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Boost to organic foods

Spain: The sector demands inclusion of organic products in public contracts

The demand for organic products in public contracts is considered very important by the eco-agricultural sector, especially because similar initiatives in other countries have entailed "a boost" to organic foods and, consequently, an environmental improvement.Representatives of Ecovalia, Intereco, SEAE and the.....

Import Promotion Desk brings organic producers from nine countries to BIOFACH

Germany: More organic products from developing and emerging countries

From Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia as well as Serbia and South Africa, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) brings organic producers to this year's BIOFACH. More than 30 companies from nine countries will be presenting their diverse range of organic products on the joint stand of.....

Essen / Duisburg:

Germany: 190 kilos of cocaine in organic bananas

In Duisburg on 21.12.2017, Customs Control Unit Essen secured a total of around 190 kg of cocaine in a sea freight shipment of approx. 9 tonnes of organic bananas. The bananas were part of a container shipment from South America. When unloading the banana boxes, a fruit importer from the Ruhr discovered.....

Italy: Organic fresh-cut segment worth €25 million

According to Nomisma data collected in hyper and supermarkets in 2017, the organic processed, dried and fresh-cut sector is worth €137 million. The figure was illustrated by researcher Silvia Zucconi at Marca 2018 in Bologna during a convention organised by Assobio, Federbio Servizi and Nomisma.Packed unwashed.....

John Smits supplies buyers in Northern Europe with total range of Spanish organic fresh produce

Growth of Spanish organic area not as turbulent as expected

John Smits from the Netherlands has been active in Spanish horticulture and the fresh produce trade for twenty years. He started with a production project for organic vegetables on substrate, and in 2004 he started selling organic products in Northern Europe. “My suppliers are between Alicante and Huelva. I’m.....

India: Government sponsored transport for organic produce in Sikkim state

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling said that, in each assembly constituency, the state government would provide a vehicle for the transport of fresh organic produce to the markets.This decision is aimed at mitigating future shortages of fruit and vegetables in the market, as imports of non-organic.....

Allfresch eagerly awaits first shipment of premium organic ‘Mibio’ bananas

Allfresch Group eagerly awaits the first shipment of Mibio. Expected to arrive mid-February, Mibio is the groups new protected brand for premium organics.Mibio bananas are sourced from only the most reputable producer associations in The Dominican Republic. After several years working with the supplier.....

‘Ja! Natürlich’ continues to rely on environmentally friendly packaging

Austria: Organic carrots in bags made from renewable materials

Austria's leading organic brand has been gradually reducing plastic packaging for years - over 380 tons so far. At the start of the new year, another milestone will be set: ‘Ja! Natürlich’ organic carrots will be packaged in a biodegradable bag based on renewable raw materials (vegetable oils, eg thistle and.....

Peru: Producers double banana production with a new variety

The small producers of 83 organizations in the region have committed to convert traditional crops, such as rice and corn, to hectares of organic bananas in order to improve their economy.Currently, thanks to the Organic Banana Public Investment Project (PIP) of the Regional Directorate of Agriculture, the.....

From 7 to 8 billion in one year

French organic market is growing

Organic is popular with French consumers. The market continues to grow, and represents 15 per cent of the total food market now. In 2015, this was only 10 per cent. After the US and Germany, France is the third-largest organic market, as well as the largest agricultural country in the EU. The agricultural area.....

Spain: Benicarlo wants to grow organic artichokes under PDO

The conference "Organic artichoke PDO as an opportunity: a different approach", which was organised by the Agrarian Chamber, made it possible to advance towards the goal of obtaining an organic artichoke cultivated under a PDO in the municipality of Benicarlo. The speaker, Fermín Salcedo, was accompanied by.....

Spain: Two biological products against Monilinia in stone fruit

The IRTA researcher (Spain) Neus Teixidó, together with the rest of the Post-harvest pathology team, has directed a task of the European project BIOCOMES with the aim of developing two biological control products to combat brown rot in stone fruit.In a natural ecosystem, plants are constantly attacked by all.....

Germany: 5,400 hectares more of organic plantation in Brandenburg

In Brandenburg last year, 51 companies decided to apply to the state for a further 5,400 hectares for the promotion of organic cultivation methods. There are also 113 extension applications pending, for a total of 2,600 hectares. Acccording to Jorg Vogelsänger: "As of 2018, for a total of around 5,200 hectares.....

