Organic

Spanish acreage devoted to organic agriculture grew by 8% in 2018

According to official data from the report “Organic Agriculture. 2018", prepared annually by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), the acreage devoted to organic farming in Spain in 2018 was 2,246,474.5 hectares, which represents an increase of 8% over the previous year. The…

Organic market in Cyprus still in the maturing stage

According to various sources, 17 years after the relevant legislation on organic production came into force, the maturation of the organic market in Cyprus is still underway.…

real is spared from banana disease so far

Robust organic bananas defy TR 4

Since February 2019, real has only offered certified organic bananas. This means real is the only large-scale supplier in food retail that no longer offers conventional bananas not only in Germany, but also in Europe as a whole. Since 2015, real has consistently pursued this strategy of replacing conventional bananas with…

Penny is now increasingly relying on origin labeling

QR code for the traceability of pineapple and organic bananas

According to an EFSA study published in June of this year, 53 percent of EU citizens surveyed say the issue of where their food comes from is a relevant purchasing criterion. The origin is therefore more important than costs (51%), food safety (50%) or their taste preference (49%). PENNY recognized this…

Second Educational Session at Organic Grower Summit announced

A pair of educational sessions devoted to reducing organic soil risk and an examination of the burgeoning hemp marketplace have been announced as part of the 2019 Organic Grower Summit educational program, slated for this December in Monterey, CA. Kicking off the 2019 OGS educational program will be a…

Main harvest of Bavarian organic potatoes is approaching

"Great growth opportunities for organic potatoes in out-of-the-home catering"

Since mid-June, local organic potatoes from Bavarian fields have been available to retailers, but larger quantities have only been offered since the beginning of the month. "The starting position could be a bit better, but we cannot complain. The demand is still somewhat subdued, but this is normal,…

Andalusia is leading European organic producer, with 1 million hectares

According to data provided by the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Andalusia is the leading region in Europe when it comes to organic production, accounting for close to 50% of Spain's total acreage and for 7.5 percent of Europe's. Over this past year,…

California grower begins shipping organic lemons

A&A Organic Farms out of Watsonville, Ca. has begun shipping organic lemons. The lemons are part of a new partnership with organic farmers in Hermosillo Mexico, the company said. A & A Organic Farms is currently offering both Fancy & Choice Lemons in sizes 75ct, 95ct, 115ct, 140ct, 165ct…

Klaus Reinhard, A&R Fruchtimpex PLC:

"We have found an interesting niche in delivering organic loose goods"

Six months ago, after a 25-year career in the fruit industry, Klaus Reinhard decided to start his own company, with his partner Anasse Amarouche. The company has now changed to a PLC, explains the owner of the Hanau-based company. "We are satisfied with the developments so far; the variety of our organic…

Organic Matters: the first UK horticulture conference created by growers for growers

Organic Growers Alliance launches Organic Matters, the first UK horticulture conference created by growers, for growers. Dedicated exclusively to exploring innovative…

Ukraine: Law on organic production comes into force

On August 2, the law “On Basic Principles and Requirements for Organic Production, Circulation and Labeling of Organic Products” entered into force in Ukraine. The law was developed by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy together with the organic sector in order to improve the legal principles of organic…

Capacity expansion and relay delivery of refrigerated transport company Joachim Jacobs GmbH & Co.

"The transport of organic products is an interesting development area for us"

Refrigerated transport Joachim Jacobs GmbH & Co. has always been a recognized service provider in the fresh transport sector in the north of Germany. The company, founded in 1992, moved to a new site on the Kaltenkirchen industrial site last year and is now ready for the future with an expanded…

Organic Grower Summit 2019 general registration now open

General registration for the third annual Organic Grower Summit is now open, with planning of educational sessions being finalized. Organic Grower Summit 2019, produced by partners California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Organic Produce Network (OPN), will be held December 4-5 at the Monterey…

Organic sales US topped $50 billion in 2018

The US organic market continues to grow, showing no signs of slowing down. For the first time, the US organic market broke through the $50 billion mark in 2018 with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, an increase of 6.3% from the previous year, according to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey recently…

A first for Costa Rica:

