Organic

FiBL survey 2021

Hungary in the top 10 fastest-growing organic producer countries

Report shows Hungary is one of the top 10 most dynamically developing organic producers. The Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) recently reported that Hungary is among the top 10 most dynamically developing countries in organic farming, based on the report The World of Organic…

STM BIO:

“Our goal goes beyond organic sales, we grow and market products and varieties from recognized exceptional terroir”

STM BIO specializes in the production and marketing of organic products from the Roussillon plateau. The company offers a wide and deep range of organic products including stone fruit, pome fruit, (ratatouille) vegetables, as well as other local and seasonal fruit and vegetables. The productions are…

US: 2021 organic apple and pear import program kicks off

This year Bridges Produce celebrates 15 years of importing organic apples and pears from South America. “We have grown our Southern Hemisphere apple and pear program steadily for 15 years now. Working with reliable partners and staying consistent through the years has helped develop dependable supplies…

Wouter Snippe, WeGrowOrganic:

“We want to be able to supply Dutch organic onions year-round”

There's a lot of construction underway at WeGrowOrganic in the Netherlands. This company supplies products like organic onions and potatoes. It's building a new processing and storage warehouse. It will soon be able to accommodate 35,000 crates. The plan is to supply Dutch organic onions year-round. This…

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The export of Chilean organic apples increased 6% in 2020

Compared to the 2019 season where it decreased by 2%, in 2020 it reached 25,675 tons. Chile's apple export campaign in 2020 ended last December with 648,818 tons, 4% less than the previous year, which reached a total of 672,469 tons, mainly due to production problems caused by the strong drought that…

Cat Gipe-Stewart Superfresh Growers

“2020 was a big year for organic apple growth”

Demand for organic apples continues to jump, a trend that’s only been fueled by the pandemic. “The focus on the perceived benefits of organics have increased demand. This will become a longer-term trend as organic growth hasn’t slowed down in over 15 years,” says Cat Gipe-Stewart, communications manager…

State’s biggest organic farmers call for domestic regulation

Victoria’s organic producer, Wattle Organic Farms, is echoing the industry’s cry for the Federal Government to create a domestic regulation for the organic sector.  Fourth and third generation producers, Nathan and Kelvin Free, grow pumpkin, broccoli and stone fruit across 130 ha of certified organic land…

Ample asparagus coming from Mexico into the US

Supplies of asparagus are strong from Mexico currently. “We expect supplies of asparagus to be very good for next two to three weeks,” says Carlos Solf of Southern Specialties in Pompano Beach, FL. It’s out of this location the shipper packs several pack styles including private label programs. “Supplies…

Pol Vermeiren, Fresh Fruit, Dominican Republic

"We can now offer carbon-neutral organic bananas"

"The organic sector continues to grow, and considerably so in the United States. But there's been an oversupply of conventional bananas for years. This means lower prices, and these seem to be, at the very least, hindering the organic banana sector's normal growth," says Pol Vermeiren, Business…

First exports of organic kumquat from Almeria

Bio Campojoyma's founder and manager, Francisco Jesús Montoya Sánchez, had the idea of growing organic kumquats in the Spanish province of Almeria after tasting delicious pastries containing this citrus on one of his business trips to Germany. "We soon discovered that kumquat thrives in the climate of…

Mara Fruits believes the time is right to switch to organic papayas

"Organic papayas and passion fruit from Tenerife on the road to becoming Demeter/Bio Suisse produce"

Mara Fruits has been producing papaya and passion fruit (maracuja) for 7 years now. Current production of papaya and maracuja is on 4 hectares and 3 hectares is being added. In total there will be 5 Ha of papaya and 2 hectares of maracuja. "We have been growing these products with great pleasure. Our produce…

Logistics challenges weigh on North American organic greenhouse vegetable availability

Supplies of organic greenhouse vegetables continue to remain steady as they meet pressures on demand. Ray Wowryk, director of business development with Leamington, ON-based Nature Fresh Farms says it is now in full production on organic cucumbers in Ontario, including the Long English and Mini Salad…

Ecuador

Walmart Florida sells the MP1 banana variety from the Santa Elena Peninsula

Musatec, which was established in the Santa Elena Peninsula in October 2019, has already made the first export of the MP1 banana variety to the east coast of the United…

Organic apples all year round

This year the certified organic apples, increasingly popular and requested on the market, will be able to satisfy demand all year-round. In fact, Biosüdtirol, the VOG Consortium member cooperative based in Lana (Bolzano) and specialising entirely in organic apples, has harvested 37,500 tonnes of apples as opposed to 28,000…

