Industry News

The latest news from the natural and organic products industry.

Veg box schemes seek Government help to cope with rocketing demand

New figures have revealed that weekly sales of UK veg boxes grew by a huge 111% during the six weeks between the end of February and mid-April.

Roundtable: ‘We’re so proud of everything the health food sector is...

Panellists in a Natural Products virtual Roundtable told NPG editor-in-chief Jim Manson of their pride in 'everything the health food trade is doing'.  

‘We’ve done this to ourselves’ warns Dame Jane Goodall

While the world continues to battle the health and economic impact of COVID-19, environmental campaigner Jane Goodall says 'we've done this to ourselves'.

Meat consumption falls during pandemic

The Vegan Society has found that one in five Brits have reduced their meat consumption and 15% have reduced their dairy intake during the pandemic.

‘Phenomenal rise’ in online grocery, says Mintel

Mintel reports a stark change in grocery shopper behaviour brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, with online grocery sales seeing 'phenomenal growth'.

Guild of Fine Food flags up optimism and resilience in indie...

A survey by the Guild of Fine Food has found that although producers and retailers are having contrasting experiences, 95% believe they can survive.

Retailer commitment commended by NAHS

The NAHS has penned an open letter to health stores commending the 'commitment and support' they have shown their local communities during the pandemic. 

Future-proofing Fairtrade cotton on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Fairtrade has launched a programme in India to grow non-GM cotton seeds, to ‘future-proof Fairtrade cotton'.

Free NAHS membership for health stores

To assist health stores in navigating business during the pandemic, the NAHS is offering free membership to retailers who are not already registered.

Local food production proves crucial during pandemic

The NFFN is calling on consumers to buy local and support sustainable farmers as the COVID-19 crisis highlights the importance of these producers.

‘100% beef-free’ claim for plant-based Whopper was misleading, ASA rules

Claims made by Burger King that its plant-based Rebel Whopper product is '100% beef-free' were misleading, the ASA ruled this week.

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.

Brits spend less than £9 a week maintaining health

Figures from a survey by the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association has revealed that the average Brit spends just £8.82 each week on keeping healthy.

Recycled material called into action for H&M collection

Organic, vegan and innovative recycled materials are all called into action in H&M's latest 'circular fashion' collection.

Lots of GOTS: organic textile mark sees highest ever growth

GOTS, the international organic textile standard, reports the highest growth in certified operations ever last year, reports Jin Manson.

Natural brands give frontline heroes a helping hand during COVID-19 crisis

Natural brands are stepping up to the plate to help out NHS staff and other frontline workers putting their physical and mental wellbeing on the line.

Natural & Organic Products Europe 2020 cancelled

NPE 2020 has been cancelled following an announcement that ExCeL is to be converted into a temporary hospital to treat coronavirus patients.

Guild of Fine Food: support your indie food stores at this...

The Guild of Fine Food is calling for consumers to get behind their local indies and has added an online resource to its website to assist these retailers

Health stores to stay open during COVID-19 crisis, Number 10 confirms

Health food stores will be permitted to stay open during the coronavirus crisis, under strict new controls on retail announced today by the Government. 

Planet Organic announces takeover of As Nature Intended

Trailblazing health and wellbeing retailer Planet Organic has acquired As Nature Intended, the chain of seven London-based organic and natural food stores.