Retail promotions help build Michigan asparagus demand

Demand for Michigan asparagus continues to grow. Michigan supplies of asparagus have improved in the last few days due to the heat the state saw last week. “We see increases in our Michigan asparagus sales annually. Retailers have continued to promote it and excite customers into buying up the first spring…

NFU responds to DIT consultation on trade with Israel

The NFU supports the government‘s ambition to negotiate a new and more ambitious trade deal than our existing ‘rolled-over’ deal left over from our membership of the EU. Read on to find out more.  Israeli consumer preferences for high-quality, high-value products, as well as a growing demand for organic and…

New Zealand organic apple grower continues export to Russian Federation

New Zealand organic apple grower, Bostock, continues to supply apples to Russia. This is upsetting other growers, who have ceased exports in response to president Putin’s…

Organic import apples and pear programs underway

Both imported organic pears and organic apples have gotten a slightly later start this season. This year there will be slightly less volume on organic pears from Argentina.  Pears: This year, slightly less volume will be seen on organic pears from Argentina. “The pear season started a few weeks later than…

Mango packhouse opens in Nayarit, Mexico

Empaque Don Jorge I (EDJI) opened its doors this past weekend and is currently packing Crespo organic Ataulfos from El Grupo Crespo’s Nayarit orchards. EDJI is the hometown hydro-thermic packhouse of El Grupo Crespo and is home to El Grupo Crespo’s three proprietary brands: Crespo Organic, RCF as well as…

Bio-Gemüse regional AG

Steffen Mucha, Bio-Gemüse regional AG, on the sales of organic potatoes from Saxony

"Supply of alternative goods is gradually coming to an end"

As early potatoes are in the ground in most German growing regions, marketing of last year's crop is now in its final phase. "The supply of alternative goods is gradually coming to an end. At the beginning of June, we expect to bring the last lots from the region to market. This is in contrast to last…

Hinrich Quast, Bio-Augustin Ltd & Co, on marketing organic apples

"A totally seamless shift to the new apple crop will not be possible for us"

The German pome fruit season is currently in its final phase, and the same applies to the marketing of domestic organic apples. "The last stocks of Elstar and Topaz have already been marketed, Natyra will probably be available until the end of June. The marketing of the Jonagold group - Jonagored, Red…

Sascha Suler, BioTropic Ltd, on the cultivation project in Costa Rica:

"Costa Rican organic turmeric is seeing increasing demand, not least because of good storage properties"

In 2017, the portfolio of Duisburg-based import company BioTropic Ltd was expanded to include ginger and turmeric from Costa Rica. Almost five years after the first-time procurement of the vegetables, plant manager Sascha Suler draws a positive balance. Despite the tense freight situation, this season…

Australian Organic Limited welcomes re-election commitment to implementing domestic organic standard

Australian Organic Limited (AOL) has welcomed today’s Coalition Government re-election commitment to implement a domestic standard for organic production, processing, supply chains, and labeling. Australia is currently one of the only developed nations in the world without a mandatory domestic standard…

“The Future of Grocery Retailing”

Organic Produce Summit 2022 keynote announced

On the heels of a global pandemic, much has changed over the past two years in the world of grocery retailing, and with it, the various dynamics of what may lie ahead for the fresh produce industry. To discuss the future of grocery retail and its impact on fresh produce, a pair of leaders from one of the…

High pricing slows organic lime demand

Demand is outstripping supplies of organic limes right now. Stefan Misse, President of Discovery Organics based in Vancouver, Canada says that larger sizes of organic limes…

Coachella continues the transition to new grape varieties

The early part of the California grape season is about 10-15 days away from starting. Rob Spinelli of Anthony Vineyards in Bakersfield, California says production will begin in Coachella about a week earlier than normal--it’s set to begin the week of May 16. He also notes that generally production out of…

Organic lettuce heading back to Salinas

Organic lettuces are transitioning from Yuma, Arizona, back to Salinas, California, at the moment. Organic lettuce is transitioning back to Salinas from Yuma.  “In general, lettuce seems to be in good supply and widely available. Chard supply is tight while spinach and arugula are very difficult to get right…

"We are also extremely proud to introduce the first fully home-compostable package for our pre-packaged fruit"

Tasmanian organic apple grower preparing to launch new variety next season

A Tasmanian organic apple producer is looking forward to launching a new variety onto the Australian market next year. R&R Smith has the commercial license to a variety from Belgium called Kizuri (marketed in Europe as Morgana), Marketing and Communications Manager Jessica Calvert says the company is…

