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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…

Naturelle

"Cucumbers, snack and plum cherry tomatoes doing very well"

Organic greenhouse vegetable market continues positive trend in spring

The demand for organic as a consequence can be called 'good' this year, as a result of the coronavirus. While peak demand in spring already generated positive reactions, this trend has continued unchanged through the summer. On the contrary, the warm weather only further increased the consumption of organic cucumbers, snack and plum cherry tomatoes, as Cees van Vugt of Na…

Anthony Shoghi of Moonland Produce

“This year we are introducing organic California Sweet Dragon Fruit”

While Dragon Fruit is still considered by many consumers an exotic fruit, it’s cultivation in California is on the rise. Anthony Shoghi shares that for Moonland Produce, the California Sweet Dragon Fruit harvest started during second week of August. “This is an on-time start, just what we expected,” he…

Wilco Heemskerk, Fresh Organic Choice

“Organic herbs aren't the only thing that interests us; so does the social aspect”

Herb growers, in general, are increasingly looking for zero residue products for that market. For Wilco Heemskerk of the Dutch company, Fresh Organic Choice, there’s, however, only one thing that matters - 100% organic herbs, delivered throughout the year. “Our sourcing and strength are designed in such a…

Organics Unlimited to celebrate 15th annual Grow Month throughout September

Organics Unlimited, San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, will celebrate its 15th annual Grow Month throughout the month of September.  The campaign, which starts on September 1, focuses on partnering with retailers and media to create consumer awareness of Grow's social responsibility…

Bridges Organic Produce

"By 1st week of September we'll have promotable volumes on Green Bartletts, Red Bartletts, and Starkrimson"

As August winds down so will most summer fruit and in its place beautiful organic NW pears will appear. Bridges Produce started shipping organic pears out of Hood River, Oregon the second week of August. The first variety available was the striking red Starkrimson pear which is followed closely by the…

Organic exports increased by 38% in 2019

Colombia positions itself as one of the EU's 10 main suppliers of organic produce

Organic products from Colombia are increasingly being welcomed in the European Union. In 2019 Colombia managed to position itself among the EU's top 10 suppliers of organic products, going from ranking 13 in 2018 to ranking 8 in 2019, according to the European Commission's report on EU imports of organic…

Acreage down in California heirloom tomato crops

Heirloom tomato supplies out of California are ramping up. JC Myers of Fresh Alliance, LLC in Carmel, CA notes that its Swank Farms organic crop in Hollister, CA is in production on more than 20 varieties in the field. Consumer and chef favourites, notes Myers, are the Berkeley Tie Dye, Cherokee Purple,…

Western Canada running behind schedule, Eastern Canada faces drought conditions Petr Tkachenko

Canadian potato crop update – August 20, 2020

Parts of Eastern Canada are facing moderate to severe drought conditions. In Western Canada, the crop is running behind schedule, as processors push to get new crop harvest…

California celery maintains even supplies

Supplies of celery out of California are steady right now. “We typically have very favorable growing conditions and not very many variables in the weather so we’re basically at our budgeted numbers on volume,” says Joseph Angelo of Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, CA. “The volume is similar to last…

OPN exclusive: What a Year It's Been, So Far...

Costco's Frank Padilla: "Member shoppers are driving organic sales"

Costco has publicly advocated for increased production of organic fresh produce items. It is the chain’s member shoppers, however, who are driving organic sales growth as they vote with their dollars, according to Frank Padilla, vice president and general merchandise manager for meat and produce, of the…

Fruit Jungle Organics - Northern Territory Mangoes

"Our goal is to develop the certified organic market segments and increase our plantings for our brand."

