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Organic


Italy: Orders for organic lemons up 60%

"In recent years, our customers have been asking us for this type of lemon because of its more natural production," states Lucy Maturana, head of sales at Azienda Agricola Ingenieri di Palermo. "However, we continue to maintain part of the production of conventional lemons (Verna at the moment) for those.....

Aris van der Meer with Organic Brothers, the Netherlands

“Flavour, shape and stamina are important in an organic variety”

For the past three years, the Dutch production company Organic Brothers has been growing the Wasino RZ plum truss tomato, which is marketed by customer Eosta as Pomodorini. Aris van der Meer from Organic Brothers (right side of picture) explains how the variety attracted their attention thanks to its flavour,.....

Juan Torrente, of Lobrot S. Coop:

Spain: "This year we expect more competition in organic nectarine market"

The weather conditions in 2017 have been kind to nectarine crops. Consequently, this year there has been a considerable increase in the production, "although it should not be compared with last year's, because due to the frost, we didn't have a single kilo," states Juan Torrente, of Lobrot S. Coop.This Murcian.....

Switzerland

More organic fruits and vegetables are being grown

The organic market is a growth market. Organic farming has grown steadily in recent years in Switzerland. In 2016 organically cultivated farmland increased by 4%. the Swiss retail market is showing a similar trend. There, the sales of organic vegetables rose by 10% and that of organic fruits by 18% in.....

Philippines expands natural and organic agri exports to Europe

Eight Philippine companies generated around P160 million in booked and negotiated sales as the Philippines, through the Department of Agriculture (DA), participated in the Natural and Organic Products Europe (NOPE 2017) in early April this year. The trade promotion and market linkage mission forms part of DA’s.....

Naturgut-Biohelden celebrate first birthday

German discounter Penny has been selling fruit and vegetables that don't always look perfect throughout Germany since April 2016. The small flaws in appearance have no influence on the shelf life or the flavour, the Naturgut-Biohelden are of the highest organic quality.A year after their introduction, the.....

Spain: Murcia studying production of organic kakis

The Council of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Murcia is developing a project to evaluate the agronomic behaviour of kakis (Diospyros kaki) in organic and conventional farming in the Region; a move that will be beneficial for producers, agricultural cooperatives, technicians and students.Kaki.....

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Organic integrity in the supply chain

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) protects the integrity of USDA organic products throughout the world, so consumers can trust the organic label.Consumers are protected by a global organic control system that includes: strict standards; certifier accreditation; farm.....

Swiss organic apples are running out

This month, the stock of Swiss organic apples are expected to run out. At the end of April the stocks were lower than they had ever been in the past four years.At the end of April, 143 metric tonnes of organic apples were in stock, according to the latest report from Bio Suisse und Swisscofel. This is 437.....

Organic: Healthy, but in moderation

Organically grown fruit and vegetables are regularly ascribed beneficial health effects. Is this assumption actually substantiated by thorough scientific research or is it rather the result of a smart marketing team? FreshPlaza delved deeper into the literature and revealed two frequently submitted health.....

China: Wenshang sells 260 cases of endives

Selling 260 cases of endives during their first visit to the Unique Products Association and successfully setting up a shop on Taobao, which allows this European high-quality vegetable to end up on the table of Chinese citizens: all of this is the result of one initiative.After the executive president of the.....

Spain reaches the top ten of organic consumers

The "bio" production sector is in full swing; Spain is a world leader in terms of production and has entered the top ten of organic consumption, and big retailers don't want to miss this train.This has been revealed by the director of the Bioculture Fair, Ángeles Parra; a forum held this week at the Palau Sant.....

Chile and the EU ratify their agreement on trade in organic products

Yesterday, Chile's Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Furche, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malta - the current President of the EU Council - Louis Grech, and the Commissioner for Climate Change and Energy, Miguel Angel Arias, signed in Brussels an equivalence of standards for the certification of organic products.....

December 13 and 14, Monterey, CA

Booth registration now open for Inaugural Organic Grower Summit

Exhibitor booth registration is now open for the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS), slated for December 13-14, 2017, in Monterey, California. Supply chain providers for organic farmers and growers are encouraged to sign up for a booth at the first-ever event bringing together organic producers and service.....

Organic produce growers win Agricultural Safety award

Duncan Family Farms, a 100% organic grower of a wide variety of produce, was awarded the 2017 All Ways Safe Agricultural Safety Award for a Large Company. They have been honored for all four of their farming operations in Brawley, Nipomo and New Cuyama, California and Buckeye, Arizona.The prestigious All Ways.....

Mayra Velazquez de León, President and CEO of Organics Unlimited

“Organic farming and sustainability go hand-in-hand”

Organics Unlimited, a San Diego-based grower and importer of organic fruit, is producing quality organic bananas for present and future harvests through its sustainability program, seeking to improve the health of the agricultural ecosystem for future generations.“Organic farming and sustainability go.....

Canadian fresh-cut processor launches organic product line

Freshline Foods, one of Canada’s premier processors of fresh-cut, value-added fruits and vegetables, has introduced a new customized packaged organic program offering traditional and non-traditional certified organic fruits and vegetables.Freshline Foods’ certified organic, value-added program is branded with.....

Italy: Expectations for the 2017 organic new carrot season at Natura Iblea

"Volumes of new carrots should be similar to last year. The only difference is that, due to the low temperatures during winter, harvesting will start later," reports Roberto Giadone, President ofNatura Iblea, a company located in south-east Sicily specialising in organic new carrots.Natura Iblea will harvest.....

Pietro Bastoni

Italy: "My secrets for excellent strawberries"

He's been growing strawberries since 1967, has 50 years of experience and plenty of memories of how the strawberry cultivation sector has evolved. Pietro Bastoni, 67, is a producer who owns 3 hectares in Cesenatico (Forlì-Cesena). Pietro Bastoni"I started when I was 17. Today I grow around 6,000 plants but, in.....

Colombia is developing an organic pineapple project in Casanare

Casanare's Chamber of Commerce (CCC), through the Pineapple Cluster it leads and with the support of Innpulsa Colombia, is developing an important pilot project so that Casanare becomes the first department in the country to produce organic pineapple.The CCC is accompanying three pineapple growers to develop.....

Spain: Carrefour and Ecovalia backing organic agriculture

An agreement has been signed by Gaspar Noguera, regional director of Carrefour in Andalusia, and Álvaro Barrera, president of Ecovalia, which aims to promote and develop actions in the 40 Carrefour hypermarkets in Andalusia with the goal of raising the awareness of consumers of the benefits of organic.....

Seville-grown oranges with a WWF label

This campaign, the Seville-based company Naturgreen, a member of the Iberhanse group, has exported its first citrus fruits, labelled with the logo of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which guarantees their sustainable cultivation.This business group, headquartered in the municipality of La Algaba, is a leader in.....