Organic

Non-toxic crop protection spray gains certification for EU, Japanese and Costa Rican organic standards

The interest in the agricultural sector to change the methods of pest control to more environmentally friendly methods has been increasing worldwide. In 2017, the Costa Rican company ClearLeaf launched operations and since then they have designed and developed four distinct products, as well as validated…

Magdalena du Plessis – Carpe Diem

Orange River organic grape grower plans strong volume increase over coming years

A container of organically grown Early Sweet white seedless table grapes is due to shortly depart for Europe from Cape Town Harbour. This is the opening to Northern Cape grower Carpe Diem’s new grape season, a “short but intense” campaign that usually runs for eight to ten weeks in which they ship ten to…

Mythja

Vietnam organic growers reap the fruits of their work

As the demand for healthy products is increasing, both in Vietnam and elsewhere, the nation’s organic growers are seeing their investment and hard work over years pay off.…

Renzo Muro, of Fundo Los Paltos: "The impact of the pandemic on the consumption of organic products is worrying"

Peru's organic table grape campaign has already started, with greater volumes

Peru's table grape campaign has already started and the production is expected to grow by around 16% compared to the previous season. This means 7 million more boxes, which will bring the season's total to 56 million boxes. "This week, we are starting the harvest of the first organic seedless red varieties…

Organicoop

The Chilean Organic Producers Cooperative is born

The Chilean Organic Producers Cooperative, Organicoop, whose mission is to be recognized as Chile's most reputable producer and supplier cooperative of organic products, was…

The American company Berry People signs alliances with Peruvian producers

Berry People, the California-based marketer of organic and conventional berries and avocados, has signed alliances with producers in Peru to cover the supply gaps for these…

Juan Mora, manager of Frutas Antonio: “It is the right time to start this adventure”

"We will start with 100,000 kilos of organic Asturian kiwifruit in our first year at Biomarket"

The inauguration in Barcelona of Biomarket, the first wholesale market devoted entirely to organic food in Spain, is just a few days away and the companies participating in this ambitious project are finalizing their preparations. One such firm is Grupo Frutas Antonio, which will have 3 stalls in this…

Juan González, of Greenline Gate:

"Organic blueberries are going to compete strongly with the conventional"

The production of blueberries, which play a big role in the European organic berry market, is developing in the southern hemisphere. Latin America stands out as an important supplier and has recorded a notable growth in the demand in recent years. In fact, the European Union has promoted an ambitious…

Organic potatoes and onions ready for the holidays

With a quality crop of organic potatoes and onions ready for market, Morning Kiss Organic brings a healthy aspect to this year's much-needed comfort cooking. As the pandemic continues, food will play a larger role than ever in bringing the holiday spirit to smaller gatherings planned more around safety…

Homeless garden project in Santa Cruz, CA

Awe Sum Organics making a difference in both the local and global community

Awe Sum Organics has made a leadership pledge to the Homeless Garden Project’s new permanent home and expanded farm located in the hills just above the city of Santa Cruz in the Pogonip area near the University of California, Santa Cruz. Awe Sum Organics was inspired to get involved with a local…

Biomarket, the first market in Spain devoted exclusively to organic products

"We expect that the Biomarket will initially account for 20% of the organic fruit and vegetables marketed in Catalonia"

On November 23, the Biomarket will be inaugurated in Barcelona; the first wholesale market in Spain and the second in Europe exclusively devoted to organic products, mainly fruit and vegetables. Located in the Mercabarna facilities, the Biomarket will initially work with ten wholesale companies, some of…

Naturkost Schramm: Spanish season is going full speed ahead

"Despite Corona, there is a good supply situation for organic citrus"

The supply of citrus fruits from the Mediterranean region is currently going full speed ahead, in the area of organic goods as well. "About four weeks ago, the first organic clementines arrived from Spain. There are increased quantities of oranges as well now," says a purchasing agent from Naturkost…

Wholesum hires Harumi Kuniyoshi, Ph.D. as Director of Research and Development

Wholesum, Fair Trade certified growers and shippers of organic produce, recently hired Harumi Kuniyoshi, Ph.D. as their Director of Research and Development. "While Wholesum…

A. & K. Engemann goes into the new marketing season

"There is more growth potential for organic chicory, within food retail as well"

