www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk NP NEWS | The online home of Natural Products magazine Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:49:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Leonardo DiCaprio invests in HIPPEAS http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/leonardo-dicaprio-invests-hippeas/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/leonardo-dicaprio-invests-hippeas/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:39:23 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28680 Natural snack food company HIPPEAS has gained new investors, including Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Natural snack food company HIPPEAS has gained new investors, including Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Company co-founder Livio Bisterzo announced that along with Strand Equity Partners – a leading US growth equity fund – DiCaprio has made a minority equity investment in the company.

Bisterzo comments: “I’m truly excited that Strand Equity Partners and Leonardo have joined the HIPPEAS family. As the brand continues to grow with such momentum in both the UK and US, it’s incredible to bring on board partners who align with our vision and values as a company. We are very enthusiastic to be sharing in this journey with them.”

“HIPPEAS is a high-growth and differentiated brand that has been created in a short amount of time,” adds Seth Rodsky, co-founder and managing partner of Strand Equity Partners. “The unprecedented traction the brand has achieved is a testament to its unique offering that combines nutrition with a creative flavour profile. We look forward to partnering with Livio, and the talented management team at HIPPEAS, to lead the next evolution of ‘better for you’ snacking.”

Environmental activist DiCaprio recently also invested in the sustainable seafood brand Love in the Wild.

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New Fairtrade coffee brand launches http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/new-fairtrade-coffee-brand-launches/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/new-fairtrade-coffee-brand-launches/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:19:22 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28677 The Real Coffee Bean Co has launched with a range of two Fairtrade-certified single-blend coffees and a blend.

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The Real Coffee Bean Co has launched with an initial range of two Fairtrade-certified single-blend coffees and a blend, using beans grown using natural and traditional farming methods.

The Brazilian Coffee is a 100% single origin, medium roast coffee, described as having high notes of peanut and chocolate with a smooth, medium body;

The Colombian Coffee is also a 100% single origin medium roast coffee with a full, nutty flavour; and House Blend is full-bodied with a rich, deep cocoa balanced by some sweet caramel notes and subtle roasted hazelnuts in the background.

The Real Coffee Bean Co works with farmers from small holding farms and cooperatives, all of whom share the same philosophy centered around using less machinery in favour of more manual labour to harvest the coffee beans. By doing this they help create jobs in the local community and are kinder to the environment.

Once harvested, the coffee beans are sun-dried (instead of machine dried which is commonplace) to bring out the natural flavour and individual taste characteristics of the bean.

Co-founder Shahid Mehdi also founded The Real Basmati Rice Co. He comments: “Like with our rice, our new Fairtrade coffee business is centered around sustainability, obsessive care, dedication and passion. We are proud to introduce three flavours of coffee: Brazilian, Colombian and our own House Blend which brings you the best of Brazil, with Central America and Ethiopia (Sidamo) added to the mix.”

The coffees are available in 200g ground bags and 1kg trade-sized bags of whole coffee beans. All packaging is 100% recyclable.

More coffees will be added to the range in the future.

 

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Soya and tofu products cannot use dairy-related terms, says European Court http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/soya-tofu-products-cannot-use-dairy-related-terms-says-european-cour/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/soya-tofu-products-cannot-use-dairy-related-terms-says-european-cour/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:23:36 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28669 The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that plant-based foods using soya and tofu cannot use dairy-style terms such as ‘milk’, ‘butter’ and ‘cheese’.

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that plant-based foods using soya and tofu cannot use dairy-style terms such as ‘milk’, ‘butter’ and ‘cheese’.

The ECJ ruling was made in relation to a case referred to it by a German court involving a German producer and distributor of vegetarian and vegan foods – TofuTown. The company promotes and distributes plant-based products with names such as ‘Soyatoo Tofu butter’, ‘Plant cheese’, and ‘Veggie Cheese’.

