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Monthly Briefings

At Biofach in Germany last week I attended an excellent session masterminded by Harriet from Fairtrade Intenational which was designed to inform the process by which they determine future policy. Here are some interesting snippets I picked up along the way: 51% of all Fairtrade producers are also organically certified 40% of Fairtrade organisations sell […]

I am inordinately proud of winning the Fruit/Vegetable Cake category in today’s Southfields Harvest Festival. Thank you to judges John and Sue from Salt and Pepper ( and to Elizabeth for working so hard to organise a thoroughly fun day. The secrets of my success? 1. Leaving some  of the sugar out of the recipe […]

 UK Market Overview Mike Watkins, Nielsen Changing Shopper Behaviour Weakening Consumer Demand Rapid Store Expansion Growth of Discounters Shift To Online “Shoppers are looking to save money, expect promotions, shop around more and offer less loyalty to retailers and brands”  46% of branded sales by value are sold on promotion  Consumer confidence at its highest […]

From Louise Vacher, YouGov A third of UK households are affected by food allergy or intolerance 69% of purchasers are women 53% live in the South East 55% of purchasers do not suffer from or live with anyone who suffers from an allergy or intolerance  From Chris Brockman, Mintel Market now dominated by products that […]

On Wednesday March 5th OF+ joined the DAFC and FOOD to host an event at the Waitrose Cookery School designed to promote the new Nordic Cuisine. The audience was a mixture of journalists and members of the Guild of Food Writers. Feedback from them was unanimously positive – check out these links below Official Guild report […]

So Natural Products Europe is leaving Olympia next year and heading East to ExCel.  Well, you might say, at least it’s not the NEC. Mind you, I remember those who said that moving from Brighton to London would destroy the show. Certainly we (the natural foods industry) have had some good times at Olympia. It […]

Actually it never went away, although you could be forgiven in thinking that the organic sector had vanished completely  if you walked round a major supermarket. Luckily independent shops, Waitrose and Ocado kept the faith and have been rewarded by a 9% growth in sales during the month of September with organic tea, cereals, yoghurt  […]

 Over the weekend of September 6-8 the Food Organisation of Denmark delivered a first rate consumer show which inspired and delighted visitors to Aarhus  ( ). Last year the show attracted 30,000 visitors and with sunny weather this year it is likely that this figure was exceeded. The setting was idyllic. Next time you […]

DeRosier Chocolate and Coffee 81 Revelstoke Road Southfields London SW18 5NL  Opened in August 2012, my local coffee shop DeRosier is coming up for its first birthday so it seemed a good time to talk to founders Leona and Andrew. Named after Leona’s maiden-name, DeRosier offers gourmet eats and drinks to the residents of […]

Doom and gloom surrounding the UK organic market partially dispelled… Boom in online sales Organic shoppers are increasingly choosing the convenience and variety offered by home delivery over limited ranges at many supermarkets. A striking success in 2012 was seen by Ocado, increasing organic sales by 6.4%, and overtaking Asda and Morrisons to become the […]