For some two weeks, leading organic company Engemann GbR has been delivering new organic chicory. "The volumes to be marketed are still modest, but should soon increase," says Fabian Borgwald, salesman at the company. "Due to the colder weather, the desire for chicory has returned and we are seeing some…

Organic Grower Summit Roundtable 2020 announced

While the Organic Grower Summit will not be held as a live in-person event this year, a virtual keynote event featuring leaders of three of the nation’s most recognized and…

Update on the California crop

More interest in organic sweet potatoes this year

Demand has risen significantly for California sweet potatoes. “It’s skyrocketed. Especially in packaged items and trays with mixed baby varieties, etc. Those seems to be really big this year,” says Dustin Robinson with Yagi Brothers Produce in Livingston, CA. “Anything that’s prepackaged and ready to go…

UK House of Lords raises concern over post-Brexit organic exports

UK peers have called for an update on UK-EU talks surrounding a post-Brexit organics equivalence agreement as farmers fear organic food exports could be banned. Lord Kinnoull,…

Better green bean supplies for Thanksgiving 2020 compared to last year

Supplies of green beans are ample for this month’s U.S. Thanksgiving. “Supplies look very good. It’s night and day to last year,” says Mark Munger with 4Earth Farms in Los Angeles, CA. Munger says that last year, the season faced back to back tropical storms in the primary Mexican growing region and the…

“This year we can export turmeric to the USA, with USDA certification”

It’s almost time for the harvest for turmeric in Thailand, as the harvest should start sometime next month. The higher humidity during cultivation has delayed the harvesting by two weeks to almost a month. One farmer, thanks to the USDA certification, can export the turmeric to the United States. The turmeric…

Antonio Ruiz, commercial director of Murgiverde: "The cold and the virus have kept the production low and prices high"

"In 2021, 50% of our production will be organic"

The transition from the vegetable production of central and northern Europe to that of the south of the continent is almost complete. "Last week there was a switch to Spanish peppers, while the transition to the cucumber season in Almería was completed approximately three weeks ago," says Antonio Ruiz,…

Canada's organic farm acreage has increased 121 percent since 2006

A survey by the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) indicates purchases of organic food accounted for 3.2 percent of all grocery sales in 2018. This is an increase from…

Iowa farmers are growing more organic crops

Iowa farmers are growing more organic corn, soybeans, hay and oats. According to a new USDA report, this creates a 30% spike in the state’s organic acres over the past three…

Sonoran citrus season begins

Pacific Organic Produce announced the beginning of another Sonoran citrus season and an exclusive marketing agreement with Citrus Game. Citrus Game, or Flavor King, is a high quality citrus grower and post-harvest handler servicing several growers in the Hermosillo Sonora growing region. Citrus Game/Flavor King is a vertically…

Grant helps Crystal Spring Farm focus on carrots & blueberries

The growing season for carrots and blueberries might be over, but there’s still plenty of work ahead for the owners of Crystal Spring Farm as they move forward with plans to…

Felix Stamer (Direct Fresh LLC) on the current banana market

"Despite Corona, we were able to offer a complete range of bananas throughout"

In addition to conventional bananas, organic, fair trade and organic fair trade batches have been increasingly popular with consumers in recent years. Demeter bananas are also developing into an increasingly important market niche in the German trade. Hamburg import company Direct Fresh has set itself…

Dutch entrepreneurs are investing in organic farming in Kenya

Production of organic food in Kenya is still on a relatively small scale  but it's increasing fast. Over 182,000 hectares of land are under organic management, which accounts for 0.69% of the total agricultural area in Kenya. Globally organic markets are growing. Consumers are more and more interested in healthy…

Peruvian organic farmers’ cooperative looking for European markets

Seventy farming families with less than a hectare each in Northern Peru’s Chira Valley came together in 2017 to form Cooperativa Agroperu to produce organic fair trade bananas and other fruit, trees and food crops. They are trying to break out of the prevailing, and unsustainable, monoculture production…

Indian grower decides to grow organic grapes

A Perambalur grower has successfully raised a vineyard by cultivating the Paneer grape variety, adopting organic practices. It was a successful return to grape cultivation for…

Jammu & Kashmir, India

First organic vegetable market in Srinagar

For the first time, the Kashmir Agriculture Department has introduced a completely organic vegetable market in Srinagar's Lal Mandi. It is the first vegetable market where…

