Sponsored: Introducing teapigs Matcha Cocoa, Matcha Turmeric and Matcha Chai


Following the success of their single-serve pure match sachets, teapigs, the UK’s leading super premium tea company, have introduced 3 new matcha latte sachet products in the most on-trend and delicious flavours; cocoa, turmeric and chai. Made from real, premium, organic match and real spices, teapigs latte sachets are all natural and contain no fillers, sweeteners or milk powders – you just add hot milk. They’ve also unveiled a new, bolder and brighter packaging for their whole sachet range including their pure matcha and matcha mint sachets.

Renowned for its abundant nutritional benefits, matcha has quickly become one of the most sought after health drinks and – while matcha is traditionally drunk as a hot tea and can be added to fruit juices and smoothies, the most popular way of drinking it is as a latte. teapigs new sachets have made it possible for consumers to easily make a delicious matcha latte at home.

“The popularity of match and matcha lattes being purchased on the high street is off the scale” says Louise, teapigs’ teas taster. “It takes a couple of minutes to make a latte at home and customers find the portioned format really easy to use. We’ve used real ingredients that are full of flavour so you don’t need sweeteners – you can just add milk (our favourite is brown rice or almond milk because they have natural sweetness)”.

teapigs matcha sachets are a great entry level matcha product at under £10. Each sachet contains a full 1g of matcha so you’re getting your daily fix. Be sure to stock up in January when everyone is looking for healthy products.”

teapigs matcha latte sachets are available at an RRP £9.99 for a pack of 10 sachets from 15th November 2017.





A successful ‘independents day’ at the Natural Health Trade Summit 2017

Over 400 visitors from 200 independent health food stores came together in the Principal Hotel in Manchester for this year’s Natural Health Trade Summit in association with the National Association of Health Stores.

Organised by the team behind Health Food Business magazine, the show benefited from a 20% increase in pre-registrations to the event, where visitors enjoyed a mix of networking, education and business – all free for retailers to enjoy in a grand venue in central Manchester.

“It’s a very good day out – we met new suppliers and discovered new products”.
Eirian Lloyd Jones, Ruthin Wholefoods

“Fantastic. I don’t need to say anything else. Well done to all involved”.
Kathy Harding, Birmingham Natural Health

“The scale of the show makes it more possible to have meaningful conversations with suppliers”.
Roger Oliver, Healthright

“As a new retailer, I found meeting and talking to the representatives very helpful and, of course, being able to sample new products is very good”.
Diane Hutchinson, Purely Natural

“It was interesting to meet new suppliers and be able to discuss their new products, and also refresh connections with existing contacts”.
John Dickson, Marple Health

Ruth Gilmour, Sales Director at Target Publishing, the organiser of the Natural Health Trade Summit, commented; “We’re proud that the Natural Health Trade Summit has become such an established event in the industry’s calendar and a firm favourite with independent retailers and suppliers alike”.

Gary Trickett, the Chairman of the National Association of Health Stores also commented; “The National Association of Health Stores is proud to work with Target Publishing on the Natural Health Trade Summit; the event never disappoints and this year’s was no different”.

The Natural Health Trade Summit returns for 2018 on the 14 October at the same venue. Look out for more details, and register your interest at





Pravera brings the trade show direct to health stores in Ireland

After noticing the absence of a trade show specifically designed for health stores in Ireland, Graeme Hume Managing Director of Pravera, alongside his colleagues Samantha Brown and Leanne Stephenson have been working tirelessly for the last six months to bring you something different.

Pravera, distributors for Lavera, Benecos, Organyc and many other organic and natural brands, took to the road from their base in Scotland to four corners of Ireland – Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway, to take the show to Irish retailers.

From the 18-22 September, Pravera set up their brands at hotels in the locality and invited retailers to drop in between 3pm and 9pm for a chat, refreshments and to discuss their brands and the philosophy behind their brands.

By scrutinizing the ingredients, the production factory, the natural and organic certification label, Pravera products are tried and tested. They want to make it easy for retailers to purchase products with the knowledge that they are what they say they are – “pure, natural, organic.”

