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OCW producer survey shows rise in organic sales from Welsh farms (23-07-2017)
The Organic Centre Wales 2016 producer survey report published this week has shown a rise in sales of organic products, despite a fall in the land area certified as organic in Wales. At the same time, there has been an...
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£1.5m Glastir Organic scheme to open (29-09-2016)
The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has announced an expression of interest window for a £1.5million scheme to support organic farmers and producers will open on the 17 October 2016. Successful applications for the Glastir...
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Golden era for the organic 'pinta' as profits rise (12-04-2016)
A new financial report published this month shows organic farm profits increasing, with organic dairy farming outperforming conventional dairy farming in England and Wales. This detailed financial report on organic farming in England and Wales for 2014/15, undertaken by the Organic...
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Nutritional benefits of organic food (23-02-2016)
Studies confirming the nutritional benefits of organic meat and milk, carried out at Newcastle University, have been published the “British Journal of Nutrition” . The benefits are mainly related to are higher levels of polyunsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids in...
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Introduction to organic certification for farmers and growers (08-12-2015)
In order to sell produce as organic, you must be registered with one of the control bodies (formerly known as organic certification bodies) listed on this sheet. They are private companies who are licensed by the UK government to enforce...
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Organic and conventional farm incomes on a par (10-11-2015)
The latest organic farm income report, released by the Organic Research Centre yesterday, show organic and conventional farm incomes to be very much on a a par income with one another. Organic and conventional dairying net margins were very similar,...
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Final evaluation of the BOBL Project (15-09-2015)
This is your last chance to provide feedback on the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project. The evaluation is part of capturing the lessons learnt over the last six years. The project has changed dramatically during this period...
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Consultation on the future of the Organic Sector in Wales (27-07-2015)
There is still time to comment on the roadmap to guide the development of the organic sector in Wales up to 2020. The roadmap has been developed in recent months in consultation with sector stakeholders and was presented to the BOBL...
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Time for farmers to take a fresh look at organic farming. (17-07-2015)
That is the message from one of Wales' leading organic brands in welcoming an announcement by the Welsh Government that the Glastir Organic 2016 application window will open on 20 July 2015. Established in 2000, Narberth-based Calon Wen flies the flag...
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New website to help grow Welsh organic business (06-07-2015)
Interest in organic produce is on the increase and as a result a practical website has been launched by BOBL to help businesses in Wales wanting to develop in the organic sector. Developed by the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL)...
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BOBL Final Conference (27-05-2015)
The Welsh Government and EU funded Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project held a closing conference in Builth Wells on 21 May. The conference brought together 60 delegates from organic supply chain businesses and stakeholders organisations. It...
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Wake up to Organic (27-05-2015)
A summer campaign celebrating the best of British organic produce. Introduction The Organic Naturally Different Campaign wants to get your customers excited about organic produce this summer. That's why we are running a special initiative that has been designed to deliver...
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A Sustainable Future for Organics in Wales (20-05-2015)
The Welsh Government and EU funded Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project is holding a strategy conference in Builth Wells on 21 May. The conference will look back on a challenging five years and set down a pathway to...
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Assessing the demand for Welsh flour (08-04-2015)
Welsh flour can make excellent bread and other flour based products particularly if techniques such as slow fermentation and sour dough are used. If you are a baker and would like to use more Welsh flour, please fill in our...
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TIPI/TP Organics and Organic Stakeholder Action Plan (20-03-2015)
The 3rd Science day took place at Biofach 2015 as a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming...
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Optimism in the UK organic market (20-03-2015)
Two recent events give rise for optimism in relation to the UK organic market. The Soil Association Market report was launched on the 24 Feb 2015 and the Organic Trade Board (OTB) held a trade briefing under the motto of...
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Growth of the European organic market (20-03-2015)
In 2013 the European organic market grew by approx. 6% to a value of more than 24 billion euros. Consumers in the European Union spent 22.2 billion euros on organic food and some countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Norway...
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Organic food for students (18-03-2015)
Aberystwyth University has an organic food coop, thanks to some enterprising students and the Organic Fresh Food Company in Lampeter. Once a week, organic fruit and vegetables, mostly British grown, are on sale in the Students Union. Here, students can...
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Organic Holidays (20-01-2015)
If you want to add your campsite, farm or accommodation to the Organic Holiday website get in touch with Linda Moss lindamoss@organicholidays.com Organic Holidays T 01943 870791 Twitter: @ HolidayOrganic Pintrest
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Chester Food Assembly (12-01-2015)
Food Assembly is a social enterprise, supporting small scale food producers. We aim to work with farmers, food producers and growers who are working in sustainable ways, connecting them with local customers. Food Assembly is a famers market but it is...
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Organic Welsh Wool: Building the market and streamlining GOTS certification (19-11-2014)
Organic Centre Wales have published a request for a quotation on the Sell2Wales website. The objectives of the contract are to 1. Improve the consumer/ user understanding of the concept of organic wool and 2. Identify issues around/ barriers...
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Organic food values (14-11-2014)
The food we buy reflects the values we hold. But what values lead people to choose organic? Can those values help create a sustainable food system? And are we putting the message out clearly enough? We are inviting everyone with...
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New Organic Regulation Proposal of EU (06-08-2014)
Susanne Padel and Lawrence Woodward of the Organic Research Centre attended the final of three stakeholder consultation meetings held by Defra on the New Organic Regulation Proposal of the EU Commission on 15 July. The aim of the meetings...
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Organic catering at Trinity St David (30-07-2014)
Congratulations to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), which is the first university in the UK to achieve a Food for Life Gold Catering Mark from the Soil Association for its banqueting and events services across all campuses. Janine...
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Welsh grain revival (23-06-2014)
The Welsh Grain Forum held its third meeting on Monday 16th June at Ewan Brook farm near Crickhowell and Talgarth Mill. The forum is a community of growers, millers, bakers, maltsters, brewers, thatchers and others committed to using and promoting...
