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17/07/2020

From Friday 9 to Sunday 11 October BolognaFiere is bringing the world of natural and organic products together in Bologna for the event SANA RESTART

RIVOLUZIONE BIO: the second edition of the Overview of the Organic sector scheduled for 9 October The Covid-19 emergency has had a profound impact on the national and international economic landscape, resulting in a slowdown and, in some cases, a complete halt to business activities.

Such a scenario has also involved the trade fair system that has been forced to suspend and reschedule events due to the global lockdown. BolognaFiere has responded by identifying, for each of its events and business sectors, the best solutions to kick-start economic activity, starting with its knowledge of the strengths of our businesses and industries but also an awareness of the difficulties that the pandemic has caused. With the aim of supporting the recovery, the Company has, first of all, introduced a protocol that includes a series of initiatives created to facilitate the reopening of exhibition and trade fair activities, to support businesses, in conditions of complete safety using logistical solutions designed to prevent risky gatherings and to guarantee social distancing thanks to innovative formats suited to the current situation.

Also, for the world of organic and natural products, which over more than 30 years has seen Bologna become the reference exhibition platform for the national and international community, BolognaFiere has developed a specific recovery project to provide support and boost visibility for operators in the sector. With these objectives in mind, and for a wider reflection on the importance of the sector both from an economic perspective and also considering the growing attention towards the environment, the world of organic and natural products is due to come together in Bologna for the event SANA RESTART from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 October.

These three days have been planned to meet the requirements of businesses that need to recommence in complete safety following the pandemic. “More than 30 editions of SANA and becoming the first Exhibition Centre to receive the 1800 safety certification,” announced Antonio Bruzzone, General Manager of BolognaFiere, “are the best testimony to the Company’s attention to issues concerning sustainability and quality of life. We are proud to have been a part of the growing responsibility towards the environment in recent years. We have achieved this through our events, the capacity for networking that these express also at industry level and by creating institutional initiatives, such as ORGANIC REVOLUTION, the preliminary overview of the Organic sector, now especially relevant in relation to the European agenda on environmental issues. In this post-pandemic edition, our commitment is even more significant,” continued Bruzzone. “SANA RESTART will be the first event of the second half of 2020 and is essential to kick-starting the economy in full safety for exhibitors and visitors alike. Recommencing activities with professional operators whose business has an important environmental perspective will also provide food for thought concerning the future business models that we will all have to consider.” The discussion forum that will get the event under way will be the second edition of RIVOLUZIONE BIO (THE ORGANIC REVOLUTION), the SANA initiative launched in 2019 that returns this year with a series of themed round table discussions involving experts and key players from the sector. RIVOLUZIONE BIO is organised by BolognaFiere in collaboration with FederBio/Assobio and, once again this year, will benefit from the support of the Office of the Organisational Secretary of Nomisma.

The General Overview of the Organic Sector, which in its first edition in 2019 concluded with the presentation of the “2030 Organic Manifesto” compiled by institutions and associations, will offer a forum for discussions that have been made even more relevant by the Covid-19 emergency that has further highlighted the importance of respect for, and protection of, the environment.

The RIVOLUZIONE BIO will also include the presentation of the 2020 SANA Observatory – promoted by BolognaFiere, curated by Nomisma with the support of Federbio and Assobio and the support of the Italian Trade Agency – that monitors the key statistics concerning the organic production chain, from production to market dimensions. Among the planned appointments is the convention organised by Gruppo Cosmetici in Erboristeria di Cosmetica Italia scheduled for Saturday 10 October.