Hot water circulating in 15 hectares of tunnels beneath the ground

Italian organic asparagus grown with the help of underfloor heating

"The idea is essentially the same as with underfloor heating. Thanks to a series of pipes, warm water circulates around 45 to 50 centimetres under the ground, which makes the asparagus in the greenhouse grow much earlier." Italy's Orto Veneto is about to start harvesting the Primo Asparago, which is…

Organic food provider adds Fairtrade organic mangoes to portfolio

Organto Foods Inc. an integrated provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables, announced that after a successful market test, it has added Fairtrade and organic mango to its growing product portfolio. Organto has entered into a strategic product supply agreement with a diversified…

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Romanian consumers spend RON650 million on organic food yearly

Romanian consumers spend about 650 million lei (€137 mln) on organic food (or 1.2% of the entire spending on food in the country), ZF has calculated from the data supplied by market research company Retail Zoom.Interest in health and the improvement in purchasing power led to a significant growth of the…

Swedish organic goods sales trend changes: Fell for two years, now on the up again

The Swedish organic farmers' cooperative, Ekologiska Lantbrukarna, has released a new report. It shows that Swedish-produced organic food sales values have risen by SEK 133…

But many farmers worried about new farm laws

Sikkim: The world’s first organic state

fertile valleys in Sikkim are green all year-round. It became the state’s mission to become India’s first 100 per cent organic state in 2003. Growers changed to organic…

Week delay for start of Peruvian organic avocados, overall higher volumes expected

The avocado harvest on the north coast of Peru starts in March and runs through the middle of June. For Inkawald, the Hass avocado production is centered around organic avocados. “70% of our Hass avocados are organic, which comes out to about 480 tons for this year. The other 30% is conventional with…

CAAE and AILIMPO sign an agreement to promote the use of UNE certified inputs in organic production

The leading certification body in Europe and the Lemon and Grapefruit Interprofessional Association AILIMPO have signed an agreement to promote the use of UNE certified inputs…

Alba Bio continues to innovate and grow

From pioneering in organic farming to innovation and modernization

"At times where it could be easier and more convenient to complain or to become discouraged, our reaction is to refrain from slowing down," said Vittorio Gona of growers' organization Alba Bio. Gona believes that optimism can provide a way out of the difficult situation. That said, the company is…

Organic acreage in Europe grows by 46% in 7 years

The total acreage devoted to organic agricultural crops in Europe has grown by 46% between 2012 and 2019, totaling almost 13.8 million hectares, according to Eurostat data.…

'Time for organic to seize the day'

OF&G (Organic Farmers & Growers) greets the launch of the Soil Association’s Organic Market Report 2021 and heralds the prospects for the sector as an unmissable opportunity.…

First organic pears from Argentina to arrive in the US this week

This week, the first organic pears from Argentina are arriving into the port of Philadelphia. “There is a lot of excitement around the new crop as not a lot of organic pears are left in Washington,” says Chris Ford, Business Development and Marketing Manager with Viva Tierra Organic. Pears are brought in…

First organic garlic shipments in from Argentina

A & A Organic Farms out of Watsonville, CA has started receiving its first containers of garlic from Argentina. A & A has increased garlic production in all supplying regions. “With both organic and conventional available this year, we took the opportunity to pack this year’s crop in our new ‘Double A' label’”…

Costa Group

New South Wales, Australia

Tumbarumba berries go organic

The Costa Berry farms in the Tumbarumba region are the first farms across the Costa Group to convert to organically grown produce. The farms, located at Rosewood and Taradale in the Tumbarumba region in the Snowy Mountains, are ideally suited to organic growing due to their high elevation and cool winter, which minimises pest…

“Most of the Chilean organic blueberry harvest is on its way to the US right now"

According to the  Organic Produce Network, despite the logistical challenges and delays in the ports of the west coast of the United States in recent months, there is currently…

NL: Teboza expands organic asparagus plant offer

More than ten years ago, Teboza became one of the first Dutch asparagus farms to grow organic asparagus. The company now has a considerable acreage of organic asparagus. And it's an integral part of its product range. In recent years, the international asparagus market has seen steady growth. Organic asparagus…

Washington grower-shipper optimistic about solid start of 2021 for apples and pears

January apple and pear data provide a glimpse of the year ahead. Trends to heed: organic apple and pear sales continue to grow, Cosmic Crisp® apple rises in rank in its sophomore year and proprietary apples, such as Autumn Glory®, drive category growth. The following information is based on Nielsen…

Sander De Proost, BelOrta:

