Organic

Brexit readiness support service launched to assist organic businesses

The Soil Association has launched a Brexit readiness support service to help organic businesses prepare for a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. The service consists of a Brexit…

Organic supplier to highlight programs

Pacific Organic Produce is preparing for the PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim by sharing what will be showcased at the company's booth. The first item the company wants to share is its year-round organic mango program. To enable year-round availability, Pacific Organic Produce sources its mangos from Mexico,…

Lebanese farm intent on popularizing organic food

Family-owned Bioland from Lebanon is on a mission to popularize organic produce, selling food from its four farms for prices that are a little above the going rate for…

First natural child markets in Hamburg and Dinkelsbühl open

Edeka opens its first organic market

With the opening of its own organic specialty store "Naturkind", Germany's largest food retailer Edeka enters the growing organic business. On Thursday in Hamburg and in…

Good yield for the Migo® pear, sales to start this month

It was a good harvest for the Migo® pear. The good yield means there are plenty of pears available to meet the fast-growing consumer demand for this user-friendly variety, which is as easy to bite into as an apple. Migo®, which was introduced in 2016, will be sold this season in a.o. Belgium, the Netherlands,…

More educational sessions announced for Organic Grower Summit

A pair of educational sessions focused on the future of organic plant health and an examination of how to promote sustainability reporting have been announced as part of the 2019 Organic Grower Summit educational program, slated for December 4-5 in Monterey, CA. The 50-minute educational sessions will be…

Organics Unlimited looking forward to talking about its organic banana program

Organics Unlimited will be at booth number 681 to highlight its certified organic produce, eco-friendly growing practices and sustainability, along with sharing how banana purchases help communities through the GROW by Organics Unlimited social responsibility program at the Produce Marketing Association…

New organic snacking tomato line to be launched at PMA

Wholesum, Fair Trade certified growers and shippers of organic produce, have announced the launch of their snacking tomato lineup that comes in top seal packaging. They will feature the line at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in October in Anaheim, CA. “At Wholesum, we have always…

Prospects for development of organic food production in Poland

A report from IMAS International indicates that the number of companies preparing for the production of organic products in Poland increased by 12.8 percent, and that in the…

Europe is a leader in the organic market

According to global and provider of Market Research Mintel, in the last 10 years, the total number of new food and drink product launches globally with an organic claim rose…

Pablo Teutsch, of LucecoFruits:

"We are the first organic citrus company to pack 100% without plastic"

More and more consumers are becoming aware of the impact that human beings have on the environment. Materials such as plastic, used for the packaging of a lot of fresh food, including fruits and vegetables, have been put in the spotlight. In the organic citrus sector, a Malaga-based company will become…

"Turkey could meet European demands for organic fresh produce"

Associate Professor Mesut Eren from the European Union Institute of Marmara University said that Turkey could meet European countries' demands for organic fresh produce once…

Seminar at Vitalis Open Day

Marketing trends in the organic sector

Vitalis Organic Seeds recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Various seminars were given at this event. Hans-Christoph Behr of the German agricultural market information firm, AMI, talked about the European organic market trends. “The organic market is increasing in all the countries in this region," he…

"Organic potato market in China is speeding up"

The potato harvest season in Gansu will start in early October. The preparation work has already begun to make the warehouses ready for new stock. Manager Ren Duzhi, an organic potato trader, provided his insight into the market demand for Chinese potatoes and the various retail channels. Potatoes from production…

Schamel Meerrettich delicatessen presents new and well-tried product selection at Anuga

"It is important for us to make organic horseradish available to consumers"

The traditional Bavarian company Schamel Meerrettich has often been represented at Anuga and will present an excerpt from its wide range of products this year. In addition to the classic products, all of which have a new design, the focus is on the new Bavarian organic horseradish and the grated rustic horseradish,…

Organto resumes organic blueberry sales in various European markets

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of fresh organic and conventional vegetables and fruits announced that it has re-commenced supply of organic blueberries for sale…

Myanmar government to start certifying organic crops this year

The Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation will start certifying organic crops this very year, a senior official said.  According to U Myint Swe, director of…

Fruits & vegetables: where to buy the least plastic in Austria

Organic goods store Denn comes out on top

In June 2019, testers from the Consumers Association of Austria (VKI) visited a total of 58 branches of the 13 most important food suppliers in the nation. They had their sights on apples, cucumbers, carrots, peppers and tomatoes, looking to see how many of them were sold, packaged in plastic. Graphics: VKI…

