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Prof. David Zilberman - University of California, Berkeley

"No genetic engineering means people die"

"One day, when my son brought his new date to our home. I heard him tell her: 'I made a salad for you. It's organic!,'" relates Prof. David Zilberman. "I understood that what he meant…

North America is leading the organic food markets

The world's organic food market is undoubtedly growing, as proven by figures and studies. Fruits and vegetables are the main organic foods which have see the largest growth in recent times. Chile, the main supplier of fresh fruits from the southern hemisphere, is not lagging behind. According to data from ASOEX, organic…

Johan Verhaeren, BioVibe

“There will be more organic leeks thanks to the good weather”

“Despite the high demand, there are still enough organic leeks for the entire season," says Johan Vanhaeren of the Belgian wholesaler, BioVibe. "The supply will probably increase in the coming days." "This is due to the warm, dry weather. Leek consumption has been very high throughout the winter. We are now working…

Landgard Bio GmbH presented itself at Biofach 2019

"Organic-area will be expanded consistently, with many individual projects in the future"

Landgard Bio GmbH cultivates organic vegetables for the fresh market and the frozen food industry on an area of ​​23 hectares on the Lower Rhine. With this cultivation, the company wants to familiarize customers and growers with organic farming, showing that switching to organic farming is worthwhile.…

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…

Roy Zylka - Roy's Naturkost has Sicilian orange in its range for the first time

Organic orange variety still available for about a month

In today's trading environment, the importance of organic products is increasing at a rapid pace. In the fruit trade in particular, domestic and foreign producers are increasingly turning to organic products in recent years. As a result, wholesalers and suppliers are adding more and more organic fruits…

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…

Italy holds a leading position on the international organic market

According to the figures presented by Swiss institute FIBL and IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) at Biofach (Nuremberg), 2017 was yet another record year for the organic sector worldwide which registered a growth in turnover, businesses and cultivated areas.  Click here to enlarge. " The…

International leading event of the organic industry in Nuremberg

Focus on sustainability at Biofach 2019

The leading event of the organic industry, Biofach, has finished this Saturday. Again this year, many exhibitors and trade visitors found their way to the Nuremberg fair. As at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, sustainability is clearly in the foreground in the organic sector as well. Apart from modern…

Switzerland is the biggest consumer of organic products in the world

Switzerland is the country that consumes the most organic products per inhabitant in the world, according to the figures published on Wednesday by the Research Institute for…

Corsica: More and more land converted to organic farming

Organic farming is a key trend for the future. A growing number of producers from the “Isle of Beauty” are converting their farms to organic practices. In 10 years, the number…

Global organic acreage grows by 20%

In 2017, the organic acreage worldwide reached a record high level, with 70 million hectares; 20% more than in the previous year, according to the statistical yearbook "The organic world: Farming". The report, prepared by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (Ifoam) and the Research Institute for…

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 Kanzi® enjoying strong sales growth in US

CMI Orchards said Kanzi® apple sales continue to climb, which the company hopes will translate into a successful future in the U.S. market. Both conventional and organic options are now available. George Harter, Vice President of Marketing for CMI Orchards said both conventional and organic Kanzi® is performing extremely well.…

USDA Organic Annual Report Bulgaria

Bulgaria: More middle-income consumers able to buy organic

Bulgaria’s economic growth over the last two years has been a significant driver of consumer demand for organic products. Urban and higher-income consumers increasingly…

The organic industry 2019 in Europe and worldwide

Facts and figures about organic development

In the past year, the share of domestic eco-land increased by 109,863 hectares (plus 8 percent) to around 1.5 million hectares. The Federation of Organic Food and Beverage…

“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 AgroQueens, the…

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 we’re really…

Morocco does not cover its needs for organic products

Faced with the growing foreign demand for organic products, the Moroccan Export Association wishes to set up a PPP structure. A meeting was organized recently by ASMEX with…

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 for that region.” Madrigal…