"Differentiation of the organic assortment high on the agenda for 2021

The organic segment of BelOrta closed positively last year with an increase compared to 2019. “A good result,” says Sander De Proost of BelOrta. “Organic is already a growing product group anyway and the corona crisis has had an impact on the organic sales at certain times of the year. Organic was…

Riverford organic vegetable box company

Devon veg box firm does away with plastic in a switch to home-compostable packaging

After a two-year journey, organic veg box company Riverford has switched to all of its packaging on fruit and veg to home compostable. This action will save 21 tons of plastic…

UK organic market sees highest growth in 15 years

The UK organic market has reached its highest level of growth in 15 years, seeing a rise of approximately 12.6 per cent, for a worth of £2.79 billion. This was revealed in the…

Madjid Aïdh, Alterbio:

“The organic citrus fruit season is at its peak”

At this time of year, Alterbio, an organic product specialist, is particularly focused on citrus fruit. “The demand is very good. All our clients are buying citrus fruit at the moment: both the stores specialized in organic products and also supermarkets and wholesalers. French schools have reopened so…

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Research into better opportunities for organic spinach cultivation

Growing organic frozen spinach is quite a challenge, how is it best approached? Researchers at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (UGent) found more efficient methods that…

David Posner - Awe Sum Organics

Argentinian organic pears arriving in March

It is nearly autumn in the Rio Negro Valley of Argentina, which means Awe Sum Organics has fresh organically grown pears grown by their partners at PAI Argentina already on the water and due to arrive on both coasts of the US. “Our organic pears are grown in the Rio Negro Valley, which is well known for…

Because of potential health risk

Shenandoah Growers issues limited, voluntary recall of specific imported organic basil

Shenandoah Growers, Inc (Harrisonburg, VA) out of an abundance of caution, has issued a limited, voluntary recall of approximately 3240 units of branded fresh cut, packaged…

Roy Zylka (Roy's Naturkost) on trends and market developments in the organic wholesale trade

"We definitely need more regional producers who want to convert to organic"

In these  times of Corona, German consumers are increasingly turning to regional and organic products. That's what the media have been saying since the beginning of the crisis. Organic wholesaler Roy Zylka - founder and managing director of the Nuremberg-based company Roy's Naturkost - can only confirm this.…

Ecodudu Limited

Kenyan entrepreneurs innovate with fertilizer made from mango and avocado

Organic farming is said to be the best solution to manage the agricultural growth in Kenya, but toxic fertilizers can still be a problem in the industry. Also, growers still…

Stuttgart-based wholesaler Staiger LLC observes growing organic sales

"Organic convenience products are increasingly in demand for out-of-home consumption"

For 40 years, the Staiger food wholesaler has been supplying the heart of Baden-Württemberg in the Stuttgart area with fresh produce and more. As far as organic products are concerned, the company located at the wholesale market is still in its starting phase, but is ambitiously looking ahead because its…

Organic food consumption increases in Germany

According to data from PwC, the consumption of organic food in Germany has experienced remarkable growth in recent years. In 2016 only 16% of buyers preferred to consume…

FreshPlaza February Global Focus on organics

FreshPlaza's February Global Focus is on organics. Are you involved in the organic trade? How has the market been affected by the pandemic? Is there increased demand for organic produce? We would love to hear about your organic products. You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com  MarketingWould you like to…

Organic greenhouse tomatoes see increased demand across varieties

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes are good but volumes will soon build to meet the increased demand tomatoes have seen in 2020. “Supply and quality are both good, although the seasonally low light levels do slow the growth this time of the year. We should see stronger volume around March 1,” says Anthony…

By the farm Orto Veneto

Early, organic green asparagus from Italy

For 2021, Primo Asparago, part of Orto Veneto ,will increase its acreage of greenhouse asparagus in order to meet more customers' needs. "The new plants in the heated greenhouses will go into production this year, increasing the yield by 40% compared to last year. In addition, we are increasing the area…

Blueberry grower-marketer celebrates first peak organic season of 2021

Blueberry producer and marketer Naturipe has launched its celebration of FeBLUEary for the fifth consecutive year. The campaign begins today and highlights the first organic blueberry peak season of 2021. This year, Naturipe is expanding its FeBLUEary program from traditional in-store merchandising to…

Belgain retailer focuses on laser branding

Delhaize's entire organic fruit and vegetable range soon plastic-free

The Belgian supermarket chain, Delhaize, is prioritizing the war against plastic. It's launched a structural plan. This ensures most of its organic fruit and vegetable range won't need disposable plastic packaging anymore. Instead, they'll use, for example, natural branding. So, more than ten of their…

