The recent partnership between the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) and the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) will be further strengthened with an exclusive at Natural & Organic Products Europe (NPE), when the two organizations will launch a new retailer initiative called Shop Talk.
In preparation for the compilation of its 2018 Organic Market Report, the Soil Association is asking for input from independent retailers.
Health food retailers saw average customer spend and footfall rise in 2016 but fears over rates and rents and the impact of Brexit have dampened business optimism for some, the latest NPN survey of natural products retailers shows.
In a move that demonstrates its strong support for independent health stores, supplements brand Nature’s Own is no longer selling its products direct to consumers.
An EU grant worth €10.4m has been secured by the Organic Trade Board in partnership with Organic Denmark, to support a campaign to promote organic food.
Independent retailers are underusing the Internet in their business with wholesalers and suppliers, a new survey has found.
The 2016 Wake Up To Organic campaign got a great response from independent retailers, with over 70 stores across the country taking part – 20 more than last year.
Planet Organic and Riverford are both ‘new entries’ this year in the Grocer magazine’s annual Top 50 Independents rankings. The Grocer’s top 50 indies rankings are based on turnover and require businesses to be at least 50% owned by management or family. Riverford Organic appears at number 24, with sales of £47.2m and pre-tax profits […]
This year’s Organic September was a great success but there’s always room for more independent stores to get stuck in. So what’s in it for retailers and why should they bother getting involved? “They’d be mad not to,” says Katy Mansell-Carter, marketing manager, The Better Food Company, who talked to NPN about her experience of […]
A range of cost-effective opening packages for independent retailers wanting to grow their natural beauty offers has been introduced by Botanical Brands. The brands on offer are Natural Being – a nine-strong manuka honey face and bodycare range from New Zealand; Lippy Girl vegan lipstick from Canada, made from organic and wildcrafted natural oils and […]
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, […]
In 2014 growth among independent retailers significantly outpaced that of the supermarkets, according to the recently published Soil Association Organic Market Report 2015. The report reveals that sales outside multiples rose by 8.7% to £558.6 million, exceeding £10 million a week for the first time and representing 30% of the organic market. A recent Soil […]
Independents’ Day, the national campaign promoting and celebrating UK independent businesses, is taking place on 4 July this year. Organized by People 1st, the day is designed to give a voice to and raise awareness of independent retailers in their local communities. The campaign, now in its fourth year, also aims to spread the word […]
CHC policy director and public affairs commentator Chris Whitehouse recently predicted in Natural Products that ‘becoming more than a shop’ could be the independent health food retailer’s biggest single opportunity. By making a stand for health choice and acting as local health information hubs, stores become community assets valued by cash-strapped councils and health authorities […]
The National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) is teaming up with acclaimed business coach John Silvestro in an exciting retailer initiative at this year’s Natural & Organic Products Europe. Retailers can simply drop in to the NAHS retailer networking zone at Olympia (stand 5031) and meet John to receive a free 10 minutes “key points” […]
This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, taking place from 24 February to 9 March, coincides with the Fairtrade Foundation’s 20th anniversary in the UK and will see the launch of a new stage of its Make Food Fair campaign to transform the banana industry and ‘Abolish the Unfair Banana’. The campaign aims to ensure that the millions […]
Mary Portas — aka Mary Queen of Shops — is actively recruiting independent retailers who would like to be featured in her new series of Channel 4. (more…)
TED-style talks on stage at NPE
February 15, 2018 Rosie Greenaway
The Natural Products Talks Theatre programme at this year’s NPE will feature a mix of fast-paced TED-style talks, dynamic panel discussions and live interviews.
Living Nature Skin Steps land on UK shelves
Living Nature, a certified natural skincare and cosmetics range from New Zealand, has now made its new-look Skin Steps box sets available to the UK market.
Carun Active Hemp conquers the den
Hemp product producer Carun UK secured an investment of £50,000 from Jenny Campbell in a recent edition of BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den.
News in brief
Sweet-toothed customers across London can now purchase chocolate from Love Cocoa on the Deliveroo app, including individual bars and collection boxes. The chocolate gifts can be delivered to customers in around 20 minutes.
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 […]