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Welsh Grain Forum Field trip, 16 June (13-05-2014)
This event is for anyone who is interested in growing and using Welsh grain for food and drink rather than animal feed. It aims to build relationships between growers, millers, bakers, brewers and distillers and to help the different businesses...
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New icecream range (13-05-2014)
Organic farmers Anna and David Taylor have a new range of 'Chilly Cow' ice creams, made from milk produced by their 80-strong herd of Swiss Brown cows. The new venture is based on Stryt Fawr, a 60 ha farm in...
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New organic regulations (23-04-2014)
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements has published a first response to the draft regulation and a full IFOAM response is under development. OCW partner the Organic Research Centre has published an article on the new regulation in...
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RDP Consultation: have your say (20-03-2014)
The formulation of the new Rural Development Programme is coming to a conclusion, with the final consultation document out now. Tony Little from OCW went to a meeting to discuss the proposals recently and wrote this blog. Please take the...
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Soil Association Marketing Report 2014 (20-03-2014)
The Soil Association 2014 Organic Market Report shows a return to growth in the UK organic market in 2013 which is the first time since 2008. The total organic market grew by 2.8% in 2013 compared to the year before...
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Welsh Government makes statement on future organic support (06-02-2014)
The Welsh Government has considered the responses to its consultation on organic farming support 2015 – 2020. Read the Ministers statement here and a summary of the responses here.
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NFU Cymru urges the Welsh Government to end uncertainty for organic producers (28-01-2014)
The Welsh Government must end the uncertainty for organic producers in Wales and support the sector in developing viable, profitable markets for Welsh organic produce, says NFU Cymru. This message comes as part of the Union's response to the Welsh...
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Government launches consultation on future organic support (15-11-2013)
Following the long-awaited agreements at European level on the future for CAP and the Rural Development Programme (RDP), plans are now being made for their implementation from 2015. The Welsh Government are now seeking views on the development of...
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Organic success at the Farmers Weekly 2013 Awards! (04-10-2013)
Two organic farms have tasted success this week at the prestigious Farmers Weekly Awards,hosted in London on the 3rd October. Rhug Estate in Corwen scooped not one but two awards, Lord Newborough was named Farmers Weekly Farmer of the...
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Nantclyd Farm scoops a Soil Association food award! (03-10-2013)
Local organic poultry farmer Liz Findlay has scooped this prestigious award for her delicious organic eggs produced in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Here's what the judges said: "Great yolk cooked dark, incredible flavour, thicker texture, one of the creamiest, old fashioned 'eggy'...
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The Horticulture Wales Awards 2013 (03-10-2013)
Following their first successful Horticulture Wales Awards in 2012, the awards are back this year and are now open for entries! Their 'Collaboration in Business' Award is open to nominations from groups of two or more businesses or organisations, at...
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Making more of Welsh organic wool (03-10-2013)
Wool is a wonderful, versatile, natural renewable resource but it is often undervalued. Llynfi Textiles, a design and clothing company, Ystrad Traditional Organics and Organic Centre Wales (OCW) have been working together to try and change all that. The team...
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ORGANIC FOOD SHEDS ITS 'ELITIST' TAG (16-09-2013)
A survey of Welsh shoppers published this week has revealed that organic food may no longer be seen as a luxury purchase, reserved just for the more affluent consumers. The research1, commissioned by Organic Centre Wales, found that the trend towards...
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BOBL funding available for organic businesses attending Trade Fairs Autumn/Winter 2013 (03-09-2013)
The BOBL project has been able to provide support for some of the costs of attending trade fairs in the UK and Europe. There is a limited amount of funding remaining under this heading and businesses who wish to...
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Organic September 2013 (15-08-2013)
Organic September is a whole month in which to celebrate everything organic across the whole of the UK. It is a great chance to showcase the organic message and engage new consumers to the fantastic world of organics! With your...
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Miller Research evaluation of the BOBL project (06-08-2013)
The research includes an on-line survey of those who have received support, training or advice from the project. The survey is utterly confidential and asks about the various different aspects of the BOBL project and the effects it has had to...
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Cymru Organig Issue 1 Summer 2013 (16-07-2013)
Following our recent success to deliver an organic advisory service on behalf of the Welsh Government, we have great pleasure in relaunching our primary publication - Cymru Organig. Keep up to date with news and policy developments, financial insights and market...
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Promoting the Catering Mark in Wales (11-07-2013)
The Soil Association and Organic Centre Wales have joined forces to support food providers in Wales to serve food which is better for people and the planet. On Wednesday 3rd July the first event was held at the National Botanic...
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Call for entries: The Soil Association Organic Food Awards (13-06-2013)
Deadline for entries: Friday 21st June 2013 The UK's only awards celebrating the best in organic food and drink. Promoting some of the most sustainable businesses in the UK. The product awards are open to all organic food and drink...
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Marketing materials for organic businesses available now! (06-06-2013)
Over the course of BOBL we have worked with a number of organic businesses to develop a suite of resources to help retailers, communicate a range of organic principles to their customers. This pack of point of sale material for...
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Wales: a sustainable food nation conference (14-05-2013)
Organic Centre Wales, as part of the BOBL project, are pleased to be supporting this upcoming conference taking place at Cardiff University on the 4th June 2013. The environment, food culture and the systems that support this have long been a...
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The Dean Organic Trust (14-05-2013)
The Dean Organic Trust was established in 1998 to offer financial assistance to organic farmers and growers. We provide small interest fee loans for those establishing an organic business or looking for help in purchasing new equipment.Loan repayments are by...
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New farmer-led fund announces first research grants (08-05-2013)
The Soil Association announces the winners of the first of their farmer-led innovative research grants funded by the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme. Research is more crucial than ever to agriculture as the industry strives to farm sustainably in the face...
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Small Changes, Big Difference for Organic September (07-05-2013)
The Soil Association is asking organic brands and retailers to start sharing their ideas for this year's Organic September. Now in its fifteenth year, this month-long celebration of all things organic gets a new theme and a brand new look for...