Organic melons and watermelons exported to Europe

Quality organic Costa Rican melons and watermelons are now available to European consumers. This first export of organic melon and watermelon was in charge of the company…

Costa Rican producers meet with US Organic Authorities

An official delegation of the National Organic Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-NOP) met with representatives of the National Chamber of Organic…

“Organic farming systems in the era of FSMA”

First Educational Session at Organic Grower Summit announced

The first of six educational sessions at the third annual Organic Grower Summit (OGS) features a dive into the changing landscape of food safety on organic farms, and how the industry is complying with the new Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule. The session will explore how FDA…

Manipur airlifted 150 tonnes of organic pineapples across India in 2018

Manipur Chief Min ister N. Biren Singh said that around 150 tonnes of organic pineapples were airlifted to Delhi and other cities last year. He said this was achieved even as…

Mexico is investing millions to promote organic production in Michoacan

The Mexican state of Michoacan has launched a project to promote organic production in several production sectors with the aim of improving agricultural production levels,…

Ecorganic Market, the Fruit Attraction space to promote the organic sector

The 2019 edition of Fruit Attraction will feature the Ecorganic Market space, where the fresh organic sector will be promoted. In it, horticultural companies will have a…

Robust growth in organics predicted

Organic Produce Summit recap

An upbeat growth outlook for organic fresh produce was one of the big headlines coming out of the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit held last week in Monterey, California, July 10 -11. Over 1,600 were in attendance, including nearly 300 retailers and 148 exhibitors. Organizers say the summit itself continues to enjoy growth,…

Bulgaria: Number of organic farmers increases 20-fold in ten years

According to Bulgaria's Agricu lture, Food and Forestry Minister Dessislava Taneva, the number of organic farmers in Bulgaria increased twenty-fold between 2008 and 2018.…

North American organic produce update report

Organic produce premiums under pressure

In a recent Rabobank report, experts forecast that organic produce production will continue to increase, and for long-run opportunities to continue to exist in the space.…

Organic producers in southwest Germany start into the sweet corn harvest

"Fresh sweetcorn is a vanishing product segment"

The sweet corn harvest in Baden-Württemberg started this week - just in time for the planned start of the season. However, some measures are necessary to harvest a good and tasty product, said Moritz Schmälzle of the same-named organic nursery based in Sinzheim. "The larva of the corn borer e.g. can…

“Environmental issue the big challenge for the orchards of today and tomorrow”

Christophe Ochs, Laurent Martinet and Olivier Dutertre did not wait for the buzz of the eco-responsible labels to replace ecology at the heart of their orchards. The three partners will market the 2019 harvest under the HEV level 3 certification. The label is only one step in their long-term strategy to…

Organically Grown Company announces new leadership

Northwest-based organic produce distributor Organically Grown Company (OGC) has recently promoted Mike Boyle to Vice President of Sales and Sourcing, and welcomed Bryce White…

US apples and pears: A year in organics

Superfresh Growers® issued a release which summarized the performance of the organic apple and pear category for the year. In essence, Organic pears and apples experienced growth in the last year, bolstering both categories. Superfresh Growers® said it takes a look into each category, highlighting where…

Fourth year at OPS for Organic banana specialist

Organics Unlimited specializes in organic bananas, and says it does so in a manner that is sustainable and cares about the local communities. It is with this spirit that they are exhibiting at the Organic Produce Summit on July 10 and 11 in Monterey California. This will be the fourth year that Organics…

Oppy's branded organic line to be featured at the Organic Produce Summit

A cornerstone of Oppy’s branded organic produce line, OriginO tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers will be featured at the fresh produce marketer’s booth at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, Calif. Oppy announced that visitors to booth 407 can catch up with grower Raymond Wong and sample new…

New Organic Product Manager for Ocean Mist Farms

Ocean Mist® Farms will be in attendance at this year’s Organic Produce Summit with new Organic Product Manager Katie Tossie, in addition to showcasing Ocean Mist Organic®…

Gert Kogeler, Eosta:

"Shops in Austria, France and Sweden increasingly self-supporting in organic, bulk greenhouse vegetables”

