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The latest news from the natural and organic products industry.

Brexit negotiations could leave poor farmers vulnerable, Fairtade Foundation warns

The chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation has warned that the prospects for farmers in developing countries could suffer if post-EU Referendum negotiations result...

Whole Foods bosses admit “weighing errors” but deny systematic overcharging

Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb have admitted that some of the retailer’s New York stores have been overcharging customers due...

UK microbead ban to go ahead this year

As part of his speech The Unfrozen Moment - Delivering A Green Brexit, UK Secretary of State Michael Gove has said that legislation will...

Organic Beauty Week is on its way

2016 will be Organic Beauty Week’s (19-25 September) third year, and the Soil Association is asking consumers to ‘Look for the Logo’ and shining...

Defiant H&B tells ASA it has ‘no remit to rule on...

Leading health food retailer Holland & Barrett says the Advertising Standards Authority has 'no remit to rule on food claims'. 

LoveLula Boutique launches for fledgling brands

Online natural beauty website LoveLula has created a new section called LoveLula Boutique which offers aspiring natural beauty brands a platform from which to...

Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Award-winners announced

The Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Awards have announced the winners for this year. Among the winners was new British brand Little Aurelia which won...

NAHS calls budget statement ‘good news’

Following Philip Hammond’s delivery of the Budget 2018 to parliament, the NAHS has issued a statement commenting on the Chancellor’s proposals for the business rates affecting independent retailers.

Wake up to Organic launches at NPE

This year’s Wake up to Organic campaign kicked off last weekend at Natural & Organic Products Europe with the help of food blogger Laura...

European Court rejects HFMA/NPN health claims challenge

The General Court of the European Court of Justice has rejected a joint plea from the Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) and Dutch trade...

Iceland’s banned TV ad launches on YouTube

Iceland’s Christmas advert, which failed to secure advertising regulatory approval to air on TV, has now been launched online, and a Change.org petition to...

Join the night riders on World Ocean Day fund raiser!

Sustainable fish brand fish4ever is sponsoring a special night cycle to raise money for Environmental Justice Foundation’s Save Our Sea campaign. The night riders will...

Germany’s farming minister warns against ‘quasi-conventional regulation’ for organic

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.

Soil Association calls on indie retailers

In preparation for the compilation of its 2018 Organic Market Report, the Soil Association is asking for input from independent retailers.

H&B staff petition for stores to close

A petition has been gatherig support for H&B staff who are calling for the retailer to close, citing inadequate employee protection against COVID-19.

Bristol’s Better Food Company hosts organic ‘mini festival’

Award-winning Bristol retailer Better Food Company is to host a series of events this September in the absence of the annual Organic Food Festival...

ESSNA wants public to report ‘dodgy’ sports nutrition products

A new campaign to educate the public on all things sports nutrition has been launched by the industry trade association to ensure consumer safety and good health.

Open letter calls on PM to place natural world at ‘heart...

An open letter to Boris Johnson has called on the Government to help create a ‘climate-safe, nature-rich, healthy world’.

UK to help India to lead the way for Asia with...

UKRI and WRAP are collaborating to develop a Plastics Pact in India, aimed at enhancing ‘knowledge exchange’ between the UK and India.

B12 warning ahead of Veganuary

Experts warn that vegans must ensure there is enough vitamin B12 in their diets and the health risks resulting from B12 deficiencies are 'not a myth'.