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Organic Farming Scheme agreements extended to 31 December 2014. (07-05-2013)
The Welsh Government is offering to extend OFS agreements until the end of 2014. This applies to all OFS agreement holders, including those that did not accept the previous offer to extend to the end of this year. Letters have...
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Wonderful Wool! (07-05-2013)
Wonderwool Wales took place on the 27th & 28TH April at the Royal Welsh Showground and featured a fantastic showcase of the BOBL Organic Wool Wales project. Aimed at highlighting the exciting opportunities for organic wool in Wales is a...
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Welsh action plan to halt decline in bees (03-05-2013)
Welsh Ministers want to encourage green spaces, allotments and gardens to boost Wales' bee population. The value of pollinators to the UK government is estimated to be £430m a year, but populations have been on the decline for 30...
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Calon Wen launch the first bottled milk vending machine (03-04-2013)
Calon Wen launched their very first vending machine, home to delicious organic milk, butter and cheese produced by the Co-operatives family farmers milk. It is situated outside one of their farmer's local shops in Holt Wrexham, the farmer thought of...
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Natural and Organic Products, 7-8 April in Olympia, London (02-04-2013)
The BOBL project is offering to contribute up to £150 (subject to provision of valid receipts) for travel and subsistence for Welsh organic businesses who want to attend the Natural and Organic Products trade fair on 7-8 April 2013 in...
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Green Dragon's Den (02-04-2013)
Green Dragon's Den Part of Hay on Earth, this year's Green Dragons' Den will see two imaginative projects in Wales awarded up to £15,000 funding from Welsh Government and UnLtd. Over two days, shortlisted projects will go head to head to...
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Reports reveal areas of growth and challenges in organic sales (20-03-2013)
The Organic Market Report published today (20th March)by the Soil Association highlights key areas of growth in online retail, independent outlets and a shift towards younger consumers during 2012. Overall, the market has dipped by 1.5% as the UK...
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ORC Conference presentations 'Making producer-led innovation a reality' (28-02-2013)
Making producer-led innovation a reality The ORC's annual Organic Producers' Conference took place in January and brought together organic and other producers interested in ecological approaches to sustainable food production, with researchers and advisers to share ideas on making agriculture perform...
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"Best training in 12 years" (28-02-2013)
Several organic businesses joined the OCW team on the 19th February to take part in a media training course, covering broadcast and social media. Delegates left the course equipped with essential techniques for dealing with broadcast interviews in order...
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Reach new potential customers with the Catering Mark Supplier Scheme (27-02-2013)
Over 600,000 Catering Mark meals are now served every day in schools, hospitals, universities, nurseries and staff restaurants across the UK. As the Catering Mark grows, so does demand for products that meet the Standards. The Catering Mark Supplier...
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Wanted! Research into slugs, thistles, TB and much more (25-02-2013)
DUCHY ORIGINALS FUTURE FARMING PROGRAMME Farmers and growers were not short of ideas when asked by the Soil Association to suggest topics that they would like to be researched. Topics ranged from weed control and animal welfare to tackling the spread...
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School visits training courses (CEVAS) (13-02-2013)
Are you a farmer, smallholder or community gardener who is interested in hosting school visits? Or do you work for an organization that runs countryside visits for schools? CEVAS is a well established training scheme which includes health and safety,...
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Media Training: Making the most of broadcast and social media 19 Feb 2013,Penpont, Brecon. (17-01-2013)
OCW is delivering a Media Training day for organic businesses on the 19th February 2013, as part of the BOBL project. This course is a rare chance to work with professional news broadcasters and will give you the confidence...
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Open for entries - Organic Grower of the Year 2013 (10-01-2013)
The Organic Grower of the Year Award 2013 is open for entries until the end of January. Organic Grower of the Year - is open to growers of top fruit, salads, soft fruit and vegetables Awarded to the grower that most impresses...
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The Soil Association puts farmers in the driving seat of research (08-01-2013)
The Soil Association recently announced the launch of a £125,000 fund that puts farmers and growers in the driving seat of new research. The research fund is part of the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme which supports innovation in...
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Retail and Sales Networking event and Training course 5 March 2013 (08-01-2013)
OCW has an exciting training opportunity for 2013, which we have developed by working closely with a number of organic businesses. There is no charge for this training which is provided as part of the BOBL project. The training will include...
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Sustainable Food Communites activity reports now available on-line (17-12-2012)
The final report on the Sustainable Food Communities (SFC) project was published to the Organic Centre Wales website in July 2012. The reports of the individual activities supported by the project have now been completed and are available on-line....
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Mobile farm shop (14-12-2012)
Mobile Farm Shop 'Get Ffresh' is a new venture in Cardiff that sells organic vegetables from the Riverside Market Garden as well as soups, jams, cheese and bread. It visits Llandough Hospital and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, on Wednesdays and is...
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OCW publish marketing toolkit (21-11-2012)
Organic Centre Wales has published a PR and Marketing Toolkit to the OCW website. The toolkit brings together the course materials developed for the Media Training courses offered to organic businesses. It also tells businesses how they can...
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Rhug Estate looks abroad for sales after winning top export award (07-11-2012)
RHUG Estate scooped a top award for exports at this year's Wales True Taste Food and Drink Awards. The 2,500 acre organic farm, in Denbighshire, was awarded gold in the Welsh Export category based on the strength of its success over...
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Welsh Organics Taste Success at True Taste Awards (02-11-2012)
Organic businesses across Wales tasted success last week, at this year's Wales the True Taste Food and Drink Awards. The award ceremony is in its 11th year and was hosted by the Welsh Government at The Royal Welsh Showground,...
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Organic Campaign Comes Back with a “Baaaaa” (05-09-2012)
Wales's first advertising campaign to promote the benefits of buying organic produce is set to return today (Monday 3rd September) to mark the start of National Organic Month in the UK, as posters featuring two new 'characters' start appearing at...