Virtual event Biofach starts February 17th

Import Promotion Desk presents organic diversity from 12 developing and emerging countries

Nearly 40 producers from developing and emerging countries will be presented to European trade visitors by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at this year's Biofach. This year,…

Chilly Mexican temperatures short raspberry supplies

Supplies of raspberries are very tight right now. “We’ve been prorating for 2.5 weeks now,” says Robert Wilhelm of Bova Fresh based in Boca Raton, FL. “There was some very…

December saw strong pear and apple movement

December was a very strong month for apples and pears, which were up seven percent and 12 percent in dollar sales, respectively. Double-digit organic growth in both categories, combined with strong showings by core and emerging apple varieties, drove the great results. Core and emerging apple varieties…

Despite lagging demand

Organic acreage increases by 5.9%

Organic acreage in the Netherlands increased by 5.9% last year, to 79.664 ha, according to the annual organic industry figures (2020) published by Skal Biocontrol on its…

Organic bananas set new records in the US in 2020

Although 2019 marked a first hiatus in the uninterrupted growth of organic banana imports for the US market, 2020 is breaking all records. The import growth has made a…

Organic blueberry shipments from Chile enter peak departures

Shipments of organic blueberries from Chile are entering the week’s peak of departures, generally located in weeks 3 and 4 with a cumulative total to week 01 that already exceeds 8.900 tons. This is representing an increase of 18% compared to the exports of the 2019/20 season, maintaining a major upward…

"Spain could achieve the goal of 25% organic production by 2030"

In the framework of a visit to Mercabarna and the Biomarket, the first wholesale market for organic food in Spain, the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,…

Vietnam: Organic dragon fruit farming expands in Long An

Vietnam's province of Long An will expand cultivation of organic dragon fruit, primarily in Chau Thanh district. Nguyen Chi Thien, deputy director of the Department of…

Organic food shipping system very problematic post-Brexit

The Health Made Easy group, one of the UK's biggest health food businesses, has stated that the new, post-Brexit system for sending organic food from the Britain to Northern…

Carrot supplies could get tighter as regions open back up

Yields of carrots are lighter than normal right now and could potentially become tighter in the coming months. “There’s not a lot of size coming out of California at the moment,” says Rob Giragosian with Arvin, CA-based Kern Ridge Growers, LLC. “All our carrots are grown in California. The wildfires we had…

US organic produce sales up 14 percent in 2020

Buoyed by a fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, 2020 organic produce sales finished with a 14.2-percent increase over the previous year. This outpaced conventionally grown produce in both sales and volume gains, according to the 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report released by the…

Australia: Collins family harvest 10 tons of biodynamic Russian and True garlic

Atherton Tablelands biodynamic garlic grower Adam Collins and his partner Gwen Bocci are celebrating their best harvest in two decades. Along with his father John Collins,…

Citrus and other items shipping for Chinese New Year

Morning Kiss Organic and DiSilva Fruit, part of the Arrowfarms family of companies, are shipping a variety of produce in time for Chinese New Year's celebrations, in which fruit and citrus items hold special significance. Taking place this year on February 12, Chinese New Year kicks off a week-long…

Organic banana grower/distributor introduces new Fair Trade label

Organics Unlimited, the San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, now offers Fair Trade Certified™ label organic bananas. Organics Unlimited started the new year by providing its Fair Trade Certified™ organic banana label along with its existing socially responsible GROW label and…

Agroponiente Group plans to increase its organic production volume to 20 million kilos this year

After having consolidated the certified biodynamic agriculture line under the Demeter brand, the Agroponiente group plans to increase its organic production volume to 20…

ZimTrade points growers to growth potential of organic produce

National export development and promotion agency ZimTrade is urging local growers to tap into the growing potential of organic produce markets. The agency said the current…

First shipments of Colombian organic avocados arrive

One grower shipper has just brought in its first organic Colombian avocados into the U.S. this week. Brian Gomez, president and founder of Greenfruit Avocados, at the first avocado tree planting in Colombia. In 2018, Greenfruit Avocados LLC. of Newport Beach, CA planted 400 hectares of avocados. “It’s mostly…

"I like to take advantage of new online opportunities"

Jan Groen thinks Biokennisweek is a perfect fit for 'new reality'. Biokennisweek starts in less than a week. From Monday, January 1st you can’t only visit online booths of various companies but for only 25 euros you can also access 90 in-depth workshops held from 18 to 22 of January 2021. "That is of course…

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Nobody wants organics to return to plastic

Recently, in the Netherlands, Suzanne van der Pijll wrote an article. It was titled: 'Are organics going back to plastic?' The article was published in various Dutch trade…

