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Planning underway for educational sessions at Organic Grower Summit

A combination of in-depth intensive educational sessions and a series of broader discussions providing relevant and timely information for organic growers headline the agenda of the second annual Organic Grower Summit this coming December 12-13 in Monterey, CA.The Organic Grower Summit (OGS), hosted by the.....

Danish companies want to profit from rising demand for organic products in the Netherlands

Demand for organic products increases every year in the Netherlands and Danish companies are looking forward to providing Dutch shops with their organic fruit and vegetables.A number of Danish companies were represented at the trade fair of the PLMA (Private Label Manufacturers Association) in Amsterdam on 29.....

Peru promotes the production of organic bananas for export in Piura

The 50 producers that form part of the Alto Grande Santa Sofía Cooperative of Sullana managed to boost their organic banana production after receiving co-financing from the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI).In a ceremony held at the Santa Sofía de Sullana farmhouse, the producers officially.....

Organto adds strategic supply partner and expands product offering

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of value-added organic vegetable and fruit products today announced that it has entered into a strategic supply relationship with a supplier of organic fruits and vegetables based in Thailand, expanding Organto’s supply base and product offering.Under the terms of the.....

Meagre rewards for organic farmers in Japan

Japanese farmer Yuya Shibakai produces organic lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables for a market that has seen nothing like the success of the sector in other advanced economies. On his farm outside Tokyo, Shibakai doggedly trudges along a line of lettuces, pulling up weeds by hand.Organic farming.....

Young Greek families see value in organic vegetables

Back in 2009,Yiannis Kaminogiannakis from Bioierapetra, along with his business partner, felt the need to bring better quality produce to the Greek market in the form of organic vegetables."We are both agronomists and felt that we had the knowledge to successfully grow organic vegetables for the Greek market......

First standard contract in Spain regulating organic lemon trade

Five orders from the MAPAMA (Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment) were published last week in the Official State Gazette (BOE) of Spain, by which standard contracts for the sale of lemons and grapefruits for both fresh consumption and processing were introduced for the 2018/2019.....

Polish prefer buying organic directly from growers than supermarkets

Although it might be slightly behind its western European counterparts, the organic food segment has seen dynamic growth in Poland over the last decade. According to industry forecasts, the upward trend is expected to continue, on the back of more and more Polish consumers have more money to spend and are.....

Coop distributes apples from Chile for the 25th anniversary of the Naturaplan

Last Saturday, apples were distributed at a Coop branch in Zurich as part of Naturaplan's 25th anniversary. The two distributing gentlemen in the Naturaplan shirt could not tell what the origin of the apples was when asked by a reporter. Of course, we must assume that Naturaplan would only distribute Swiss.....

Frustrated with certification process and market access

US farmers are dropping organic labels

Midwestern fruit and vegetable farmers are more likely than their counterparts in other regions to give up federal organic certification, according to a Purdue University study. Obtaining organic certification can be an expensive, year-long process that requires changing management practices and working with.....

Chile and Brazil to sign MOU on organic products

Maria Jose Campos, Chile's Agricultural Attache in Brazil, stated that Chile and Brazil would be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) soon, which would open very good possibilities for different Chilean products, such as fruits. She made the statement during the Workshop on Updating Equivalence in.....

Buyer, Rony Neufkens, sees demand for organics surpassing the market

Colruyt shifts focus to organic products

"The share in organic products in Belgium is the lowest in the whole of Europe", says Rony Neufkens, fruit and vegetable buyer at Colruyt. On Tuesday, 29 May, Colruyt announced that they are going to increase their share of organic products. Thiswas during a press conference at the Belgian organic farm, De.....

Eosta wins royal prize for sustainable entrepreneurship

On 28 May 2018, organic produce specialist Eosta was awarded the King William I Prize for Sustainable Entre-preneurship from a group of twelve companies nominated. Eosta, based in the Netherlands, is better known among European consumers by its consumer brand Nature & More.Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.....

US: Whole Foods’ mandatory GMO labelling rule delayed

Five years ago, Whole Foods Market announced that it would implement stringent mandatory labelling on products containing genetically modified organisms sold in its stores by 2018. Many industry experts questioned the retailer’s promise, some even doubted that it would happen at all.They may have been right......

Rare revival in organic farming: 500 new Finnish organic growers

There is an ever-increasing demand for organic cultivation in Finland. This has resulted in the most substantial growth in this sector in 20 years. This year, an eighth of all agricultural land is earmarked for organic farming. This is according to Evira, the Finnish Food Safety Authority.The demand for.....