The event will provide an in-depth examination of the sector of natural and organic cosmetics. The demand for natural products is reflecting a growing trend in the world of cosmetics: furthermore, numerous consumers are prioritising sustainable solutions when it comes to their choice of beauty products or personal care items, in line with the growing attention to the environment. The most pertinent issues and topics will be at the heart of the RIVOLUZIONE BIO 2020 event as well as other appointments scheduled between 9 and 11 October: all will be developed with the aim of offering new interpretations and transferable indications about business strategy and the daily habits of consumers that are increasingly aware of the importance of individual behaviour and the sound use of resources for the future of the planet. e-commerce: new frontiers for business Digital channels are playing an increasingly important role in the sale of certified organic products with online sales experiencing a markedly positive trend: the digital realm is proving to be one of the most strategic channels and still offers vast development potential. BolognaFiere is shining a spotlight on these new businesses by incorporating into the exhibition some in-depth sessions with leading players in ecommerce such as Amazon and Alibaba. In particular, the collaboration between Amazon and the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), which began in January 2020, continues to grow stronger. BolognaFiere and FederBio are supporting organic companies that wish to display their products at Amazon’s “Made in Italy” showcase, which is assertively promoted on the European and American markets. BolognaFiere will host Amazon at SANA RESTART providing support and opportunities for training for the sale of products through Amazon’s channels. The agreement between Amazon and the ITA will also offer added opportunities for visibility for products of companies involved in the Made in Italy showcase with plans for digital advertising on some foreign Amazon channels promoted by the ITA. Similarly, BolognaFiere intends to support the activities of internationalisation of Italian Organic companies also on Alibaba’s B2B platform, which will be presented directly to the business community at SANA RESTART. In the area dedicated to the digital experience there will be an abundance of in-depth sessions dedicated to the theme of blockchain, a fundamental tool (and one that is becoming increasingly widespread) to ensure traceability and the prevention of fraud.

An event packed with opportunities Numerous trends and developments from the world of organic and natural products will have opportunities for in-depth examination and discussion at SANA RESTART; among the new Focus sessions already announced to the business community are: medicinal plants and spices, Free-from products and Tea. La via delle erbe (The herb road) is the initiative focusing on the use of medicinal plants, which have always been a key element of natural cosmetics and health products. Starting in 2020 a multi-year programme of initiatives will focus attention on the benefits, the current regulations and the relevant topics concerning these precious allies for beauty and health. Organised in collaboration with SISTE (the Italian Society for Science Applied to Medicinal Plants and Health Products), each year La via delle Erbe will propose a particular focus. In 2020 this focus will be on “the golden herbs”: Ginkgo biloba, helichrysum, turmeric and saffron. Also in collaboration with SISTE, a historic partner of SANA, BolognaFiere will create a new tool for professional operators: an Observatory that will analyse data concerning production, commercialization and consumption of medicinal plants, in terms of raw materials, the production of foods (for humans and animals), food supplements, homeopathic and cosmetic products. Also on the topic of herbs and health is a moment of in-depth discussion dedicated to plants with effects on the immune system, curated by ASSOERBE. Also arousing significant interest is the space dedicated to free-from products that respond to the requirements of consumers with intolerances and allergies. These products are developed to specifically exclude certain ingredients that consumers may wish to avoid for various reasons. Becoming increasingly widespread, in fact, are products made without gluten or lactose, alongside a growing trend for products free-from various ingredients such as eggs, salt, yeast and certain common allergens.

The theme will be discussed as part of the new initiative, the Free From Hub that has immediately stimulated the curiosity and interest of professional operators from across the sector. Another new feature of this edition will be SANA Organic Tea (an initiative created in collaboration with InTE’) dedicated to a product that is becoming increasingly popular. The best of the ranges of organic tea products will be made available by operators who will be able to expand their knowledge of this versatile beverage and its infinite uses (from breakfast, dinner and snacks to refreshments for meetings). Tea in Italy is the food&beverage product with the highest growth in the sector, +22% forecast from now to 2022, and generates a total revenue of 350 million euros (source: Euromonitor). Organics the protagonist of the leading distribution channels To meet the growing demand for organic products, the Italian grocery retail sector is increasingly incorporating them into its product ranges, also offering private label ranges. In 5 years revenues from organic products in the grocery retail sector have doubled, with a substantial contribution from OrganicEco ranges. This trend has been further highlighted by the Covid-19 emergency that has led to the superior performance of organic products compared with traditional products.

