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Meeting ‘challenging’ 25%-organic-by-2030 goal will require collective will, EU officials say

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Achieving the ambitious 25%-organic-by-2030 goal called by the European Union’s Farm to Fork strategy will require a concerted EU-wide effort, and the collective will of all Member States, senior officials agreed yesterday.

Australia’s Murray River Organics secures AUD2.3m deal with Woolworths

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Leading Australian organic ingredients specialist and brand owner Murray River Organics (MRG) has secured a AUD2.3 million with national retailer Woolworths.

Beyond Meat partners with tech giant Alibaba fast track China market entry

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US plant-based protein maker Beyond Meat has unveiled a new partnership with Chinese tech giant Alibaba, which will see Beyond Burgers hitting supermarket shelves in mainland China for the first time.

Say hello to IFOAM Organics Europe – organic group rebrands, re-elects Jan Plagge as...

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Europe’s lead organic advocacy group IFOAM EU has rebranded to become IFOAM Organics Europe, with a new website and logo.

China topped list of organic exporters to the EU in 2019

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China was the biggest exporter of organic agri-food products to the EU during 2019, followed by Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Ukraine and Turkey according to new analysis released by the European Commission.

How to be a joined-up vegan (with some help from HappyCow)

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Global vegan restaurant recommendation and review website HappyCow has come up with a smart new way for vegans and veg-types to connect with each other during the era of social distancing and activism. 

We won’t sell it: Waitrose ups the ante in fight against lower-welfare US food...

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The newly installed boss at UK supermarket Waitrose has added to a chorus of calls from farmers, consumer groups and food campaigners urging the British Government not to accept lower food safety and welfare standards as the price of striking a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. 

European Organic Congress brings industry and policy-makers together at pivotal moment

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The European Organic Congress, which takes place on 1-3 July 2020 as a digital event this year, will bring together farmers, industry experts and...

Demand for organic reaches three year high, Soil Association reveals

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UK sales of organic food and drink are running at a three-year high, the Soil Association revealed today. 

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. 

Reusable containers safe during Covid-19 pandemic, 100-strong group of scientists insist

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More than 100 scientists from around the world this week signed a statement to reassure the public that reusable containers are safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

USA and Taiwan sign organic equivalency deal

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The United States and Taiwan have signed a new organic equivalence arrangement allowing organic products certified in the United States or Taiwan to be sold as organic in either market.

EU consumers want to eat more sustainably but face hurdles – and price is...

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Most EU consumers are open to eating more sustainably but face hurdles as they try to make better choices, a major new Europe-wide survey has concluded.

Lights, action! – KRAV ‘shorts’ help retailers tell the story behind organic

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With the help of inspirational films, store staff should be able to more easily answer their customers' questions about Sweden’s organic label KRAV – and therefore be better able to tell the story behind organic. 

High trust in organic during Covid helped produce sales soar by 50%

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High levels of trust in organic during the Covid-19 crisis helped produce sales soar by 50%, and follows a “banner year’ for organic 2019, says US trade body the Organic Trade Association.