EU regulations state that dairy-related terms such as ‘milk’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’, ‘cream’ and ‘yogurt’ can only be used for marketing and advertising products which are derived from animal milk, with some exceptions including coconut milk, peanut butter and almond milk. German consumer protection group VSW had complainted that TofuTown’s use of the terms broke EU law

The ECJ ruling has confirmed that tofu and soya products are not exempted from EU law despite TofuTown arguing it was not breaching regulations as it had made clear the plant origins of its products. In its ruling the ECJ said that ‘the addition of descriptive or clarifying additions indicating the plant origin of the product concerned, such as those used by TofuTown, has no influence on that prohibition’.

Describing the impact of this ruling on UK manufacturers, Alexandra Lisi, communication and EU affairs intern at The Vegan Society says: “In principle the Court’s decision is binding only for the national courts (in this case German courts). On the other hand, the Court’s interpretation regarding the terms ‘milks’, ‘cheeses’, etc is binding for all Member States including the UK as long as the UK remains a Member State. Any national court dealing with a dispute that is similar to the TofuTown case will have to rule with reference to the Court’s interpretation,” adds Lisi.

“The Court’s ruling follows concerns over customer confusion, but realistically speaking, how likely is it that someone buys a carton of soya milk and thinks it’s dairy milk?,” says Alexandra Lisi spokesperson for The Vegan Society. “As customers are increasingly moving away from eating animals, the demand for vegan products is rapidly growing, with over half a million vegans in Great Britain now. There’s no denying that the meat, dairy and egg industries are feeling threatened, and this court case is a desperate move to try to restrict the marketing of vegan products.”

Euromonitor has reported that the worldwide sales of non-dairy milk alternatives more than doubled between 2009 and 2015 to $21bn.

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Kinetic’s new B2B website streamlines ordering and adds media assets http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/kinetics-new-b2b-website-streamlines-ordering-adds-media-assets/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/kinetics-new-b2b-website-streamlines-ordering-adds-media-assets/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:41:57 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28664 Kinetic has launched a new B2B website that it says will simplify and streamline ordering for retailer customers.

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Kinetic has launched a new B2B website that it says will simplify and streamline ordering for retailer customers.

The new site features enanced navigation and search functionality, as well as clear presentation of information. The site will also house all media assets, including images, descriptions, ingredients and digital banners, to make it easy for retailers to be involved with Kinetic’s marketing campaigns.

A company blog has been added to help industry professionals keep up with the latest developments in the business.

Commenting, managing director Alexander Barani said: “I am delighted to offer our retailers a more reliable, fast and efficient way of ordering. The web design is clean and fresh, just like our company. We are sure that the site will be beneficial for all parties involved: primarily our retailers, but also our head office, reps and account managers, hopefully freeing up our sales and customer service specialists to focus more on the deeper details of the business.”

The url for the company website remains the same: www.kinetic4health.co.uk

 

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L’oréal gets offer for The Body Shop http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/loreal-gets-offer-body-shop/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/loreal-gets-offer-body-shop/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:19:16 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28657 Cosmetics giant L’oréal has received a firm offer for The Body Shop from Brazilian manufacturer Natura Cosméticos SA. In February it was rumoured that L’oréal was considering selling The Body Shop, which it purchased in 2006 for £652.3 million. Now, the bid from Natura will be submitted to L’Oréal’s employee representative body and is subject […]

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Cosmetics giant L’oréal has received a firm offer for The Body Shop from Brazilian manufacturer Natura Cosméticos SA.

In February it was rumoured that L’oréal was considering selling The Body Shop, which it purchased in 2006 for £652.3 million.

Now, the bid from Natura will be submitted to L’Oréal’s employee representative body and is subject to regulatory approval notably in Brazil and in the United States. The proposed buyout, expected to close during this year, values the natural beauty business at an enterprise value of €1 billion.

