The latest news from the natural and organic products industry.

Back to better: January opening for HISBE’s COVID-delayed second store

Brighton-based ‘rebel supermarket’ HISBE says it will now open its second store early next year after coronavirus delayed plans.

Ad campaign captures essence of independent Irish health stores

Health Stores Ireland is running a TV and radio campaign with the core message ‘health food stores are at the heart of your community’.

Climate Assembly calls for ‘strong and clear leadership’ to achieve UK...

The UK citizens’ assembly on climate change published its report today on how the UK can reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050.

Organic exports face ‘outright ban’ if equivalence not agreed

Organic food and drink organizations have written to the chief Brexit negotiator to express 'deep concern' about the future of organic.

‘One small swap’ for Organic Beauty & Wellbeing Week

After a 23% growth in sales in 2019 the market for organic and natural beauty sits at £106.4 million, Soil Association Certification reveals.

Oatly faces boycotts after ‘Trump-linked’ Blackstone takes stake in business

Oatly is facing boycotts after selling a stake to a consortium led by Blackstone, a firm with alleged links to Trump and deforestation. 

Treat hand gels as last resort, or risk superbug ‘armageddon’

Prolonged use of hand gels during the pandemic could lead to a superbug 'armageddon situation', an expert in surface disinfection has warned.

OTB kicks off Organic September with new slogan and experiential retail...

The OTB, which for three years ran a targeted consumer campaign called Organic. Feed Your Happy, has rebranded with a new slogan: Go Organic.

60% of schools not tackling period poverty, says charity

A scheme launched by the DfE which makes period products free to school pupils has seen under 40% uptake, reports the Free Period group.

News in brief

East London start-up Minor Figures launches its vegan Oat and Organic Oat Milk to Waitrose, Booths, and UK coffee shops, delis and hotels.

Honey better for coughs and colds than antibiotics, study finds

Researchers say that honey is more effective than antibiotics and most over-the-counter medicines at treating coughs and colds.

Intensive animal farming ‘single most risky human behaviour’ for pandemics

A report by ProVeg International highlights ‘a fundamental and often-overlooked’ link between pandemics and our animal-based food system.

Farmers launch Happerley England to ‘reverse retail demise’

On 29 August farmers will take over a former retail site to open a new outlet to drive ‘radical change in how food and drink is retailed'.  

Planet Organic shuts two ANI stores

After its buyout of the organic and natural food chain As Nature Intended in March, Planet Organic’s is closing two of the seven ANI stores.

Here comes trouble …

African sauce brand Dr Trouble has launched in the UK, with two initial artisan products aimed at health-conscious consumers.

New plant-based store for meat-lovers opens in London

A new vegan store, The Good Kind Grocery, has opened in Enfield, London, to show just how easy it can be to move to a more plant-based diet. 

Thirst for soya drinks harming the planet, warns SFT

People who buy milk substitutes made from soya are inadvertently harming the planet, the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) claims.  

Purezza vegan pizzeria expands reach

Plant-based pizzeria Purezza is opening a two-floor restaurant in Hove on Friday (21st August) due to what it calls ‘overwhelming demand’.

The Package Free Larder opens after crowdfunding success

Portsmouth has welcomed its first plastic-free supermarket, The Package Free Larder, started by a small group of local volunteers.

Selfridges launches sustainability initiative

Selfridges has launched a ‘transformational sustainability initiative’ as part of its commitment to help customers change the way they shop.