And not just this, every visitor left with a goody bag of products of their choice!

Graeme expressed that though a hectic few days, the trip was well worth the effort. “We had the best response from Cork, Limerick and Galway and plan to repeat next year.”

Due to the success and demand for their trade show, Leanne is scheduled to visit more retailers as they noticed there was a gap for natural and organic brands and a lot of opportunity to develop their sales.

On show, Pravera had a display of the latest Benecos range, Jo Browne’s Irish made perfume sticks, products from their new organic tattoo range and many more!

Next year the Pravera team hope to work in partnership with an ethical supplement brand and novel food brand to give greater reason to visit and give retail stores more variety of products on offer at their showcase.




Mooncup® wins ‘The Green Business Award’ and ‘The Best Place to Work’

This September, Brighton-born ethical business  Mooncup Ltd have won not just one, but two awards- ‘The Green Business Award’ and ‘The Best Place to Work’ – at the Brighton and Hove Business Awards 2017. The reusable menstrual cup company were thrilled to win the coveted titles at the sell-out event, designed to raise awareness and celebrate the ‘diversity and uniqueness of Brighton & Hove’.

Mooncup Ltd’s achievement hits the news in the same week that a national survey revealed Brighton & Hove to be the happiest city in the UK, giving Mooncup Ltd the impressive title of ‘Best Place to Work’ in the ‘Happiest City’.

In selecting ‘The Green Business Award’ winner, judges were looking for a “a business which is focused on supporting the green economy as well as helping the City, and in turn our Planet, to become more sustainable”. 

Due to Mooncup® users worldwide, the company have ensured that 1.7 billion fewer tampons and pads have ended up on our beaches or in landfill since 2002.

Meanwhile ‘The Best Place to Work’ award fanfares “excellence in providing an environment in which employees can develop their full potential, achieve outstanding success for their business and really thrive.”

As Katherine Clements, one of Mooncup Ltd’s proud Company Directors explains:

“The Mooncup® is health conscious, environmentally savvy, and taboo-busting: I can’t think of a more fitting winner to represent Brighton!  We’re so proud to get this recognition- especially among all the great businesses here.  It just goes to show that people are ready to open up and make new choices. And that employee-owned, conscious and progressive business is the way forward, too. There’s another way, and it’s a winner: Mooncup!”

The Mooncup menstrual cup as a product:

  • Just one of us will use 11,000 throwaway tampons and pads in a menstruating lifetime – often ending up in the sea or in landfill.
  • Over one weekend, the Marine Conservation Society found 17 used sanitary product items (applicators, backing strips, pads, tampons and wrappers) per km of British beach surveyed (Beachwatch 2013) .
  • Conventional cotton production (a main material in tampons and pads) accounts for 20% of the world’s pesticide use.
  • In a study performed in 2016, traces of chemicals and insecticides including glyphosates were found in 5 out of 11 disposable sanitary products tested. Mooncup is the healthier, environmentally-friendly alternative.

Mooncup Ltd as a Green Business. Some examples:

  • Manufactured in the UK to the highest quality standards, the Mooncup is also Vegan Society approved.
  • All suppliers are selected following a rigorous process including ethical and quality criteria:
  • All Mooncup leaflets and usage guides are made with 100% recycled paper, pulp or fibres, printed with vegetable inks.
  • The box is FSC Certified and made from ECF pulp.
  • The storage pouch is manufactured in an accredited Fairtrade factory from unbleached, organic GOTS certified cotton.
  • From manufacturing to printers, key suppliers are environmental and ethical pioneers within their respective industries
  • Mooncup Ltd’s bankers and pension providers were selected on the basis of their ethical investment policies.
  • Waste reduction in-house including:  bulk buying kitchen supplies from a local natural products wholesaler, considered scrap paper use & choice of durable solutions wherever possible. In the last year, approximately 2050 litres of waste recycled via Magpie Recycling Cooperative, 450kg of our kitchen waste composted locally.

In the UK, Mooncup is available from good independent health food stores, Boots and .  It is also available in 50 countries worldwide.