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In this issue - Winter 2023

Veganuary

Veganism is one of the fastest-growing global movements, witnessing significant growth over the last decade. Today, we can find vegan options for nearly everything with most major brands offering vegan alternatives.

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Weathering the storm

Independent health stores have had a tough time with the state of the economy and the shock collapse of ToL and THS. With this in mind, Denise Barrett interviewed five retailers, each with their own distinct identity, to see how they are faring – and whether a new, vibrant set of distributors are offering them a lifeline to the supply chain.

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Political tribalism and cynicism must end

Caroline Lucas MP and the Soil Association have both warned of the vulnerability of food and farming to environmental breakdown and highlighted the need for urgent political reform.

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CBD forecast - cloudy with a chance of hope

On October 12, the Food Standards Agency updated its consumer advice on CBD, dramatically cutting its recommended daily amount from 70 grams to 10 grams per day and plunging the industry into a frenzy.

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Secret Shopper Reports

Our secret shoppers have never given a full 10/10 for any of our sections before. This store, which marries a personal approach with a professional service, is a first.

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Health Food Institute: Decline in meat sales comes from a centuries-old message

It has taken nearly 200 years for the vegetarians and more than a hundred years for health food stores and vegetarian restaurants to witness a significant fall in the purchase and consumption of meat in its many various forms in Britain.

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Health Stores UK: New CBD advice – confusion rather than clarity?

The Food Standards Agency's announcement that it was slashing the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of CBD from food sevenfold from 70mg to 10mg has caused dismay in the CBD industry

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Health Stores Ireland: Don't let apathy win without a fight

During a recent catch-up call with my UK counterpart, we found ourselves mulling over the difficulties around stimulating engagement and beating back apathy.

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Health Food Manufacturers’ Association: Working together for positive change

It's good to look back at 2023 and reflect on how things have moved on and how we've positively served our HFMA members as we head into 2024.

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