Organic bakery down despite overall market growth


first_imgSales of organic bakery products slumped last year, despite the overall market bouncing back to growth after four years of decline.According to The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report, published today, organic bakery and cake sales through the multiples fell 12.1% last year, while the total market for organic food and drink grew by 2.8% to a total value £1.79bn.Independent retailers have led the way, with growth of almost 7%, while supermarkets saw overall sales up 1.2%. Sainsbury’s – the country’s biggest organic retailer with a 29% market share – saw a 7% increase in sales of its own-label organic products, closely followed by Waitrose who saw its organic sales increase by 6.5%.Rob Sexton, CEO of Soil Association Certification, said: “To see the organic market showing such strong signs of growth, particularly when grocery sales as a whole are slowing, shows just how much potential there is in the organic sector. The message to supermarkets and other retailers and organic businesses is clear: if you make organic goods available and promote them well, consumers will respond by continuing to purchase the products they have confidence in.”last_img read more

Water Resource Minister wants citizens to conserve water


first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Water Resource Minister, Reginald AustrieMinister for Water Resource Management, Hon. Reginald Austrie wants nationals to become more conscious about water conversation.Water conservation refers to reducing the usage of water.Hon. Austrie made the appeal as he addressed residents of Grand Fond this week, as they witnessed the contract signing for commencement of work on a new water supply project.“Water is life but it’s also a scarce resource. Water is said to be more important than oil in the Middle East because you can live without oil but I’m not sure how long you can live without water. We must not waste it and we must not take it for granted… Let us close the taps and not allow water to run unnecessarily because the water you waste, a million people could do with just one drop of it.”He also noted to residents of Grand Fond that they know all too well about the inadequacies of the current water system in that community, so they too have to be conscious of the water consumption once the project has been completed.Government Information Service 25 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Water Resource Minister wants citizens to conserve water by: – June 15, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more