Commenting on the offer, Jean-Paul Agon, chairman and CEO of L’Oréal, said: “I am very pleased to announce Natura as the potential new “home” for The Body Shop. It is the best new owner we could imagine to nurture the brand DNA around naturality and ethics. Natura will support The Body Shop development in the long-term and enable The Body Shop to best serve its customers while respecting its strong commitments towards its employees, franchisees and stakeholders. I would like to thank all The Body Shop employees and partners around the world for their contribution to the development of the brand over the past eleven years and I am confident they will be in the best hands for the future.”

“I am sure that all customers, employees, franchisees and stakeholders of The Body Shop will join me in welcoming L’Oréal’s decision to enter into exclusive discussions with Natura,” added Jeremy Schwartz, chairman and CEO of The Body Shop. “The ethical values and expertise of Natura makes it the perfect new owner for The Body Shop to accelerate the rejuvenation of the brand and its future expansion.”

Natura promotes itself as an eco-friendly, sustainable company and is a founding member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade.

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Get snacking with Eat Real http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/get-snacking-eat-real/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/get-snacking-eat-real/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:50:28 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28651 Healthy snacking brand Eat Real has introduced three new organic gluten-free and vegan snacks.

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Healthy snacking brand Eat Real has introduced three new organic gluten-free and vegan snacks.

The all-natural products comprise Organic Hummus Chips, Organic Lentil Chips and Organic Veggie Straws, all initially available in Sea Salt flavour and packed in 100g sharing bags.

Free from all 14 declarable allergens and with no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives, they contain no added sugar and have significantly less fat than traditional crisps (Hummus Chips 40% less, Lentil Chips and Veggie Straws 30% less).

Debbie King, director of commercial sales & marketing at Eat Real, comments: “These snacks are ideal for consumers with specific dietary requirements but they’re also perfect for people who are making lifestyle choices and rejecting traditional snack and confectionery items in favour of ‘good for you’ products.”

“While sales of traditional crisps are falling, healthier snacking is growing at twice the rate of normal snacking because consumers are choosing products that are regarded as more wholesome – a trend that we believe is set to continue,” she adds.

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Wake Up To Organic triples in size http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/wake-up-to-organic-triples-in-size/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/wake-up-to-organic-triples-in-size/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:34:08 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28644 Independent retailers gave away more than 10,000 organic mini breakfasts in the UK and Ireland as part of this year’s Wake Up To Organic event.

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Independent retailers gave away more than 10,000 organic mini breakfasts in the UK and Ireland as part of this year’s Wake Up To Organic event, organised by the Organic Trade Board (OTB).

The national event tripled in size from 2016, with more than 250 retailers and cafés taking part and many reporting increased footfall as a result.

The campaign was also supported by top chefs including Tom Hunt, Olia Hercules and Jordan Bourke and several leading organic brands hosted their own Wake Up To Organic events, including Yeo Valley and Riverford.

Breakfast goods were donated by event sponsors: Alara Cereals, OTE Superfoods, BonPom, Clearspring, Helen Browning’s, iRaw Healthy Habits, James White Drinks, Pukka Tea, Plenish, Meridian, Organico, Flahavan’s, So Free Chocolate, Mr Organic, Greenscents, Rebel Kitchen, Community Foods and Herbfarmacy. While Infinity Foods sponsored the production and distribution of resources to every store taking part.

Favourite recipes, breakfast competitions and photography were shared on social media on the day, resulting in Wake Up To Organic trending on Twitter from 8am until lunchtime.

According to the OTB, over 2,000 people used the hashtag during the day, reaching over 2.7 million people online. While, the PR campaign secured over 130 pieces of coverage across consumer, trade and regional titles reaching over 4.2 million people.

“The UK and Ireland really embraced Wake Up To Organic this year, with producers, chefs, retailers and bloggers all coming together to help raise awareness of the benefits of organic,” says Catherine Fookes, campaign director, Organic Trade Board. “2017 was by far the biggest and best campaign to date and we’re already starting to plan the 2018 event.”

The date for next year’s event has already been set as Wednesday 13th June 2018.

