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28/01/2019

Connature Partner Natural & Organic Products Europe ready to start! Register to attend one of the European Greatest Organic Shows

For over twenty years Natural & Organic Products Europe has been bringing the world’s natural, organic and sustainable businesses together to promote and facilitate trade.  No other European natural and organic event annually attracts so many leading innovators, influencers, trailblazers and decision makers from across the industry together in one place (ExCeL London) at one time (7-8 April). 

They come in their thousands (over 10,000 attendees from 91 countries were at the last edition) to see the product innovations and trends of today and tomorrow and discover what’s next for the year ahead. 

So what’s in store for 2019?  Natural & Organic Products Europe’s organiser Diversified Communications UK asked some of its regular attendees to share their insights on the key trends they think will be shaping natural and organic health food retailing in 2019.

Here’s a snapshot of what they said (to read the full version, which includes exclusive comments from The Soil Association, Health Food Manufacturers’ Association, The Vegan Society, Dr Marilyn Glenville – the UK’s leading expert in nutritional health for women, dietitian and nutrition writer Ursula Arens, and presenter and wellbeing author Janey Lee Grace, please visit www.naturalproducts.co.uk/2019-beyond-trends-opportunities-and-challenges-for-the-natural-and-organic-sector):

 

Jim Manson, editor-in-chief of NaturalProductsGlobal.com:

In food, the vegan/plant-based juggernaut shows no signs of slowing – with the UK last year emerging as the world leader in vegan NPD (overtaking Germany).  But expect to see more of a distinction being made between vegan and plant-based value-systems.  Organic sales growth slowed slightly last year, but a raft of innovative new product launches has helped get 2019 off to a good start.  The increasing organic offer from the leading discounters is also a very striking trend.  More generally, I think we will see growth in simpler, more ‘honest’ food products (hello wholefoods?) – a reaction to what has been called the “nutritional cacophony”!

On the natural health front, CBD oil is quickly becoming a very valuable product category for the health food trade –but also migrating quickly into mass retail channels.  Consumer interest in turmeric/curcumin is still strong, together with the wider category of adaptogens.  Products centred on brain health, mood and gut health also look set for growth. 

 

Richard Anderton, buyer at The Health Store:

One major area we are seeing growth in – and expect this to continue as a trend in 2019, is consumers seeking alternative to plastics in the home, natural cleaning aids for the kitchen, such as coconut based and loofah based scrubbers/scourers that remove the need to use plastic-based products that release microplastic into the ecosystem every time we use them.  Also, within this homecare category, demand will continue to grow for non-plastic straws, with stainless steel, wheat, bamboo and avocado-based products already available to our customers.  The move towards fully compostable food and doggy poo bags continues to grow as well.  Consumers are looking to be sure the products they buy are fully compostable down to molecule level, and not just biodegradable.

 

Fiona Klonarides, founder of The Beauty Shortlist:

CBD oil and hemp look like the big story of 2019.  Hemp is an extremely fast-growing crop with a multitude of uses, not just for beauty and wellness, but also fashion, paper, packaging, bags and more.  CBD's flexible delivery methods (eg drops, tinctures, gummies, salves) and the increasingly relaxed legislation surrounding it could make it this year's most in-demand stress, sleep and pain solution.  There's still a lot of confusion between CBD and THC, though (THC being the substance with mind-altering effects), but as we all start reading more about it, and with more online and bricks and mortar CBD stores opening up, it'll be better understood.

 

Bettina Campolucci Bordi, plant-based chef and blogger at Bettina’s Kitchen:

Plant based, also known as veganism, is going mainstream and is definitely here to stay.  This year many big retailers and chains have added vegan options to their product lines.  Meat replacements also seem to be a steady growing industry.  Beyond Burger paving the way, along with new trends such as jackfruit that started last year but is only now catching on properly.