The market for organic greenhouse vegetables has been very changeable so far, according to Gert Kogeler of Eosta. “The harvest hasn’t just been changeable in the Netherlands, the production in Spain experienced even larger ups and downs, mostly due to considerable climate changes.” “The start of the…

Networking a key component at Organic Produce Summit

While all trade shows provide the chance for companies to network with each other and help create a foundation for great partnerships, the Organic Produce Summit’s focus on the organic category emphasizes this even more. This is also how Mucci Farms, a greenhouse grower with operations across North…

Organic farmers in New Zealand can take US by storm through Costco

Costco's planned ope ning in New Zealand is an opportunity for that nation’s organic food producers to break into the US market using the giant retailer's distribution…

Indian organic pineapples airlifted for sale outside the state of Manipur

On July 5th, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Th. Shyamkumar oversaw loading of pineapples at Imphal International Airport. Speaking at the airport, Shyamkumar said…

EarthFresh Farms to showcase organic potatoes at OPS

Another company that has exhibited at the Organic Produce Summit since the inaugural show in 2016, EarthFresh Farms is looking forward to another year of talking organics. EarthFresh works with farmers all over North America and offers both conventional and organic options for a number of potato…

Organic food successes bring Cubans economic profits

At this time, Cuban farmers are catching up with the burgeoning organic food craze, hoping to benefit from the global movement away from chemically-treated or…

Belgium: Consumers prefer supermarkets for organic products

In Belgium, six consumers out of ten buy their organic products exclusively in supermarkets. Only 8% shop exclusively in specialized stores and 5% buy directly from the…

US: Some producers question value of organic certification

Instead of spraying pesticides, Dubuque’s Stone Hollow Gardens & Shroomery uses predato ry insects. Instead of chemical fertilizers, it amends the soil with fungi, through…

"Development of new varieties is key for the future of Spanish lemons"

The commercial window of Spanish lemons in the summer months has become more important in recent years and exporters are finding more and more opportunities. The sector is investing more in this part of the campaign by expanding the acreage and betting on new varieties, although it is also facing various…

FruitMasters plants covered organic trial parcel at experimental garden Randwijk, the Netherlands

This year, experimental garden Randwijk will realise a new parcel of organic production by order of FruitMasters. Various varieties of top fruit will be planted under a cover on 6,000 square metres. The cooperative would like to have researched how profitable it is to grow their concept varieties…

“We are heavily invested into organic”

When it comes to showing what is on offer at the Organic Produce Summit, there are few companies like Trinity Fruit Sales. The California-based company offers organic produce in a number of categories including stone fruit, citrus, fall fruits, kiwifruit, and grapes, among others. With the OPS falling in…

Experts debate about the rise of organic agriculture in Spain

Seven representatives from the organic sector took part in an informative breakfast on organic farming, organized by Cajamar and Levante-EMV in Paiporta, in the Spanish province of Valencia. The meeting served to highlight the growth of the organic sector, at a time when the acreage devoted to…

EU countries and Europol are facing potential bio-fraud in Spain

The Spanish Guardia Civil has arrested nine people for food fraud. They are said to have sold conventionally grown vegetable products as being 'organic'. The presumed…

Spain

Macro-operation stops organic cucumber fraud in Granada

The Spanish Civil Guard has once again participated in the Opson operation, coordinated by Interpol and Europol and with the participation of police forces from 60 countries.…

Blueberry season begins in Pacific Northwest

The blueberry harvest has begun in the Pacific Northwest, with eastern Washington one of the first regions off the mark. Within the week, expectations are for much of Oregon to also start harvesting. Suppliers say it’s always an interesting time as speculation runs rife over which regions are seeing the…

USDA restricts PACA violators in four states from operating in produce industry

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of…

Israeli start-up makes biodegradable plastic

The Israeli start-up, TIPA, manufactures plastic packaging from organic material. After use, it disintegrates and is used as compost. The scientists at TIPA are trying to find…

The new surface in Seville will allow extending the season to 20 weeks

HaciendasBio expects to produce 7,800 tons of organic stone fruit

HaciendasBio, Spain's leading organic fruit and vegetable producer and exporter of organic horticultural products to Europe, expects to produce 7,800 tons of stone fruit in the current campaign, which began in mid-April and will last for 20 weeks. Thanks to the launch of its new La Falamosa farm in…

