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Global Focus  —  Organic


UK organic market has seen six years of steady growth

The Soil Association’s 2018 Organic Market Report reveals the UK organic market is now worth more than ever, at £2.2 billion, growing 6% in 2017. The market has now had six years of steady growth, with organic accounting for 1.5% of the total UK food and drink market.2017 saw sales of organic in independent.....

Californian organic lemon growers seeing strong demand

An organic lemon farm near San Diego, in southern California, is seeing high demand for a specialty lemon variety from Europe. As the name suggests, the Italian Sorrento Lemon is originally from Italy, but Rancho del Sol decided to grow it in southern California due to its particular characteristics which make.....

US: Organic spinach sees strong growth in 'functional foods'

Demand for organic spinach continues to increase, with many growers seeing their biggest gains from the variety compared with all products. And while the fresh market is seeing solid long term gains, it is the 'functional foods' sector where a significant consumption increase is taking place."For the most.....

North American organic pear category continues to grow

“We just finished up on organic Bartletts for the season,” says Andy Tudor with Rainier Fruit. Organic Red and Bosc pears will be carried into March and organic D’Anjous will be available until April. Rainier’s organic pear acreage has been pretty stable over the past four years. However, the 2018 crop is.....

Growers capitalize on U.S. demand for organic leafy greens

Supplies of organic leafy greens are comparable to volume found at this time last year. “Our supply is on par with what we expect for this time of year,” says Nathalie Fontanilla of San Juan Bautista, Ca.-based Earthbound Farm. “However we are always at the mercy of Mother Nature and never know what she has in.....

US organic fresh produce sales reach nearly $5 billion in 2017

Buoyed by strong consumer demand, sales of organic fresh produce items reached almost $5 billion in 2017, an 8 percent increase from the previous year according to data released by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and Nielsen. Overall, nearly two billion pounds of organic produce were sold in grocery stores.....

Popularity of specialty organic mushrooms on the rise for Westerners

Sawdust (and other components) make for some tasty specialty mushrooms. A mix of sawdust with corn cobs, kelp meal and various brans provides the perfect substrate for growing specialty organic mushrooms. In nature, mushrooms grow naturally on dead wood so it only makes sense to use this type of technology.....

José Luis Ruiz, of Biosabor

"We are looking at the best papaya varieties for Spanish cultivation"

Although about 600 tonnes of papayas grown in Almeria were marketed by El Papayal del Mediterráneo in the previous campaign, this season's prospect is to reach around 400 tonnes, which will cover the market demand for about 10 and a half months, from mid-September to late July. The reason for this decline is.....

Optimistic start for Mexico organic mango season

The organic mango season in Mexico has just begun and growers are very confident about the prospects for the season. The dry conditions that impacted last year's crop are absent, instead replaced by optimal amounts of rain. Even the potentially damaging "La Ventosa" wind events that afflict the local region.....

Barnana® brings first organic ridged plantain chip to market

A pioneer in the healthy snack category for its unique banana-based delights, on January 30th Barnana® is launching yet another impressive new product. They have created the world's first organic, ridged, flavor-forward plantain chip. It is truly a first of its kind with bright, technicolor packaging that was.....