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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.”

FSA acrylamide campaign is “fiasco” that misses biggest risk

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The food writer and campaigner Joanna Blythman has described the UK's Food Standards Agency’s ‘go for gold’ campaign on acrylamide as a “fiasco” that...

Veganz closes stores as multiples jump on plant-based trend

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Veganz, the German-based vegan supermarket chain, is to close around half of its stores in the face of stiff competition from the grocery multiples, according to several local reports.

Natural Branding eliminates need for packaging

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Working in collaboration with Swedish supermarket chain ICA, Netherlands-based organic produce distributor Nature & More is to mark organic fruit and veg with Natural Branding, a marking method which removes the need for packaging or stickers.

EU organic regulation review is at “a dead end”

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The Review of the EU Organic Regulation has reached a “dead end” says recently appointed director of IFOAM EU, Eduardo Cuoco.

Natural beauty: The shock of the not new

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The beauty industry is in a state of perpetual reinvention, the need for constant innovation and ‘newness’ unquestioned. To some extent that’s true for the natural and organic beauty sector too.

Welcome to the Brexit guessing game

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“If you want to know what happens when a country leaves the European Union, you might as well ask the Inuit.” That was the BBC’s Brian Milligan being simultaneously flippant and factual last month (factual, because Greenland is the only other country ever to have left the EU – or the EEC as it was then).