LA-based producer values common focus

“The OPS is unique in that the entire focus of the conference is on one very exciting, fast growing and energized segment of our industry; organics.” This is how Los Angeles-based 4Earth Farms describes the Organic Produce Summit, which will take place in Monterey on July 10 and 11, 2019. This will be…

Discounter observes the long-term potential of the organic trade

Lidl wants to expand organic share to five percent "short-term"

Discounter Lidl wants to expand its organic range rapidly due to increasing demand. "The organic share in the total market is about five percent, and we at Lidl are not there…

“We believed the organic arena needed something special”

With the Organic Produce Summit just around the corner, companies are commenting on the value the event has in the produce calendar. Grape producer Anthony Vineyards is one of the companies that are sponsoring the event, after having been invited to attend since the Summit’s inception. Rob Spinelli,…

Pennsylvania supplier enjoys unique show format

Although the Organic Produce Summit is being held next month in Monterey California, it is attracting a number of companies from well beyond California’s borders. One such company is Procacci Brothers Sales Corp. Based in Pennsylvania, Procacci Brothers deals in the entire scope of fruits and vegetables,…

ZimTrade: Zimbabwean farmers urged to grow fruit

In a bid to increase exports, national trade development and promotion organisation ZimTrade is coordinating horticulture farmers in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland to grow fruits that…

Grower's Fair Trade Roadshow and organic artichokes at Organic Produce Summit

Wholesum said it is preparing for the 2019 Organic Produce Summit with new features including the launch of an interactive and educational Fair Trade Roadshow and the newest addition to their vegetable offerings, organic artichokes. The company said it intends to spread awareness and educate retail…

Organto expanding distribution of organic asparagus

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of value-added organic vegetables and fruits announced that it has begun expanding distribution of organic asparagus to European…

$220,500 interest-free loan for Australian Organic Farmers

Australia: Lockyer Valley farming group benefits from Woolworths organic fund

A Lockyer Valley farming group have become the first Queensland beneficiaries of a program between Woolworths and Heritage Bank to support organic growers. Australian Organic Farmers in the Lockyer Valley will receive a $220,500 interest-free loan from the Woolworths Organic Growth Fund to help them…

Local show offers more intimate opportunities to network

As one wholesaler describes it, the Organic Produce Summit is a “punchy” show. “You get in, you get out and it’s action-packed the whole time. It’s got a nice energy to it,” says Jonathan Steffy of Four Seasons Produce in Ephrata, Pa. Left to right: Myles Chasser, Organic Produce Buyer; Wes Jones II, Key…

New techniques to prevent fraud with organic products

Parallel to the expansion of organic products, there has also been an increase in the number of cases of conventional products trying to pass as organic. In order to avoid this form of fraud, a research team has developed a method to detect the use of pesticides during cultivation. However, things are…

Swiss pioneer Barbara Schmid cultivates organic microgreens

"I first had to explain to those responsible what it's all about"

Vegetable gardener Barbara Schmid is a Swiss pioneer in cultivating organic-grade microgreens. In contrast to sprouts, these are cultivated after germination under light and on substrate. With the purchase of a former ornamental garden center in the hamlet of Süri near Neuenegg BE, the newcomer started…

California grower to focus on interactions at Organic Produce Summit

Companies are commenting that they appreciate the intimate setup of the Organic Produce Summit. With only a limited number of exhibitors, consistent booth sizes, and a moderately-sized venue, exhibitors say they have a better chance to interact with visitors when compared with larger shows. This is…

Second educational session at OPS 2019 announced

The second of two educational sessions related to the growth of organic production and retail sales from an international perspective has been announced for the upcoming Organic Produce Summit, this July in Monterey, CA. The two sessions will explore how international organic growers and distributors are…

"Spanish supermarkets bet on organic private labels"

At the sixth International Conference on National Brand & Private Label Marketing Research, recently held in Barcelona, ​​more than 40 experts analyzed the new marketing…

Lucía Bello, of Grupo G´s:

"Our company has the largest organic acreage in Campo de Cartagena"

