In the largest ever field study investigating the impact of neonicotinoids on bees, researchers found that exposure resulted in a 24% decline in numbers.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that plant-based foods using soya and tofu cannot use dairy-style terms such as ‘milk’, ‘butter’ and ‘cheese’.
Germany’s minister for food and farming, Christian Schmidt, says that EU law-makers must “acknowledge the special holistic aspects of organic production” as they continue to formulate a revised EU Organic Regulation.
The German footwear company Birkenstock – famous for its iconic cork sandals – used this week’s Vivaness exhibition to preview a comprehensive new range of natural cosmetic products. The trade launch of the Birkenstock Natural Care range, which marks a major departure for the company, caught the natural beauty world by surprise. “The reaction from many people […]
The organic market in Europe continues to maintain double digit growth according to data from Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Agricultural Market Information Company (AMI) that was released at last week’s Biofach exhibition.
German nutrition company Shrewd Foods has introduced its range of freeze-dried Shameless Smoothies to the UK market.
Veganz, the German-based vegan supermarket chain, is to close around half of its stores in the face of stiff competition from the grocery multiples, according to several local reports.
New healthy drinks brand Flõ Drinks has launched Essence Water, a range of pure natural mineral waters infused with a hint of natural flavour.
After microbeads made headlines after ministers in the UK backed a ban on their use in personal care products due to their environmental impact, German-based formulation provider Worlée has announced an environmentally-friendly solution. Worlée Soft Beads have a special composition that enables them to retain a solid particle form in water-based formulations and emulsions allowing […]
New research has revealed that in the last year, 99% of paediatric doctors have prescribed or recommended complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for a child.
A survey carried out in eight supermarkets across Germany has found that organically-minded consumers prefer locally produced food to organic food that originates from another country. The study, by Corinna Hempel and Ulrich Hamm, looked at German consumers’ attitudes towards organic food and local food and their purchase behaviour with regard to four different products. […]
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN) has found that consuming cocoa flavanols lowers blood pressure and increases blood vessel function in healthy individuals. The research, by scientists from Germany and the UK provides novel data to indicate that the intake of cocoa flavanols reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). […]
Germany has initiated a move to ban the cultivation of GM crops using an opt-out contained in a new EU Directive. Under new rules on GM, individual states can unilaterally ban GM crops even in the case of those officially approved by the EU. In a statement, the German agriculture minister, Christian Schmidt, stressed that Germany […]
Pravera has signed an agreement to distribute German herbal hair colour brand Khadi in the UK and Ireland. The range, which consists of nine products – eight herbal hair colours and an intensive conditioner – is vegan, BDIH-certified and free from peroxide, ammonia, preservatives, and synthetic or artificial colours and dyes. Khadi’s colouring agents coat […]
The Seed Fund ‘lays down strong roots’
February 20, 2018 Rosie Greenaway
Running until 30 April, The Seed Fund 2018 is now open for entry, continuing the philanthropic organization’s mission to help food and drink start-ups turn ‘big ideas into big businesses’ and ‘lay down strong roots’ for the future.
VegfestUK returns to Brighton for its first show of the year
VegfestUK is returning to Brighton from 24-25 March for the first of its 2018 events.
Planet Organic introduces online Vegan Shop
In response to the burgeoning interest in plant-based living, Planet Organic has launched Vegan Shop – a specialist area of its e-commerce site that is designed to make it easier for customers to shop its vegan ranges.
New health store creates a buzz in Bishop Auckland
Honey Bee A&C, a new health and nutrition shop, has been opened in Bishop Auckland by locals Caroline Walker and Ashley White.
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…)
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 […]
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 […]