Ecuador: Agrocalidad certifies the first shipment of organic pitahaya to the US

AGROCALIDAD, the agency in charge of Agricultural Health Service, certified the first shipment of 240 kg of organic pitahaya to the United States. The inspected cargo departed from Ecuador to Los Angeles at night, and it encourages new export alternatives to benefit the organic production that takes…

Minister plans to quadruple organic farming in Luxembourg

Over the next seven years, Minister of Agriculture Romain Schneider, wants to quadruple the amount of land in Luxembourg that is devoted to organic farming. The ambitious plans were revealed on the side-lines of a meeting between the minister and the Bio-Lëtzebuerg association. Schneider says that the target by 2025…

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”,…

Spain: Organic farmers would be less affected by a crisis than conventional producers

Ecological producers would suffer less than conventional farmers if there were a crisis, stated the general deputy director of Differentiated Quality and Ecological Production of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Javier Mate. For example, in the dairy sector the people that opted for organic production have…

USDA GAIN Report

US Organic food exports expected to reach record levels

Germany is the 2nd largest organic market in the world, with good prospects for US organic products such as tree nuts, fruits and vegetables, and processed food products. The German organic market is heavily dependent on imports to meet consumer demands. US exports are set to reach new records for 2018,…

UK: Organic food and drink sales on the rise

Organic food and drink sales in the UK rose by 9.5% in 2018, to £2.2 billion. The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report shows that the largest growth was in home delivery box schemes and online sales. Such sales account for 14% of all organic sales and this share is expected to grow to 25% by…

Carrefour committed to seasonal organic fruits and vegetables

Carrefour always promises to supply their customers with the best fruits and vegetables. However, it’s even better when these are organic and seasonal. Since September 2018, the Carrefour group has been more actively involved in a food transition aimed primarily at the quality and local food. “Eating local, seasonal and…

USDA GAIN Report

Organic market in Croatia faces price-sensitive consumer

Beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in the United States or the European Union (EU) can be sold as organic in either market, streamlining trade between the two…

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…

Polish substrate for organic mushroom farming in Poland

Greenyard Mycoculture Poland, formerly known as Mykogen and was part of the Greenyard Group until mid-December, is the first mushroom substrate manufacturer to offer substrate for organic farming in Poland. Polish growers had until now to import this type of substrate from Germany or the Netherlands. The…

Proliferation of organic California mandarins

Organic mandarins from California are steady and solid with supplies. “Supply this year has been really strong,” says Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, Ca. “We’ve had good steady supplies all the way through. Last year’s crop was light but, as anticipated after a light crop, we’re…

First ever "Organic Day" brings 90 farmers and advocates to Oregon capitol

For the first time, pioneering farmers and partners gathered in Salem on Wednesday, February 6, to educate, celebrate and meet with lawmakers to underscore the important role organic plays in Oregon. Organic Valley, America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, partnered with Oregon…

Season for organic Chilean blueberries ramping up

Wholesum announced it is preparing for a very fruitful month for organic Chilean blueberries. Availability of organic Chilean blueberries has been on an upward trend and will have the highest spike between February and March of 2019 for Wholesum. The bulk of organic blueberries will come from their…

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 grower out of…

South Tyrolean organic apple farmers have a new big problem:

Phosphite residues can be trouble when marketing produce

South Tyrol's organic apple farmers have a new big problem: phosphite residues, which could be fatal in marketing. Arnold Schuler emphasized that this problem is completely…

Polish Ministry of Agriculture wants to promote organic production

The organic food market in Poland is in a constant state of crisis. The production volume is not increasing and the market is growing basically through the rise of imports. Although the organic agricultural production is growing, a large part of it is exported in the form of raw materials to France or…

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. "Our…

Öko-Bauernhöfe Sachsen GmbH at the BioFach 2019:

"Organic farmers were able to stabilize their yields through irrigation"

