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Opinion

Here we bring you the thoughts of the natural and organic products industry’s leading commentators and opinion formers.

As the lockdown lifts, let’s look to a more sustainable future

Is it possible to build a greener and more sustainable future? Yes, says Carole Bamford, founder of Daylesford, but it all starts with our soil.

The Big Interview: Hilary Leam, Holland & Barrett

The Big Interview: Hilary Leam, group innovation director at Holland & Barrett, tells Rosie Greenaway where she’s placing her bets in 2020

What’s wrong with detox?

The Guardian recently published an unbridled attack on the “detox industry” and supplements and dietary habits for detox. Among the comments were that detox was...

2018 and beyond

Ahead of Natural & Organic Products Europe (NPE) in April, show organizer Diversified Communications has been hearing from industry figures about trends, innovation, opportunities, challenges and the ‘ones to watch’ for 2018.

Plastic packaging: navigating the minefield

If you have set out to create a product that is good for both people and the planet, then the packaging has to reflect this.

Out of darkness there is light

When I was asked to write this Beauty Buzz, I re-read my activist-hailing column of last January with more than a wry smile.

Legalise Nutrition

Let's seize on Brexit as an opportunity to legalise good nutrition and outlaw bad food, says Patrick Holford.

2018 – or the year policymakers got serious about plastic waste

With 2018 already behind us, we can now say with some certainty that it was the year of plastic, or to be more precise, of the anti- plastic momentum.

Carrying on during coronavirus

NPN takes a virtual tour of Friendly Soap's production unit to see how the brand is overcoming the obstacles of producing soap during coronavirus lockdown.

Bringing chilled juice back from the brink

Recently appointed general manager at Coldpress UK, Roger Harrison, gives us his view on the future of the soft drinks industry.

Why real change is best served up on a plate

At the back end of last year the former director of the Soil Association, Patrick Holden, undertook a coast to coast tour of the...

Ready or not? Preparing for Brexit

Even those of us who try to avoid politics at all costs cannot fail to notice that Britain’s exit from the EU looms ever closer, and that The British Government has been talking more about the preparations it is making for Brexit. Food businesses across the UK may not want to think about the issue but they should, and they must be asking are we ready, or are we not?

Natural & Organic Products Europe: our top five trends

Five top trends observed at Natural & Organic Products Europe, brought to you by Brand Organic. 

Stepping up or sitting back: a pledge to the black community

Tracy Durrant, business coach, comments on the importance of considering a Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity policy for your busisness.

Five minutes with The Good Kind Grocery

Matt Chittock meets The Good Kind Grocery and finds out why opening a vegan store during a health crisis has been a positive experience.

Bitter sweet insanity

How seriously should we take official exhortations to cut sugar consumption while governments continue to subsidise industrial scale sugar farming? asks Craig Sams When my...

Spreading the (chocolate) love

In 2016, inspired by his great-great-great grandfather – the founder of Cadbury chocolate, which was subject to a hostile takeover in 2010 – James Cadbury started the organic chocolate company Love Cocoa. Here, Jane Wolfe talks to him about how the ethical beliefs of his family have influenced his brand

Cricket club goes vegan to be more inclusive

You may have heard of Forest Green Rovers, a football club which made headlines for serving plant-based meals to fans – a largely non-vegan audience.

100 days of African sunshine

Rob Fletcher, founder of Dr Trouble, explains why every business should care about ethical production in the food industry.

Let bodily fluids and solids (and food) be thy medicine

Craig Sams imagines the health farms of the future where ‘super healthy’ humans are raised.