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

Where clean meets conscious

H&B invites Rosie Greenaway to discover the revamped Birmingham Bullring concept store, an Aladdin’s cave of beauty where clean meets conscious.

How influencer marketing can change the face of the industry

Who is the person who has influenced you the most, if you had to answer, hands down, without thinking? No, do not cheat. Answer right now, out loud. 

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

Healthy food trend predictions for 2020

Lydia Baines, digital and communications manager for ingredient business Puratos UK, sets out six food trend predictions for 2020

Nelsons: Heritage with relevance

As we enter 2020 – the year that sees Nelsons celebrate its 160th year – CEO Claire Ferguson talks about authenticity and social responsibility.

Coffee and climate

The climate emergency is here, and for farmers it’s more real than anyone. While many activistsare taking to the streets calling for action ...

75 years of The Vegan Society: a snapshot of vegan health...

On 1 November The Vegan Society celebrates World Vegan Day and its 75th anniversary – what a great opportunity to take stock of vegan health and nutrition.

Plugging into the conversation

If you have an appetite for podcasts and you're immersed in the world of natural beauty, you're bound to have come across Green Beauty Conversations ...

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.

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.

Plant-strong nutrition: how vegan diets can fuel active lifestyles

This month, you might hear a lot of chatter about plant-based athletes due to the release of a documentary called The Game Changers.

How to make a difference: 25 years of Fairtrade

Emily McCoy looks back on 25 years of the Fairtrade Foundaiton and highlights how the famous marque can make a difference.

Packaging waste or food waste?

Dr Heather Daniell, founder of Satisfied Snacks, asks if advances in sustainable packaging can offer plastic-free alternatives which reduce food waste. 

Making coffee accessible to everyone

Speciality coffee was once the preserve of the coffee geeks and hipsters. These days all operators are trying to ensure their coffee is good.

We are all affected by the proposal to ban ‘veggie burger’

When the EU was asked to ban labels such as ‘veggie burger’ many people wondered why such a banal issue was being discussed in the midst of Brexit chaos.

Sustainable food: six tips you can pass on to green consumers

Farming billions of animals every year requires a huge amount of resources, including land, water and crops. Did you know that for every 100 calories fed to animals, we receive back only 12 calories by consuming meat and dairy? Eco-conscious and green consumers are often interested to learn about the inefficiencies of animal farming and the links between our dietary choices and planetary health. So, what can your customers do to help?

The buzz on a growing trend: bee products and their benefits

Bees play a crucial role in our daily lives by pollinating a third of all we eat as well as grasses that cows and other animals eat; without bees our world wouldn’t be nearly as pretty, as they pollinate flowers, plants and trees as well. We can also thank bees for the unique and healthful substances they produce.

Healthy eating and veganism – where do we compromise?

Scrolling through beautifully arranged Instagram meals or flicking through the latest colourful plant-based cookery book, you might think veganism is another food trend or the latest fad diet. In fact, it is a lifestyle choice with animal rights at its core and it encompasses avoiding many other ways in which animals are used, such as in testing (makeup and beauty products), for clothing (leather and wool) or entertainment (zoos and circuses).

Ethical consumers?

We are demanding more from our shops, our purchases and the ways that our day-to-day items are produced. Transparency is the buzzword of the year and brands are responding with new labels, ethical commitments and claims from organic to vegan. But which ones to choose? And who can we trust?

Mintel spots beauty trends at NPE

Calling Natural & Organic Products Europe 'an established innovation hub for health, food, beauty, wellness and sustainable living', Mintel's beauty innovation coverage manager Irina Ene has published the following trends report on Mintel blog: