Category: Trends

Price war in the organic sector: organic products at dumping prices

Price war in the organic sector: organic products at dumping prices

More and more organic food is being sold in supermarkets. This is putting pressure on organic chains – and soon, perhaps, on farmers.

Corn as far as the eye can see – will organic farmers soon have to switch back to monocultures? Photo: dpa

The market for organic food has changed rapidly in recent months due to the entry of discounters. Conventional organic suppliers are also lowering their prices as a result. For example, the organic supermarket chain Alnatura announced at the beginning of June that it would permanently offer 32 products at lower prices, such as coconut flour and bourbon vanilla. With sales of 822 million euros and 133 stores, the company is Germany’s second-largest organic retailer.

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Music and literature on the radio: savings culture in broadcasting

Music and literature on the radio: savings culture in broadcasting

When public broadcasters reform their programming, it is increasingly at the expense of classical cultural programs.

Listening to the radio and learning about contemporary culture? Not so easy anymore Photo: Hubert Starke/Westend61/iamgo

"Music from all genres and away from the mainstream" is the brand promise of "Nachtclub" on Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). Stefan Gerdes, the editor in charge, says, "What we’re doing there is a bit of auteur cinema, and that’s exactly what we want to keep it." But auteur cinema has seen better times in terms of attention economy, and that can now also be said about "Nachtclub." Since the beginning of the year, it’s been running mainly online at NDR Blue – and no longer linearly in NDR Info’s late-night program. That has disadvantages: The name "NDR Blue" is off-puttingly familiar, the level of awareness is modest, and it’s hard to discern a concept. In addition, the special programs now run less frequently than at NDR Info.

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