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Josefina Mena, of Moyca:

"There is strong demand for organic seedless table grapes"

The table grape campaign will start in Murcia in week 24 with good volumes and optimum quality, according to companies such as Moyca, the largest producer of this fruit in the Region and in Spain."We will start marketing Ralli and Superior seedless grapes next week. The weather conditions during the flowering,.....

European organic trade and processing organisation OPTA founded

On 7 June the OPTA, Organic Processing and Trade Association, was founded in Milan, Italy. It’s the first European association for organic trade companies and processors. Volkert Engelsman, general manager of Eosta, is one of the new members of the board: “The association’s goal is to further the development.....

Surging demand for organic produce widens US supply gap

Produce processors and retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to secure sufficient supplies of organic produce, as domestic demand continues to rise at a pace that exceeds production, according to a new report from CoBank.The dollar value of U.S. organic produce sales doubled from 2011 to 2015 and.....

Costa Rica: Pineapple and banana, main organic products exported to Europe

Pineapples, bananas and sugarcane account for 98% of Costa Rica's organic exports to Europe, the main destination market for this type of goods.This is according to the last report on the subject in 2016, published by the National Organic Agriculture Program, which is attached to the State Phytosanitary.....

Spain: Presentation of coconut coir suitable for organic agriculture

Grupo Projar has presented its coconut coir products certified for organic use, which serve as soil improvers in agriculture. It has also promoted its range of pots and biodegradable trays that make it possible to transplant without extracting the plant from its container.The company took advantage of its.....

Organic industry moves closer towards mainstream in the US

Sales of organic food reportedly climbed to record highs in 2016, an indication organics are edging toward the mainstream.In a new industry report, the Organic Trade Association says American consumers spent $43 billion on organic products in 2016, which accounts for more than 5 percent of total U.S. food.....

Organic product demand keeps rising in Vietnam

Demand for organic farm and other products has increased significantly both in Vietnam and globally, and this is good news for businesses investing in the field, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.Deputy Minister Trần Thanh Nam said many countries had begun to adopt organic.....

Austria: Large selection of organic herbs at Spar

A colourful selection of the best organic herbs from Tyrol is now available in all Tyrolean SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR supermarkets. From cress to basil, fresh herbs are very popular in Austrian kitchens. Altogether, over 2,600 products from 128 Tyrol manufacturers can be found on the shelves at SPAR.The.....

Spain: Murcia's organic production on the rise

Besides offering a wide range of products, Murcia has the capacity to supply certified organic products. This is what family companies, like Mirafresh Organic, belonging to the agricultural cooperative Hortamira, aim to supply to the consumer. "We have been working with organic crops for 15 years, and at this.....

Organic, regional and 'old'

Traditional vegetable varieties new at Alnatura

Now, at the beginning of the harvest, Alnatura is once again offering "old" vegetable varieties from regional and seasonal organic farms, this time with an even more comprehensive range of 15 products. In cooperation with the nonprofit organisation ProSpecieRara, which is committed to the preservation of.....

Vietnam: Demand for organic products keeps rising

Demand for organic farm and other products has increased significantly both in Vietnam and globally, and this is good news for businesses investing in the field, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.Deputy Minister Trần Thanh Nam said many countries had begun to adopt organic.....

The raw coconut water that has reached 25 countries in 2 years

Temperatures are on the rise as the summer approaches, so the demand for juices and natural beverages increases, as is the case of Genuine Coconut's raw organic coconut water; a refreshing blend of flavour and innovation that is quickly expanding worldwide. It is the world's first coconut water that is.....

Christian DeBlasio, co-owner of Purfresh

“We help increase the availability of organic produce globally”

“International shipping of organic produce is very difficult,” says Christian DeBlasio with Purfresh. Organic produce can experience reduced shelf-life due to the absence of chemical protection. As a result, most organic produce is shipped by air, which can be four to five times the cost of ocean freight......

Organic green beans, cauliflower florets and super blend veggie slaw

Mann Packing expands organic line

Mann Packing announced the expansion of its organic line with the addition of Organic Green Beans, Organic Cauliflower Florets and Organic Super Blend.The three new products complement the brand’s existing line of organic products which includes Organic Broccoli Florets, Organic Broccoli & Carrots, Organic.....

The EU debates proposal to regulate organic agriculture

Representatives of EU governments are discussing a new proposal by the Maltese presidency of the European Union (EU) in Brussels. The aim is to foster a commitment and push forward negotiations to change the regulations for organic products.The Presidency has produced a new text on the future regulation of.....

Australia's organic sector may be worth $2bn next year

Australia's organic sector is expected to be worth $2 billion by next year as demand for chemical-free fruit and vegetables continues to increase.A recent Australian Organic report found organic packaged foods and beverages were worth $696 million in the domestic consumer market last year, an increase of 5.4.....

Italy: Natura Iblea's Paniere Bio initiative

How do freshly-harvested vegetables taste? Are they different from those found in supermarkets? The Paniere Bio initiative was created precisely to answer these questions.Paniere Bio was created byNatura Iblea, a famous Sicilian export company and a leader in the production of high-quality organic.....

Italy: Azienda Agricola Modica focuses on organic production

Azienda Agricola Modica Mariowas established in Ragusa in 2002 and obtained the BioAgriCert organic certifications two years later.Left to right: Mario Modica and his son Salvatore.It is a medium-small company that contributes to the wealth of a territory famous for its productions.Left to right: Salvatore.....

Germany, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:

Organic agriculture grows to 6,650 hectares in 2016

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment together with the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Office for Agriculture, Food Safety and Fisheries, recently published data that shows a growth of in organic agriculture areas of about 6,650 hectares in 2016.At the end of 2016, 1,099 farms were certified according.....

Canadian microgreens grower makes impact within the lettuce category

Small but mighty: microgreens are fairly new in the produce category, but they’re already being widely embraced in foodservice and in consumer’s homes. For what they lack in size, they make up for in a powerful flavor profile.Large inventory on small footprintGreenbelt Microgreens grows a wide inventory on its.....

Growing market for organic berries in Ukraine

In Ukraine, organic berries are gaining popularity every year, with the fastest growth being recorded in the segment of small farms (up to 10 hectares). This was revealed in a speech by Elena Daineko, director of Organic Business School, in the framework of the eighth international conference "Berries of.....

US organic food sales increased by 8% to $47bn in 2016

Americans are buying more organic food and household products than ever, according to a new survey.The research — released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association, the nation’s leading organic industry group — offers a glimpse into how the market is developing and where there is the greatest demand for.....

Victorian organic grower wins Hort Connections Women in Horticulture award

Lisa Brassington of Peninsula Fresh Organics in Victoria has received the prestigious Women in Horticulture award at Hort Connections 2017, in recognition of her passion for promoting the diverse role of women in the industry and her ongoing contribution to the organic sector.For the first time, the award was.....

Jeffrey Moret, TOFF:

“Organic market’s booming, but supply’s also growing enormously”

Jeffrey Moret and Cees van Vugt are proudly entering their third year with their organic wholesaler. The first two years, they did so under Marni Fruit’s guidance, but as of February they’ve been independent with TOFF, The Organic Fresh Factory. “We’re very satisfied. Our team has been expanded to six people,.....

The world's first entirely organic country

The Republic of San Marino wants to become the first entirely organic country in the world. It was announced by Augusto Michelotti (in the photo), Secretary of State for Agriculture, during a press conference held inFiorentino on Friday 19th May 2017."We are currently creating the laws that will enable us to.....

China: Organic fertilizers promoted in veg production areas

"Our country will try topromote the cultivation of organic vegetables and the use of organic fertilizers instead of chemical ones. We hope to increase the supply of organic vegetables by growing quality vegetables with healthy soil and technology," said Mr. Zhonghua Sun at the 2017 China Vegetable Industry.....

Organic grower employs falcons as bird abatement on its Arizona farm

Duncan Family Farms, a 100% organic grower specializing in baby lettuces and greens, kales, beets, chards and herbs, is using an innovative method for bird abatement at their Goodyear, AZ farm: falconry. They have collaborated with Falcon Force, who use a team of trained falcons to intimidate and scare off.....

AU: Spreading the Slow Food message into North Queensland

If you have never heard of Slow Food, just think of fast food and it is the complete opposite, according to one Queensland member of the movement.Helen Hill is helping to establish the Townsville Slow Food Convivium (the term Convivium is derived from the word conviviality, meaning friendship). It is one of.....

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,.....