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Making organic feed more sustainable (10-08-2012)
The issue Organic poultry rations are heavily dependent on imported ingredients, primarily soya but also cereals. This leaves producers at the mercy of global market prices and does not sit comfortably with the organic principles. This short film summarizes the...
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OCW and BOBL publications August 2012 (06-08-2012)
A comprehensive list of recent publications has been published to the OCW website. The list includes reports on Sustainable Food Communities, Public Sector Procurement, technical information for producers and material communicating the benefits of organic produce. Download the summary document...
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EU organic leaf logo now compulsory (16-07-2012)
The new EU organic logo is compulsory from 1 July 2012 onwards on all pre-packed organic food products that meet the necessary standards, Europolitics reports. Operators had a two-year transition period to adapt to the new rules in order to...
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USA: Organics gain clout in export markets (16-07-2012)
Organics have moved well beyond the niche of farmers markets and health food stores to become an important sector in the U.S. economy and the next big commodity class to watch, the Organic Trade Association said. U.S. Department of...
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Powys - Farm Diversification Business Award (14-06-2012)
Enterprising farming families in Powys are being encouraged to enter an exciting new award for excellence in Farm Diversification to recognise their achievements. Eligible farm-based businesses could win the new category of the fourth annual Powys Business Awards, supported by...
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Sign up to the Gwynedd Food Charter (13-06-2012)
The Gwynedd Food Charter, which is supported by the BOBL project, was launched by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas at the Urdd Eisteddfod on Wednesday 6 June. Cynthia Hughes of Sustainable Gwynedd Cynaliadwy Ltd said: “Food is central to the livelihoods, culture and...
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New Campaign Encourages Shoppers to Choose Organic (12-06-2012)
A new marketing campaign, launching in Wales today (11 June), will set out to convince Welsh consumers of the benefits of selecting produce that is produced organically. The campaign, managed by Organic Centre Wales (OCW), will be the first of its...
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Wrexham local food project goes from strength to strength (29-05-2012)
It may come as a surprise to learn that Wrexham, thought of by many as an industrial county, is rapidly establishing itself as a hotbed of activity when it comes to local produce. To help increase opportunities for the many food...
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Developing the next generation of rural leaders (24-04-2012)
Farming Connect is to extend the reach of its Agri-Academy programme. The second element of the Agri-Academy, the Rural Leadership Programme, has been designed to develop a new generation of leaders, and is looking for 15 candidates who have...
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Tell the world you're Organic! (19-04-2012)
Thank you to everyone who ordered Tir Organig signs and you should have received them by now. If you haven't ordered any, or you want more, then please contact E-mail: jll At aber dot ac dot uk. And...
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Sustainability toolkit (18-04-2012)
Organic Centre Wales has developed a new sustainability toolkit for organic business in Wales. The toolkit has been posted out to businesses and is available for download. The BOBL team will be out on the road meeting organic businesses in...
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Education about the food supply chain (16-04-2012)
It's often said that the public needs more education about how food is produced, so that they can make good choices about what food to buy. However, really effective education needs to take into account the attitudes and values that are...
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Better Business - Creating sustainable business models (16-04-2012)
Organic Centre Wales is helping one farmer to change his business, allowing him to focus on his professional and personal priorities while making his production system more sustainable and creating opportunities for young farmers. Roger Bufton runs Ewan Brook, a 120...
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Organic farming statistics (16-02-2012)
At the end of 2010, about 8% of Welsh agricultural land was fully organic or in conversion. The area under organic management increased by more than 50% during 2006-10, but the area under conversion fell during 2010, producing an overall...
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Organic Research conference, Birmingham (16-02-2012)
OCW attended the Organic Research Centre – Elm Farm's annual conference in Birmingham in January. We were able to present information from the Better Organic Business Links project concerning improving the sustainability of the supply chain, and Sue chaired...
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Aspiring to Supply Chain Sustainability (01-02-2012)
A presentation given by Sue Fowler, Director OCW, to a workshop at the Elm Farm Organic Research Centre conference held on 16&17 January 2012 at Aston University, Birmingham.
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OCW loses core funding (31-01-2012)
Welsh Government funding for the Organic Conversion Information Service (OCIS) ceased on 31 December 2011. This means there is no longer a free dedicated service to help farmers who are considering organic certification. It is not clear if the...
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Horticulture survey (26-01-2012)
ADAS and Horticulture Wales are inviting horticultural producers to take part in a survey of horticulture in Wales. To complete the survey, please follow this link: Horticulture survey It will only take 10-15 minutes. Horticulture is a varied and dispersed sector in...
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Using the internet to develop your business (25-01-2012)
Using blogs, Twitter and Facebook to help your business was the subject of a free BOBL training course held recently at Betws-y-Coed. We will run more of these courses if there is demand, so please let us know. Also, have you...
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Sustainability Toolkit (23-01-2012)
We have developed a new sustainability toolkit for organic businesses in Wales which will be published during February. The toolkit will help to support you improve your business sustainability by taking a step by step approach, and by understanding why...
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Distributing organic food in north Wales (10-01-2012)
North Wales distribution firm Delsol signed a deal with Rhug Estates Organic Farm in Corwen before Christmas to deliver a wide range of organic produce to homes around the UK. “There is a huge demand for North Wales produce both...
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Making organic poultry feed more sustainable (07-12-2011)
Organic Centre Wales has commissioned the Organic Research Centre - Elm Farm to assess the contribution that UK produced sunflower and oil seed rape (OSR) can make to organic poultry rations. At present many organic poultry systems rely heavily on imported...
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Organic: Better Business Conference (08-11-2011)
A report of our recent conference is now available here. Over 90 delegates attended a day of talks and workshops at this year's Welsh organic conference. The theme was improving business performance in the organic sector and strengthening its economic,...
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Better Organic Business Links - update (08-11-2011)
We have had a review of the project and the recommendation is that we focus more on consumer information and engagement. E-mail: luw1 At aber dot ac dot uk if you would like an information pack on how to engage...