CBD oil has been another rising star, alongside adaptogens that have also made it to the mainstream market.  I think the biggest focus this year will be gut health and products that aid digestion or encourage our bacteria flora.  This will be a step forward from your usual kombucha. 

I am excited about the future.  There has never been so much choice of good, natural and organic products on the market as there is now.

 

Rick Hay, health and fitness expert and Healthista’s nutritional director:

Plant based options will continue to expand as people seek both more ethical and sustainable products.  I think there will also be more interest in both the vitamin and botanical sectors in therapeutic phytonutrients like berberine in Barberry and Safranal from saffron for example.  Newer superfoods will also come to the forefront, with algae being one of them.  The interest in spices for health benefits is another area that will most likely see growth.

 

Shona Wilkinson, director of Shona Wilkinson Nutrition:

2019 = Ethics Ethics Ethics!  It's not enough to just have a good product nowadays, our consumers are demanding so much more and have huge environmental expectations.  They are also willing to pay more for products, which show environmental responsibility.  Products will be examined, and questions asked about the ethics around the ingredients, the packaging and the company.  This may mean questions about whether the product comes in any form of plastic, whether it is recyclable or of recycled material (eg sourced from recovered plastics from the ocean), are the ingredients ethically sourced, are they sustainable etc etc.  Transparency and traceability will be incredibly important.

Joe Jackson, director of Apothecary 27 (winner of Best Independent Retailer at Natural & Organic Awards Europe 2018):

I think that the zero waste and refill movement will have a great impact on the health and wellness industry this year.  Not only are people becoming more conscious about the food they’re eating, but they’re also questioning what their food is being packaged in, and whether it's necessary.  This is driving people in to their local health shops and zero waste stores to not only reduce their waste, but to also learn how to do it effectively.  Since launching our household care refill station it has gone from strength to strength.  We have more and more people requesting more refillable goods, such as food and body care.  The demand is there from the public, and the suppliers are listening. 

Veganism is another one that is still on the rise in 2019, whether it’s for health reasons or because of animal welfare.  The vegan products that are being launched today are far better than they were, even two years ago. 

Over 700 exhibitors prepare to exhibit

Retailers and buyers attending this year’s Natural & Organic Products Europe will find all of the above and more.  Over 700 exhibitors will be there, showcasing the best choice of eco and clean label products from around the world – including supplements, superfoods, personal care and beauty, natural living, and food and drink.

For the latest plant-based innovations check out One Planet Pizza, Follow Your Heart UK, Green Vie Foods, Violife, Bravura Foods, CLF Distribution, Hodmedod, Happy Cheeze, Tofurky, Just Wholefoods, Upton’s Naturals, Granovita, Nutriops, Lazy Vegan, Mummy Meagz, and Benevo Vegan Pet Foods, among others.  There are over 80 exhibiting companies in the Vegan World area (supported by The Vegan Society) and hundreds of vegan food, beauty and wellbeing products throughout the show. 

For CBD products and combinations see Charlotte’s Web, Canabidol, Nature’s Plus, Celtic Wind Crops, HemPoland, CBD One, CBD FX, Living Planet Distribution (Zen CBD), Advance Biotech, UK CBD Distribution, and Natra.

The digestive category (probiotics and digestive aids etc) is also well-represented – think OptiBac Probiotics, Rawbiotics, Bio-tiful Dairy, Eaten Alive, Captain Kombucha, Probiotics International (Biokult and Lepicol), BIOGROUPE, Bellygoodness, Clever Kombucha, Doctor Seaweed’s Weed and Wonderful, and more.

Plastic free options are also on the rise, for example: Sakwabag (100% cotton, reusable sacks for fruits and vegetables), Alara Wholefoods, Pukka Herbs, Seed and Bean, Superfoodies, The Cheeky Panda, Nature's Dream (Patch-It bamboo plasters), Opus Innovations (Aquaint biodegradable wipes), and Natracare (the latter will be showcasing its new ‘Safe to Flush’ moist tissues – the world’s first truly flushable moist tissue and the very first to be certified flushable by industry body Water UK).

