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7 sustainable food trends to watch out for in 2019

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This year is expected to be an important one for the sustainable food industry. Specialist consultancy Ecovia Intelligence has compiled this handy summary of seven sustainable food trends we can expect to see coming through in 2019. 

UK overtakes Germany as vegan NPD world leader

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New data from Mintel reveals the UK has overtaken Germany as world leader in vegan food launches. 

Organic Sweden challenges claim that organic accelerates deforestation

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Organic Sweden has challenged claims by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology that organic farming is worse for the climate, arguing that their study relies on “hypothetical reasoning” and fails to account for real-world conditions. 

Detox term ‘misuse’ prompts name change at Pukka

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UK-based organic herbal wellbeing company Pukka Herbs has relaunched its popular Detox tea under a new name – Feel New.

Three Dutch cities chosen for first Weleda City Spa openings

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Three Dutch cities – Rotterdam, The Hague and Oegstgeest – have been chosen as venues for the first three Weleda City Spa openings. 

Unilver adds Vegetarian Butcher to growing plant-based portfolio

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Food and personal care multinational Unilever is acquiring Netherlands-based The Vegetarian Butcher. 

Upcoming ISO guidelines could "legitimize greenwashing"

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The forthcoming global guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics – ISO 16128 – are not fit for purpose according to industry experts, speaking at the recent Natural & Organic Products Europe.

10 top beauty trends to watch out for

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Lorraine Dallmeier and Gemma Ortega Perez gives us the the lowdown on the biggest trends in beauty – from skin yoghurts to ‘athleisure’, skin microbiome to the unicorn trend (yes, really).

Juice bar owner's health claims fine is cut by appeal judge

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The owner of a UK-based juice bar who pleaded guilty in August to breaching the EU Nutrition & health Claims Regulation, this week had the fines imposed on her cut by an appeal judge.

‘Deforestation effect’ means organic is worse for the climate, Swedish researchers claim

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Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required and a resultant increase in deforestation globally. 

Food fight: Meet the Swedish organic retailer waging war on fake food

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Johannes Cullberg is a man on a mission. The Swedish ethical entrepreneur and founder of Stockholm’s iconoclastic organic store Paradiset is waging war on what he calls ‘fake food’ – and the big grocery retailers who sell it.

Need I say More?

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Holland & Barrett CEO Peter Aldis talks here with NPN’s Jim Manson about the retailer’s new flagship More store at Marble Arch and how it plans to become a £1 billion business by 2020

Watch: Natural & Organic Products Europe in 60 seconds

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While NPG's reporters are busy writing up news reports from this week's Natural & Organic Products Europe event in London, our 60-second 'show highlights' video will hopefully give you a flavour of this year's fast-paced and inspirational event.

Embrace organic’s ‘whole systems' approach, IFOAM EU president urges

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IFOAM EU’s Vision 2030 agenda should be a “blueprint for working together” the organization’s president, Christoper Stopes, said today in his opening address at the European Organic Congress in Tallinn, Estonia.

Employee ownership will be ‘force for good’ says Riverford founder

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One of the UK’s biggest organic businesses, Riverford Organic Farmers, this week formally passed into employee ownership in a move that its founder, Guy Singh-Watson, says will create a “force for good".