22,000 tons of potatoes and vegetables per year, 100 suppliers, more than 100 employees, large retail chains as customers: The Cooperative of Organic Farmers in Lippborg is a heavyweight in the organic sector. And now, the company is celebrating its 25th birthday. Just in time for this, it has completely recovered from a setback, reports Die Glocke.
"From 2002 onwards, volumes just shot up," says managing director Klaus Rauhaus. At that time, large discounters such as Aldi had discovered the organic market for themselves and demanded more and more products. From that time on, the cooperative opened up to other organic brands such as Demeter or Bioland, and more and more farms joined the "Cooperative of Organic Farmers".
Over 100 suppliers
Since the Lippborg site could no longer deliver the volumes in demand, the cooperative branched out the business and set up packing stations in northern Germany. Today, the company markets around 7000 tons of carrots, 8000 tons of potatoes, 30 00 tons of onions and another 4000 tons of other vegetables. 80 percent of the 100 or so suppliers are based in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, the rest are spread over the rest of Germany, other European countries, Egypt and Israel.
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