While the 40 companies exhibiting in the Organic Hub, hosted by the Soil Association & Organic Trade Board, range from some of the UK’s biggest to newest organic brands.  Among them are Community Foods, Clearspring, Heath & Heather, Premcrest Distribution, Raw & Wild, Mr Organic, Infinity Foods, Cocofina, James White Drinks, AUSHA, The Green Milk Company, Windmill Organics, Devon Cottage Organic Fudge, and MightyBee. 

Show features also include two New Product Showcases; international and regional pavilions from Italy, Maine (USA), Peru, Greece, and China; and Soil Association Organic Beauty Pavilion.

“Natural & Organic Products Europe has always been a go-to for us for the best in innovation, niche products and ingredients we’ve never seen before.  You’ll see by the sheer number of my team walking around the show that we rely on this chance to meet new brands and get a real understanding for the biggest new trends in the industry,” says Nick Janda, head of trade at Holland & Barrett’s head of trade.

 

Free trade registration

Natural & Organic Products Europe returns to ExCeL London on 7-8 April.  For more information, and to register for a free trade ticket, please visit www.naturalproducts.co.uk and quote priority code NPEPR (direct link: https://eventdata.uk/Visitor/NOPE2019.aspx?TrackingCode=NPEPR).


Media enquiries & press pass requests to:

Please apply for press accreditation here: https://eventdata.uk/Press/NOPE2019.aspx

Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR

t: +44 (0)1273 645134

e: ejones@divcom.co.uk

Website: www.divcom.co.uk

Twitter: www.twitter.com/DiversifiedUK


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18/03/2019

European Statistic show presence of pesticides in organic imports

European Statistic show presence of pesticides in organic imports from India, China, Turkey, more controls and alignemtent with Eu Standards required

22/02/2019

THE WORLD OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE 2019

Nearly 70 million hectares worldwide of farmland are organic

18/02/2019

Organic market continues to grow everywere, in Europe as worldwide

In 2017, the European and international organic sector again recorded strong area and market growth

11/02/2019

Fair Trade demanded by cocoa producers

Bitter side of chocolate: "Breadline wages, poverty, child labour

01/02/2019

Organic farming wins performance comparison

German scientists have presented the most comprehensive study to date on the ecological and social performance of organic agriculture. The result is clear: Organic farming leads in five out of seven areas

18/01/2019

EU scientific advisors call for changing the genetic engineering law

The scientific advisors to the EU Commission have presented a paper in which they urge the Commission to change genetic engineering legislation

03/01/2019

Amazon expands network of organic supermarkets in the US

Amazon and the organic sector...expansion in the US

28/12/2018

New study on organic agriculture. Is it disadvantageous for the climate?

Organic agriculture is more damaging to the climate than conventional agriculture, scientists from Sweden and the USA claim. But is that true?

21/12/2018

Switzerland Organic sales: vegetables, fruit and milk increase significantly

From September 2017 to August 2018, 46,663 tonnes of organic vegetables worth 340 million euros were sold in Swiss retail outlets

10/12/2018

The integrity of the international organic market

After four years, the FiBL-project Consolidation of Organic Certification Bodies ended successfully

03/12/2018

EU slam for inspection body certification in Kenya

The EU Commission has examined the branch of an international certifier in Kenya and issued a very poor certificate for its work. So far, however, it has only had to do a little detention

19/11/2018

Switzerland: Organic sales of veggies, fruit and milk have increased significantly

From September 2017 to August 2018, 46,663 tonnes of organic vegetables worth 340 million euros were sold in Swiss retail outlets

09/11/2018

EU organic control in Romania slowly improving

The report praises Romania's efforts to improve the monitoring of organic inspection posts

06/11/2018

New study: Eating organic food reduces cancer risk

French scientists investigated the link between the consumption of organic food and the risk of developing certain types of cancer

02/11/2018

Germany: Microplastic in food worries consumers

Microplastic has so far been found mainly in marine fish. They confuse microplastic particles with plankton...