The BioFach exhibition in Nuremberg is imminent and exhibitors and visitors are preparing for these exciting days for the organic sector. Steffen Mucha, Managin g Director of ÖBS GmbH, also has great expectations for the event: "The fair is an opportunity for us to meet our customers in person. We want…

Pesticide-free fruits being offered under new private label 'TiP BIO'

Real sets new standards with immediate change to organic bananas

A total of around 5,000 organically cultivated products, of which about one fifth are coming out through private labels 'real BIO' and the new 'TiP BIO', are available to…

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 higher pricing…

France: three tomato giants join forces to offer zero-pesticide products

The Breton cooperatives alone represent 50% of the French tomato market with 230,000 tons of tomatoes produced each year. Cultivated all year round in heated greenhouses, they…

Catalina: organic product expansion along with Red and Baby bananas program

“Over the year 2018 our company remained focused on keeping quality and services at the highest level in order to maintain steady, sustainable growth and strengthen cooperation with our trusted business partners” – said Rafal Bury, member of the Board of Directors at Targban. "We kept developing our…

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…

Organic and branded apples linked to strong retail performance

According to George Harter, Vice President of Marketing for CMI Orchards, CMI is helping retailers magnify category sales by offering a fourth tier of selling potential. “Most retailers carry first, second and third tier items, which are the conventional core varieties, organic core varieties, and conventional branded apples…

France: Retailer Carrefour joins organic agriculture crowdfunding project

“MiiMOSA Transition” is a crowdfunding project to help farmers switch to organic farming, in response to rising consumer demand for socially responsible practices. Now, French…

Jeffrey Moret, TOFF:

"In the last two years, we have had organic mangoes and avocados for 52 weeks of the year."

Four years ago, Jeffrey Moret decided to go into business for himself. He chose to establish himself in the organic fresh fruit and vegetable sector. "We did not have a year when we did not experience growth", says the owner of TOFF. This company is located in the Dutch town of Barendrecht. "We have given the big…

Agriculture: organic surfaces are 10 times larger in Occitanie than at national level

In Nailloux, near Toulouse, out of the 1,211 ha of used agricultural area, 810 ha are dedicated to organic productions (67% against 6.5% at the national level). The farmers of…

Weather extremes lead to premature aging of organic tubers

Organic potatoes - climate change clearly felt

Even if the current temperatures suggest a normal winter, the weather extremes from last year are still having an impact. Never before has climate change been so clearly felt.…

Retail chains advertise with organic association logo

Cooperation of trade and cultivation associations

Certified products of German organic farming associations are increasingly being found in conventional food retailing (LEH). In 2018, Lidl has decided to cooperate with…

The organic market in the European Union

A survey by the French television channel France 2 has highlighted the differences in the organic market within the European Union. While stores are in full economic war on the topic, the…

Italy: Phosphonic acid in organic crops

Sicural, a laboratory authorized by the Ministry for Agricultural Policy for the analysis of samples taken during checks on organic crops, is currently performing analyses on phosphonic acid, produced by Fosetyl aluminium degradation. This is because of technical regulation RT 16Accredia, which entered…

US organic prices dip as demand and choices grow

At the moment, US shoppers are still paying more for organic food, but the price premiums are dropping as organic options multiply. Last year, organic food and beverages cost…

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Dominican Republic: Shared-X Impact Farm to open branch for organic pineapple production

The Minister of Agriculture, Osmar Benitez, announced that the Shared-X Impact Farm company would open a branch that produces organic pineapple in the country. The official said the company would make an initial investment of more than US $6.9 million and that they would be located in the Las Carolinas Free Zone…

Danish farmers trying to find midway between organic and conventional

At the Danish Plantekongres 2019, Margrethe Askegaard of the Ecoviden consultancy firm discussed the choice between organic and conventional cultivation methods. According to Askegaard, there are advantages to both directions. The time has therefore come for organic and conventional farmers to share the experiences. Conventional…

Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau Niedersachsen (KÖN) invites one and all

Future of the organic industry in the foreground at this year's BioFach

"Biofach", the leading trade fair for the global organic sector, will take place from 13 to 16 February in Nuremberg. Competence Center Ökolandbau Niedersachsen (KÖN) is…

Organic Produce Summit 2019 announces keynote speakers

Award winning chef and author Dan Barber and organic consumer activist Robyn O’Brien have been confirmed as keynote presenters at the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit…

US shutdown could delay plans to stop fake organic imports

The US government shutdown is stalling plans to block fraudulent imports of organic produce. The 2018 farm bill instructed the US Department of Agriculture to develop and…

Spain: Is organic fruit and veg production growing at the same rate as the demand?

The demand for organic products is on the rise in Europe, and many horticultural producers have based their growth strategies on the cultivation of these products. They want to continue certifying farms in order to satisfy a customer who demands more bio crops, wider product ranges and year-round…

Food only very rarely contaminated with pesticide residues

Hardly any pesticide residues in food

The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has hardly found pesticide residues in food produced in Germany. Only 1.1 percent of the samples tested…

Whole Foods arrives in Europe via Amazon

For a few days now, the Amazon sites of Germany, France, Italy and Spain have been proposing organic products under the Whole Foods brand. After acquiring the American chain…

US: Rhythm Superfoods will expand with organic fruit chips

Rhythm Superfoods has been challenged by not having kale co-packers available. It had to construct its own manufacturing facilities. But while the kale boom is slacking off, Jensen said the company's snacks made from carrots and beets have seen double-digit growth. Getting into organic fruit chips is a logical extension,…

Consorzio Bia: the response to MMR's demands

Antonio Fricano is the president of Consorzio BIA. He said, “Our consortium was born 7 years ago, and counts 11 organic fresh fruit and vegetable producers. The idea of bringing together different businesses was pushed by the MMR that asked for a shorter supply chain through the association of the…

Ecuador: Organic passion fruit to assist those affected by the earthquake

The Tierra Organica company has planted certified organic passion fruit for export in the province of Manabi to help producers who were affected by the earthquake that hit this area in April 2016. The passion fruit planted is a wild variety from Ecuador, which is very tasty and is more resistant to pests…

General registration for 2019 Organic Produce Summit now open

General attendee registration for the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit opened yesterday, Jan. 15 on the OPS website. OPS 2019, which the organizers say is the only event…

Aldi, Rewe and Co. have already responded

Lidl challenges competitors with organic-offensive

In the future, Lidl will be able to label its own brand with the Bioland seal. As early as October last year the company, which belongs to the Schwarz Group, had announced a…

US organic farming jumps 56 percent over 5-year period

According to the latest available data from the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, the number of certified organic farms in the United…

Coop Switzerland announces further use of sustainable packaging

Organic oranges now packaged in cellulose nets

After doing the same to the organic lemons and clementines, for the packaging of its organic oranges Swiss supermarket chain Coop is now switching to an environmentally…

Florida: Cooler weather helps out Collier County organic farm

Cooler weather is bringing much awaited relief to some farmers in Southwest Florida. With temperatures cooling down to the 40s Thursday, organic farmers are welcoming in the…

The new EU Regulations take effect

Less copper for crop protection

More restrictive regulations on the use of copper for crop protection. In a few years, it could be completely banned. On the first of January, the new EU regulations started taking effect, and consequently the restrictions regarding both the organic and the integrated. When we called Michelangelo Garaffoni, a technician for the Europfruit PO,…

Biocoop plans to open 70 new stores in 2019

A leader in the distribution of organic products in France, Biocoop recently announced its ambition to continue its expansion through France by opening 70 new stores in 2019. The…

China: Organic cauliflower price increase

The price of organic cauliflower showed an upward trend this week. The main production areas of organic cauliflower currently in the Wanbang International Market are in Fujian…

