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Bringing the natural and organic products industry the latest food and drink news from around the UK and Ireland.

BOL powers up meal replacement sector with plant-based whole food shakes

BOL Foods is aiming to shake up the growing meal replacement category with a line of Power Shakes made exclusively from real whole foods.

Soil Association to revise organic standards

Current organic standards have undergone a ‘major review’ by the Soil Association, in a bid to ensure organic farmers and processors can ‘provide the highest level of protection for the environment, food and livestock in the most straightforward way possible’, says the organic certifier.

Epicure stirs up world-inspired pestos

Epicure has introduced a five-strong range of innovative pestos into the food retail space.

Somerset Super Cereals launched by Alara founder

Somerset Super Cereals is a new breakfast brand born created by Alara Wholefoods’ founder Alex Smith.

Veganism set to soar by 327%, survey finds

A survey by the comparison site finder.com predicts that the number of people following a vegan diet in Britain will soar by an astonishing 327% in 2019. 

Contactless coffee: Better Food and City to Sea revive reusables

Better Food is partnering with City to Sea on a #ContactlessCoffee initiative to enable the ethical retailer to create safely revive the use of reusables. 

Food producers gather for London show

Nearly 400 exhibiting companies from 42 countries will be showcasing their latest food and drink innovations to thousands of trade buyers and retailers at The Natural Food Show (ExCel, London, 22-23 April), which opens on Sunday.

Holy Moly shakes up RTD sector

Aiming to disrupt the RTD category, Holy Moly has created the UK’s first range of cold-pressed Nutshakes made from raw almond milk.

Juiceburst adds to Schools Approved range

Juiceburst has introduced two new variants to its range of School Approved juice drinks.

Pip Organic sparkles with new drinks line

Pip Organic has created a line of sparkling drinks aimed at all the family and made with 100% organic fruit juice and sparkling water.

2020: a breakthrough year for ‘veganic’ agriculture?

Few vegans have given serious thought to the suggestion that fruit and veg might technically be 'un-vegan', but ‘veganic’ agriculture could change this. 

Finnebrogue Artisan comes up with ‘game changing’ plant-based line

Naked brand has been extended with Britain’s first plant-based range to be high in fibre and protein, allergen-free and one of your five-a-day.

Festive drinks from Belvoir

Looking towards the festive season, Belvoir Fruit Farms has introduced two new seasonal drinks: Christmas Cordial and Festive Fruit Punch.

How the OTB overcame the ‘stumbling blocks’ of 2020

With organic grocery growing 12.1% in the past 12 months, the OTB's marketing director Harriet O’Regan gives an overview of activity in 2020.

Soil Association praises curb on antibiotic use

The Soil Association has praised the European Parliament’s decision to back a curb on the use of antibiotics on farm animals.

Climate change report cast organic in ‘false and negative light’

A new study about organic farming and greenhouse gas emissions has been criticized for portraying organic in a 'false and negative light'. 

Brand owners explore special FDF Organic Group idea

Around 40 representatives from the organic sector met recently to discuss forming a specialist organic group inside the Food and Drink Federation.  

Support package launched for organic F&B start-ups

Soil Association Certification has partnered with Bread & Jam and Young Foodies to launch a business support package for organic start-ups.

Tribunal judge rules ethical veganism is ‘philosophical belief’

In a landmark legal case, a tribunal judge has ruled that ethical veganism qualifies as a ‘philosophical belief and must be afforded special protections.

Health and wellness interest drives growth in organic sales 

New data gathered by the Soil Association shows that the organic market has continued to grow in the first half of 2017, driven significantly by increased consumer interest in nutrition and a desire for traceability in food sourcing.