26/10/2018

Critical look at new additives

Again and again, individual countries move for the inclusion of further additives in the EU Organic Regulation (Annex VIII) and thus for allowing them

22/10/2018

FiBL: SMART Tool to assess food chains

In Switzerland, the Fair Food Initiative failed in a referendum. It wanted to oblige the government to strengthen “the supply of food that is of good quality...

12/10/2018

Natural cosmetics as a future market

The cosmetics market is very dynamic and a lot has happened in the last twelve months. This was emphasised by Elfriede Dambacher, consultant and expert in the natural cosmetics industry, at the 11th Natural Cosmetics Conference​

01/10/2018

German organic market: upward trend continues

What does the sales barometer for organic shops in Germany look like in the second quarter of 2018?  The turnover of the shops surveyed continues to rise

26/09/2018

Austria: Conversion to organic farming without regrets

According to a survey by Keyquest among 500 respondents, 98% of Austrian organic farmers would decide to switch back to organic farming again

20/09/2018

Switzerland: Organic consumption has doubled in ten years

In 2017, organic products worth 2.7 bn Swiss francs were sold in Switzerland, equivalent to 2.4 bn euros or 284 euros per capita

17/09/2018

Sustainability bank Triodos invests in crowdfunding platform

Bettervest specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that seek to raise money from the crowd through the platform

14/09/2018

Austria: denn‘s biomarkt expands branch network

A new denn's organic market store will open in Eisenstadt, Austria

03/09/2018

E.V.I - the document on Sustainability which wins the trust of Investors

Companies and start-up need to consider sustainability when it comes to plan processes, products, governance and promotion

28/08/2018

Italy: Organic sector shows impressive growth

Market data collected by Nielsen market research until May 2018, confirm a very positive trend in the Italian organic sector

27/08/2018

Canada Organic Trade Association welcomes government funding for organic sector

According to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), the Canadian government is investing $8.3 million in organic agriculture research

22/08/2018

Nestlé USA: Misleading Non-GMO seal

By filing a lawsuit against Nestlé, a woman from California alleged that the US company misleads consumers by using its ‘No GMO ingredients’ seal as it might easily be confused with the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, reports CBS News

18/08/2018

Core Organic: Europe-wide research for organic farming continues

European research into organic farming is being continued with the Core Organic Cofund programme

09/08/2018

RELACS EU: Project website launched

The EU-project which will be run by FiBL Switzerland as well as IFOAM EU aims at fostering the development and facilitating the adoption of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies...

08/01/2016

Organic groceries discount at Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada has quietly launched a new lineup of organic products under its Great Value store brand

30/08/2019

Waste water: Commission refers Sweden to the Court for its failure to treat urban waste wate

Sweden has failed to ensure that urban waste water is subject to appropriate treatment before it is discharged back into the environment. 

17/08/2019

Customers Prefer Sustainable Companies. An authoritative new study finds that regardless of product category, brands with legitimate sustainability claims do better.

New about latest Nielsen ratings and report "How and Why Sustainability is Gaining Momentum with Customers."

13/08/2019

Lets brand your sustainable product: social media, storytelling and social influencers

Branding your products is crucial to sell them. Investing in and improving your organisation will help your business grow, but you must also promote your organisation, making sure potential buyers and even consumers are aware of your unique selling points (USPs)

06/08/2019

Organic movement calls to maintain and correctly implement the GMO legislation

The organic food and farming movement reiterates that it is crucial to ensure that risk assessment, traceability and labelling apply to all GMOs and all genetic engineering techniques

22/07/2019

Engineered eggplants on Indian fields

Illegal genetically engineered eggplants were found on Indian fields in a small farm

08/07/2019

UK Consumers Want More Organic Everything

The Soil Association has reported  on how current consumer trends in health and sustainability are rapidly driving the organic sector in the UK — almost £45 million a week is spent on organic products