This recognition, also by new categories of consumer, derives from the perceived quality and safety of the organic production chain that is the arguably best expression of national agricultural production and the transformation of food products. Today Italy is the European leader for organics with more than 68,000 farmers and more than 10,000 companies that transform products that are the best testimonial of food excellence in our country and its heritage of local food and wine specialities. Safety is the event’s leitmotiv Exhibitors and operators attending the event will be able to concentrate on the focus points of interest and their commercial aspects, secure in the knowledge that BolognaFiere will ensure the utmost safety of the spaces in which the event will take place. All phases of the event, from preparation and assembly to the exhibition and visitor attendance, are being analysed in detail to establish formats and procedures capable of ensuring the highest safety standards for Bologna between 9 and 11 October.

The issue of health and safety has always been a priority for BolognaFiere, which was the first exhibition centre to receive the 18001-safety certification. This know-how has been used to finalise the safety measures and procedures. Obviously, given that the current situation is so dynamic, our existing plans will be updated immediately in response to any new indications that may be issued by the relevant authorities. Each aspect of the exhibition will take place with a particular attention to sanitisation, distancing, the creation of pathways and spaces that enable the activities to take place in full safety during the phases of assembling the stands and exhibition spaces through to their dismantling at the conclusion of the event. Without entering into detail, the spaces will all be sanitised prior to daily opening and the temperature of all users will be measured at gateways equipped with infrared TV cameras. Face masks will be obligatory, sanitising gels will be available throughout, Wi-Fi control room systems will identify the areas where greater numbers of people appear to be gathering, great attention will also be paid to the recycling of air and the hygiene/sanitisation of the spaces, the catering will be managed to enable distancing also offering new services to take orders online, organise user slots and provide catering at the stands.

Planning: a priority requirement The Covid-19 emergency, which has led to the postponement to 2021 of numerous events originally scheduled for 2020, has further highlighted the need for advanced planning when it comes to participating in trade fair events. With this in mind BolognaFiere has already announced the dates for SANA 2021: the International Exhibition and Conference for the Organic and Natural sector, which is due to take place from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 September 2021.

Source: Sana Press Release http://www.sana.it/media/sana/press_release/2020/1.SANA-Restart_overview_._July_2020_EN.pdf

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Indian suppliers of organic food as spices, rice tips to promote their products to conquer european distributors and buyers
 

 

15/10/2019

Europe Leads the Organic Market

In the last 10 years, the total number of new food and drink product launches globally with an organic claim rose from 6% to 10%, according to Mintel. 

03/10/2019

Organic Voices, with support of more than 100 brands and organizations, launches campaign to highlight lack of chemicals in organic

Only Organic launched a new campaign highlighting the more than 700 chemicals prohibited from use in organic food, farming, and products

23/09/2019

Australia’s status as world leader in organic to be irreversibly undermined

Changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations tabled in the Federal Parliament threaten to irreversibly undermine Australia’s status as a world leader in organic. The decision would leave the majority of new genetic modification (GM) techniques such as CRISPR/Cas unregulated

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

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

29/07/2020

Organic Food Trade and its ups and downs

 The ups and downs of international organic trade: how is this possible?

16/07/2020

Coronavirus: European Commission calls for action in protecting seasonal workers

Today, the European Commission presents Guidelines to ensure the protection of seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the coronavirus pandemic

09/07/2020

Jan Plagge re-elected President of IFOAM Organics Europe

At its 10th General Assembly, IFOAM Organics Europe’s members elected a new Board

08/06/2020

How to use Connature properly to connect to new suppliers, buyers

We write down some tips to connect properly to new operators

04/06/2020

Argentina seeks bigger share of China’s organic market

From raw materials to final products, from pears to honey, producers of organic products hope existing demand for healthy food will be consolidated after the coronavirus

02/06/2020

Agriculture Bill vote leaves Green Brexit in the balance

A ‘Green Brexit’ for food and farming? After the vote it’s hanging in the balance

01/06/2020

Four new Standards included in the IFOAM Family of Standards

IFOAM – Organics International has endorsed four new standards as organic for inclusion in the IFOAM Family of Standards...