To find out more about how to take part go to: www.wakeuptoorganic.co.uk

Watch a video of this year’s Wake Up To Organic activities in Brighton & Hove here

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Montezuma’s goes back to black http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/montezumas-goes-back-black/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/montezumas-goes-back-black/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:25:22 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=27593 Montezuma’s has added to its Absolute Black 100% cocoa bars with two new flavours: Absolute Black with Almond and Absolute Black with Orange and Cocoa Nibs.

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Montezuma’s has added to its Absolute Black 100% cocoa bar range with two new flavours: Absolute Black with Almond and Absolute Black with Orange and Cocoa Nibs.

Absolute Black with Almond is studded with blanched almonds providing an intense cocoa hit with a creamy, nutty texture. Absolute Black with Orange and Cocoa Nibs uses organic orange oil and cocoa nibs to add a crunch and natural sweetness to the 100% cocoa bar.

Both bars are sugar-, dairy- and gluten-free and are suitable for vegans.

“We launched Absolute Black to offer a delicious and dramatic cocoa hit to those customers wanting the highest cocoa percentage,” says Montezuma co-founder Helen Pattinson. “The popularity of Absolute Black was unprecedented, and so we are excited to be able to bring even more innovation and introduce some exciting new flavours.”

She adds: “Customers have many reasons for wanting a 100% cocoa chocolate, but creating the right flavour is only possible by using the best quality ingredients. In developing these new bars we worked hard when testing to ensure the orange and almond notes sit beautifully with the blend of cocoa to ensure flavour consistency and most importantly, to avoid that bitter after taste which is common in so many dark chocolates.”

 

 

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Sustainability messages being overlooked in Europe http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/europe-align-sustainability-messages/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/europe-align-sustainability-messages/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:28:05 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28639 The European Public Health Association has called for all European states to establish a statutory Sustainable Nutrition Task Force.

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The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) has called for all European states to establish a statutory Sustainable Nutrition Task Force that considers and includes the wider aspects of food.

EUPHA’s recent report – Healthy and Sustainable Diets for European Countries – says that there is a need for greater alignment of health and sustainability messages on diet and nutrition across Europe. It states that: ‘Despite convincing evidence of the very considerable impact that food systems and human diets exert on public and planetary health, concerted guidelines and policy action that include sustainable aspects, in addition to healthy nutrition, are lacking in Europe’.

“It is time to combine efforts to improve the quality of diets and reduce the environmental impacts of the food industry. This is a challenge not only for the public health community, but also for the agricultural, food processing industry and consumers,” says Dr Christopher Birt, president of the EUPHA section on food and nutrition.

The report recommends that European Commission and governments of non-member states of the EU should each establish a statutory Sustainable Nutrition Task Force, the responsibilities of which would be, in each jurisdiction:

  • to identify essential key features of a healthy and sustainable food system;
  • to formulate and to recommend a strategic plan for moving from current food systems towards healthy and sustainable alternatives, including by adopting a multi-disciplinary approach to food and nutrition;
  • to plan and recommend a programme for implementation of the strategy for sustainable and healthy food systems;
  • to monitor progress towards implementation of such policies;
  • to supervise the evaluation of outcomes in relation to both healthy nutrition and sustainability.

According to EUPHA it will continue to advocate for a WHO Convention on Sustainable Healthy Nutrition and will assist its members in advocating at national level.

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Amazon to buy Whole Foods Market http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/amazon-buy-whole-foods-market/ http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/amazon-buy-whole-foods-market/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:58:20 +0000 http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/?p=28632 Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, is buying Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at approximately $13.7bn. 

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Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, is buying Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at approximately $13.7bn, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt.

According to a joint statement, Whole Foods Market will continue to operate stores under the Whole Foods Market brand and source from trusted vendors and partners around the world. John Mackey will also remain as CEO of Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods Market’s headquarters will stay in Austin, Texas.

“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” says Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”

“This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers,” says John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO.

Completion of the transaction is subject to approval by Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The parties expect to close the transaction during the second half of 2017.

 

 

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