01/07/2019

Austria: Organic boom continues

Almost 9% of the fresh food retail products (LEH) are organic products 9% organic share in the food retail trade

24/06/2019

Interview with Bryn Ferris, co-founder of Grounded Uk

Interview with Bryn Ferris, Co-founder of Grounded Uk, the innovative company which produces cold-pressed juice drinks, smoothies and vitamin drinks

20/06/2019

Diet to stay healthy and save the planet: tips to adjust our diet to low CO2 emissions

Taking care of our planet, our health means to take care about what we put on our tables

17/06/2019

Interview with Kurt Paine, Founder of Abott Blackstone, importer and distributor of organic superfoods

Our weekly Interview with Interview with Kurt Paine, Founder of Abott Blackstone, importer and distributor of organic superfoods. We'll know more about its company and how he deals with international sales. Happy to share his experience with our audience of international companies and operators of the sustainable industry.

05/06/2019

Politycal Hotspot may 2019, many challenges to face

In the coming months, the political parties of the European Parliament (MEPs) will nominate candidates for the role of Commission President, many challenges to face

05/06/2019

Interview with Hamza Kayani Director of Chanar Sugar Mills producer of organic brown sugar

We are very happy to share this second interview to Hamza Kayani  Director of Chanar Sugar Mills

03/06/2019

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BEST ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICES IN MOUNTAIN AREAS

The FAO's Mountain Partnership is seeking case studies for its publication “Agro-ecological and Organic Farming Practices in Mountain Areas”

29/05/2019

Interview with E-Silk Route Ventures (Pvt) Ltd, committed in producing fairly and ethically

Let's start our series of Ekowarehouse members interviews with the first company, E-Silk Route Ventures, committed in producing fairly and ethically spices, herbs, tea, fruits and vegetables.              

22/05/2019

$125 discount to register on Ekowarehouse for companies registered at Connature

Connature new Partner, Ekowarehouse the B2B Trade Platform for Organic Products and raw materials which accellerate sales.

06/05/2019

Ifoam, welcome note 2019

Feeding Europe without pesticides is a realistic objective, and a full transition of our agriculture towards agroecology could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by 40% to 47% while at the same time preserving our biodiversity. 

23/04/2019

EU commission withdraws licence of international organic certifier

EU commissions has withdrawn the organic certification licence for five countries from the international certification body Control Union, as its bad performance facilitated organic fraud

18/04/2019

European critics for Ukraina control body

European critics for Ukraina control body

08/04/2019

A new study confirms that organic farming protects the climate

The impact of long-term organic farming on soil-derived greenhouse gas emissions

01/04/2019

Household panel of market researchers highliths austrian organic share of food at 9%

The Austrians buy almost nine percent of fresh products in the conventional food retail in organic quality" -  announced by Agrarmarkt Austria (AMA

18/03/2019

European Statistic show presence of pesticides in organic imports

European Statistic show presence of pesticides in organic imports from India, China, Turkey, more controls and alignemtent with Eu Standards required

22/02/2019

THE WORLD OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE 2019

Nearly 70 million hectares worldwide of farmland are organic

18/02/2019

Organic market continues to grow everywere, in Europe as worldwide

In 2017, the European and international organic sector again recorded strong area and market growth

11/02/2019

Fair Trade demanded by cocoa producers

Bitter side of chocolate: "Breadline wages, poverty, child labour

01/02/2019

Organic farming wins performance comparison

German scientists have presented the most comprehensive study to date on the ecological and social performance of organic agriculture. The result is clear: Organic farming leads in five out of seven areas

18/01/2019

EU scientific advisors call for changing the genetic engineering law

The scientific advisors to the EU Commission have presented a paper in which they urge the Commission to change genetic engineering legislation

03/01/2019

Amazon expands network of organic supermarkets in the US

Amazon and the organic sector...expansion in the US

28/12/2018

New study on organic agriculture. Is it disadvantageous for the climate?

