Organic Food


EU auditors to scrutinise organic food supply chain

By Will Chu

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is to carry out an audit of organic food in the EU in response to growing retail sales within the sector that leaves the industry open to fraudulent organic claims.

Fruit and vegetables are now the largest organic category in Denmark - but consumers continue to diversify

Danes set ‘record’ for organic consumption

By Katy Askew

The organic sector accounts for almost 10% of Danish food sales and, with opportunity fuelling innovation, Denmark’s organic food makers believe they are uniquely poised for global success.

Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin want Russia to become a major organic food producer

Russia to strengthen foothold in organic meat market

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia could take its share of the global organic market, including meat, from 10% to 25%, according to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, following adoption of an organic farming bill.

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Youth support for organics swells

By Katy Askew

Austrian teenagers and young adults are “especially interested” in the origin of the food they consume and want organic production methods to be further adopted in the country, a new survey reveals.

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‘High’ retailer margins blamed for organic prices

By Katy Askew

Retailers who make “high margins” on organic products have been accused of pushing up the price of bio produce and contributing to shortages in France by consumer association UFC Que Choisir.

Contactless and cashless payment will continue to grow in popularity in 2017

Food trend predictions for 2017

By Oscar Rousseau

Clean and ethical labels alongside intelligent packaging and the demand for organic produce are some of the key trends likely to dominate the food industry this year.

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Why is Finland failing to meet its 20% organic target?

By Niamh Michail

In 2013, the Finnish government set itself the target of converting one fifth of its arable cultivated land to organic, but it is lagging behind where other EU countries are making strides. Why is this and what needs to be done?

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Spotlight on Poland's organic food market

By Niamh Michail

What are the key drivers in the Polish organic market and which categories are the most popular? University of Lodz researchers have identified key motives and barriers.

This is the most comprehensive organic trading deal struck by the EU

EU-Chile deal signals new style of organic food trade

By Liz Newmark, in Brussels; Charles Newbery, in Buenos Aires; Keith Nuthall

The EU has chiselled a template for international organic food trade with its agreement with Chile - a deal that could boost bilateral meat sales. 

Mexico wants to boost consumption of organic meat to reduce costs in the health sector

Mexico to create organic meat producer register

By Elizabeth Machuca, in Mexico City

The Mexican government is to create a formal register of organic food producers, including meat and livestock businesses, and is currently carrying out a nationwide survey to build its list.

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Mexico’s nascent organic meat sector could be lifted by EU deal

By Keith Nuthall and Elizabeth Machuca, in Mexico City

The EU and Mexico have launched talks to deepen their trading relationship by negotiating a bilateral trade agreement on organic products. Such a deal could give a much needed shot-in-the-arm for the Mexican organic meat segment.

New distributor plans organic assault

New distributor plans organic assault

By Eliot Beer

New UAE distributor Organic Larder wants to bring organic foods off the speciality shelves and into the mainstream, but its founder says Middle East consumers are slow to change.

The Russian government is encouraging organic food production partly because of the food import ban, said Organic Monitor director, Amarjit Sahota. © iStock

Can Russia's organic industry match Putin's ambitions?

By Niamh Michail

Russian president Vladimir Putin wants Russia to become the worlds biggest supplier of eco-friendly food - but the country still has a long way in terms of organic certification and production, say experts.

Quiz: How much do you know about Europe's organic industry?

Quiz: How much do you know about Europe's organic industry?

By Niamh Michail

What's the fastest growing organic category in Italy? How many Danes think organic food is healthier? Is Europe producing enough organic food to meet its needs? And why exactly are some companies 'greenblushing' about their organic credentials?Ahead...

“We’re finding for retail, the things that are happening more and the things we’re getting asked for are the free-from range – is it dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, is it suitable for vegans?

Free-from in demand in UAE, says Lootah GM

By Eliot Beer

Free-from and organic products are in increasing demand from UAE retailers, in a significant shift over the last two years, according to Lootah Premium Foods’ general manager.

Chinese market open for UK organic dairy imports

Chinese market open for UK organic dairy imports

By Lynda Searby

A British organic dairy cooperative has broken into the one of the world’s most lucrative markets after being awarded the UK’s first licence through the Soil Association to export organic products to China.


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