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Encouragement and prosperity for organic businesses (04-11-2011)
Missed our Organic: Better Business conference? Don't miss out,
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Congratulations to organic True Taste Award winners (31-10-2011)
Six gold awards for organic products were among the organic winners on the night of celebrations of the Wales the True Taste awards at Venue Cymru in Llandudno. Four other organic products received silver and three received bronze awards. The 10th...
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Guaranteed minimum price agreed for organic lamb (25-10-2011)
The UK's leading organic livestock producer group has made a landmark agreement with meat supplier Dunbia Llanybydder on guaranteed minimum prices and premium for organic lamb. The objective of the agreement is to ensure a year-round supply of organic...
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OFCS application window is open (27-09-2011)
A window of application for the OFCS 2012 is open between 3 October and 4 November 2011. It will support land starting conversion between 2 January 2011 and 1 January 2012. Applications must be supported by a conversion plan, and...
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Ethical business (07-09-2011)
It isn't what others do to you, but what you do to others. The Better Organic Business Links project is working to support organic businesses in delivering to the IFOAM principle of 'fairness'. We have produced a booklet...
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Wales leads the UK as Organic land has increased by 34% (23-08-2011)
Wales has boosted its take up of organic land more than any other UK country according to a national report. A recent report by DEFRA shows that Wales is leading the UK as organic land in Wales increased by 34%...
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Community Supported Agriculture Study Tour (23-08-2011)
As part of the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project, Organic Centre Wales is organising a study tour to the West of England. The tour will include attendance at the Soil Association Conference on Friday 16 September and a visit...
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How to use social media tools to build your business (16-08-2011)
Wondering whether Blogs, Twitter and Facebook are worth the bother and can really help your business? Come to this FREE two hour Better Organic Business Links, Social Media Workshop and find out how businesses like yours are using social networking sites...
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Win organic products worth over £100!! How can the organic sector become truly sustainable? (09-08-2011)
Creating organic products and getting them to the end customer in the most efficient and sustainable way is essential for the advancement of the organic sector. What is the one thing you believe the industry should do to become truly...
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OCW at the Shows (20-07-2011)
As well as attending the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd, staff from Organic Centre Wales and Farming Connect will also be at the following regional shows over the summer: Anglesey Show: 9-10 August Pembrokeshire Show: 16-18 August Denbigh and Flint Show: 18 August Free...
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Royal Welsh Agricultural Show (20-07-2011)
OCW is present in the Organic Food and Farming marquee in the Countryside Care Area at this year's event. The marquee showcases elements of the Better Organic Business links project, hosts the Organic Development Programme Farming Connect team and...
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Agritourism guide (20-07-2011)
Tourism is a competitive business and this Organic Centre Wales Guide has been produced for farmers and other businesses considering or running an agri-tourism venture. It provides an overview of the current organic agri-tourism sector, looks at the market place,...
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2011/12 Organic Farm Management Handbook (20-07-2011)
The new edition of the Organic Farm Management Handbook is now available, published by the Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm near Newbury. It includes information on marketing, certification, policy, financial and technical aspects of different organic systems and enterprises....
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Business success in times of change (11-07-2011)
In an event to be held at the Royal Welsh Show next week, Stephen Weir and Chris Stanley of Weir Total Supply Chain Sustainability will present case studies on the sustainability of businesses in post farmgate supply chains. They will...
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Sustainable Food Communities - Cardiff (16-06-2011)
Invitations have been issued to a range of organisations across Cardiff to attend a Sustainable Food Communities Wales consultation event on 30 June. Participants will be able to learn more about the purpose of the project and to hear about...
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Royal Welsh Agricultural Show (15-06-2011)
The Organic marquee in the Countryside Care Area at this year's event will host the Organic Development Programme Farming Connect team and the Organic Certification bodies, and showcase elements of the Better Organic Business links project. We will include...
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Mid Wales community groups urged to apply for sustainable food funding (08-06-2011)
Community groups in Mid Wales who want to support the development of the organic food sector in Wales are being invited to apply for funding. Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) has launched the Sustainable Food Communities (SFC) scheme, which aims...
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Sustainability footprinting - opportunity for businesses (09-05-2011)
BOBL have appointed Weir Total Supply Chain Sustainability to study the resource use and sustainability of organic businesses involved in the post farm-gate supply chain. Businesses operating within the organic sector in Wales are being offered the opportunity to save...
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Marketing workshops for horticultural businesses (27-04-2011)
Horticulture Wales, the supply chains project based at Glyndwr University, is organizing a series of online marketing workshops. They will be practical and interactive and available to all Welsh businesses throughout the horticultural supply chain, including businesses that sell...
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Soil Association Organic Market Report 2011 (07-04-2011)
The Soil Association has published its 2011 Organic Market Report. UK sales of organic products fell 5.9% to £1.73 billion in 2010. However, the outlook for 2011 is cautiously optimistic.
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True Taste Awards 2011/12 (29-03-2011)
Reminder – The deadline for entries into the True Taste Food and Drink Awards is 15th April 2011 – to enter please go to www.truetaste.tv. The 10th annual True Taste Food and Drink Awards will be held in North Wales on...
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Better Organic Business Links project to support sustainable development of businesses (02-02-2011)
The Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project is spending £100,000 on helping organic businesses in Wales monitor their use of resources and their impact on the environment. The work aims to help businesses make better use of inputs and...
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Welsh angle on a new advertising campaign for organic food (10-01-2011)
Organic Centre Wales (OCW) will be supporting a high profile three-year campaign to promote organic food in the UK. The £2m campaign, paid for by organic businesses and match-funding from the EU, invites consumers to discover what organic means to them,...
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New campaign launches to highlight benefits of organic (10-01-2011)
The organic industry is launching a high profile 3-year campaign that is set to deliver sales growth by increasing consumer demand for organic food in the UK. Match funded by the EU, the aim of the £2m 'Why I...