New digital campaign

Naturalia promotes local organic products

Naturalia, the organic branch of French retail chain Monoprix will launch a new sponsorship digital campaign on TV to defend local organic products. Monoprix has decided to…

July 14, 2022

CEA the focus of educational session at OPS 2022

The burgeoning growth of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) and how growers and consumers view this emerging segment of fresh produce production is the second of two educational sessions devoted to CEA at Organic Produce Summit (OPS) 2022. CEA Part 2 – "CEA of Tomorrow: From the Greenhouse to the…

Organic vegetables: Growing popularity in HCM City

Industry experts claim that HCM City consumers’ willingness to again spend on organic foods is fueling their development. At Tops Market An Phú supermarket in Thủ Đức City,…

Interview with Daniel Oppermann from Import Promotion Desk:

Great growth potential in German markets for exotics from Ecuador, Colombia and Peru

The Import Promotion Desk, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), mediates between German importers and medium-sized "exporters in emerging growth markets". Daniel Oppermann, a specialist in sourcing and marketing fresh fruits and vegetables, spoke with us…

Tanzanian growers advised to embrace organic production

Tanzanian agri experts are urging farmers to embrace organic food production. East Africa Impact center (ECHO) Technical advisor, Charles Bonaventure observed that organic…

Demand gaining again on organic heirloom tomatoes

Demand is starting to come back again for organic heirloom tomatoes just as the Mexican season is winding down. Alejandro Madrigal of Covilli Brand Organics Inc. based in Nogales, Arizona says its organic heirloom tomatoes have approximately three weeks left of production in the Valle de Guadalupe region…

Great demand for Zimbabwean organic food from European Union

Zimbabwean trade development and promotion agency ZimTrade has issued a statement saying it is collaborating with communal farmers to ramp up baobab production for exports to…

Lemon pricing could strengthen in short term

Supplies of lemons are moderate at this time. Michael Chirico, president and co-founder of McDaniel & Chirico Worldwide based in Fallbrook, California says the majority of supplies are currently going towards committed programs, which is typical of the winter season. “As domestic supplies wind down, we…

Banasplash: "Russian war, oversupply of bananas in markets biggest worry"

Dominican organic banana producer hoping global market will recover soon

Organic banana producers in the Dominican Republic are concerned about the global banana market and are hoping it will recover over the next three weeks. The Russian war in Ukraine and the oversupply in markets is their biggest worry, says Ramon Garcia, executive coordinator from organic banana producer…

Mark Masten, Joolies: “USA date sales going well, it feels like Ramadan is back”

Californian organic medjool dates brand to be launched across Europe soon

The Californian organic medjool dates producer and exporter Joolies, is set to launch their fun brand across Europe soon. They are also seeing very good medjool date sales in the East Coast of the USA with a special ‘Ramadan’ gift box, says Mark Masten, CEO of Joolies. Tom Robyn, represents Joolies in…

Tra Vinh province authorities develop linkages between organic coconut farmers and companies

Authorities in Tra Vinh province are trying to link up companies and farmers growing organic coconuts for mutual benefit. The companies can ensure they get a steady supply of…

Plastic Bank’s David Katz to Keynote OPS 2022

Every year, more than eight million tons of plastic waste escapes into the world’s oceans. What if there was a platform to stop ocean plastic and help alleviate poverty through a global recycling ecosystem? That is the ambitious goal of Plastic Bank and its founder David Katz, who will offer a keynote…

Robert Elshof, Elshof Organic Fruit:

“Our organic pears ran out two months earlier than usual”

Last season, considerably fewer apples and pears were picked in European orchards. That was due to the spring frost. If all goes well, this year's harvest will be abundant. Supermarkets will be able to put plenty of locally produced organic apples and pears on their shelves again. "Certainly, when it…

U.S. organic fresh produce sales up 4 percent in Q1 2022

Total organic fresh produce sales for the first quarter of 2022 increased by 4 percent from the same period last year, topping $2.3 billion for the quarter, according to the Q1 2022 Organic Produce Performance Report released exclusively by Organic Produce Network and Category Partners. While organic…

Because of possible health risk

World Variety Produce, Inc. voluntarily recalls organic zucchini

World Variety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is voluntarily recalling case lot #38706503 of Organic Zucchini, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with…

Organic Produce Summit

New education session on organics, inflation and changing consumer behavior

“Organics in an Era of Inflation and Changing Consumer Behavior” will be the subject of the fourth educational session at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit 2022, featuring an exclusive sales analysis of organic fresh produce sales through the first half of 2022, and examining how consumer purchasing…

