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France cuts subsidy for organic farmers

France cuts subsidy for organic farmers
Wed, 01/11/17 - 20:44
By Warren Beaumont


French president Emmanuel Macron's ambitions to shake up the food sector and ensure producers are price setters rather than price takers, addressing the imbalance of power in the food sector that would return more money to farmers, are at odds with French government plans
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Major leadership changes for IFOAM – Organics International

Major leadership changes for IFOAM – Organics International
Wed, 01/11/17 - 20:00
By Warren Beaumont


The senior leadership of IFOAM – Organics International is about to change in the next half-year from November when The General Assembly of IFOAM – Organics International will elect a new world board and a new president on 12-13 November 2017, in New Delhi, fo
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Unilever launches organic tea, acquires Brazil's Mae Terra

Unilever launches organic tea, acquires Brazil's Mae Terra
Wed, 01/11/17
By Warren Beaumont


Lipton works with Rainforest Alliance to ensure tea is sourced sustainablyFollowing its acquisition of the world's fastest-growing organic tea brand in UK organic herbal tea company Pukka Herbs Ltd in September, the US division of UK-Dutch food conglomerate Unilever said
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Kellogg, Nestle snap up US snack bar, vegan foods

Kellogg, Nestle snap up US snack bar, vegan foods
Wed, 01/11/17
By Warren Beaumont


RXBAR protein bars.Big food makers are betting on healthier and environmentally-conscious foods and tapping into new brands to make up for falling sales of sugary, processed products. Kellogg is buying protein-bar Maker RXBAR for $600 Million, while Nestle is expanding it
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Loblaw cuts 500 jobs as big grocers go digital

Loblaw cuts 500 jobs as big grocers go digital
Wed, 18/10/17 - 10:00
By Warren Beaumont


Loblaw's MarketCanada's largest grocery chain Loblaw Companies Ltd is cutting about 500 jobs across the company, and plans to reinvest the savings into digital and e-commerce services, the company said on October 16 as Loblaw, competitor Metro and US chain Ahold step up t
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Whole Foods shelves and promotion move to supermarket model

Whole Foods shelves and promotion move to supermarket model
Mon, 25/09/17 - 10:00
By Warren Beaumont


Under changes planned for April 2018, leading North American natural and organic grocer Whole Foods Market will change the way companies can sell and promote their products in its stores and do away with allowing representatives of lesser-known products into the stores to
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Natexpo 2017 reflects healthy French market

Natexpo 2017 reflects healthy French market
Fri, 01/09/17 - 19:35
By Warren Beaumont


Industry confidence in the French organic and natural products market is highly positive approaching the 2017 edition of Natexpo, the French bi-annual international trade show for organic products, helped by a record-breaking 800 plus exhibitors taking space (580 in 2015)
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 Organic retail boom in France

Organic retail boom in France
Fri, 01/09/17 - 19:30
By Warren Beaumont


Organic consumption in France has shown robust growth over the last decade with sales by specialist bio stores, hypermarkets and supermarkets, and the food service showing exceptional double-digit growth since 2014. The French market is outperforming Europe's number one o
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French Specialist Bio stores outpace larger chains

French Specialist Bio stores outpace larger chains
Fri, 01/09/17 - 19:25
By Warren Beaumont


French specialist Bio stores had a higher (20 percent-plus) sales growth and market share in organic grocery and fruits and vegetables compared to the hypermarket/supermarket channel in 2016, a trend that has continued since 2011. Outside the large retail groups Carrefou
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Copenhagen and Malmo supermarkets are naturally organic

Copenhagen and Malmo supermarkets are naturally organic
Fri, 01/09/17 - 15:00
By Warren Beaumont


Copenhagen challenges bigger cities such as London for the breadth of its organic and whole food offer. Shoppers can find organics in produce, packaged groceries, food to go or eat in across many different retail outlets such as whole food bakeries, raw and vegan bars, na
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Suppliers to face challenges with Amazon's Whole Foods buy     

Suppliers to face challenges with Amazon's Whole Foods buy  
Tue, 15/08/17 - 09:15
By Warren Beaumont


Following the news that Amazon and Whole Foods Market had entered into a definitive merger agreement in June under which Amazon will acquire WFM for around US$13.7 billion, negatives and positives surrounding the deal were raised, including a potential anti-trust hearing,
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Brazil equivalency agreements an issue despite strong future for organics

Brazil equivalency agreements an issue despite strong future for organics
Mon, 05/06/17 - 08:25
By Warren Beaumont


Major Brazilian supermarket chain, Pao de Acucar Brazil has no signed regulatory equivalence agreement in International trade and is only willing to accept equivalency agreements if other countries provide audits, a participatory guarantee system, and social control, sai
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Specialist retailers led retail visitors at BioFach 2013

Specialist retailers led retail visitors at BioFach 2013
Thu, 18/04/13 - 03:18
By Warren Beaumont


This year’s BioFach, world leading organic trade fair held in Nuremberg, Germany 13-16 February, was considered by most international visitors a success. While talk around the show was that the exhibition area was much smaller and trade visitor numbers were down,
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