Nestlé’s decision to cut KitKat’s ties with Fairtrade ‘profoundly disappointing’

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Nestlé has announced that its  KitKat brand will source Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa from October 2020, in the process abandoning its 10-year involvement with the Fairtrade label. 

“We don’t want to be activists” – African organic expert’s message to Biofach audience

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“We don’t want to be activists, we want make the scientific, economic and environmental case for organic,” a leading figure in Africa’s organic farming movement says.

Creating a buzz: South Africa’s Absolute Organix goes on an ‘ento-adventure’ with insect range

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South Africa-based natural and organic specialist Absolute Organix has launched a range of premium snack products enriched with mopani (a Southern African caterpillar) powder.
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CNN documentary charts journey of shea butter, from harvest to beauty counter

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A new documentary from CNN Marketplace Africa charts the journey of Ghanaian shea butter, from harvesting by members of a women’s cooperative to arriving on...

From bongs to baby food – how to navigate the South African market by...

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Founder and owner of one of South Africa’s leading natural and organic distributors, and publisher of the country’s top trade magazine for the food and beverage industry, Bruce Cohen is that rare breed, an entrepreneur-  influencer – both deal-maker and commentator. Plugged in to the South African natural products scene in a way few others are, he offers a unique 360 degree view of the market, with all its opportunities and challenges.

The sassy South African retailer riding the wellness wave

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With its smart store vibe and skilfully curated product offer, South African retailer Wellness Warehouse has been quite an impact on the country’s natural and organic channel. 

African tea growers warn UK supermarket about its ‘disempowering’ fair trade model

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The UK's Fairtrade Foundation (part of Fairtrade International) has announced that it will not be involved in the new pilot fair trade scheme being launched by the supermarket Sainsbury's.

African tea growers warn UK supermarket about its 'disempowering' fair trade model

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The UK's Fairtrade Foundation (part of Fairtrade International) has announced that it will not be involved in the new pilot fair trade scheme being launched by the supermarket Sainsbury's.

Switch to African avocados boost incomes of 20,000 organic smallholders in Kenya

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Organic avocados available in Europe used to be sourced almost exclusively from South America, but over the last few years that has begun to change.

Africa must develop standards for herbal medicine, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

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Africa needs to develop standards to assure safety and benefit of its herbal medicines, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius.

Cocoa farmer emphasizes need for industry to work in partnership with growers

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Fairtrade cocoa farmer Fortin Bley from the Ivory Coast addressed delegates at the London Chocolate Forum on 7 October, warning that unless the international cocoa industry does more to involve farmers, it will risk losing a generation of cocoa growers.