Organic bananas and cucumbers are among the bestsellers

Amazon scores with diverse organic assortment

Shipping giant Amazon, which operates a branch in Luxembourg, has published what were the worldwide bestsellers in the Christmas season. More articles than ever before have…

Vietnam supports the development of organic agricultural products

The Agricultural Products Market Transformation and Development Department (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) and the Vietnamese Organic Agriculture Association…

Bio c’Bon: a 10-year climb

Created in 2008, the French retailer specialized in organic products counts 123 stores today and some 1,400 employees: 300 at the Paris headquarters (15th district) and the three warehouses in Orly,…

Management Biotropic GmbH visits cultivation projects in Costa Rica and Dominican Republic

"Quality organic bananas in good quantities are currently available"

The plant manager of BioTropic Duisburg, Sascha Suler, visited their cultivation projects in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic in December 2018, in order to get an idea of ​​the local conditions. The first call was to San Jose in Costa Rica, from where BioTropic employees Sascha Suler, agricultural…

Breizh Nature, the organic and well-being fair, is back

The fourth edition of Breizh Nature will take place in Quimper, France, from January 11th to 13th 2019. With nearly 43,000 square feet of exhibitions, booths, events, workshops and conferences…

Millennials and Hispanics drive boost in US organic sales

According to Nielsen data, organic product sales in the US have jumped almost 9% to more than $21 billion during the 52-week period ending Nov. 24. The top buying groups were millennials, who…

Suppliers must overcome reluctance to pay more for sustainable goods

British organic food industry seeks European-style growth

The terms “organic” and “sustainable” are now prominent on the menus of fashionable restaurants and food shops in the UK. A few decades ago they were hardly used. Yet organic products are still a small fraction of the overall food market, and regular buyers remain largely an affluent few. Guy Singh-Watson, the founder…

Belgium is the world's second largest importer of organic bananas

For the last five years, Belgium has been the second largest importer of organic bananas worldwide, only behind the United States. In 2017, it had a positive variation of…

Family business has been supplying Bioland and Demeter products in the Göttingen area for 20 years

Organic delivery service Lotta Karotta invests 750,000 euros

The biggest investment in the history of the company was made this year by Bio-Lieferservice Lotta Karotta from Rittmarshäus. The company, which was founded in 1999, invested 750,000 euros. Bioland and Demeter products are mainly distributed regionally. The clientele in Greater Göttingen is nowadays…

Organic lettuce: “The market is rather calm at the moment”

“We have some minor supply difficulties in the South-West of France,” explains Bernard Mascot, manager of the Food Development Services company. The weather conditions are not helping. Lots of clouds, very little sun and a drop in temperatures have slowed down the growth of the lettuce. The lower…

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Are Bio Supermarkets eco-friendly?

A bio supermarket is a type of environmentally friendly supermarket that probably uses green energy and mainly sells organic foods, nutritional supplements and health foods.…

Shenandoah Growers

US: RPET clamshells provide clarity for organic herb line

There’s nothing like seeing what you’re buying. Thanks to clear packaging and minimalistic labels, that’s precisely what consumers get from Shenandoah Growers’ line of That’s Tasty organic herbs. Their thermoformed RPET clamshell containers and labels are procured from multiple suppliers. Clamshells receive both front…

New Zealanders wary of organic food fraudsters

A set of new rules is designed to protect NZ consumers from untrustworthy suppliers in the first big shake-up of the $600 million organics industry. The sector has grown 30…

Leclerc opens second Marché Bio store

As announced a few weeks ago, Leclerc has been stepping up its efforts to promote biological products through a new brand of organic stores. After the opening of the first…

Austrian apple is a true export hit

What will the future of Styrian organic apples look like?