Juan A. Muñoz, of Mara Fruits Bío:

"At the moment, the demand for our organic passion fruit is greater than the supply"

The Canary Islands, the only Spanish region with a subtropical oceanic climate, account for most of the national production of papayas. Biodiversity is determined by the climate, and the archipelago's location, only about 5 degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer, has allowed the development of a thriving subtropical…

"Our main driver for growing organically is human and environmental safety"

The growing market for NZ-grown organically produced apples

A New Zealand apple grower says organic production has become a strong, growing market in recent years, with rewarding advantages - but it is not without its challenges. Bayleaf Organics, at Haumona on the country's North Island, manages 50 hectares of organic apple orchards. Co-owner Wendy Dowling, who…

Bayer organic vegetable seeds portfolio now active, beginning with sweet pepper and tomato

“Today, we sell our seeds to growers who otherwise grow organically, but there are growers that need certified organic seed. With our organic program, we want to make sure…

Mexican organic food supplier obtains ROC® certification

Campos Borquez, a supplier of year-round organic and regenerative super-foods, has become the first farm in Mexico to obtain the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC), a milestone for the company. Campos Borquez is the first farm in Mexico to obtain the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC). “My family…

Grupo Alta hits 30-year milestone

From 60 hectares in 1991 to over 10,000 hectares today

What started as a 60-hectare project of table grapes in 1991 has turned into one of the largest agricultural companies in Mexico. With more than 11 different farms and over 10,000 hectares of growing land throughout Sonora, in addition to new projects in Jalisco and Baja, Mexico, Grupo Alta is…

Alcoaxarquia Group expands its organic production to Mexico

In accordance with its strategy of expansion and development of markets, on March 22, Alcoaxarquia Group, a company from Malaga, signed an exclusive contract with the Mexican firm Aguacaturry SPR to market the organic avocado they grow for the next 10 years. Currently, they will market the avocado grown…

Carrefour applies blockchain to its organic products

Carrefour has announced that it will be applying blockchain technology to its store-brand organic products from April 2022 in order to offer more transparency to consumers on origins and methods of production. By scanning the QR code on the label, it will be possible to know the origin and itinerary of…

Keynote speaker for Organic Produce Summit 2022 announced

As the grocery landscape continues evolving, developing a consistent shopping experience across all customer touch points and creating a seamless brand experience throughout…

Switzerland: Fenaco strengthens its commitment to organic farming

Fenaco is promoting the organic production of crops that are particularly in demand. From this year’s harvest, the agricultural cooperative will indeed take over all…

Siiimply Veggy: "Almeria's future lies in continuing to work on organic production"

"There's an upward trend in the demand for organic watermelon in Europe"

The consumption of organic food is on the rise in Europe, and in the Spanish province of Almeria, operators such as Siiimply Veggy are making it possible to supply organic fruits and vegetables all year round to meet this demand, which is on an upward trend in the continent, and is expected to continue…

Cambodian organic business groups dub cultivation and harvest successful

Cambodian business owners and provincial authorities have reported that the organic vegetable business has proven proved to be a productive venture, as cultivation and crop…

Organic farm achieves Sustainably Grown Certification

Duncan Family Farms, a fourth-generation multi-regional certified organic farm and grower of baby leaf items, has earned the Sustainably Grown Certification. The Sustainably…

Organic Produce Summit 2022 announces third educational session

With greater emphasis and importance placed on sustainability efforts from organic growers and the grocery community, industry leaders will examine how the organic fresh produce industry is addressing the obstacles, opportunities and the future of sustainability in the third Organic Produce Summit 2022…

The newborn Agroadriatica was founded with a base of 15 companies and a 40% export rate

A Consortium in the Marche region with two thousand hectares of horticultural crops

Agroadriatica Società Consortile, a consortium that has 15 companies, a total of 4000 hectares, of which about 2000 (including the various transplants during the year) are dedicated to horticulture and whose president is Alessandro Rocchetti. The Consortium  "We are committed to working increasingly better also…

Harrie van den Elzen, Biofruit:

"Abundant opportunities for organic top fruit”

“The organic top fruit sector is generally growing," says Harrie van de Elzen. Harrie not only cultivates but sorts and packages organic top fruit and sells these via the Dutch growers association, Biofruit. "Demand is still exceeding supply, so prices are pretty decent. People currently appreciate…

Kenyan farmers opt for organic farming for better yields

When Kenyan farmer Judith Mumbua noticed that using commercial fertilizers was creating problems for both her crops and the dirt on her eastern Kenyan farm, she switched to…