Organic Grower Summit educational session announcement

The founders and CEOs from six ag tech companies will present a series of TedTalk-style presentations to kick off the educational program at the third annual Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, CA. Sponsored by Western Growers, the two and a half hour long educational intensive, Real Talk with Ag Tech…

Supermarket chains want to further expand market leadership together

Aldi Nord and Süd set ambitious goals in terms of organics

In terms of organic goods, ALDI Nord and ALDI SÜD have set themselves ambitious goals: They want to strengthen their market leadership with regard to the sales of organic food…

Over 70 percent of Lidl's turnover comes from trade in Polish products

Lidl reports that it cooperates with 425 Polish suppliers who, thanks to the contract with the chain, exported goods with a total value of 4.8 tn PLN (1.1 tn EUR) within 2…

Lidl, the leading retailer in organic product sales in Spain

Lidl is the leading Spanish retailer when it comes to the sale of organic products, with a market share of 16.5%, as confirmed by the company's Public Relations Manager Arantxa Conde. According to data supplied by the consulting firm Kantar, the second place in the ranking of biggest organic product…

Spain is the leading organic fruit and vegetable producer in Europe

According to the 2019 Spanish economy sector report prepared by the Spanish Export Credit Insurance Company (CESCE), Spain is the leading organic producer in Europe, as well…

Connecting buyers and growers at Fresh Summit

The PMA Fresh Summit is one of the biggest shows in the produce industry. As such, many exhibitors have commented on how many buyers and growers alike make the trip to the event. Sydney Fairchild of Bridges Produce - a supplier of many different organic fruits and vegetables - said this is especially so…

China: "Online store gives a boost to our organic vegetable sales"

Organic products are becoming increasingly popular in China, and sales are on the rise. This is mainly due to Chinese consumers’ growing awareness of food safety. Vegetables in the supermarket Currently, 30% of the organic products supplied by supermarkets are imported and 70% are locally produced. We…

Import Promotion Desk (IPD) sets organic focus:

Great organic offer from IPD countries at the Fruit Attraction

The demand for organic quality in the fruit and vegetable sector is growing steadily. Experts expect in the next five years with an annual increase of nine percent (study "Global Organic Fruits and Vegetables Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast" by research firm Research and Markets). The Import Promotion…

Is it worth the extra cost?

Organic versus standard produce

Environmentally-conscious shoppers are driving the demand for organic fruit and vegetables, as clearly some are willing to pay more for chemical-free options. Newshub investigated the quality and…

Mark Haynes - G's

G's looking to expand organic range into Asian markets

G’s have been attending Asia Fruit Logistica for the last four years, but this year was the first time they took a stand. “We work with Australian company One Harvest who are licenced to sell our ‘Love Beets’ brand, so it has been a good way to catch up with the team and other customers. This year we…

Organic tomatoes 50% more expensive than conventional in Spanish campaign

According to data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Government of Andalusia, in the 2018/2019 season, the price at origin of organic tomatoes was 50.7% higher…

New partnership looking to capitalise on opportunities in the organic market

A major Victorian vegetable and herb grower says that adding an organic range to its products is complementing its current business, and will potentially open export opportunities in the future. Nearly 12 months ago, Butler Market Gardens (BMG) partnered with Murray Valley Organics (MVO), and CEO Rick…

Bernd Kugelmann, Pfalzbio:

"Overall decline in demand for courgettes, despite an increase in organic"

In the vegetable growing region of Pfalz, organic farming is rapidly increasing: from last year alone, there was a growth of 20%, both in terms of area and turnover. This is also noticed by Bernd Kugelmann, who cultivates zucchini, pumpkin, celery, leek and lamb's lettuce on 60 hectares of organic farmland…

La Tour en Provence: “Our range of organic apples is now available”

“After 4 years of conversion to organic farming, we now offer our clients a range of organic apples of the Gala, Golden, Granny, Braeburn and Club varieties,” explains Lucille Babuel, commercial manager at La Tour en Provence. Specialized in apple growing, the company now sells an organic production. “Our…

Organic Trade Association

OTA helps market find US organic products

It’s not easy for an organic seed dealer in Oregon to get connected with that organic grain farmer in Iowa who’s in need of organic seeds, or the organic granola maker in…

“Consumers prefer local conventional products over organic imported ones”

Scandinavian countries are known to import high volumes of fruits and vegetables because they do not have much local production. According to Anita Jansson from Swedish wholesale company Hebes, however, there has been an increased focus on locally produced products in the past few years. Anita says:…

New project to revitalize Peru's organic banana sector

The manager of the Organic Banana Agroindustrial Innovation Project, Karlhos Quinde Rodriguez, stated that the production and export of organic bananas from Piura, the main…

