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Sustainable Beauty Awards 2021: Natural cosmetics manufacturer awarded two prizes

On 26 October 2021, the Sustainable Beauty Awards were presented at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. The international awards are open to cosmetic brands, ingredient firms, packaging companies, distributors, and related organisations. This year, the Swiss natural cosmetics company Weleda won in two categories.

Lidl doubles organic sales in Switzerland

The retailer was able to significantly increase its organic turnover last year. In addition, the assortment of organic products grew faster than expected.

Sweden: Nordic Organic Food Fair and Eco Life Scandinavia 2021

The latest organically certified food products will be presented in Malmö, Sweden, from 17th to 18th November 2021. In cooperation with Eco Life Scandinavia, 500 exhibitors from various countries will be participating at the combined trade fairs.

FIBL Switzerland makes new appointments to management positions

At the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, two long-standing members of staff will in future head up the Advisory, Education and Communication Department. There will also soon be a change of leadership in another department.

European Parliament supports EU strategy for sustainable agriculture

The agricultural industry unsuccessfully tried to influence the vote in the EU Parliament on the Farm to Fork strategy. The Parliament backed the Commission's plans with a large majority.

SCS 2021: Future Evolution of Sustainable Cosmetics

On 25-28th October 2021, the European Sustainable Cosmetics Summit takes place online for the second time. In addition to the conference, the Sustainable Cosmetics Awards will also be presented. The finalists have now been determined.

NGO Alliance demands glyphosate re-evaluation from EU Commission

Until mid-November, the public can still participate in the question on the re-authorisation of glyphosate from 2022. The call to the EU Commission to take note of the risks of the herbicide and to re-evaluate it is getting louder and louder.

Natexpo 2021 on site and with digital platform

From the end of next week, Natexpo will be hosted digitally and on site in Paris. So far, over 1,000 exhibitors have registered, including 150 new companies and many foodtech professionals.

Bio Suisse and Naturland join forces

The two organic associations are harmonising guidelines and standardising controls. The main focus is on a more sustainable use of water and working conditions in certified farms.

Rapunzel expands management

The natural food producer fills two more management positions with members of the founding family. Following son Leonhard Wilhelm, two of Joseph Wilhelm's daughters are now also moving up in the company.

Organic Trade Association council urges global community to think organic

The Organic Trade Association’s Sustainable Food Trade Action (SFTA) Council has laid out four key strategies to enlist organic in the fight to end world hunger and protect the planet, as part of a historic global brainstorming session sponsored by the United Nations on how to achieve a worldwide sustainable food system.

EU declares official "Organic Day"

The EU declared 23 September as EU Organic Day. IFOAM Organics Europe welcomes the initiative.

Followfood wants to grow faster with new investor

The organic company wants to become the leading brand for ecological transformation in Europe. The founder of a battery company, who specialises in green technologies as an investor, is supposed to support the plans.

DM Austria signs contract with Demeter

The organic product range in the Austrian branches of the drugstore chain continues to grow. In the process, more and more Demeter products are added to the shelves. Now the cooperation with the association has been contractually regulated.

IFOAM Organics International: New World Board and OWC Host 2024

After receiving applications from all over the world, the General Assembly selected 10 new members to join the World Board for the team 2021 – 2024. The President is Karen Mapusua.

Bio-Austria fears end of organic boom in Austria

Organic sales in Austria climbed to a new record high in 2020. And 2021 will probably be even better. But while demand continues to rise, fewer and fewer farms in Austria are converting to organic.

Organic Food Conference 2021: Programme highlights

The Organic Food Conference will take place in Warsaw as a hybrid event this year. The theme of the conference is “The Future of Organic food”.

Online networking project “Ukrainian Organic Export Days 2021”

The sectoral export B2B project for Ukrainian producers of organic food and feed products, “Ukrainian Organic Export Days 2021”, will be started on 20 September 2021. The project will take place digitally.

Business Alliance calls for more climate protection by future German government

A business alliance demands more commitment to climate protection from the future German government - and sends its recommendations for action at the same time. Among the senders are also associations from the organic sector.

"Pressure in the value chain is passed downwards"

What about justice in organic farming? Raphael Pierro, trainee in the Organic Food and Farming programme talked about this with Jan Plagge. In the interview, the president of Bioland and IFOAM Organics Europe explains why value chains are only fair if there is a balance between all partners.

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