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UK organic market grows 4.9% as sales nudge £2 billion mark

Organic product sales grew 4.9% to £1.95 billion in 2015 according to figures released today by the Soil Association. The Organic Market Report 2016 shows that sales of organic have continued to outperform the non-organic grocery market, which decreased by 9% over the same period. The report shows that independent retailers (with organic sales up […]

February 23, 2016 Continue Reading

The UK wakes up to organic!

The Organic Trade Board’s (OTB) Wake up to Organic campaign took place on 17 June and was a resounding success, with a host of independent retailers joining in by offering a free organic breakfast at their stores and hosting in-house events where local bloggers, chefs and ambassadors made appearances and spoke with customers. In Bristol, […]

June 17, 2015 Continue Reading
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Soil Association Conference 2014 – Special Report

Michael Wale was at last month’s Soil Association Conference and filed this report for Natural Products   Upbeat Browning highlights drivers of organic recovery Soil Association chief executive Helen Browning opened this year’s Conference in optimistic mood. “It’s a great time to be coming together. The organic market is moving in the right direction,” she told […]

October 20, 2014 Continue Reading
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Food Matters Live to launch in November

A new annual event is being launched this year that aims to tackle the relationship between food, health and nutrition. Food Matters Live is taking place at ExCel from 18-20 November and will bring together members of the food and drink industry – including retailers, food service providers, government – and those working in nutrition […]

October 7, 2014 Continue Reading
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Certifiably organic

Walk into any department store in Europe and you’ll find yourself assaulted on all fronts by a dizzying array of cosmetic counters, a thick fog of chemically enhanced fragrance and over-zealous, commission-paid reps wearing painted-on Cheshire cat grins. It’s enough to make you feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and wound up in […]

July 2, 2014 Continue Reading

Browning: Let’s be known for what we’re for, not what we’re against

Soil Association chief executive Helen Browning this week urged the organic movement to forge innovative partnerships with public bodies and like-minded organisations to create “real-world solutions” in food and health. Speaking at the organic charity’s Annual Conference, Browning said: “NGOs like the Soil Association can too easily be typecast as being against things – we […]

October 10, 2013 Continue Reading

‘Agroecology Alliance’ launched at alternative farming conference

There was passion and realism on display at this year’s Real Farming Conference, the feisty rival to the establishment Oxford Farming Conference. Michael Wale reflects on a tale of two conferences. There were two farming conferences in Oxford during the first week of the year. The Establishment Oxford Farming Conference and the fringe alternative the […]

January 14, 2013 Continue Reading

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