Ample organic cauliflower on the market

There is strong volume currently of organic cauliflower. Cauliflower supplies are coming from Yuma, AZ and El Centro, CA right now. “There are great supplies out of the desert California regions mainly due to generally cooler weather over Christmas slowing down succession plantings. At this point in time…

Sara Kuijer, Skal, the Netherlands:

"New organics regulation does permit selling of loose organic produce"

Suzanne van der Pijll recently wrote an article about 'organics returning to plastic'. She is from Schuttelaar & Partners, which is a Dutch communication consultancy…

Supermarket chain on expansion course

Tegut benefits from organic range and expansion

Supermarket chain Tegut continues to benefit from its large organic range and intends to continue its expansion course this year.Last year, revenues grew by 17.7 percent to…

BMEL: Eggs, fruit and vegetables still most popular

Organic goods continue to boom, thanks in part to the 'organic' label

n 2020, consumers made more conscious and targeted purchases. In doing so, they have placed a higher value on regionality and ecological production. Among other things, the organic seal is said to have contributed to this. This is confirmed by the latest figures from the Eco-Barometer commissioned by the…

Clear rise in Rajasthan consumption of organic products during COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic saw a remarkable surge in sales of organic products in Rajasthan with 91 per cent sellers and 89 per cent consumers opting to go organic. Marketers said…

Expands product portfolio with full line of fresh cut organic herbs

Organto finalizes acquisition of Fresh Organic Choice BV

Organto Foods Inc., a provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables today announced that it has finalized definitive agreements to acquire 100% of the…

Gautam Buddha Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh

Push for more organic farming: 100 new shops to be set up

Gautam Buddha Nagar district in the state of Uttar Pradesh will see more organic vegetable markets being set up. The goal is to promote the sales of fresh vegetables and…

An overview of the situation by Paolo Pari, marketing director of Almaverde Bio

Organic products are in great demand, especially abroad

The demand for organic fruit and vegetables is increasing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. "The trend is growing also because of the lack of supply from Spain, due to the bad weather. The lower the product, the higher the demand," - explained Paolo Pari, marketing director of Almaverde Bio.…

Eight-week organic blueberry storage trial shows positive results

RipeLocker has completed a trial in which its containers held freshly harvested organic blueberries in pristine condition for eight weeks. In the trial, the company used six pallet-size RipeLocker containers to store fresh organic blueberries from blueberry grower Blueberry Hill. Blueberry Hill also owns…

"Calinda is no ordinary organic strawberry"

New in Eosta's product range are the organic Club Variety Calinda Strawberries. Not an ordinary organic strawberry according to Eosta, but a "premium club variety that not everyone can feed". "It's a protected variet…

Tighter supplies of Washington apples brings pricing back in line

Supplies of Washington apples are slimmer than usual. “Right now, the overall crop is 15-20 percent off from what we estimated last year, so supplies are certainly tight across the board,” says Dan Davis of Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, WA. He notes conventional supplies are tighter than their…

COVID-19 slows imported blueberry programs

Blueberry supplies are tight and the blame can be largely laid on COVID-19. “It’s affecting supply and operations in the U.S.—it’s just affecting the business at the moment,” says Luciano Fiszman of Redondo Beach, CA-based Gourmet Trading Co. Left to right: Gourmet Trading's Scott Hulsey, Luciano Fiszman…

Spanish police investigate international scam involving sale of non-certified organic grapes

The Guardia Civil of Alicante has started an investigation on two men and a woman of Spanish nationality for fraud, belonging to a criminal group, document forging and crimes…

EU agrees to recognise UK organic standards until 31 December 2023

UK growers are happy about the news that the agreed UK-EU trade deal includes an agreement on organic equivalence; this means the EU has agreed to recognise the UK as…

More home cooking leads to boost in herb demand

Supplies of cooking herbs are ample—enough so to meet the increased demand retailers have seen recently. With consumer demand for herbs surging, Milas Russell, general manager with North Shore Greenhouses Inc. in Thermal, CA says the company’s worked to keep retailers in need stocked with product as well…

Costa Rica to increase supply of inputs for Mexican organic agriculture

A recent study on the marketing of inputs for organic agriculture in Mexico, carried out by the Foreign Trade Promoter of Costa Rica (PROCOMER), concluded that Costa Rica…

Strong demand continues for California citrus

California organic and conventional citrus is moving well as the state begins moving into production on some new varieties this month. Mandarins: “Everything was about two to four weeks late this year on conventional and organic mandarins,” says Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World in Reedley, CA. She notes…


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