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Record-breaking year for organic as global market tops USD 80bn

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The organic food and farming sector had another record-breaking year, with global sales topping USD 80 billion and organically farmed land reaching 50.9 million acres.

Brexit has dented confidence, says UK food and drink body

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Confidence among UK food and drink manufacturers has declined, driven by increased input costs, squeezed profit margins and uncertainty over Brexit terms, according to the latest survey from Britain's Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Should we be trying to “democratize” organic? Discuss

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A plea to make organic standards tighter, a pledge to “democratize” organic and an attempt to understand why the Danes are so good at organic. These were some of the tasty ingredients in a lively panel discussion staged at this week’s OTB #GrowOrganic17 event

How to succeed in organic retail – “go massive”

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“If you are a supermarket in Denmark you need to be organic – it’s 10% of the food and drink market after all.”

OTB sets the bar high for UK organic growth

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At a special ‘#GrowOrganic17’ event in London yesterday, senior OTB figures told a packed room that the UK organic sector was in its best state of health for years.

Industry figures debate the future of natural food

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Leading figures from across the natural food industry – including retailers, brand-owners, chefs and food writers – gathered in Brighton this week to debate the future of the natural food sector.

Wessanen launches ‘Organic Food Against Climate Change’ initiative

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Leading European healthy food business Wessanen has launched a new initiative aimed at helping small food entrepreneurs to play an active role in tackling climate change.

Eco cleaning brand Sonett recognised in European Business Awards

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Leading German-based eco cleaning brand Sonett has made it through to the final stages of the prestigious European Business Awards.

Organic sales top £2 billion as UK market achieves fifth year of growth

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The UK organic market grew 7.1% in 2016 to be worth £2.09 billion, according to latest figures from the Soil Association.

Biofach draws record-breaking 50,000

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This year’s Biofach and Vivaness events (Nuremberg, 15-18 February 2017) drew a record-breaking attendance of over 50,000 visitors, reports the organiser NürnbergMesse.

European organic market maintains double-digit growth

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The organic market in Europe continues to maintain double digit growth, according to data from Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Agricultural Market Information Company (AMI) that was released at last week’s Biofach exhibition.

Birkenstock surprises beauty world with natural cosmetics range launch

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The German footwear company Birkenstock – famous for its iconic cork sandals – used this week’s Biofach exhibition in Nuremberg to preview a comprehensive range of natural cosmetic products.

“Engaging authentically with customers – that’s our big opportunity”

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“Engaging authentically with our customers – that’s our big opportunity as independent retailers.” So says Food For Thought owner Alan Martin in a new video interview for Natural Products News.

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

Capitalizing on EU organic grant is trade’s biggest opportunity

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“Capitalizing on the Organic Trade Board’s recently secured EU grant, and working closely with them to get a thread of unification across the whole sector. I think that’s a really important thing for us as industry over the next few years.”