9.5 per cent growth

Organic sales in UK record largest rise in more than a decade

UK sales of organic foodstuffs have grown by an impressive 9.5 per cent during 2020. This is the largest rise since 2006. According to Nielsen data -up to October 3, 2020-…

Organic fresh produce sales continue double digit growth in Q3

Total organic fresh produce sales and volume in the US continued to register double digit growth in the third quarter of 2020, with July-September sales increasing 16% and volume up 15% from the same period in 2019, according to the Q3 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report released exclusively by the…

India: Organic farming redefines Kashmir agriculture

In Kashmir, more than 2000 hectares of land are being brought under the cultivation of organic vegetables. The Director of Agriculture for Kashmir, Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, said…

Organic Produce Network presents

Virtual event to feature retailer insights on organics

The Organic Produce Network has announced a virtual online event featuring Stew Leonard, Jr., President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s and Scott Schuette, vice president of produce and floral for Fresh Thyme Market, discussing how the organic fresh produce industry has fared at retail in 2020, sales and…

Including citrus, flowers, peas, chillies and berries

Great export window for Zimbabwe's organic fresh produce

Zimbabwe is exporting between US$120 and 122 million worth of horticulture products annually, a figure below the country’s peak of about US$143 million between 1998 and 1999.…

Patrice Sellès, CEO of Biotalys:

“We need to focus on a sustainable crop protection solution for everyone”

The demand for organic produce has continued to grow and expand in the last decade, driven by consumer demand for sustainable and clean products. Conventional and organic produce are often seen as opposites by the consumers: conventional produce as using potentially harmful pesticides, fungicides, and…

October 20, 21, and 22 via Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect

The biggest congress on European organic production will be held online next week

The third edition of the BIOFRUIT CONGRESS, the most important forum for the analysis and debate on Europe's organic fruit and vegetable production, will be held online. The…

Guy Singh-Watson - Riverford

“Covid and Brexit will be 'absolutely crippling' for UK farming”

The founder of one of the UK's most successful organic farms believes the combination of the Covid crisis and the possibility of a no deal Brexit could be "absolutely…

Wikipedia

Russian organic producers suspending their exports

Russian producers of organic products have suspended their shipments abroad due to new requirements from the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance…

Twenty varieties of organic kiwi berries thrive on the Böchzelt farm

"We see more marketing potential, certainly for farm and organic food stores"

The Austrian harvest of kiwi berries is currently in full swing. The Böchzelt fruit farm in the Marchfeld is going full throttle as well: the medium-sized market fruit farm started organic kiwi berry cultivation a good nine years ago and is currently regarded as an experimental garden for mini kiwis.…

Sana Restart

182% increase for organic produce online sales

It has not been the Sana it always was, as could be expected, but at least a fair was held indoors after many months. The event dedicated to organic produce organized in Bologna was renamed Sana Restart for the occasion, with distanced stands, masks and sanitizers. Click here for the photos! The data…

Roland Bötz on organic cress marketing

"Due to Corona, 2020 has been a sluggish marketing year so far"

The marketing of cresses traditionally takes place in autumn in a rather quiet way. This gives us the opportunity to look back on the past, eventful months. "Due to Corona, 2020 has been a rather sluggish marketing year for us so far. In my opinion, it is also difficult to make a forecast for the…

North German harvest in full swing

"Continued good demand for regional organic carrots"

The harvest of organic carrots from Lower Saxony is currently in full swing. Despite the high temperatures and persistent drought in summer, the organic products have grown well overall. "Our main supplier has irrigated his fields accordingly and we are now expecting normal yields. From a marketing point…

Data from the latest Ismea-Sinab report for 2019

The organic sector in Italy is booming

As of December 31, 2019, Italy’s cultivated areas reached nearly two million hectares (1,993,236 hectares, +2% compared to 2018) earmarked for organic agriculture and horticulture with a number of growers using this method exceeding 80,000. Compared to 2010, there was an increase of more than 869…

Werner Castiglioni (Biosüdtirol) on this year's organic apple harvest

"We will achieve a considerable increase in volume this year"

This year's apple harvest in the South Tyrol growing region is in its second half right now. The first batches of Galas were harvested at the beginning of August, and within the next four weeks the last late varieties -such as Pink Lady- will be ready for picking. The first forecasts for the Cooperative…

New method to examine whether a potato is organic or not

According to experts, imported organic fruits and vegetables are susceptible to food fraud. Now, University of Copenhagen researchers have developed a new approach that helps…