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New food and drink strategy (04-01-2011)
Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones and Dr. Haydn Edwards, Chair of the Food and Drink Advisory Partnership set a ten year challenge for the food and drink industry in Wales at the launch of the food strategy Food for Wales,...
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Support for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) (04-01-2011)
OCW is supporting Secure Alternative Markets such as CSA projects through BOBL. We are currently working with 6 projects all across Wales, providing advice and information on establishing CSA, advice and training on producing for CSA projects. Contact E-mail: jll...
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Horticulture workshop report (04-01-2011)
The report from the workshop for organic horticultural businesses, held last December at CAT, is now available on the OCW website. If you would like to be involved in implementing the outcomes, or to be kept up to speed with...
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Horticulture workshop (13-12-2010)
About 35 participants made it to CAT for this workshop, organised by OCW and the Organic Growers Alliance. It acknowledged that these are very challenging times for many businesses and sought to thrash out a strategy to get the organic...
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Organic bread from Ceredigion (08-12-2010)
A loaf of bread made from organic wheat grown in Ceredigion was the centrepiece of OCW's stand at this year's Winter Fair. The wheat was grown at the Aberystwyth University farm at Trawsgoed and milled at Felinganol, a working watermill...
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Organic Producers make their mark in Wales the True Taste Awards (12-11-2010)
Organic producers are well represented amongst the winners of Wales the True Taste Awards. Of the 80 awards organic food products were eligible for, 13 went to organic producers and eight of these were gold. These are in...
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Pulling together: horticulture workshop (04-11-2010)
All organic businesses are invited to a workshop to discuss the future of organic horticulture in Wales, on 3 December at CAT, Machynlleth. Four clear themes have emerged, which will form the basis of the programme: Finding new markets;...
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Sustainable food from Wales (04-11-2010)
In the run-up to the True Taste Awards 2010, the Guardian profiles some Welsh producers and businesses who have won awards in the Sustainable Development category in previous years. These include Paul Benham who grows organic vegetables at Primrose Farm...
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Imported animal feeds (04-11-2010)
Friends of the Earth and the Soil Association are both campaigning for more sustainable meat and dairy production in the UK. The FoE's Food Chain campaign calls for reduced reliance on imported feeds which often have high environmental impacts. Now the...
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Welsh organic producer conference 21 October (08-10-2010)
Over 135 people attended the Organic Producers' Conference on 21 October at the Royal Welsh Showground. Patrick Holden talked about his radical ideas for the transformation of our present industrial food and farming systems to a more sustainable alternative,...
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Making sense of carbon footprinting (08-10-2010)
Organic Centre Wales has published a guide to help farmers reduce their carbon footprint. The guide, produced as part the OCW project Better Organic Business Links, lists the calculators available to farmers and helps them select the one that's best for...
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Organic cheese at the Olympics (08-10-2010)
West Wales cheese company Sancler Organic is to supply its organic yoghurt cheese to the 2012 Olympics. The company won a contract to supply food to the Games following a visit to the Speciality and Fine Food Show in London...
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Food and the Big Society (08-10-2010)
The Soil Association is holding its annual National Conference in Manchester on 9/10 February in Manchester Town Hall. The conference will discuss how food and farming can provide a mechanism for combating some of the major challenges that are confronting...
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Risk Assessment seminars for edible crop growers (07-10-2010)
Government and retailers are continually striving to minimise the risk of microbial contamination of fresh produce. The HDC and FSA have jointly funded a package of work to help growers achieve this, including a recent factsheet and development of web-based...
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Marketing Organics in a Changing World (04-10-2010)
The Better Organic Business Links Project has published a review of information on consumers' attitudes to organic produce from Wales. The review was carried out by Beaufort Research to inform the development of a survey to monitor the current...
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Workshop will help horticultural businesses through tough times (14-09-2010)
Organic Centre Wales and the Organic Growers Alliance are organising a workshop for organic horticultural businesses in Wales to help map out a way forward for the sector. Recent work has highlighted the difficult conditions currently faced by businesses right...
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Food strategy (13-09-2010)
The long-awaited Food and Drink Strategy “Food for Wales, Food from Wales 2010-2020” has been launched. WAG are keen to receive feedback from individuals so please visit www.wales.gov.uk/food and respond directly. If you wish to contribute to a response by...
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Organic leaders to debate future (02-09-2010)
In October, key figures from retailing, processing, production and marketing will debate the progress of the organic sector and examine ways to ensure the continued growth of organic food and farming. Organic Farmers & Growers are teaming up with Organic...
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A month of food festivals (02-09-2010)
September is packed with food and drink festivals to visit, including the Organic Food Festival (11 & 12 September). Buy organic produce from over 200 stalls and watch chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Giorgio Locatelli, Oliver Rowe and Thomasina Miers....
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Consumers 'oblivious to welfare' (02-09-2010)
Freedom Food's Chief Executive has claimed that most consumers have little idea about the lives led by the animals which go into the food they buy. The RSPCA has launched a new campaign called 'Think Pig' and is asking people...
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Public sector catering (03-08-2010)
Public sector bodies in Wales are invited to apply for funding to help them source more sustainable food. The 'Best Food Forward' project, organized by the Forum for the Future with support from the Waterloo Fund, will work with successful...
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Support for the dairy sector (03-08-2010)
Last month Wales' Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones launched a new project designed to support the dairy industry in Wales to improve the efficiency, sustainability and added value of the dairy supply chain. She said: “Now is an important...
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2 million for UK campaign (27-07-2010)
The EU has approved funding for the UK's first generic promotional campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of organic food and farming, giving a boost of £2 million to the organic industry in the UK over the next three...
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Food for Wales, Food from Wales 2010:2020 (07-07-2010)
A new consultation on a Food Strategy for Wales seeks your views on the Welsh Assembly Government's proposed food strategy for Wales. The strategy takes into consideration cross-cutting issues to provide the basis for an integrated approach to food policy...
