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Planet Organic and Riverford break into Top 50 Indies

Planet Organic and Riverford are both ‘new entries’ this year in the Grocer magazine’s annual Top 50 Independents rankings. The Grocer’s top 50 indies rankings are based on turnover and require businesses to be at least 50% owned by management or family. Riverford Organic appears at number 24, with sales of £47.2m and pre-tax profits […]

March 9, 2016 Continue Reading

Organic September: a retailer’s perspective

This year’s Organic September was a great success but there’s always room for more independent stores to get stuck in. So what’s in it for retailers and why should they bother getting involved? “They’d be mad not to,” says Katy Mansell-Carter, marketing manager, The Better Food Company, who talked to NPN about her experience of […]

October 30, 2015 Continue Reading

The UK wakes up to organic!

The Organic Trade Board’s (OTB) Wake up to Organic campaign took place on 17 June and was a resounding success, with a host of independent retailers joining in by offering a free organic breakfast at their stores and hosting in-house events where local bloggers, chefs and ambassadors made appearances and spoke with customers. In Bristol, […]

June 17, 2015 Continue Reading

Organic indie sales growth outperforms multiples

In 2014 growth among independent retailers significantly outpaced that of the supermarkets, according to the recently published Soil Association Organic Market Report 2015. The report reveals that sales outside multiples rose by 8.7% to £558.6 million, exceeding £10 million a week for the first time and representing 30% of the organic market. A recent Soil […]

March 2, 2015 Continue Reading

Born on the 4 July…

Independents’ Day, the national campaign promoting and celebrating UK independent businesses, is taking place on 4 July this year. Organized by People 1st, the day is designed to give a voice to and raise awareness of independent retailers in their local communities. The campaign, now in its fourth year, also aims to spread the word […]

June 16, 2014 Continue Reading
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‘Being more than a shop’ – three retailers’ inspiring stories

CHC policy director and public affairs commentator Chris Whitehouse recently predicted in Natural Products that ‘becoming more than a shop’ could be the independent health food retailer’s biggest single opportunity. By making a stand for health choice and acting as local health information hubs, stores become community assets valued by cash-strapped councils and health authorities […]

April 29, 2014 Continue Reading
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NAHS teams with top business coach at Olympia show

The National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) is teaming up with acclaimed business coach John Silvestro in an exciting retailer initiative at this year’s Natural & Organic Products Europe. Retailers can simply drop in to the NAHS retailer networking zone at Olympia (stand 5031) and meet John to receive a free 10 minutes “key points” […]

March 11, 2014 Continue Reading
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Fairtrade Fortnight goes bananas!

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, taking place from 24 February to 9  March, coincides with the Fairtrade Foundation’s 20th anniversary in the UK and will see the launch of a new stage of its Make Food Fair campaign to transform the banana industry and ‘Abolish the Unfair Banana’. The campaign aims to ensure that the millions […]

November 28, 2013 Continue Reading