Industry analyst Organic Monitor has an intriguing New Year prediction. Not only will mobile technology be used by growing numbers of people in 2012 but — in the form of smartphone apps — it could cut the maze of eco-labels that consumers have to navigate every time they go shopping. (more…)
Here we bring you the thoughts of the natural and organic products industry’s leading commentators and opinion formers.
Isn’t it amazing that the ‘hippy diet’ the authorities once warned would corrupt a generation is now officially endorsed by the medical establishment, says Craig Sams (more…)
As Rainbow Warrior III sets sail Craig Sams congratulates Greenpeace on being a pain in the bum for evildoers the world over (more…)
I wonder if George Osborne might come to regret the slightly self-satisfied way he told the House of Commons last week “we are not going to save the planet by burdening business with endless social and environmental goals”. (more…)
Ängavallen Farm in southern Sweden, 20km south of Malmö, has been a model for a kinder and more ecological way of farming for nearly 40 years. (more…)
In her foreword to the Soil Association’s new strategy paper The Road to 2020, the organic charity’s new director, Helen Browning, writes: (more…)
Meat Free Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and…) (more…)
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…)
Major airlines and detergent brands runs rings round the ASA while the small guys get hauled up on pedantic points of detail, writes Craig Sams. (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…)
Leading natural beauty brands are taking their products worldwide in search of future growth, writes Amarjit Sahota, president of Organic Monitor. But where are the biggest business opportunities to be found? Slowing growth rates in the UK natural beauty market mean that home grown companies are now looking at new ways to grow their business. […]
Two thoughts came to mind when I was casting around for something to write about this week. (more…)
Nuclear power threatens everything that all living plants and creatures have struggled for since the miracle of life began, writes Craig Sams. (more…)
I’m not sure which consumer behavior experts were being referenced in your May editorial who concluded that “the messier and more confusing a shop looks, the better the value it projects”, but I would beg to differ with them. (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…)
A new 200-page report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers concludes that nutritional supplements were the cause of zero deaths in the US in 2009. That probably explains the lack of bodies, says Jack Challem. (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…)
News in brief
July 3, 2020 Jane Wolfe
New kids’ food start-up Mia & Ben has launched with four organic fruit and vegetable combinations in pouches created using HPP technology.
Naturalife Bridport celebrates 20 years
Hannah Bourne, assistant manager at Naturalife Bridport, reflects on the store’s history as it marks a significant anniversary.
Rainforest Alliance publishes new Certification Program
The Rainforest Alliance has enhanced its sustainability certification, with the publication of a new programme embracing more robust criteria.
Biotiful Dairy makes debut in frozen category
UK kefir brand Biotiful Dairy has added a line of kefir ‘ice creams’ to its growing product portfolio, entering the frozen category for the first time.
Know the drill
June 16, 2020 Dominique Ayling
Discovering everything from ‘naked gum’ to toothpaste tabs, Dominique Ayling cuts her teeth in the natural oral care market.
The art of healthy baking
Rosie Greenaway roots through her store cupboard to learn how the therapeutic benefits of baking can be merged with the nutritional perks of superfoods.
Inflammation: the silent assassin
Chronic inflammation is a factor in myriad chronic health conditions but sometimes symptoms are invisible says Jane Wolfe.
A problem for Brits at the best of times, sleep issues are being exacerbated due to the pandemic, leaving many feeling exhausted, reports Jane Wolfe.
How to become the next influential natural beauty brand
The world doesn’t need another natural beauty brand. It’s a market that is set to be worth up to $54 billion by 2027. It’s saturated like every other industry in the world. What it does need however, is a brand that is passionate, value driven and has clarity around how they want to shake things […]
Leading the discussion around sustainability in retail
The Sustainability in Retail Forum is the new conference designed to help senior executives within leading retailers from across the Nordic region meet the ever-evolving challenges around sustainability. Taking place 13 November 2019, at MalmöMässan, Sweden, the event is co-located with the award-winning trade exhibitions Nordic Organic Food Fair and Eco Life Scandinavia. Facing the […]
Garden of Life®
Your body was created to eat, process, and derive its nutrition from food—real, healthy food. Garden of life® are fanatical about food. The core ethos is that they always start with real foods and these (foods) provide the formulas, the power to be at their best. Completely free of any synthetically created, chemical breakthroughs from […]
Tooth powder as a powerful ally for your dental health
My Oradent tooth powder is neither a drug nor a medicine. Suitable for all consumers and also for vegans and vegetarians. Why in powder form? Studies have shown that tooth powder can be more effective at removing plaque than toothpaste. Plus, My Oradent does not contain fluoride, is non-toxic and is also safe for children. […]