Industry News

The latest news from the natural and organic products industry.

Government boosts food waste scheme with £60M

The UK is to lead the world in the development of a system of sustainable packaging which moves away from oil-based plastics, with the help of a £60 million investment from Government.

Verdict’s in on that ‘lab-burger’: Leave food production to farmers

The natural and organic community has been giving its verdict on the lab-grown burger created by Dutch scientist Dr Mark Post and presented to...

Organic revival is grocery market’s “great success story”

The return to growth of organic retail sales is a “great success story” a top retail expert told a packed trade briefing in London...

Organic gets a voice at both Oxford farming conferences

Michael Wale says that organic is gaining a voice at the annual Oxford Farming Conference, as well as at the alternative Oxford Real Farming Conference.

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.

YourZooki secures £950K backing to meet surge in demand

YourZooki, the provider of specialist liposomol vitamin C, has secured a £950K funding package to fulfil a significant spike in sales.   

Beauty brands need to adopt sub-zero waste mentality, says Mintel

Market intelligence agency Mintel predicts that ‘sub-zero waste’ is the direction the beauty and personal care sector will head towards in 2019 as the zero waste philosophy gains momentum globally.

Plough to playground: School kids stage farmers’ markets

Three London schools held their own farmers markets last month as part of a major new food education project for the capital. Over the coming...

Viva! award winners

As part of Viva!’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the vegan charity held its awards in September to reward excellence and innovation. Here are just a few...

State of Nature report says farming intensity is driving nature loss...

The 2016 State of Nature report published today by a coalition of 50 leading wildlife and research organizations has found that one of the most important factors adversely affecting nature in the UK is agriculture.

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.

Greta Thunberg donates €1MN prize money to climate crisis

Greta Thunberg has been awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity after judges described her as ‘one of the most remarkable figures of our days’.

Selfridges launches sustainability initiative

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

Plough to playground: School kids stage farmers’ markets

Three London schools held their own farmers markets last month as part of a major new food education project for the capital. Over the coming...

Viva! launches dairy-free guides

Animal charity Viva! has published two new guides about dairy-free living. Why You Don’t Need Dairy, by Viva! founder and director Juliet Gellatley, provides readers...

Vegan farming minister shock: “I don’t have a beard and I’m...

The new shadow farming minister Kerry McCarthy has been mocking media and industry stereotyping of her vegan lifestyle and principles. An outspoken critic of the...

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.

Pukka stops Facebook ads in protest against hate speech and racism

Pukka is among thousands of brands which have joined together to show support for the Stop Hate for Profit campaign by pausing advertising on Facebook.

‘Don’t miss out’: retailers urged to engage with new consumer directory

Leading industry organizations HFMA, NAHS and HFI are collaborating on a major new direct to consumer campaign called HealthyDoesIt.

EOF fears Government may overlook organic farming in ‘public goods’ policy

As Government steers its ‘public money for public goods’ farming system through parliament, The EOF is concerned organic options are being side-lined.