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Global Focus Organics

Organic cauliflower: “It’s a good time right now”

Supplies of organic cauliflower out of California’s desert region are good. “The weather in the desert is very amenable—it’s not too hot or too cold. So supplies should be steady for the next little bit,” says Stefan Misse of Discovery Organics based in Vancouver, Canada. “It’s a good time right now for…

Didier Cadiou, Emeraude Plants:

“Our production of organic vegetable plants went from 7% to 22% in 5 years”

Generally speaking, vegetable consumption is trendy nowadays. In the past 5 years, the sale of organic vegetable plants to professional growers has been booming. “Organic products are more and more popular. We have been producing organic plants for 20 years and in just 5 years, our organic production…

GfK market analysis

German market for organic products again grows significantly in 2019

According to a recent GfK study, demand for organic food and beverages in Germany has risen significantly again compared to 2018. The number of households buying organic continued…

Climbing demand for purple organic heirloom tomatoes

As tomato season in Mexico comes into peak, supplies of organic heirloom tomatoes are steady. “This is probably our biggest heirloom year to date. Every year we’ve increased acreage by between five to six percent because of our demand,” says Alex Madrigal of Covilli Brand Organics Inc. in Nogales, Ariz.…

BayWa Obst GmbH & Co. KG sets new standards

Organic fruit from Lake Constance now certified as biocyclic-vegan as well

Since the late 1990s, organic apples have been a permanent fixture in the product range of BayWa Obst LLC & Co. Under its own brand "Bio-Obst vom Bodensee" (Lake Constance organic fruit), the subsidiary of globally important pome fruit trader BayWa AG, Munich, markets organically produced fruit from the Lake…

Large supermarket chains have their own organic labels

Austrian organic market keeps growing

Austria keeps setting the pace when it comes to organic cultivation and consumption. Except for Liechtenstein, Austria has the highest percentage of horticultural land under…

Elbe-Obst presents new market appearance at Biofach

"The new design benefits from the human element"

The image of Elbe fruit is one of freshness, the river Elbe, water and the colour blue. At Biofach in Nuremberg, Elbe-Obst is repositioning itself with its organic section. In order to visually set the organic section apart, the colour green will be the basis of the design in future, also for the Elbe…

Pricing pressure on organic Mexican limes

Organic limes from Mexico are feeling the effects of strong supplies on the conventional side of the business. “We’ve been bringing in a lot of limes and there are really good supplies right now. It’s been pretty steady in the past couple of weeks,” says Andy Martin of A & A Organic Farms Corp., a…

Biofarms Tasmania- Forth

North-West producers will be supplying Woolworths with organic vegetables

North-West brothers Chris, Mark and David Benson saw the benefits of producing organic vegetables well before the industries major players started pushing it. "We were keen to eliminate the use of chemicals for environmental reasons, and so we decided to start organic production in 1999 and haven't…

Organic food is too expensive for Polish consumers

Most Polish consumers would like to buy eco or bio products much more often than they do now, but they simply can't afford them. Still, while such products are purchased rather sporadically, the range on offer in stores is growing very quickly. Buying organic or bio products is not just a trend, but a…

Demand for organic and conventional blueberries still rising

The incoming Florida crop of organic blueberries will likely be similar in volume to last year’s numbers. “Florida should have very good quality this year,” says Teddy Koukoulis with Wish Farms in Plant City, Fl., who notes that it’s already begun picking its Misty Organics berries at its Alturas farm…

More marketers in organic citrus category in 2019-2020

Additional marketers in the organic citrus industry are making the marketplace a bit more of a challenge this citrus season. At Homegrown Organic Farms in Porterville, Ca., it has navel oranges, lemons, mandarins, grapefruit, Cara Caras, blood oranges, pomelos and limes all in production currently.…

New retail partnership for Canadian Fairtrade banana company

Demand for Fairtrade organic bananas continues to grow. “It’s very strong right now and we’re ramping up to our annual peak in April,” says Jennie Coleman of Montreal, Que.-based Equifruit. “Our sales are up year-over-year but we always see increased demand between February and May.” Supplies of bananas…

Dan Davis with Starr Ranch Growers

“Our goal is to maintain year-round supply of organic apples”

Supply of organic apples in Washington state has increased at a fairly rapid rate in recent years. “Here at Starr Ranch, our domestic organic apple program represents 14 percent of overall volume,” says Dan Davis with Starr Ranch Growers. “That’s quite a significant number and in addition, we import…

FreshPlaza Organics Global Focus

Our February Global Focus is all about organics. Attempts to reduce the price gap between organic and conventional products to make organic produce more accessible to the consumer, and different regulations for receiving organic certification in different regions can cause challenges for growers. Despite this, organic farming…


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