13 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27295 This year’s Biofach and Vivaness events (Nuremberg, 15-18 February 2017) drew a record-breaking attendance of over 50,000 visitors, reports the organiser NürnbergMesse.

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This year’s Biofach and Vivaness events (Nuremberg, 15-18 February 2017) drew a record-breaking attendance of over 50,000 visitors, reports the organiser NürnbergMesse.

Visitors travelled to Nuremberg from 134 countries to see the latest organic product offering from 2,785 exhibitors (259 appearing in the Vivaness beauty hall).

Germany was Biofach’s Country of the Year for 2017. Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (Organic Food Production Alliance – BÖLW) reported at the event that sales of organic products in Germany grew 9.9% in 2016 taking the market to EUR 9.4 billion. A separate joint survey by konzepte, GfK, IRI, IMShealth and BioVista revealed that Germany has the largest market share (8.5%) of the European natural cosmetics market, with sales worth EUR 1.15 billion.

Pictures: Above – The spectacular opening ceremony at this year’s Biofach event. Lower – Germany was this year’s Country of the Year.

 

 

 

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Free and Easy bakes up natural cake mixes http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/free-easy-bakes-natural-cake-mixes/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/free-easy-bakes-natural-cake-mixes/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:58:29 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27289 Free-from and vegan brand Free and Easy has introduced a four-strong range of natural cake mixes. The new products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans as well as for those with intolerances or allergies to the 14 most common allergens –­­ including wheat, gluten, dairy, nuts and soya. Using coconut blossom sugar to sweeten, the […]

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Free-from and vegan brand Free and Easy has introduced a four-strong range of natural cake mixes.

The new products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans as well as for those with intolerances or allergies to the 14 most common allergens –­­ including wheat, gluten, dairy, nuts and soya.

Using coconut blossom sugar to sweeten, the mixes are available in Sponge Cake, Carrot Cake and Ginger Cake, as well as a sugar-free Chocolate Cake made with xylitol.

“Catering for a food intolerance or allergy can be a complex task, with common allergens found in a vast array of staple foods,” says Healthy Food Brands MD Cliff Moss. “The sweet section of the free-from aisle is a particularly challenging area for those looking to combine ‘free from’ with a healthy lifestyle.

“Our objective in creating this new range was to combine our free-from expertise with a commitment to wholesome, natural ingredients. We are hopeful that these new products for the Free and Easy brand will make shopping for and cooking simple, tasty and naturally-inspired desserts suitable for those with specific eating requirements an easier undertaking.”

The new line features a fresh new look and feel for the brand and the launch will be supported with a targeted above- and below-the-line campaign running throughout 2017.

The mixes are manufactured in Healthy Food Brands’ allergen-controlled factory in Manchester and are free from artificial additives and preservatives.

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Windmill adds to Profusion, Taifun ranges http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/windmill-adds-profusion-taifun-ranges/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/windmill-adds-profusion-taifun-ranges/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:40:00 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27284 New from Windmill Organics comes Profusion Organic Kombucha, a lightly sparkling drink created using infused organic sencha green tea.

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New from Windmill Organics comes Profusion Organic Kombucha, a lightly sparkling drink created using infused organic sencha green tea.

Profusion Organic Kombucha is available in 330ml bottles in three different flavours: Maca, Coconut & Pineapple; Baobab, Mint & Pomegranate; and Turmeric, Ginger & Lemon.

Containing vitamins, enzymes and live kombucha cultures, the kombucha range is raw, fermented and unpasteurized, and is designed to invigorate and energize.

Also new from Profusion is its organic Proats High Protein Porridge, which combines oats, rice protein and milled linseed for a creamy textured porridge giving sustained energy release.

The Taifun range has also been extended to include new FeTo Tofu, fermented with vegan cultures using traditional methods for an easy to digest source of plant protein. The tofu has a mild salty flavour and is available in three varieties: FeTo Natural; FeTo Herbs, with a coating of Provençale herbs; and FeTo Bell Pepper, combining herbs and fresh bell peppers. The organic tofu can be eaten cold in salads or pan-fried in savoury dishes.

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Germany’s farming minister warns against ‘quasi-conventional regulation’ for organic http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/germanys-farming-minister-warns-quasi-conventional-regulation-organic/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/germanys-farming-minister-warns-quasi-conventional-regulation-organic/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:38:39 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27269 Germany’s minister for food and farming, Christian Schmidt, says that EU law-makers must “acknowledge the special holistic aspects of organic production” as they continue to formulate a revised EU Organic Regulation.

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Germany’s minister for food and farming, Christian Schmidt, says that EU law-makers must “acknowledge the special holistic aspects of organic production” as they continue to formulate a revised EU Organic Regulation.

In his keynote speech at the opening ceremony at last week’s Biofach exhibition, Schmidt warned “we must not make the Organic Regulation a quasi-conventional regulation”. He told a packed auditorium: “The Regulation must meet consumer expectations, but it must also be practical and appropriate to producers’ needs”.

Reconfirming Germany’s commitment to make 20% of farming production organic, Schmidt said that expanding organic agricultural production would help the wider organic sector to grow. And he said that Germany’s position as the world’s second biggest organic producer showed “you can have economic growth and sustainability.”

Schmidt told the audience: “Organic has two great areas of potential – economic an environmental. We cannot live without realizing the potential of preserving biodiversity and we need to work together to get this message out into the mainstream (discussion)”.

The minister said that people “are waking up to the issues and want to know what is in their food”. But he called on the organic sector to help change society’s attitude to farming, so that production methods become “environmentally viable”.

Pictures: Top: Christian Schmidt, Germany’s minister for food and farming. Main: Scenes from the Biofach exhibition in Nuremberg (15-18 February)

 

 

 

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