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The latest news from the leading retailers in the natural and organic products industry.

Planet Organic introduces online Vegan Shop

In response to the burgeoning interest in plant-based living, Planet Organic has launched Vegan Shop – a specialist area of its e-commerce site that is designed to make it easier for customers to shop its vegan ranges.

Harriet’s plastic-free pantry opens in Hove

In November, East Sussex saw the arrival of a plastic-free store, Harriet’s of Hove – The Plastic Free Pantry, opened by Harriet Dean-Orange and her partner Mhiran Patel.

H&B implements 5p paper bag charge

Holland & Barrett is implementing a 5p paper bag charge and donating the profits to a range of charitable causes that is already supports.

Face coverings become mandatory in England’s shops

From 24 July it will be mandatory to wear a face mask or covering in shops and supermarkets in England, where social distancing cannot always be maintained.  

55% of store owners earn less than minimum wage – survey

More than half of independent retailers are earning less than the minimum wage. That’s the shock finding contained in the latest Voice of Local Shops...

Soil Association online training gets thumbs up

The Soil Association’s new online training programme for retailers has got off to a good start, with 90% of those who completed the evaluation...

St Neots health store closes

After 31 years of running St Neots Health Food Centre, owner Ray Barker has closed the doors for the final time, following his decision to retire.

ASA tells Pret not to claim products are ‘natural’

The UK Advertising Standards Association (ASA) has told the food-to-go chain Pret A Manger to stop using “natural” in its advertising, following a complaint by the food and farming charity Sustain.

KissNature opens clean beauty shop online

A new online store, KissNature, has launched in a bid to provide a one-stop shop for ethical and socially responsible clean beauty brands from around the globe.

Bringing kindly shopping to Brighton

Tagged as a ‘sustainable supermarket for the thoughtful people of Brighton’, Kindly of Brighton is one of the newest retailers to open in the city.

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’.

Rainbow warrior

Retailer, wholesaler, activist, lifelong vegetarian and above all wholefoodist – Rainbow Wholefoods founder Richard Austin tells Natural Products editor Jim Manson why he is...

Whole Foods extends app-based delivery partnership – will indies follow?

Home delivery service Quiqup is expanding its partnership with Whole Foods Market, reports The Grocer. Quiqup’s app-based delivery service proved popular when it was trialled...

‘Innovation must be responsible’ says BetterYou

At the NHT Summit in Manchester BetterYou delivered a seminar to brands and retailers on innovation, trends and what’s to come for the VMS market.

Scotland welcomes first social enterprise supermarket

In May, Locavore Grocery, Scotland’s first social enterprise supermarket, officially opened its doors to offer an alternative to mainstream supermarket supply chains and build...

Better Food celebrates store revamp

Better Food recently spruced up its Bristol Whiteladies Road store with an updated look and new features including a packaging-free wall.

‘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'.

Fourth London store for The Organic Pharmacy

The first week of December will see the opening of The Organic Pharmacy’s new concept store in Marylebone, London.

Tesco to ramp up sports nutrition range

Tesco is set to ramp up its on-label sports nutrition, reports The Grocer. The retailer launched its 17-product strong Nutri1st brand last year, with pricing...

Progressive Budgens retailer says put people and planet first

Progressive Budgens retailer Andrew Thornton has launched an initiative to show businesses how to put people and planet first “and trust that profit will...