Emily McCoy looks back on 25 years of the Fairtrade Foundaiton and highlights how the famous marque can make a difference.
New independent skincare brand NESSA has launched with a mission ‘to change the face of pregnancy and post-partum recovery skincare’.
With small chocolate producers choosing to trade directly, Jane Wolfe takes a look at the rise in artisan bean to bar chocolatiers who are putting cocoa farmers’ welfare before profit
Chocolatier James Hull talks to Jane Wolfe about how the award-winning Hassocks-based brand J.Cocoa grew out of his passion for the bean and desire to give cocoa farmers their fair dues Can you tell me a bit about J.Cocoa and why you chose to produce bean to bar chocolate? From simple curiosity to hobby to […]
Madagascan bean-to-bar chocolate company MIA has introduced a premium gift bookcase containing five flavours of its single origin chocolate.
Divine Chocolate is for the first time adding an organic range to its Fairtrade chocolate selection.
On 24-25 November, Whole Earth hosted the first-ever peanut butter fondue bar in Shoreditch, London, giving the public the opportunity to experiment with different dipping combinations. Healthy chocolate brand Cocoa+ has launched into 268 Holland & Barrett stores with its High Protein Chocolate Advent Calendar. Chocolate brand Raw Halo has returned to Crowdcube for the second time to raise investment […]
Superfood chocolate brand Doisy & Dam has become the 128th UK company to obtain B Corporation certification.
The Co-op and the Compass Group UK & Ireland have committed £100,000 in funding for an new programme to improve women’s opportunities in cocoa communities.
Meridian Foods has expanded its nut butter offer with two new cocoa variants: Cocoa & Peanut and Cocoa & Hazelnut.
Natural products wholesaler Essential Trading has warned the Fairtrade Foundation that its decision to allow Cadbury to use the Fairtrade name, despite leaving the scheme, may signal an end to its relevance as an ethical certifier.
Fairtrade cocoa farmer Fortin Bley warns that unless the international cocoa industry does more to involve farmers, it risks losing a generation of growers.
Fairtrade International has released its annual report, which reveals that 2015 saw growth in sales of coffee (18%), bananas (12%) and cocoa (27%).
Described as the UK’s first luxury protein chocolate bar, newly launched Cocoa+ aims to provide consumers with an alternative healthy source of protein. Low in sugar and fat and with a higher protein content than regular high quality chocolate bars on the market, the bars contain 19g of pure whey isolate containing negligible amounts of […]
According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, cocoa flavanol consumption improves cognitive function, blood pressure control and metabolic profile in elderly subjects. The Cocoa, Cognition, and Aging (CoCoA) Study — a randomized controlled trial —aimed to evaluate the effect of flavanol consumption on cognitive performance in cognitively intact elderly subjects. […]
Government urged to force reformulation of pre-mixed alcoholic drinks
January 21, 2020 Jane Wolfe
Following a new product survey highlighting the high sugar content of RTD spirits, Action on Sugar is calling on Government to make producers reformulate.
Meat-free food sales up 40%, says Mintel
Sales of meat-free foods rose by 40% between 2014-2019, according to Mintel. The research firm reports 23% of all new UK food products in 2019 were vegan.
Tribunal judge rules ethical veganism is ‘philosophical belief’
In a landmark legal case, a tribunal judge has ruled that ethical veganism qualifies as a ‘philosophical belief and must be afforded special protections.
Pukka’s Herb Hub pops up in Covent Garden
PUKKA Herbs pop-up café the Herb Hub is coming to the end of its stay in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden in London.
Say yes to sustainable sex
December 19, 2019 Sharna Waid
With consumers thinking more about their impact on the environment, it’s no surprise that the environmental impact of their sex lives is also coming into question. With a range of sustainable sex products cropping up on bedside tables, Sharna Waid investigates which brands are championing the alternatives and whether it’s an area worth investing in […]
The breakfast club
We’re all familiar with the old adage ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’, but truth be told we are more likely to do the exact opposite. Jane Wolfe finds out how retailers can offer consumers easy, convenient and healthy ways to start the morning (more…)
New Year, new stress
Is the pressure we put upon ourselves to change during January causing us problems? Alice Wright considers whether unrealistic New Year’s resolutions could be doing more harm than good, and discusses some gentler, alternative options to ease customers stress-free into 2020 (more…)
Pick of the products 2019
One thing’s for sure when reflecting on this year’s products: our industry never fails to deliver on innovation. With the word ‘sustainability’ on everyone’s lips, our sector was pioneering its ‘better for you and the planet’ products long before the phrase hit the mainstream. As the world plays catch-up, here’s a review of the trendsetting […]
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. […]
Setting Industry standards for Golden quality CBD Products
Over the past few years Hemp and its CBD-rich extracts have made a stunning entrance to the nutraceutical business. More and more people are now commenting on the wonderful health benefits of supplementing their diet with natural phytocannabinoids and new CBD oil brands pop-up regularly as a result.
AQUA Carpatica, the only naturally nitrate-free & lowest sodium water
AQUA Carpatica, a premium quality natural mineral water, dedicated to the most demanding health conscious people, babies and expectant mothers, organic food lovers and active lifestylers. AQUA Carpatica is nature’s most perfect mineral water, naturally Nitrate-free and the lowest Sodium level of any bottled natural mineral water on earth; the first of its kind in […]
The Health Store Open Day is back!
The Health Store’s ever popular Open Day makes a welcome return on Sunday 8th September. Paul Rideout, Sales & Marketing Manager at the Health Store, explains “The Open Day is back by popular demand! This will be our 8th Open Day since we launched the event back in 2009 and it is more popular than […]