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Fork2fork: promoting local food in Wales (07-07-2010)
Fork2fork is a new website with information on local food, including farmers' markets, farm shops, online producers through to local box schemes. It also has useful information for producers, including case studies and newsletters. See www.Fork2fork.org.uk The fork2fork campaign is a two...
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DairyCo project tackles key environmental challenge (17-06-2010)
DairyCo has set out an innovative three year project to determine a crucial benchmark through the measurement of carbon footprints on GB dairy farms. "This project will enable us to identify key 'hot spots' on-farm to improve business efficiency, which...
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Developing the image of the organic sector in Wales (03-06-2010)
Organic Centre Wales is inviting communications companies to bid for work on developing the image of Welsh organic products. The contract will help promote Welsh organic products in their home and UK markets and is for two years. ...
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Organic market garden for Cardiff (01-06-2010)
The Riverside Community Market Association is selling shares in its new project, a 10-acre plot outside Cardiff. It will produce a wide range of organic vegetables, with a focus on higher value crops such as salads, and some fruit. Some...
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Sustainable public procurement of food (01-06-2010)
Sustain is running a campaign called 'Good food for our money', which is calling for legislation in England to set standards for public sector food so that it is healthy, good for the environment and invests in local and sustainable...
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Organic Market – Meat and livestock (20-05-2010)
Graig Producers report May 2010 by Nigel Elgar Organic lamb is in very short supply. New season organic lamb is coming forward in very small numbers at a premium of around 20p/kg (4%) over organic hoggets. Prices are around 5%...
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Organic Market - Cereals (20-05-2010)
Market update May 2010 by Simon Tubbs Norton Organics On the wheat side, there are a few consumers tidying up with old crop before the new harvest starts. Quite a lot of wheat for sale in the North of the...
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Organic Market – Dairy (20-05-2010)
OMSCo report May by Huw Bowles. The weather continues to have a significant impact on organic milk supplies in Wales. Like for like supplies from the 72 organic producers supplying OMSCo for April was down 1.7% on a year...
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Wales the True Taste Food & Drink Awards 2010–2011 (20-05-2010)
Entries are now open for the 2010-2011 awards. This year they are encouraging everyone to enter online at www.truetaste.tv. You can also call the advice hotline on 0800 085 3663. The deadline for entries is 4 June 2010. The Soil Association...
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Organic Market - Retail Price Watch (28-04-2010)
Current Organic Prices (£) : Product Tesco ASDA Org wholemilk 568ml 0.53 0.53 Org semi-skim 568ml 0.53 0.53 Org skimmed568ml 0.53 0.53 Org lamb leg steaks per kg 14.98 14.98 Org lamb mince 500g 2.98 3.32 Org potatoes 2 kg .n/f .n/f Org beef rump steak kg 11.47 11.47 Org beef mince500g 2.94 2.94 Org beef sirloin steakkg 15.46 15.46 On the Tesco price check for the above...
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BOBL Project News (28-04-2010)
The BOBL project is designed to support the primary producer in Wales and grow the market for Welsh organic produce in a sustainable way. The project will develop new, emerging and existing markets for organic produce whilst driving innovation, at...
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Organic Market – Fruit and Vegetables (28-04-2010)
Suzanne Rees, Organic Fresh Food Company reports: Glorious weather has raised everyone's spirits and growers have been out cultivating and planting in near perfect conditions. However cold nights are still causing problems with slow germination and early Pembroke potatoes currently...
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Organic Market – Meat and Livestock (28-04-2010)
Graig Producers report April 2010 by Nigel Elgar Organic Hoggetts are in desperately short supply and shortages are likely to remain until June when the new season lambs become available in number. Under thirty month beef and over thirty month beef...
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Organic Market – Cereals (28-04-2010)
Market update 20th April 2010 by Simon Tubbs Norton Organics Markets are relatively stable. The better weather has brought a rapid decline in the demand for stock feed however there is still a lot of wheat to be sold. Our advice...
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Organic Market – Dairy (28-04-2010)
OMSCo April report by Huw Bowles. The weather continues to disrupt milk supply.The long cold and wet winter meant that a number of producers were running very low on silage and some have had to resort to obtaining a derogation...
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Conference for teachers: Growing the Future (28-04-2010)
A conference was held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on April 19, 2010, to consult teachers on the delivery of food and farming education in schools. Wynfford James of the Department of Rural Affairs delivered the keynote address...
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The 2009 organic producer survey (28-04-2010)
The full report of last year's producer survey is now available on this website. It contains information on livestock numbers, producer attitudes, producer views of prices and market development. You can download the report below.
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New factsheets: labelling of organic products, and gene technology (26-04-2010)
The new EU organic regulation has brought with it a number of important changes to the labelling of organic products. If you package and/or sell any organic produce, you need to read our new factsheet on Labelling of organic products:...
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UK voice in Europe (26-04-2010)
Sue Fowler, Director of OCW, participated in a meeting of the UK branch of the IFOAM EU group which met at the Natural and Organic Products show at Olympia on Monday 12 April. The meeting was held there to draw...
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Soil Association Organic Market Report 2010 (26-04-2010)
The Soil Association's latest Organic Market Report was published on Monday 12 April. Sales of organic products in the UK fell by 12.9% in 2009 to £1.84 billion. Yet despite the tough economic climate, the report also indicates signs of...
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Tourism questionnaire (07-04-2010)
Many thanks to those producers who have responded to our request for information about their tourism enterprises, either by filling in their form and returning it to OCW, or by answering questions over the 'phone. As part of the...
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Why I Love Organic (22-03-2010)
The Organic Trade Board campaign is now entering its second month and has launched a website to support the campaign. To learn more and check on progress visit: whyiloveorganic.org.uk.The campaign has been funded by donations from organic producers who...
