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Ulrick & Short claims ‘big jump forward’ for vegan bakery

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Ulrick & Short has launched a new ingredient which, it says, “significantly closes the gap between non-vegan bakery goods that consumers love" and vegan alternatives. 

7,965 organic professionals mobilise for Natexpo’s Lyon show

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7,965 organic professionals gathered in Lyon this week for the 2020 edition of Natexpo, France’s leading trade show for the sector. 

Fresh funding round keeps Sweden’s ambitious organic targets on track

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Three leading organic groups – Organic Sweden, Ekologiska Lantbrukarna and KRAV – have welcome continued investments in Sweden’s organic food and farming sectors.

Surging demand sets up US natural and organic market for 9.5% growth in 2020

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The US natural and organic products market is on course to deliver 9.5% growth in 2020 making the industry worth $252 billion, thanks to surging...

Back to Better: January opening for HISBE’s Covid-delayed second store

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Brighton (UK)-based ‘rebel supermarket’ HISBE says it will now open its second store early next year.

Is organic more local than local?

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A new report by internationally renowned ecological thinker Gunnar Rundgren helps answer a very timely question – ‘is organic more local than local?’ Johan Cejie has been looking at the findings.

Branching out: Pop-up shop in a tree spreads Organic September message

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To celebrate this year’s Organic September  promotion, the Organic Trade Board created the UK’s first pop-up shop in a tree near an urban London farm.

What we learnt in lockdown: Article collection documents how Bristol’s local food scene responded...

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The Community Farm, a cornerstone of the UK city Bristol’s local food and farming scene, has curated Lessons From Lockdown, a collection of 15 articles that describe how the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic affected people involved with food, wildlife, local economies and social outreach in the local area

UK organic exports face ‘outright ban’ if equivalence is not agreed in Brexit deal

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More than 30 organisations representing the UK organic food and drink sector have written to  Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost, and the Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, to express "deep concern" about the future of trade and certification of organic products between the UK and the EU.

Test for gene-edited GM crop is milestone for consumer protection, NGOs declare

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The first open source detection test for a gene-edited crop represents a “milestone” for EU consumer and business protection, says a consortium of NGOs, led by Greenpeace EU

Oatly faces boycotts after ‘Trump-linked’ Blackstone takes stake in $2bn business

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Leading plant-based milk brand Oatly is facing boycotts from previously loyal customers after it sold a 10% stake in the business to a consortium led by Blackstone, a US private equity firm with links to Donald Trump and alleged involvement in deforestation in the Amazon. 

Petition launched to ‘get reusables back on the menu’

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Plastic pollution campaign group City to Sea has launched a 38 Degrees petition “to get reusables back on the menu”. 

Why Covid-19 is driving up vegan food sales

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Personal health issues, having more time, and associating livestock farming with pandemics are among key factors driving up vegan food sales during the Covid crisis. 

Elevating organic: Report positions organic as ‘time-tested’ tool for stemming climate impacts

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A major new report from the Organic Trade Association highlights organic agriculture’s multiple climate change mitigation benefits and ways it can be harnessed to stem, and even reverse, climate impacts. 

Plant-based powerhouse: Kale United takes Spain’s Heura Foods to Scandinavia

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Stockholm-based plant-based distribution company Kale United is partnering with fast-growing Spanish start-up Heura Foods to take its products to Scandinavia.