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. 

Natexpo reports busy first day at Lyon ‘organic restart’ event

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The 2020 edition of Natexpo, the leading French organic trade show event, got underway in Lyon yesterday. 

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...

Irish health stores launch crowdfunded national TV and radio campaign

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Health Stores Ireland is running a national TV and radio advertising campaign with the core message ‘health food stores are at the heart of your community’.

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.

Beauty in bulk: Qualivrac’s liquid dispenser system takes silver

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French bulk liquid dispenser specialist Qualivrac has taken sliver prize in the Services and Equipment category at this year’s Natexpo Awards.

Inside Story: Independent food retail during Covid

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In lockdown small, independent food stores no longer seemed like ‘nice little examples of how different food shopping could be’, but a vital community asset of which there simply wasn’t enough to go around, writes Danni Rochman.

Planet Organic shutters two ANI stores as part of integration strategy

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Following its buyout of the organic and natural food chain As Nature Intended (ANI) in March 2020, Planet Organic has announced the closure of two out of the seven ANI London-based stores.

Instore farming: Swegreen and ICA partner on ‘hyperlocal’ veg scheme

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Stockholm-based ‘urban farming’ start-up Swegreen has signed an agreement with Swedish supermarket chain ICA Focus to grow and harvest vegetables at its Gothenburg store. 

Biofach announces 2021 theme, reports strong early industry support

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‘Shaping Transformation. Stronger. Together.’ will be the theme of the 2021 Biofach Congress, which will run alongside next year’s edition of the world’s biggest organic trade event (17-20 February, Nuremberg, Germany).

‘Ghost restaurants’ likely to be continuing legacy of Covid pandemic

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New research from Mintel predicts that the ‘off-premises’ food service model will continue to play an important role in the future. 

Accessibility is key to our zero-waste ethic, Preserve Foods founder says as third store...

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Bristol,UK-based zero waste retailer Preserve Foods has opened a third store in the city (this time in Westbury-on-Trym), its founder Tiriel Lovejoy tells Jane Wolfe.

Why mask-wearing could be making people shop more healthily

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As mask-wearing becomes an increasingly ‘normalised’ feature of shopping trips, is the act of wearing a face covering having an effect on our purchasing decisions? 

INTERSPAR sets the pace in Austria for organic refill options

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INTERSPAR is the first major food retailer in Austria to offer filling stations for unpackaged and loose organic food products, such as cereals, nuts, and pulses as well as pasta, rice, and dried fruit. A large selection of these products is part of the SPAR Natur*pur range, the largest organic brand in Austria. Products sourced from local suppliers complement the range.

Holland & Barrett’s new format Chelmsford store combines latest retail ideas – and a...

Ahead of reopening to the public today, Holland & Barrett (H&B) CEO Tony Buffin took Rosie Greenaway on a whistle-stop virtual tour of the retailer’s newly-refurbished Chelmsford store.