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Integrated Public Relations Strategy (22-03-2010)
Companies will shortly be invited to tender for development and delivery of an integrated PR strategy for the organic sector in Wales.The strategy will build on the results of the consumer attitude survey and integrate with the Organic UK campaign...
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Consumer attitudes survey (22-03-2010)
Following presentations by three short listed tenders, Beaufort Research has been awarded the contract to carry out the Consumer Attitude Survey.The presentations prompted a debate over whether the survey should follow a quantitative or qualitative route, ie should the work...
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Award for organic farming pioneer (15-03-2010)
Bob Kennard has been made an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies for his pioneering work in organic food production and collaborative marketing. Graig Producers was started by Bob and his wife Carolyn in the early 1990s to supply...
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The Future of Food (01-03-2010)
A report of the Soil Association's recent annual conference is now available. It contains recordings of the main speakers, including Monty Don, Graham Harvey and Joanna Blythman, Patrick Holden, Oliver Walston and Jeannette Orrey. There are also reports from some...
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Fair trade flourishes - how about organic? (01-03-2010)
Figures released at the start of Fair Trade Fortnight show that sales of fair trade products grew by 12% during 2009, while those of organic fell, by 31% for bread and 16.5% for fruit. Sue Fowler, director of Organic Centre...
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BOBL project update February 2010 (24-02-2010)
The BOBL project is designed to support the primary producer in Wales and grow the market for Welsh organic produce in a sustainable way. The project will develop new, emerging and existing markets for organic produce whilst driving innovation, at...
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Local Food Talks 2010 (11-02-2010)
Local Food Talks draws together a group of organisations and businesses who are passionate about promoting food and drink from Mid Wales. A series of events will be held all over Mid-Wales during February, March and April, offering opportunities to...
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Tir Organig available to download (10-02-2010)
The February 2010 edition of Tir Organig is now available, with the results of the 2009 producer survey. Many thanks to the 618 producers who recently completed the Survey, which was carried out under the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme. download...
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New EU organic logo (09-02-2010)
The European Commission has officially announced the winner of the EU organic logo competition. The winning design is by Dusan Milenkovic, a student from Germany, who gained 63% of the overall vote. From 1 July 2010, this logo will be...
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Organic PR, Organic UK (08-02-2010)
Ensuring customers and stakeholders understand the objectives and challenges of organic production is important to the sustainable development of the organic sector. Organic UK is a campaign funded by a consortium of organic businesses who have pledged money for a primer...
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How do you want to your business to develop? (08-02-2010)
BOBL has commissioned a meet-the-buyer programme to give organic producers an excellent opportunity to learn more about the markets they supply, and acquire the knowledge and contacts they need to move into new ones. The programme includes workshops on potential...
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Market intelligence (08-02-2010)
One of the key objectives of the BOBL project is to provide producers and stakeholders with market intelligence and this will be delivered through publication of reports on the main sectors. Reports have already been commissioned to review the...
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Building the horticulture supply chain (04-02-2010)
A new £1.64 million horticulture project has started through the Supply Chain Efficiency Scheme, part of the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013. Glyndwr University, based at Northop, Flintshire, will gather market intelligence and profiles of horticultural production of food and...
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Soft fruit in the uplands (04-02-2010)
Welsh Fruit Stocks have been selling soft fruit plants from their farm at 1000ft near Kington, Powys, since 1991, and have been organic since 2000. Last year, the farm grew some 15,000 blackcurrant, white currant, redcurrant, gooseberry and jostaberry...
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Report on consumer attitudes (04-02-2010)
The financial crisis and subsequent recession has forced consumers to re-think their purchasing decisions across all their expenditure, including food. Organic consumption has generally fared well, but producers are having to work harder for their share of expenditure and compete with...
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Job vacancy: Supply Chain Development Officer (25-01-2010)
The BOBL project is looking for the right person or persons to develop new, emerging and existing markets for organic produce. The successful candidate will work with food companies, food catering and public procurement officers. The post is suitable for...
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UK organic promotion campaign (21-01-2010)
Your industry needs you! Please pledge money today to Organic UK. Every single pledge will make a difference. download information
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Eating the planet (20-01-2010)
Compassion in World Farming and Friends of the Earth recently produced Eating the planet? How we can feed the world without trashing it, which says that a mixture of organic and free-range farming could feed the world in 2050, while...
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Low Carbon Wales (20-01-2010)
A report from the Sustainable Development Commission Wales sets out a regional plan for transition to a low-carbon economy, covering housing, transport, food, natural environment, economy and society. Organic food and local procurement are both mentioned. Download report and the...
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Choose the new organic logo (10-12-2009)
Vote for the EU's new logo: click here. Closing date is 31 January 2010 and the new logo will be used from July 2010.
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Local food school meal in Conwy (10-12-2009)
Organic Centre Wales recently held a local food school meal in Conwy, featuring organic produce.
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BBC Food and Farming Awards (07-12-2009)
Congratulations to Riverside Community Market Association, runners up in the Best Food Market Category. BBC website
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Organic food directory (07-12-2009)
OCW is updating the 2008/09 edition of Organic and Local: Where to buy organic and local produce in Wales. Initially it will be a web-based directory, but we hope to print it in 2010. We will be checking existing entries...
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True Taste Awards 2009/10 (07-12-2009)
Congratulations go to those organic producers who have taken many of the top prizes in the True Taste Awards earlier this month. Sam and Rachel Holden of Bwlchwernen Fawr, makers of Hafod cheese won two gold awards; Paul Benham of...
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BOBL staff appointed (07-12-2009)
The Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project has taken another step forward with the appointment of Dafydd Owen and Jane Vine. Dafydd joins the team from PR company StrataMatrix and has also worked on the Transition-Llambed Axis 4 Leader project....
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National Trust awards for organic food (04-11-2009)
Cynan Jones of The Mushroom Garden, Beddgelert, is one of five Welsh winners of the National Trust's Fine Farm Produce Awards. He produces organic shiitake, chestnut and oyster mushrooms and supplies many restaurants. Another winner was...
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