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A sumptuous display of organic at Natural & Organic Products Europe

The organic industry in the UK and Europe is thriving. According to Soil Association’s 2019 Organic Market Report (just released), sales of organic increased by 5.3% in 2018.…

Organic turmeric on the rise in popularity

Supplies of organic root flavor vegetables such as garlic, ginger and turmeric are currently steady. “It looks like the organic ginger will be tight moving forward as the crop is projected to end earlier than in previous years,” says Lawrence Ashmead of Thomas Fresh Inc. in Calgary, Alberta. “We have…

The colorful world of organic radishes

While many consumers are familiar with red radishes, this vegetable also comes in a variety of other colors, shapes and sizes. Not only that, but they are available in North America all year round, thanks to the efforts of growers like Lakeside Organic Gardens. The company grows all their radish…

Shipping organic avocados from Mexico to Canada

Canadian importers of organic avocados turn to their suppliers in Mexico to get them through the winter months. In fact, the Mexican organic avocado deal runs from fall all the way through April, before California production resumes. For Discovery Organics, based in Vancouver, shipping through the US is…

Acute lack of organic lemons as processing and export consume bulk of local lemons

Resurgence in South African organics but shortage of certified growers and organic fruit

There is an upturn in interest in organic produce, from consumers and retailers alike, after a slump of about four years, says Tiisetso Phaweni, marketing manager at Wensleydale Farms, perhaps South Africa’s best-known organic fresh produce brand. “People are searching it out and they’re becoming more…

Nogales: Cold weather to tighten organic vegetable supplies

Suppliers of organic squash say that buyers can expect a tightening of supplies over the next few weeks as cold weather moves into the desert growing regions. Combined with a transition of growing districts for some, the cooler weather coming this week raises the possibility of a delay in the upcoming…

Organic pineapple market is a delicate balance

The push to get organic pineapples into stores in the US was not an easy road. But eventually, suppliers have managed to secure year-round supply for the market, with Costa Rica the main source, followed by Mexico. According to Kathryn Courtney of Pacific Organic Produce, it was thanks to the efforts of…

André Spangenberg - Groenheuwel Boerdery, Augrabies, Northern Cape

Organic citrus very sensitive to conventional market

Organic citrus production is very sensitive to the volumes of conventional citrus on the market and it’s such a small market too, says André Spangenberg, to explain why the successful organic example of his farm, Groenheuwel Boerdery in the Northern Cape hasn’t been more widely followed. “The market is…

Italy lacks aggregation when it comes to organic produce

"Despite the increasing interest for Sicilian organic produce, we are finding it difficult to stand out on the European markets," explains Salvatore Schifitto, administrator of Bioverde. Salvatore Schifitto "The problem is mainly due to fragmentation, which means we are not competitive with respect to…

Hungary: Organic farming growing, but still under EU average

According to data compiled by Eurostat, the proportion of agricultural Hungarian arceage utilized for organic farming stood at 3.7% in 2017, a little more than half of the 7.0% average rate for the European Union as a whole. The rate was 14.1% in the Czech Republic, 9.9% in Slovakia, and 3.4% in Poland.…

Smaller sizes dominate Texas organic grapefruit season

Consumers in North America can still expect to find organic grapefruit from Texas for another couple of months. The season started back in late October, a few weeks after conventional grapefruit entered the market. Growers say winter has been warmer than usual but it's been a good season overall in terms…

“Organic is a way of thinking, a lifestyle. It’s a future for our children”

The market for organic apples is still developing, but not everything is smooth sailing for Polish organic exporters. Although some new markets are opening, others are still way too risky. Organic growers should be working together more, states Anna Gabler of AgroQueens. According to Anna Gabler, CEO of…

California organic lemons hitting supply stride

Production is humming along for California organic lemons this season. “It’s the peak of the organic lemon season so it’s very normal for this time of year. Supplies are excellent,” says Craig Morris of Homegrown Organic Farms in Porterville, Ca. “We have a lot of fruit right now in optimum maturity and…

9% organic share in the food retail trade

Austria: Organic boom continues

Almost 9% of the fresh food retail products (LEH) are organic products. The highest percentage is recorded with regard to eggs. An average of 148 euros a year is spent on organic fresh produce.…

More players in the organic lime market

Organic limes are currently slim on supplies. “They’re limited, especially from the East Coast of Mexico in the Veracruz area,” says Alex Madrigal of Covilli Brand Organics Inc. in Nogales, Ariz. “We’re starting to see diminished supply and more quality issues. But that’s normal for this time of the year…

First educational session for Organic Produce Summit 2019 announced

The first of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019 will focus on the changing role of wholesalers and distributors of organic fresh produce and its impact in providing fresh organic items to consumers across the globe. “The Evolution of Wholesaler/Distributors of Organic Fresh Produce”,…

Organic specialist preparing for new crop apples and pears

It's won't be long until South American apple and pear imports begin to arrive in the United States. California-based organic specialist Viva Tierra is preparing for the arrival of its first organic apples and pears of the season from the southern hemisphere in a matter of weeks. The company has been…

US organic fresh produce sales hit $5.6 billion in 2018

In a year when total grocery store dollar growth only reached two percent, organic fresh produce once again surpassed the status quo according to new information released by the Organic Produce Network and Nielsen. In total, organic produce sales in the United States reached $5.6 billion in 2018, with…

Steady supplies of organic avocados continue from Mexico

Supplies of Mexican organic avocados are coming in regularly right now. “There are a lot of avocados out there and the quality of fruit is outstanding,” says Andy Martin of A & A Organic Farms Corp., a Watsonville, Ca.-based marketer of organic produce, who notes that A & A works with a family…

Despite difficulties, the organic blackberry market performs well

It's still a few months before organic blackberries begin production out of Santa Maria, but suppliers - especially organic suppliers - are looking forward to the season. Blackberries are reportedly among the more difficult berries to grow due to their sensitive nature and precise handling requirements.…

More demand on PEI organic potatoes

Demand is strong and pricing up for organic potatoes from Canada’s Prince Edward Island. “We’re in a good position to finish by the end of March or early April,” says Dwayne Coffin of Vanco Farms in Mount Albion, PEI. “Demand is strong and along with that, a favorable exchange rate has allowed us to see…

Greenhouse grower doubles organic production in Canada

Consumer demand for organic and locally-grown produce has inspired NatureFresh Farms to expand on their organic greenhouse offerings at their Ontario facility. The company is not only significantly expanding their organic acreage in Canada, but also adding a number of items to their organic list. The…

New England Organic Produce Conference announces keynote speaker

The New England Produce Council (NEPC) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) announce the first New England Organic Produce Conference scheduled for May 1st at Gillette…


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