A Northern Territory mango grower is hopeful that some late-flowering might help increase this season's crop size. Harvesting begun at some farms in Darwin in early July, with small volumes sent to market, to date. The owner of Fruit Jungle Organics, in Humpty Doo, Darren Hill says mango production in…

Shriya Naheta - Zama Organics Shriya Naheta

Entrepreneur works with 50,000+ growers across India to deliver organic food to people’s doorstep

Shriya Naheta is a first-time entrepreneur, intent on creating an ecosystem for organic food produce and a collaborative environment for farmers and end customers. She created…

Braga Fresh adds Jason Duran to their sales team at Josie's Organics

Braga Fresh hired Jason Duran to join the sales team at Josie’s Organics. Duran is an expert in the organic produce industry having spent more than 25 years at Whole Foods…

Álvaro Barrera, president of Ecovalia:

"Organic product consumption has doubled in Spain in just 4 years"

Ecovalia, the Spanish professional association for organic production, based in Seville, has been promoting the development of organic food and production for almost thirty…

Demand for Ontario organic beets up

Beet supplies in Ontario are good right now for both beets with tops and bagged beets. “We’ve just gotten into beet season a few weeks ago. The peak will be later in the fall when the storage crops start coming in,” says Jennifer Pfenning of Pfenning’s Organic Farms in New Hamburg, ON. She notes that…

2020 Pacific Northwest pear harvest kicks off

Pear production began last week in the Pacific Northwest with Bartletts being the first variety off the trees. Following Bartlett harvest, Sage Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA will continue the season with Red Anjou harvest beginning in late August, followed by Bosc and Green Anjou in mid-September. Kaci…

Wednesday, August 19

Virtual event with Costco’s Frank Padilla and Category Partners' Steve Lutz

The Organic Produce Network has announced a virtual online event featuring Frank Padilla, Costco’s vice president & gmm, produce and meat, and Steve Lutz, Category Partners’ senior vice president of insights & innovation, discussing sales and consumer purchasing behavior of organic fresh produce through…

Through knowledge sharing and building

European project should lead to less disease and plant infestation in organic fruit farming

Preventative measures against disease and pests are essential in organic fruit farming. However, insects, mites, and fungi can cause high losses. If necessary, growers can use natural pesticides.   Many European organic fruit farmers have their own adapted methods and techniques. They use these to control and…

Good results on the organic produce for Principe di Puglia, while the campaign for potatoes and tomatoes is underway

The pandemic didn't just bring bad things with it

"Producing organic food, of the highest quality and strictly Italian, is a rather ordinary practice, even when the weather is not at its best. On the contrary, the challenge was to educate the client, and therefore the final consumer, to prefer and support food from organic farming. The health emergency…

Slight improvement for Sicilian organic table grapes

Salvatore Consoli, partner of SiFaBio, a Sicilian company specializing in the production and commercialization of organic table grapes, reports that "organic table grapes have done well, confirming the growing trend of this segment." Salvatore Consoli "Following Covid-19, consumers showed a renewed…

SH Pratt Bananas relies on Austrian FIPS-software

“In fact, there is no module of FIPS that we do not use”

S.H. Pratt is one of the prominent banana importers and ripeners in Europe. As a family run business with over five decades of experience in ripening bananas and supplying the UK market, S.H. Pratt operates completely independent. The weekly planning and ripening of up to 350,000 boxes of bananas has…

Organic produce experiences deflationary prices during pandemic

As the pandemic hold on the country continues, fresh produce sales remain highly elevated compared to 2019. However, in what looks to be a slow march back to normal, gains have been eroding by one to three percentage points each week ever since the week ending April 26. Fresh produce sales gains in June…

For Clarabella Bio "Trays are ideal for the sea or the office"

Biodegradable and compostable packaging for organic grapes will soon be launched

"At the end of the month I will start marketing my organic grapes, but the opening of the 2020 campaign will be marked by the launch of a completely biodegradable and compostable packaging. The aim is to offer added value to the product, which is already exceptional in terms of brix degrees, berry size…

Strong first season for inaugural organic cauliflower production

A Victorian fresh produce business is finding that demand is quite strong for its organic cauliflower, which is in its first year of production. Butler Market Gardens last year began producing organic broccoli, and General Manager - Sales and Marketing, Andrew Smith says this year the company has…

Strategy outlining 11 priorities for agricultural reform

National Farmers’ Federation supports Australian Organic’s request for tighter regulations

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has asked the Australian government to address the country’s organic industry’s need for urgent domestic regulation as one of its key…

Volumes down significantly on British Columbia organic apricots

The British Columbia organic apricot season has started though growers are reporting smaller volumes of fruit. “The California crop is pretty much done and there’s Washington fruit available now. But we’ve jumped right to B.C. which has started last week,” says Stefan Misse of Discovery Organics based in…