Organic agriculture is more damaging to the climate than conventional agriculture, scientists from Sweden and the USA claim. But is that true?

21/12/2018

Switzerland Organic sales: vegetables, fruit and milk increase significantly

From September 2017 to August 2018, 46,663 tonnes of organic vegetables worth 340 million euros were sold in Swiss retail outlets

10/12/2018

The integrity of the international organic market

After four years, the FiBL-project Consolidation of Organic Certification Bodies ended successfully

03/12/2018

EU slam for inspection body certification in Kenya

The EU Commission has examined the branch of an international certifier in Kenya and issued a very poor certificate for its work. So far, however, it has only had to do a little detention

19/11/2018

Switzerland: Organic sales of veggies, fruit and milk have increased significantly

From September 2017 to August 2018, 46,663 tonnes of organic vegetables worth 340 million euros were sold in Swiss retail outlets

09/11/2018

EU organic control in Romania slowly improving

The report praises Romania's efforts to improve the monitoring of organic inspection posts

06/11/2018

New study: Eating organic food reduces cancer risk

French scientists investigated the link between the consumption of organic food and the risk of developing certain types of cancer

02/11/2018

Germany: Microplastic in food worries consumers

Microplastic has so far been found mainly in marine fish. They confuse microplastic particles with plankton...

26/10/2018

Critical look at new additives

Again and again, individual countries move for the inclusion of further additives in the EU Organic Regulation (Annex VIII) and thus for allowing them

22/10/2018

FiBL: SMART Tool to assess food chains

In Switzerland, the Fair Food Initiative failed in a referendum. It wanted to oblige the government to strengthen “the supply of food that is of good quality...

12/10/2018

Natural cosmetics as a future market

The cosmetics market is very dynamic and a lot has happened in the last twelve months. This was emphasised by Elfriede Dambacher, consultant and expert in the natural cosmetics industry, at the 11th Natural Cosmetics Conference​

01/10/2018

German organic market: upward trend continues

What does the sales barometer for organic shops in Germany look like in the second quarter of 2018?  The turnover of the shops surveyed continues to rise

26/09/2018

Austria: Conversion to organic farming without regrets

According to a survey by Keyquest among 500 respondents, 98% of Austrian organic farmers would decide to switch back to organic farming again

20/09/2018

Switzerland: Organic consumption has doubled in ten years

In 2017, organic products worth 2.7 bn Swiss francs were sold in Switzerland, equivalent to 2.4 bn euros or 284 euros per capita

17/09/2018

Sustainability bank Triodos invests in crowdfunding platform

Bettervest specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that seek to raise money from the crowd through the platform

14/09/2018

Austria: denn‘s biomarkt expands branch network

A new denn's organic market store will open in Eisenstadt, Austria

03/09/2018

E.V.I - the document on Sustainability which wins the trust of Investors

Companies and start-up need to consider sustainability when it comes to plan processes, products, governance and promotion

28/08/2018

Italy: Organic sector shows impressive growth

Market data collected by Nielsen market research until May 2018, confirm a very positive trend in the Italian organic sector

27/08/2018

Canada Organic Trade Association welcomes government funding for organic sector

According to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), the Canadian government is investing $8.3 million in organic agriculture research

22/08/2018

Nestlé USA: Misleading Non-GMO seal

By filing a lawsuit against Nestlé, a woman from California alleged that the US company misleads consumers by using its ‘No GMO ingredients’ seal as it might easily be confused with the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, reports CBS News

18/08/2018

Core Organic: Europe-wide research for organic farming continues

European research into organic farming is being continued with the Core Organic Cofund programme

09/08/2018

RELACS EU: Project website launched

The EU-project which will be run by FiBL Switzerland as well as IFOAM EU aims at fostering the development and facilitating the adoption of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies...

08/01/2016

Organic groceries discount at Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada has quietly launched a new lineup of organic products under its Great Value store brand