25/05/2020

PRESS RELEASE: IFOAM EU WELCOMES LANDMARK DECISION TO PUT ORGANIC AT THE HEART OF FUTURE EUROPEAN FOOD SYSTEM

IFOAM EU WELCOMES LANDMARK DECISION TO PUT ORGANIC AT THE HEART OF FUTURE EUROPEAN FOOD SYSTEM

14/05/2020

Austrians ask more for organic food

Food retailers in Austria generated seven percent more revenue with fresh organic food in 2019 than in the year before. The number of organic farmers has also grown

12/05/2020

Switzerland: Rise of Organic food, share rises above ten percent

The Swiss spent 3.24 billion francs, or 3.07 billion euros on organic food in 2019...

16/04/2020

Gepa reports on Coronavirus

Gepa, the fair trade organisation has reported on the situation for its worldwide partners from for craft enterprises as well as food producers. 

09/03/2020

THE NEW EU ORGANIC REGULATION: WHAT WILL CHANGE?

The EU organic regulation has a major impact on organic farmers, processors, traders, retailers, certifiers, researchers and consumers. After today’s publication of the new organic regulation, IFOAM EU provides you with a brief overview on the main changes that can be expected in the near future.

24/02/2020

IFOAM EU calls for a target of 20% organic land in the EU

As the European Commission is expected to release the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, the organic food and farming movement calls for ambitious EU targets to increase organic land and consumption in the EU

 

18/02/2020

Swedish organic farmers at BioFach

First time at the BioFach that the Swedish Organic Farmers

07/02/2020

Settlement of the glyphosate lawsuits in the USA is approaching

Final round for Bayer

30/01/2020

Organic farm advantages in biodiversity and profits depend on location

For organic farms, size matters: not so much the size of the farm itself, but the size of the neighboring fields.

08/01/2020

Austria can ban glyphosate

The European Commission did not block the glyphosate prohibition passed by the Austrian parliament

21/12/2019

New rules make household appliances more sustainable

In a continued effort to reduce Europe's carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission today adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions

10/12/2019

Organic movement’s research & innovation priorities launched at Organic Innovation Days

Bruxelles, TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming, launched its new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda at its annual Organic Innovation Days.  

22/11/2019

ORGANIC FOOD AND FARMING MOVEMENT ASKS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON NEW GENETIC ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES

IFOAM EU demands immediate action by the European Commission and national authorities to ensure the traceability of new GMOs

28/10/2019

New organic legislation from 2021

From the 1 January 2021, there will be an overhaul of the current organics regulations for Europe

28/10/2019

European Initiative out to save bees and farmers

One year to collect one million signatures from at least seven member states. If they succeed, the EU Commission will have to deal with the citizens’ concerns!

15/10/2019

What are the future prospects for export of organic food products from India?

Indian suppliers of organic food as spices, rice tips to promote their products to conquer european distributors and buyers
 

 

15/10/2019

Europe Leads the Organic Market

In the last 10 years, the total number of new food and drink product launches globally with an organic claim rose from 6% to 10%, according to Mintel. 

03/10/2019

Organic Voices, with support of more than 100 brands and organizations, launches campaign to highlight lack of chemicals in organic

Only Organic launched a new campaign highlighting the more than 700 chemicals prohibited from use in organic food, farming, and products

23/09/2019

Australia’s status as world leader in organic to be irreversibly undermined

Changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations tabled in the Federal Parliament threaten to irreversibly undermine Australia’s status as a world leader in organic. The decision would leave the majority of new genetic modification (GM) techniques such as CRISPR/Cas unregulated

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

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