Massive growth in organic food sector as Canadians spend $6.9 billion annual on organic groceries

New research reveals that the organic food industry has much to celebrate. New August 2020 data shows that organic products sold in Canada now account for 3.2 per cent of all…

Mayra Velazquez de León, President and CEO of Organics Unlimited:

“We’ll share our vision of sustainability at Fresh Summit”

In preparation for the upcoming virtual PMA Fresh Summit, San Diego based Organics Unlimited is going down a long checklist to ensure that both the company and their visitors get the most out of the experience. “We’re busy preparing for the show right now, just like in previous years,” company President…

Klaus Reinhard (A&R Fruchtimpex) sees high demand for organic and regional goods

"We have considerably expanded our selection of regional organic products"

Just as in the conventional market situation, the Corona pandemic has also made big waves in the realm of organic goods. But the virus had a rather positive effect on demand. Anasse Amarouche and Klaus Reinhard, Managing Director of A&R Fruchtimpex LLC, look back on these eventful months. According to…

Trichy district - Tamil Nadu

District government offers subsidy to encourage organic vegetable production

The Horticulture Department from Tamil Nadu’s Trichy District has announced incentives to growers to cultivate organic vegetables in the district. The incentive varies based…

The EC opens consultation on Europe's organic agricultural policy

In September this year, The European Commission opened a new public consultation on the challenges and opportunities for the development of organic production and consumption…

Essential oils could keep pests, disease from organic crops

With U.S. organic food sales topping $50 billion in 2018, statistics from the Organic Trade Association indicate that fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined make up 36.3 percent of total organic sales, up 5.6 percent from 2017. In order to meet consumer demand, farmers may need to use…

Organto expands sourcing and distribution of organic ginger, adds organic tumeric

Organto Foods Inc. an integrated provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables today announced the expansion of its organic ginger program and the addition…

Arizona tomato grower responds to ToBRV in their tomato plants

Organic certified produce grower and distributor Wholesum Harvest is in the process of burning all the plants inside one of its greenhouses after they were infected with…

Organic green & gold kiwi and organic Chilean blueberries

Awe Sum Organics announces winter season organic fruits

Awe Sum Organics' organic green and gold kiwifruit aresourced from top growers in both the Northern and SouthernHemispheres to ensure a year-round supply. "One of nature's most perfect and nutrient rich foods, our kiwifruit are always harvested at the ideal time for peak flavor and perfectripening. Brix…

Mahindra Group invests in start-up MeraKisan

India: MeraKisan wants to help growers to cope with emerging ‘organic wave’

In India, some corporate giants have joined the tech revolution in the 21st century. And it’s not always as competition to start-ups but also as partners and backers. That was…

Mirontell takes off after the corona crisis:

"Due to great customer demand we are now also certified organic"

The first half of 2020 was difficult for the catering industry and its suppliers. Especially among the convenience companies in the industry, there were large losses. However, this is no reason for mirontell fein & frisch AG to be lazy: The Berlin fruit salad producer is now starting the second half of…

Amondo

Organic vegan products ideal for people with food intolerances

It has been a good summer for the Amondo brand, which won "The WineHunter Award 2020" for two innovative sauces (D'Orto e Di Mare and Pomarola Bugiarda). Considering the demand coming in from Italy and abroad, its looks like it is going to be a great semester for the brand.  "This award has arrived after years…

Organic ginger is running out of stock

Peak period of Chinese ginger season is upon us

The overall production volume of ginger has declined this season and the trade volume in the Chinese ginger market is relatively small. In addition, Chinese consumer demand for ginger has been growing during the pandemic as ginger warehouses are gradually emptying. The ginger export price experienced a…

Organic Bimi broccoli trial run begins in the Netherlands

There are lots of plans to expand Bimi broccoli. That's evident from the first trial run that started in the Netherlands this summer. Bimi broccoli is being organically cultivated on two farms. These are Bio Bruinsma in Sexbierum and Klispoel in Ubbergen. These farms are, respectively, owned by the…

Update on Pacific Northwest and California seasons

Increased demand for packaged pears

U.S. pear growers anticipate good demand on the 2020 crop of fruit. “This year’s crop is similar to last year’s within a percent or two at a projected 16.6 million boxes,” says Cat Gipe-Stewart with Domex Superfresh Growers Inc. in Yakima, WA. “The sizing is about the same as last year, maybe one size…

