Organic food gets an unenviable third place in a new EU-wide ranking of foods most at risk of fraud. A draft report from the European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety says that olive oil, fish and organic food make up the top three foods most at risk of fraud – followed […]
Japanese and organic fine foods specialist Clearspring has secured a major listing with Marks & Spencer. The premium brand has had a number of products listed, including: Organic Tofu, Sushi Ginger, Wasabi Powder, Bamboo Sushi Mat, Organic Sweet White Miso, Organic Sushi Rice, Toasted Sushi Nori, Organic Instant Miso Soup with Sea Vegetables and Rice […]
Award-winning organic and fair trade coconut water brand Tiana launched in Holland & Barrett this week. The launch took place at the retailer’s flagship store in London’s Oxford Street and was attended by the Philippines Ambassador to The UK, His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo – Tiana’s certified organic and fair trade coconut products are all […]
Natural, healthy and sustainable food has a major place at the table at this year’s lunch! The contemporary food to go show which takes place at the Business Design Centre on 26-27 September, will features a host of brands familiar to natural products retailers. As ever lunch! offers a great snapshot of the entire food […]
New organic food figures confirm that that the organic market is continuing to recover ground lost during the recession. According to retail analyst Nielsen organic sales in the UK rose by 0.6% over the last year, taking total organic sales in multiple retail channels (figures exclude the independent retail sector and direct sales) to £1.28 […]
The EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR) may end up benefiting the organic sector, the Soil Association has suggested. The organic charity’s trade arm has just announced a comprehensive set of ASA-cleared statements than can be used when selling organic food. The new EU health claims regime severely limits the opportunities for food firms […]
The Soil Association yesterday (19 September) unveiled a comprehensive set of evidence-based statements about the benefits of organic food and farming. The statements are contained in a new report – What You Can Say When You Are Selling Organic Food – from the organic charity and have all been cleared with the Advertising Standards Authority’s […]
Organic skincare brand Pai Skincare is staging a special event to highlight the growing problem of ‘fake’ beauty logos. Pai is holding a ‘know the difference challenge’ at Whole Foods Market’s Piccadilly Circus store where it will challenge shoppers to see if they can tell the difference between an organic beauty product and a synthetic […]
Organic home delivery business Gousto has won backing of around £1 million within days of being sent packing by the Dragon’s Den investors. Gousto, which delivers organic food and ingredients with recipes selected by customers, says its service helps make cooking easy and cuts food waste. When Gousto’s co-founders appeared on BBC 2’s Dragon’s Den […]
Attendees to this month’s lunch! trade show, on 26-27 September, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, will be treated to a wealth of delicious organic food and drink products from some of the food-to-go industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers. Now in its sixth year and featuring 290 exhibiting companies, lunch! is firmly established […]
The theory that pesticide residues in food are killing human gut bacteria and contributing to major 21st Century illnesses is becoming mainstream, says a prominent Australian doctor. Dr Mark Donahue, a Sydney GP with a special interest in environmental medicine, told Sky News: “Scientists have always said that eating organic food is senseless and makes […]
Nearly 300 visitors joined Herbfarmacy founders Paul and Carol Richards last month at a special Open Farm Weekend to celebrate the organic skincare company’s 30th anniversary. As well as enjoying seeing the fields full of flowering herbs – echinacea, mullein and calendula among them – visitors, who included natural beauty ambassador and Radio 2 Presenter Janey […]
Organic baby food specialist Ella’s Kitchen is making a push into the children’s ready-meal arena with the launch of its six-strong My Little Big Meals range. Best-known for its colourful pouch-based products the new Ella’s range is presented in a traditional tray format. Aimed at children 12 month an older, the new range includes a […]
Mainstream organic brands are leading the wider organic category back to sustained growth, reports The Grocer. Citing new market data from Kantar, the food industry weekly shows that organic sales rose overall 4.2% in the 12 weeks to 9 June, representing an acceleration of the growth recorded in the immediate aftermath of the horsegate scandal. […]
Waitrose saw sales of organic food rise 6.6% in the last quarter, reports The Grocer. Speaking at the opening of its new Greenwich branch, Waitrose MD said he attributed the sales upturn to increasing consumer concern over traceability and authenticity. “I think it’s in reaction to GM, Horsegate and the neonicotinoids debate,” he said, adding […]
West Yorkshire-based Little Valley Brewery has seen a surge in sales of its award-winning range of premium quality cask and bottle conditioned organic beers. Little Valley recently expanded its production facilities so that it can go from producing 40,000 pints per month to approximately 108,000 in order to meet current demand and find new business […]
Professional food and drink buyers visiting next month’s Natural Food trade Show will be treated to a record number of new natural, organic, biodynamic, Fairtrade, free-from and special diet products for 2013, says organiser Diversified Communications UK. Returning to London’s Olympia on 7-8 April, over half of this year’s New Product Showcase entries, which currently […]
Yeo Valley is aiming to drive (yes, yes) awareness of an upcoming pack promotion to win one of two Land Rover Freelanders. The Land Rover design was created with over 1000 of its big pots and is displayed in the window of Whole Foods Market’s Kensington High Street store. Live until the end of May, the […]
Criticism is building within the organic industry about an online survey set up by the European Commission to test the views of consumers, businesses and interest groups on organic food and farming issues. The Commission says the multiple-choice survey forms an important part of the current review of the EU Organic Regulation. But some organic […]
Pai is aiming to revolutionise the anti-ageing market with a new organic oil backed with a unique marketing campaign designed to boost women’s confidence. Founder Sarah Brown says that its research proves women are tired of traditional anti-ageing marketing messages and “actively resent” the idea of eternal youth many brands promote. Pai’s study included quantitative […]
Juiceburst rebrands, reformulates, extends range
January 16, 2018 Jane Wolfe
Soft drinks brand Juiceburst has reformulated and rebranded across its entire portfolio, as well as creating two new additions to its core range.
OTB receives £1.73m in funding
The Organic Trade Board (OTB) is to receive a loan from Triodos Bank, Europe’s leading sustainable bank, to help grow organic sales in the UK in 2018 and beyond.
Forest Whole Foods named Best New Business
Online organic retailer Forest Whole Foods has been awarded Best New Business in the New Forest Business Partnership’s Brilliance in Business Awards.
Gove charms audience at the Oxford Real Farming Conference
Michael Gove became the first Defra minister to address the rebel Real Farming Conference in Oxford, usually a prerogative of the established Oxford Farming Conference.
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…)
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 […]
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 […]