The organic pioneers Bio Obst Münch GmbH & Co. and Obsthof zum Felde, which have been well-known on the market for a long time, have jointly created a new organic fruit packing and logistics centre in Hamburg-Neuenfelde. Both marketers are among the largest organic fruit traders in the Alte Land and have now moved their headquarters to Hamburg.
From now on the newly founded Bio Obst Hamburg LLC & Co. will be the efficient service provider for the two marketing companies to provide high-quality organic fruit in all varieties for the trade. So far,
the two companies packaged and picked the fruit at their respective premises. From now on, the entire packing service will be bundled centrally at Bio Obst Hamburg in Neuenfelde. The total capacity is 20,000 tons per year.
"Consumers want more organic products. More and more fruit growers are converting their farms to organic cultivation. More than 15% of the apple cultivation area in the Old Country is already produced according to organic guidelines. The market is growing continuously. The high quality organic fruit must reach the end consumer in the best condition. The new centre offers optimal conditions for this", explains Marie Münch, Managing Director of Bio Obst Münch.
Gentle fruit processing, various forms of packaging
A former fruit logistics location has been extensively modernised and converted in just one year with brisk construction activity. The largest, most modern, pure organic fruit packing house north of the Alps has been created. Six ultra-modern packing lines (consisting of two Blitzmatic, foodtainer, bag machines, a dynamic packing line, a line for loose goods) allow fruit to be gently packed into various types of packaging. "A fast and efficient delivery to customers in all desired packaging is guaranteed. Great importance is attached to the development of environmentally friendly packaging solutions. A combination of state-of-the-art technology and software ensures complete traceability and optimal implementation of customer requirements," says Münch.
With the help of the Economic Authority of the City of Hamburg, the project could be realized quickly. "The fruit growers who have switched over to organic cultivation as part of the funded Excellence Programme of the Hamburg Senate now also know that their fruit is in good hands. Hamburg, the Alte Land and the participating companies are now in a very good position to meet future requirements."