An interview with Elisa Benetti of Fairtrasa Holland BV

It is better to wait instead of selling organic apples at a low price

It is not a good time for organic summer apples. Prices are low and the reason is not clear. "I don't understand those companies that sell the product in this period - said Elisa Benetti, who is spokesperson for the Italian import and export company Fairtrasa Holland BV - because nobody should be in a…

José Illan, Le Tresacois:

“Good start for the French grape campaign”

“The French grape campaign has made a good start with relatively stable prices,” explains José Illan, sales manager at Le Tresacois. The quality is also very nice for all varieties, which include the Lavallée, Muscat, PDO Muscat du Ventoux and the Danlas. This year, the family farm located in the Gard hopes…

Eduard Schendel (OGZ Griesheim) on this year's pumpkin season

"We have reduced our conventional pumpkin plants in favor of organic cultivation areas"

The season for German pumpkins is already in full swing: three weeks ago the first organic Hokkaido pumpkins arrived in stores, followed a week later by the first conventional goods from domestic cultivation. One counts over the entire pumpkin assortment away on mixed yields, reports Eduard Schendel,…

DHL Express Malaysia starts durian express exports to Hong Kong & Singapore

International delivery service provider DHL Express Malaysia has issued a statement, saying its new Durian Express initiative aims to help durian business owners meet the overseas demand spike, which guarantees next-day delivery in less than 24 hours. That is why the company has launched the DHL Express…

Herbs are the up and coming organic product

As well as supplying a whole range of conventional vegetables, Watts Farms have also been supplying the organic market since 2004.   "The decision to add organic produce to our offer was driven by demand," according to Watts Farms director Joe Cottingham. "It grew steadily year on year until the financial crash…

Butenkow

Cuba bets on organic farming to increase food production

According to a high-ranking official at the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, organic farming occupies a key position in the government's strategy to increase national food…

Japenese market could open up for Egyptian citrus in 2021

Higher prices expected for new Egyptian orange crops

Although a little while off still, preparations for the new Egyptian orange season are already on the way. The high prices the previous season ended with could cause the prices for the new season to be higher as well. One exporter aims to increase his exports by 25 per cent next season. Despite the new orange…

Spain: Which Spanish regions would be most affected by Brexit tariffs?

Murcia, Valencia, Galicia and Aragón are the regions most potentially exposed to the consequences of a no-deal Brexit. This is due to the relative weight of their trade with the British market but also to their export specialization According to a report by the Banco de España, these regions would be…

The European Commission proposes to postpone the entry into force of the new organic regulation to 2022

The European Commission has eventually announced the postponement of the entry into force of the new European regulation by one year, until January 2022. It is not a final…

More North Carolina persimmons this fall

The North Carolina persimmons season is gearing up. “We normally start mid to late September—our fruit comes off the tree a week or a week and a half before California,” says Josh Barnes of Farm Pak in Spring Hope, NC, noting that packing persimmons usually wraps up by Christmas. “Our fruit set this year…

Sascha Suler (Biotropic GmbH) on the market situation for organic bananas

"40-50% sales increase during the lockdown"

After several eventful months, the fruit and vegetable trade seems to be stabilizing again to some extent. So also has the market for bio bananas, confirms Sascha Suler, plant manager of the BioTropic LLC. "In March and April the market registered a rapid sales increase of 40-50 per cent. In the…

Morning Kiss Organic

Year-round organics line offers competitive price point

In the rapidly changing retail environment that the Covid-19 pandemic has created, Morning Kiss Organic is well positioned and prepared to be an organic supplier for retail partners. The company's year-round line of organic offerings focuses on health while maintaining a competitive price point with the…

Mild summer means solid California pomegranate crop

California is about to start its pomegranate season with a solid crop. “The crop looks good but not extremely heavy. Plenty of singles where the pomegranates hang like Christmas tree ornaments, nice and separated,” says Keith Wilson with King Fresh Produce LLC in Dinuba, CA. “We’ve had a mild summer in…

Spain's organic acreage already accounts for 10% of the total

According to the provisional data supplied by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the acreage devoted to organic production in Spain stood at 2,355,000…

Polish retailer Biedronka sold 44% more organic vegetables in first quarter of 2020

Poles are increasingly looking for natural food in stores, especially if it's tasty and affordable. Retailer Biedronka aims to meet that demand with a wide range of products…


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