"Selecting the right seeds is vital if you want to cultivate products with the colors and flavors that are most appreciated by the consumer. Choosing the right variety allows you to have quality, optimal organoleptic characteristics and, in some cases, an earlier start of the season. An example of this…

Wilco Heemskerk; Fresh Organic Choice

Organic herbs from Ghana and Ethiopia

Wilco Heemserk, founder of Fresh Organic Choice, supplies fresh organic herbs to the market all year round. The company from Poeldijk now supplies its products not just in the Netherlands, but also in Scandinavia, Germany and Belgium. Year round "We can supply diverse organic herbs to the market twelve…

July 10-11, Monterey

US (CA): Organic Trade Association to host buyers mission at Organic Produce Summit

Next month, the Organic Trade Association will host its first-ever buyers mission at the annual Organic Produce Summit on July 10-11 in Monterey, California. This event for the organic produce sector is the only show in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce growers,…

Danish supermarkets aiming for 30% organic by 2030

The Danish food industry sector considers it possible that, by 2030, 30% of all foodstuffs in supermarkets will be organic. This is the percentage envisioned by branch organization, Økologisk Landsforening. However, to achieve this, product development will really have to get going. “I do not think it is…

How forgotten vegetables returned to our plates

Forgotten vegetables are no longer as unknown as a few years ago. Nowadays, consumers come across these vegetables more often than in the past. New recipes and the desire for a more extensive assortment of vegetables have contributed to this. The organic production, however, has also contributed to the…

Organic show is platform to highlight sustainability efforts

Divine Flavor is planning on spreading the message of its sustainability efforts at July's Organic Produce Summit (OPS) in Monterey, California. The company is one of the founding exhibitors of OPS and is also a sponsor. For them, this particular event is special as it is closest to the company's…

'Made in Qatar' vegetables

Qatar's organic farming continuing to grow

For many years, organic products were imported into Qatar, mainly because the country’s land was thought to be infertile. These imports were sold at exorbitant prices. Now, since the blockade imposed on Qatar’s neighbours -Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt– starting on 5 June 2017,…

Milestone celebration for grower at this year’s OPS

Thirty years in organic fruit. That’s what one grower plans on celebrating at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit July 10-11 in Monterey, CA. “The 30th birthday of our program is a big deal! We’re proud of this milestone,” says Brianna Shales with Wenatchee, Wa.-based Stemilt Growers. For Stemilt, the…

France: Magazine warns against the flaws of organic products

Consuming organic products is trendy. The organic food market exceeded 9 billion euros [10.1 billion USD] in 2018 and represents 5% of the food purchases in France. While…

"We'll now be able to meet the rising demand for organic"

Hijos de Alberto del Cerro inaugurates facilities for organic lemons

The Murcia-based lemon producer and marketer Hijos de Alberto del Cerro has inaugurated its facilities for the handling and packaging of organic products. "It has been a tough project due to the limitations we have faced, but it has finally become a reality and we will soon be able to meet the growing…

Another 1.5 million Euro allocated by Bulgarian government to organic sector

An additional BGN 3 million (about 1.53 million Euro) is being paid out by the State Fund for Agriculture under the Tied Aid Scheme for Fruit and Vegetables for the 2018…

Canova now producing organic strawberries, melons and watermelons

Ernesto Fornari, director at Canova, reports that, "now that the sun and high temperatures are back after weeks of rain, we can be hopeful once again. Orders are increasing and so it the quality of the produce." Canova, which sells products under the Almaverde Bio brand, can count on producers located…

Organic apples available year-round for the first time

In the past, there was sometimes a shortage of organic apples in the summer, says the NFO. This Dutch Fruit Growers Organization has now reported that this is no longer the case. Sales of this product have been going very smoothly over the last few months. In March and April, 35% more organic apples were…

France: Record number of farms convert to organic production

France, the EU' s largest agricultural producer, added 5,000 organic farms last year, surpassing a prior high of 4,200 seen in both 2016 and 2017, the Agence Bio said in an…

Togo is West Africa’s leading exporter of organic products to EU

At present, Togo is the leading West African exporter of organic products to the European Union. According to data from the European Commission relayed by Commodafrica, in…


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