Organic Food

The UK organic market posted negative growth for 2011, despite soaring sales in Europe and worldwide

Organic food market needs government backing

By Dan Colombini

Government support for the organic food market in Britain is vital, according to the Soil Association, after the latest figures showed that a slump in the UK market had bucked the trend of soaring sales across Europe.

Organic food firm What on Earth's decision to trade with independent retailers has resulted in a strong 2011 performance

Supermarkets blamed for organic market slump

By Dan Colombini

The decision by UK supermarkets to cut shelf-space for less profitable products has hit sales in the organic food market, according to industry representatives.

Daniels could now expand overseas

Daniels Group takeover will spark product swap

By Rod Addy

Hain Celestial’s acquisition of Daniels Group for £144M would allow it to introduce US brands to the UK market and give Daniels the scale to expand in Europe and across the Atlantic.

UK producers say they stand alone as DEFRA rules out cash for organics

UK producers say they stand alone as DEFRA rules out cash for organics

By Ben Bouckley

DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has ruled out financial support for the organic industry, despite producers saying they stand alone and a Soil Association (SA) report damning Whitehall’s “diffident, if not lazy” approach.

FSA vindicated in organic nutritional probe

FSA vindicated in organic nutritional probe

By Elaine Watson

The methodology used in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) controversial review of the nutritional merits of organic vs conventionally-produced food has been given the stamp of approval by an independent scientific panel.

Saving the planet is the wrong message for organics

Saving the planet is the wrong message for organics

By Elaine Watson

Waxing lyrical about “how organic food will save the planet” will not give the sector the sales boost it needs, according to the agency producing a new organic marketing campaign that will launch in January.

Tesco: Pricing structure on organics is all over the place

Tesco: Pricing structure on organics is all over the place

By Elaine Watson

The pricing hierarchy in organic foods is confusing shoppers and holding the category back, with some products costing more than twice as much as conventional counterparts and others achieving price parity, according to the UK’s biggest grocer.

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