Vietnamese retailers keen to expand supply of organic foods

Vietnamese retailers are scouring the nation for producers and also planning to invest in organic agriculture themselves, just to be able to meet the growing demand for organic foods. Nguyễn Lâm Viên, general director of Vinamit Joint Stock Company (that has recently begun to sell a range of organic farm.....

Cambodia: Government urged to move on organic food law

Cambodia’s private sector has called on the government to speed up enacting the organic food law, which has been languishing in the draft stage. Having the law, it said, will provide product recognition. Ten Ra, technical adviser on trade facilitation and standards for German development agency GIZ, said a.....

Educational session focuses on organic ingredient industry

The sixth and final educational session at Organic Produce Summit 2018 will focus on the growing organic ingredient industry and the opportunities for producers and retailers to capitalize on new consumer products. “Organic Ingredients - Creating New Opportunities in Fresh Produce” will feature leaders from.....

Spanish queen visits organic banana plantation in the Dominican Republic

Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Haiti's capital on Tuesday, May 22, after concluding a visit to the Dominican Republic to promote cooperation projects financed with the support of her country.Prior to her arrival in Haiti, Letizia visited the Dominican Republic, where she toured an organic banana plantation.....

India: Sikkim Transport Department restricts transport of inorganic vegetables into state

The Sikkim Transport Department has issued a circular prohibiting the transport of banned non-organic vegetables into the State, thus continuing the enforcement of the ban on inorganic vegetables. Vehicles, whether taxi, private or any other, will not be allowed to carry banned non-organic vegetables into the.....

India: Demand for ‘healthy food’ increases organic exports

Exports of organic products from India have risen over 20 percent in the fiscal year that has just ended. This is due owing to the growing global appetite for healthy food, free from chemicals and pesticides residues. Stakeholders say this is also a leg-up for the government’s plans to expand the area under.....

Organic Trade Association survey: 2017 organic growth 6 times that of overall food market

US organic sector: Steady growth of 6.4 percent in 2017

American consumers in 2017 filled more of their grocery carts with organic, buying everything from organic produce and organic ice cream to organic fresh juices and organic dried beans, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2018 Organic Industry Survey released on Friday.Organic sales in the U.S......

42 percent of carrots in Danish stores are organic

Danish carrot growers still hesitant about organic carrots

There are still people who don't want to eat organic carrots and this is why multiple carrot growers still grow the conventional variety. Yet organic agriculture is popular in Denmark. According to the latest figures of the Økologisk Landsforening 42 percent of all carrots in the vegetable departments of.....

Vietnam: Organic market expects substantial growth

Food safety is one of the biggest concerns in Vietnam. The seventh business mission under the EU Business Avenues in South East Asia programme will bring more than 40 organic food and beverage producers to Singapore and Vietnam to introduce their quality products to the market. The mission will be.....

San Marino to become the first organic country in the world

"We announced the project last year and can now confirm that we expect to fully implement it within the next five years," explained Augusto Michelotti, State secretary for the Territory, Environment and Agriculture in the Repubblica di San Marino."Thanks to the collaboration of two great experts in the organic.....

Italy: Organic industry tomatoes increasingly successful

According to the interbranch organisation that presented the data concerning organic industry tomatoes at Cibus, the segment is growing in Northern Italy. It also illustrated the chain's commitment to supply produce that is healthy, sustainable and of high-quality, thus meeting the demands of consumers who are.....

Organic Food Iberia, a new fair for the organic industry

The international event organizer, Diversified Communications, has announced the launch of Organic Food Iberia. This new trade fair, devoted to the increasingly important organic industry in Spain, will be held for the first time at IFEMA, in Madrid, in 2019.The event will take place from 6 to 7 June 2019......

Biosanare and Maraîcher Bio de Gérone

Spain: Organic agriculture in the forest

Hafedh Akrout Omri and his wife Ester Sanahuja Redondo are the managers of the Spanish company Biosanare, which was established in 2006 and specialises in the production and processing of organic food products, such as pickles, dried tomatoes, canned artichokes and white asparagus. Hafedh: "It has always been.....

Organic showing strong growth abroad

Organic is taking flight in various European countries. This is the case in, among other countries, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark. Denmark will soon become the country with the highest percentage of organic consumption in the world.Danish organic products, which can be recognised by the noticeable ‘red Ø’ of.....

Last year 3 tons of organic mangoes selected for export out of 324 tons total

Bangladesh: Organic mango farmers overlooked for exports

Orchardists in the Bangladesh region of Rajshahi are feeling quite uneasy because of the perplexing government attitude towards the export of organic mangoes. Organic mango growers in the region had invested earnestly to improve cultivation methods. They were originally prodded by an industry crisis several.....