Over the past few months the Soil Association’s new director, Helen Browning, has been consulting widely on how best to take both the organisation and the wider organic movement forward (see story). (more…)
Last week I visited the brand new £225 million Pembury Hospital, just outside Tunbridge Wells. It’s a genuinely state of the art building, and the country’s first all-single room (512 in all) NHS hospital. (more…)
Two thoughts came to mind when I was casting around for something to write about this week. (more…)
So, Mary Portas, Queen of Shops, has been drafted in by Coalition ministers to lead an independent review into the state of British retailing. (more…)
Several health store owners I spoke with at last month’s Natural & Organic Products Europe told me that footfall had been significantly down over the first few months of this year. So, when another retailer corroborated these reports I wasn’t all that surprised. What did take me slightly aback was his next comment: “But, do […]
Two or three years ago (just like their UK counterparts) America’s biggest retailers started slimming down their inventories and clearing aisles for a cleaner, more appealing store look. (more…)
How many scientists does it take to change a climate sceptic’s mind? No, not a joke, a question posed by New Scientist last week. (more…)
At the back end of last year the former director of the Soil Association, Patrick Holden, undertook a coast to coast tour of the United Sates meeting with leading thinkers and activists from the American sustainable food movement. (more…)
Environmental campaigners have for decades argued in favour of the ‘precautionary principle’. When the possible consequences of something are simply too serious to risk — say, global warming — the responsible action is to take steps early, not wait until you are up to your ears in seawater, waving for help with your hard evidence […]
“Wow, your blog is awesome. I literally just stumbled across it, but now I’m going to tell all my friends about it!”….“What a great site this is. And let me tell you, the quality of your writing is awesome!!” Yes, since my Editor’s Comment was recently rebranded as Blog Spot it has become officially awesome. […]
I felt almost nostalgic seeing John Krebs having a go at organic on last week’s IQ2US debate in New York (see story). It was just like the old days. One minute the former head of the Food Standards Agency was flamboyantly declaring he was “absolutely not anti-organic”, the next he was launching into what must […]
To delist, or not to delist, that was the question being asked earlier this week at the Ex-Factor Seminar at Natural & Organic Products Europe. (more…)
For many people in the natural healthcare field professor Edzard Ernst is sadly best known for his criticism of complementary medicine. So much so that I usually feel the need to preface any mention of him with the word ‘controversial’ (as in “the controversial professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University …”). (more…)
In her opening speech at last week’s Biofach exhibition and Congress, IFOAM president Katherine DiMatteo commented that organic’s future success lay “not with standards and seals but with the authenticity and application of its values”. (more…)
Deprived of the low-hanging fruit of medical research, the drugs industry now has to spend ever more vast sums of money to research and develop ever more hit or miss drugs. (more…)
The keynote speaker at last Friday’s National Health Store Conference, Geoff Burch, cut a slightly unlikely figure for a gathering of natural products retailers. Anticipating the likely response, Geoff quipped: “You’re probably thinking, hang on, there’s an escaped night club bouncer in the room”. (more…)
Juiceburst rebrands, reformulates, extends range
January 16, 2018 Jane Wolfe
Soft drinks brand Juiceburst has reformulated and rebranded across its entire portfolio, as well as creating two new additions to its core range.
OTB receives £1.73m in funding
The Organic Trade Board (OTB) is to receive a loan from Triodos Bank, Europe’s leading sustainable bank, to help grow organic sales in the UK in 2018 and beyond.
Forest Whole Foods named Best New Business
Online organic retailer Forest Whole Foods has been awarded Best New Business in the New Forest Business Partnership’s Brilliance in Business Awards.
Gove charms audience at the Oxford Real Farming Conference
Michael Gove became the first Defra minister to address the rebel Real Farming Conference in Oxford, usually a prerogative of the established Oxford Farming Conference.
November 21, 2017 Jane Wolfe
With mounting research emphasizing the crucial part the microbiome plays in preventing and fighting disease, Jane Wolfe takes a look at the best ways to optimize gut health (more…)
Food of the gods
Regularly consuming a little of what you love could have long-term health benefits – even where chocolate is concerned, discovers Rosie Greenaway (more…)
A significant rise in job insecurity since the UK’s decision to leave the EU means people are loath to take time off work – and with an increase in colds and flu, this is leading to higher demand for OTC remedies. Jane Wolfe reports (more…)
Let’s do lunch!
Sharna Waid has been taking a look at how natural products retailers and brands are maximizing the crucial two-hour lunchtime selling period (more…)
As Europe braces itself for a winter flu outbreak, protect yourself with Sambucol and the power of black elderberry.
Experts across Europe have warned the EU to brace itself for a bad flu season this winter. A new vaccine has been produced which is effective in fighting H3N2, the flu strain likely to hit the region this year; however, the vaccine is generally available for free to over 65s, pregnant women, those with an […]
Natural beauty made in Cyprus
Sharna Waid has been finding out how passionate producers in Cyprus are using the fruits of the land to create natural beautifying cosmetics. According to the ancient myth, Aphrodite – the goddess of love and beauty, pleasure and procreation – was born out of the waves off the coast of Cyprus. Aside from attracting three […]