Italy: First organic orchard at 1200 metres asl in Molise

An organic apple orchard 1200 metres above sea level. It would't be such incredible news had we been talking about Trentino or Alto Adige, but we are talking about Molise, where an entrepreneur planted 2.5 hectares in the Isernia province. "It's a gamble, especially since it's an organic orchard, but I'm.....

Migros Group 2017: solid growth in a challenging environment

In 2012, the Migros Group achieved total sales of CHF 28.0 billion and growth of CHF 267 million (+ 1.0%). Retail sales increased nominally to CHF 23.48 billion (+ 0.9%). The ten cooperatives achieved sales of CHF 15.55 billion (-0.5%), mainly due to the minus of -0.4% on the Migros product ranges. In.....

New participation to to strengthen regional organic retail

Swiss Bio Development AG acquires 38 percent of the Münster-based SuperBioMarkt AG

This year begins with a forward-looking change in the German organic food trade. Swiss Bio Development AG, Seon, acquired 38 percent of SuperBioMarkt AG, headquartered in Münster. Michael Radau, CEO of SuperBioMarkt AG, explains: "This move will enable us, together with other strong partners, to tackle the.....

Appeal to financial sector through Dutch Queen

Volkert Engelsman, CEO of major organics marketer Eosta and one of the driving forces behind the True Cost Accounting movement, has made an appeal to banks and investors through HRH Queen Máxima calling on the sector to move up a gear with more “inclusive finance”. By including the environmental and societal.....

Federal Office of Statistics:

Germany: Organic vegetables make up 7% of total vegetable crops

In 2014, agricultural businesses were cultivating an area of 115,200 hectares with open air vegetables in Germany. Around 9% of this area was ecologically managed (10,500 hectares). The largest part of this acreage was used by organic farms to grow carrots (1,700 hectares) and asparagus (1,300 hectares). The.....

July 11 and 12, Monterey CA

Keynote speakers confirmed for Organic Produce Summit

The president of one of the world's most recognized consumer fresh brands and a thought-provoking best-selling author have been confirmed as keynote presenters at Organic Produce Summit 2018, this coming July in Monterey, CA.Ed Carolan, President of Campbell Fresh, and Dan Buettner, noted journalist, author,.....

Pacific Northwest apple growers

Lots of choices for U.S. apple lovers

Growers in the Columbia Basin have no reason to be dissatisfied with the 2017 apple season. Consumers also have reason to be satisfied with the choices available to them in the stores, according to apple industry experts. The 2017 crop was estimated at about 142 million boxes, almost -but not quite- a.....

Spain: Organic food consumption continues to grow

The consumption of organic food, worth 1,685.5 million Euro in 2016, 12.5% ​​more compared to the previous year, continues with the positive trend of recent years and has recorded double-digit increases for its third consecutive year, according to the latest official data.The report of the Ministry.....

Poor cost-production ratio slows down organic production

Different studies have determined that the main reason many farmers have decided not to cultivate organic crops is because of their cost-production ratio.This, despite the product's popularity. It affects biodynamic oils, all kinds of organic fruits and vegetables, and even organic wine. Each and every one of.....

Honduras: Organic production gains ground

More and more Honduran farmers are cultivating organic products, a market that is growing internationally.Consumers have become more demanding of quality standards and the way the food they eat is produced, so they prefer to buy products that have organic seals.In the last ten years, the number of producers of.....

Attendee registration for Organic Produce Summit 2018 opens

General attendee registration for the third annual Organic Produce Summit opened yesterday, Monday January 8 on the OPS website. Special “Early Bird” pricing is available during the month of January for the only event dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce growers, shippers and.....

'Black King brand' launched in 2015

Croatian black garlic is a hit

Samir and Diana Burnić have created an unusual and profitable business. They do not only grow garlic, but also ferment it in controlled conditions in a chamber they have designed themselves. The black garlic, under the Black King (Crni Kralj) brand, has won over Croatian consumers and can now also be.....

US: Sales of organic agricultural products continue to increase

According to the Organic Trade Association, approximately 82 percent of U.S. households purchase organic food. In fact, the increase in sales from 2014 to 2015 was the largest on record at $4.2 billion. While organic acreage is less than 1 percent of total U.S. cropland, organic sales are nearly 5 percent of.....