The local organic apple is a true export hit and after a difficult first year has become a real success story. Neues Land raises the question: What will its future look like? What began with a handful of farmers became a new standard of production in the Styrian apple country - organic orchards. Almost 20 percent…

BEHR AG announces innovations in their organic range

"Drought was challenge of the year for us as well"

Weather extremes in many places made 2018 a particularly difficult year for vegetable producers - both in Germany and in southern Europe. The last year was also very tough for major supplier BEHR AG. Because after having suffered weeks of extreme summer heat in their own country, a large part of the…

"New downy mildew resistance could give organic lettuce growers more certainty"

For organic lettuce growers, it is essential to be certain of a good harvest. Rijk Zwaan offers them a choice of around 60 organic varieties with extensive resistances against diseases and pests, all of which respond well to organic fertilisers. A new, horizontal resistance to downy mildew could now…

India: Organic farmer says there’s plenty of money in lemons

Most farmers in the Surendranagar district, India’s largest cotton producer, have harvested little crop following last year’s monsoon failure. Surendranagar, like much of…

Norway: Large demand for organic products from Philippines

Organic fruits and vegetables have a good export potential for Philippine enterprises who are ready to export to Norway under the Philippines-European Free Trade Association Free Trade Agreement (PH-Efta FTA). Bjorn Jahnsen, Norway’s ambassador to the Philippines, said in a recent presentation in Makati on exporting…

Markenartikel Magazine:

German buyers of organic food are particularly digitally adroit

The Germans really value their retail businesses, is the finding in the new issue of 'b4p trends'. The study published by the Gesellschaft für integrated…

Italy: the organic sector should go hand-in-hand with scientific research

There are ever more innovations within organic farming. The sector is increasingly relying on science while overcoming a certain scepticism. This is one of the concepts expressed by AISSA, the Italian Agrarian Scientific Societies Association. The association calls for a more open-minded attitude as…

Niels van den Berg, Rungis:

“Organic is part of the complete sustainability policy”

Catering supplier Rungis is preparing for the home stretch of 2018. “A busy period for us,” says Niels van den Berg, responsible for communication and trends. It’s also going well with organic brand Ecoville. “Demand for organic is steadily growing,” he says. Rungis supplies fruit and vegetables to Dutch catering. “We…

Proposals of the Third Way Collective at the Elysée

The Third Way Collective of the Responsible Agriculture Sector was received on Tuesday, December 18th, by Mrs Audrey Bourolleau, the French president’s advisor on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development. The presidents and directors of the four founding organizations of the Collective…

Rainer Carstens, Westhof Bio-Gemüse:

"We are proud to process organic goods only"

When Rainer Carstens took over his parents' business in Friedrichsgabekoog at the end of the 70's, things there were still being done conventionally. In order to successfully convert the farm to organic cultivation, there was a need to create the necessary marketing structure, as this was still lacking.…

New York City's only mushroom farm gives new meaning to 'locally grown'

If you search around New York City for a mushroom farm, you might think it's impossible for one to fit there. Well, in fact, there is one mushroom farm in the city. Not only that, but it's the only organic farm as well. Located near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Smallhold mushroom farm is the creation of Adam…

Big proprietary brands are driving factors in sales

Austrian organic industry registers double-digit growth in food retailing

The organic sector was still recording double-digit growth in food retailing this year. For the organic harvest Styria, innovative marketing concepts are an important topic…

Spain: CASI strengthens its commitment to organic agriculture

Europe's biggest fresh tomato cooperative cannot remain oblivious to market trends and the demands of society. In a world increasingly aware of environmental sustainability and health issues, the consumption of organic products is rising every year. This is also being observed in Spain. CASI has managed to double the number of…

Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden

New research shows how organic farming is worse for climate

One of the main aims of organic farming is to maximise the 'natural' aspects and minimise chemical interference when it comes to producing our food. But is it actually better for the environment? A new study, published in Nature, looked at pea and wheat crops and it suggests the opposite. It claims that organic farms…

Crisis for the producers of organic prunes in Agen

Unlike their conventional colleagues, the producers of organic prunes in Agen are out of stocks: the French production is close to 2,000 tons a year, which is equivalent to…