Wholesum Springs launches seasonal organic tomato pack

Wholesum, Fair Trade Certified growers and shippers of organic fresh produce, has launched a Spring-themed sustainable pack of organic, Fair Trade Certified tomatoes on the vine. The pack will hit retail shelves just in time for April and will be available through the Spring season, bringing the social…

Organic banana movement stays steady

Supplies of organic bananas are as expected currently and similar to last year’s volumes at this time. Left to right: Mayra Velazquez de León; Daniella Velazquez de León. San Diego, CA-based Organics Unlimited supplies organic Cavendish bananas via its network of small growers in Colima, Mexico as well as…

Roberto Tur, Fresh Fruit Alliance, on direct imports from Spain

"We are the extended branch of our Spanish producers"

In the greenhouse vegetable category, Spanish produce is partly supplemented by Dutch, Belgian and German products for seasonal reasons, but it has been an exceedingly successful season for the Spaniards, say direct importer Roberto Tur (r) of Fresh Fruit Alliance Ltd, based in Friedrichshafen. "The…

Organic apples look to transition to imports as soon as possible

Supplies of domestic conventional apples are stronger than anticipated for this time of year. “We assumed the worst coming off of last year’s heat and prepared for pack outs to suffer. Thus far, we have not seen them suffer to the degree that they could have,” says Dan Davis with Starr Ranch Growers…

Charly Rabattu, Provence Producteur:

France: Carrefour signs a partnership for organic tomatoes with Provence Producteur

On March 3rd, at the International Agricultural Show in Paris, Carrefour announced a multi-year partnership for organic tomatoes in order to offer organic Made in France products to the consumers, under the “Carrefour Bio” brand. “Carrefour is now a solid and reliable partner we can count on and which is…

Africa increasingly offering more, better organic fruit

Africa still offers many opportunities for Dutch fruit and vegetable companies. "It's not smooth sailing, and there are still some hurdles. But that's exactly where the Dutch business community can play a major role," says Núria Vlonk-Cunha Soares of the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC). Mango…

OPS 2022 educational session

“Private label vs. consumer brand: the competition for shelf space”

The continued growth of organic fresh produce has spurred a debate on the value of consumer brands compared to their private label counterparts—and its impact on overall sales. Private Label vs. Consumer Brand: The Competition for Shelf Space will explore the changing dynamics and challenges of…

Luis San José, of Huerta Luis San José: "The impact of the drought could start to be felt in the middle of the season".

"We want the number of organic asparagus producers in Valladolid to increase"

The white asparagus season is starting in the Spanish province of Valladolid. On the banks of the Duero River, in the region of Tierra de Pinares, there is a municipality renowned for the cultivation of this vegetable. It even has its own guarantee mark: Tudela de Duero. And there, for 25 years, Luis San…

Agricultural projects by LAN in Peru

As part of the objectives set out by LNV, the LAN team has launched 4 projects in the agricultural sector with the intention of  materialising the vision for the Peruvian agriculture as well as the circular agriculture plan developed in 2021 for Peru by the LAN team. These projects aim to focus on the value…

INRAE and Agence Bio have signed their first framework agreement

INRAE and Agence Bio have signed their first framework agreementDuring the International Agricultural Show, Philippe Mauguin, President and CEO of INRAE, and Laure Verdeau, Director of the Agence Bio - the French Agency for the Development and Promotion of Organic Agriculture (AB), signed their first…

Organic herb consumption picks up

Demand for organic herbs continues to grow. “In general there have been sufficient herbs but there seems to be a higher demand for organic herbs and there hasn’t been enough availability for all of that demand. That demand has grown faster than the supply,” says Camilo Penalosa of Infinite Herbs in…

Cambodian Ministry supports production of organic fruits and vegetables

The Agriculture Ministry and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have started the Cambodian Horticultural project and the Cambodian Fruit and Vegetable project to expand the…

Organic grower anticipates strong volumes of organic specialty citrus through April

Fruit World, a family-owned grower-shipper of organic and conventional citrus and more, is reporting a strong season for its premium specialty citrus, including organic Minneola tangelos, Blood oranges and Cara Cara oranges. While California growers are experiencing shortened seasons of navel and…

Endinava introduces organic figs in its portfolio: "We aim to reach France, Germany and the Netherlands with them"

"Sales of live lettuce in traditional greengrocers have grown in recent years"

Among the many advantages provided by hydroponics (with the main one being the optimization of all the resources used in agriculture, from the acreage needed for the crops to the use of water), the fact that it makes it possible to grow products with unique characteristics, such as live lettuce, is…


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