Effects of Covid-19 need to be monitored for 2020

Another record year for Southern Hemisphere fruit exports to top Asian destinations in 2019

SHAFFE, The Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters (SHAFFE), held its annual ASIA meeting in the beginning of July 2020 to review the market developments of 2018-19 and to preliminarily assess the impact of Covid-19 on the current market developments with Asian trading partners. Given…

BODAN is the new partner of "Vielfalt schmeckt"

Organic wholesaler focuses on more traditional, homozygous vegetables

BODAN is the new partner of "Vielfalt schmeckt". The organic wholesaler from Lake Constance wants to offer more traditional, homozygous varieties in its assortment in the future. It was therefore a logical step to become a partner in the "Vielfalt schmeckt" project, the company reported. Right: Sascha…

An interview with the entrepreneur Tony Romanazzi

Organic seedless grapes highly requested abroad

The Apulian grape season is gaining more and more momentum, especially for the seedless varieties that are particularly appreciated abroad. Tony Romanazzi We spoke by phone to Tony Romanazzi of the eponymous farm in Agro di Castellaneta, in the province of Taranto, who produces "a selection of patented seedless…

Behindlens

The Dominican Republic: Main exporter of organic bananas to Europe

The Dominican Republic became the main exporter of organic bananas to the European Union in 2019, according to a report by the European Commission on the import of organic…

Milovan Radmanovac

Impact of COVID-19 on organic produce has been minimal in the US

The COVID-19 pandemic did not affect supplies of organic fruits and vegetables shipped in the US. As a matter of fact, volumes were strong and demand stronger than ever. This…

Organic acreage already accounts for 9.3% of Useful Agricultural Area

Spanish organic surface grew by 4.8% in 2019, reaching 2.35 million hectares

The acreage devoted to organic production in Spain stood at 2,355,000 hectares in 2019; 4.8% more than in the previous year, according to provisional data from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. With this, the organic acreage already accounts for 9.3% of the country's total Useful…

Organic produce: “Keep that supply chain full”

Organic produce has hit the mainstream. So says Jim Donald, co-chairman of the board of Albertsons Companies Inc., a leading retail company with some 20 retail banners to its name. “Our produce manager is doing 40-50 percent of his business in organics. It’s mainstream and it’s not going away,” said…

Danish organic fruit and vegetable sales up 143% over the last 4 years

Danmarks Statistik, the Danish statistics bureau, has released figures. These indicate organic fruit and vegetable sales have more than doubled. That is in the last four years…

Georg Thalhammer supplies organic garlic for the first time

"Fresh organic garlic yield should be sufficient to serve the market into August"

The demand for domestic garlic is increasing in Germany. Not only the conventional, regionally produced product is becoming more and more popular with consumers, but organic garlic is also becoming increasingly popular. Georg Thalhammer - passionate organizer of a rapidly growing organic producer…

Several projects around organic farming for Idyl this year

With the conversion to organic plots, obtaining the organic certification for one of its sites, the launch of a new graphic charter under the auspices of eco-friendly values, 2020 is marked by many projects around organic farming and eco-responsibility for the company Idyl. Organic products currently represent…

Rangamati district, south-eastern Bangladesh Parin Parmar

Organic mangoes from Naniarchar region exported to Europe for the first time

Rangamati is a district in south-eastern Bangladesh. Recently, organic mangoes produced in its Naniarchar region are being exported to several European countries -including…

Oleg Doroshenko

Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka creates a green zone

Boost to organic agriculture in Mahaweli

Mahaweli Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development Minister Chamal Rajapaksa has declared an area of 3,600 hectares in the Moragahakanda-Kaluganga Mahaweli ‘F’ zone to be a sustainable development area for organic agriculture. The Minister has made the Order under Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka Act…

Homegrown Organic Farms announces two new additions to sales team

Homegrown Organic Farms announced the addition of two new members to their sales team with Amanda Vietti and Stefaun Avakian. Both Amanda and Stefaun will be operating as Sales Account Managers for the company. Amanda Vietti has been with the company since December 2019 and prior to that was a Sales…


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