Spanish organic products distributed exclusively by Labella Bio

“Spain has the largest agricultural area dedicated to organic farming, covering approximately 2 million hectares,” explains Iris Gil Mena, of Frutas Goostar. “With a continental climate in the center and a mediterranean climate in the South, the Spanish production can complement national supplies when…

“The only thing customers ask for is the right product of the right quality at the right place and time”

New player in organic sector: Lema

Another company has joined the organic fruit sector. Peter Abma started his new company, called Lema, in September. It’s no surprise he focuses on Greek product, considering his background. Besides, he’s paying a lot of attention to building good relationships. What about threats? “Climate change is one…

Spain: Mercabarna opens up to organic produce

Mercabarna is to open the first market for organic produce in the whole of Europe in 2020, responding to the growing public demand for this type of produce as well as the…

Bonduelle releases its first frozen organic offer

As the trend towards organic products is in fashion, the Bonduelle brand has just launched its frozen organic offer, with 500 g of green beans and peas benefiting from…

Spain: Mercabarna to open first wholesale market for fresh organic products

In the spring of 2020, Barcelona's Mercabarna ​​will open the first organic fresh produce market in Spain: the Biomarket, which will occupy an area of ​​8,900 square meters…

Companies Valdibella and Paterna Bio

Sicilian approach: Sustainability, authenticity and short supply chain

There are Sicilian companies that have chosen a different model of producing and selling. Their underlying idea is to recover the ‘human’ contact with the product and with the…

China Green Food Expo held in Xiamen

From December 7th to 9th, the 19th China Green Food Expo and the 12th China International Organic Food Expo were both held at the Xiamen International Convention and Exhibition Center. Citizens and merchants visited the exhibition hall to taste the green food of various provinces and cities. The China Green Expo is co-sponsored by…

Three kilo-box can be converted into gift wrapping

Elbe fruit scores with innovative Christmas packaging

Elbe-Obst has designed a very special packaging for the Christmas business for its customers. A 3-kilo box can be converted into a gift box. Underneath the packaging there is a lid, so that the box can be closed and possibly sent by post. The present motif is blue-and-white.   Christmas-style apple packaging For many years now, Elbe-Obst has been…

Sander De Proost:

"Increasing number of market stall holders find their way to organic fruits and vegetables at BelOrta"

"The share of organic produce is growing both in general and certainly within the fruit and vegetable segment in Belgium. We notice an increasing demand among a number of our existing organic clients," says Sander De Proost of BelOrta. "We also notice an expansion of the clientele for organic products. A…

Pears and apples stand out

Argentina: Río Negro produces the most organic food

Rio Negro has consolidated itself as the province that generates the most organic products in the country, as it accounts for 20% of the country's total organic production.…

Organic Grower Summit announces Grower of the Year award recipient

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) will honor long-time organic grower Thaddeus Barsotti of Farm Fresh To You as the recipient…

Organic Food Iberia presents the 1st International Organic Production Fair

Spain: Valencia is the second region with most organic production companies

Organic Food Iberia , the new International Professional Organic Fair of the Iberian Peninsula, which will take place next June in Feria de Madrid (IFEMA), has seen a…

"Large retailers profit more from the organic craze than specialized stores"

The market for organic products was long confined to specialized stores dedicated to the cause. But with the mass craze for all things organic, this is no longer the case. The organic food…

Italy: Organic farming increases despite the greater effort required

"We have been growing organically since 2004 and back then we were a rarity in the area around Vittoria, in Sicily. We have been certified by the BioAgriCert already for a while and, despite being a small-medium company, we are able to defend our revenue". So says Salvatore Modica , whose eponymous farm…

Spain: HaciendasBio expects to increase organic production by 61%

The organic fruit and vegetable producer HaciendasBio will finish the year with 2,263 hectares of crops, 32% more than in 2017, when it had 1,715. This acreage is divided into…


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