Food and Drink

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Whole Foods to scrap ‘millennial-bait’ 365 store concept

Whole Foods Market is to discontinue its smaller footprint ‘365’ store model, according to US media reports. 

Veganz closes stores as multiples jump on plant-based trend

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.

Capitalizing on EU organic grant is trade’s biggest opportunity

“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

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...

EU organic regulation review is at “a dead end”

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

Natural Branding eliminates need for packaging

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.

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

“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.

Industry figures debate the future of natural food

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.

European organic market maintains double-digit growth

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.

India’s north-eastern ‘organic hub’ drives market growth

India’s ‘organic hub’ – a cluster of fertile, proactively organic states in Northeast India – is helping drive strong market growth in the country and setting it on its way to securing 2% of the world organic food market.

Biofach draws record-breaking 50,000

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.

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

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

Wessanen launches ‘Organic Food Against Climate Change’ initiative

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.

OTB sets the bar high for UK organic growth

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.

Roundtable: Rewriting the next decade of food

Eight leading lights from the UK natural food industry gathered at NPG’s Brighton offices in January to engage in some shared thinking about the future for the sector.