Italy: Demand for organic vegetables becoming more varied

"One cannot improvise organic production. It's a choice that radically changes the growing technique, as plants must be put in the condition of being able to defend themselves while respecting their cycle and not using chemicals," explains Giovanni Milana, administrator of a family business.  Giovanni Milana…

SANA 2019 has ended with the drafting of "Manifesto del bio 2030"

Sana 2019, the international fair held in Bologna dedicated to organic products, is over. It boasted 1,000 exhibitors and focused on respect for the environment, plus it included conventions, workshops and presentations that discussed the segment problems. The priorities are strengthening producers while…

Les Comptoirs de la Bio: first store to open in Guadeloupe in early November

Philippe Bramedie, president-founder of the network Les Comptoirs de la Bio, announced on Tuesday on social media the opening of the first Les Comptoirs de la Bio store in Guadeloupe in early November. “We want the offer in organic products to be accessible to all, because all French regions/territories…

The Juice Executive celebrates it's 5th birthday

"There is a nationwide thirst for healthier drinks"

A Kent entrepreneur that started a cold pressed juice manufacturing business after gaining inspiration from traveling in Indonesia is celebrating the firm’s 5th birthday in style. Alexandra Auger, the 27-year-old Managing Director of The Juice Executive, has seen sales hit £1.2m for the first time in its…

Organic produce box to be launched in the UK

SunFresh Produce announces the launch of Pikt Fresh, the ethical choice for organic fresh produce delivered nationwide directly to consumers. Pikt Fresh has launched a service going beyond the norm: boxes don't just contain organic fresh produce, there is a range for home, work and catering; offering a…

Bernd Kugelmann on the rise of organic pumpkins within the food retail trade:

"Pumpkins are becoming a year-round product more and more"

Shortly before this year's pumpkin harvest, the German discounters decided there should be a radical change: because in 2018 generally no supermarkets had organic pumpkins as standard in their range, in 2019 all conventional pumpkins were to be removed from the assortment. "Last year, we had problems with…

Day one of Asia Fruit Logistica 2019

Good exhibitor turnout, but noticeably less visitors

Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 commenced on September 4th in Hong Kong. Despite recent unrest in the area, the event got off to a good start. There is noticeably heightened security at the event, but there were no signs of any disruption, neither at the event nor in the surrounding area such as on the trains…

BGP merges with Fresh Solutions Group

BGP International Pty Ltd is pleased to announce an agreement to merge with Fresh Solutions Group Pty Ltd, an Australian owned fresh produce company. Under the merger Fresh Solutions Group will acquire BGP as a wholly owned subsidiary. Fresh Solutions Group, while based in Australia, has a global focus with…

€2.2 mln for MerryBerry

Romania: OTP Bank finances largest organic blueberry farm

Situated in the Mija village in Dambovita, MerryBerry is the largest organic blueberry plantation in Romania. It currently covers 100 hectares area, planted in 2016 – 2017.…

Caused by lack of certification mechanisms

Organic imports may disappear from the Russian market

Russian suppliers of imported organic products fear they will lose the sales opportunities for goods that have not passed certification under the law "On Organic Products",…

Rijk Zwaan focuses on cooperation with organic partners

The demand for organic vegetables is still growing. The market has expanded in the last 18 years from $18 billion to over $100 billion last year (source: Ecovia Intelligence). Sales are increasing annually, mainly in Europe and North America. This poses an enormous challenge for the whole organic chain…

New method to reveal whether potatoes are organic or not

University of Copenhagen researchers have developed a new approach that helps public agencies and commercial interests combat fraudulently-labelled organic foods. It revolves…

Peru's organic banana exports worth US $80 million so far in 2019

Peruvian exports of organic bananas in the first half of 2019 amounted to 80 million dollars, i.e. 11% less than the 89.9 million dollars achieved in the same period of the previous year. This reduction is due to the changes in temperature registered in the Piura Region and the greater competition from…

Organic seed potatoes, the most profitable crop in the Navarre Pyrenees

The tests carried out by INTIA (Navarre Institute for Agricultural Technology and Infrastructure) on its experimental farms in Roncesvalles and Remendía, in the Navarre…

Halved organic pumpkins soon available for the first time in German food retail

"The pumpkin yield will be about 30-40 percent below last year's level"

The first German pumpkins have already been on the market since early July. Due to the dry weather conditions of the season so far, last year's volumes will not be reached, said Georg Thalhammer at the beginning of the domestic main harvest. "At the moment, we are anticipating a 30-40 percent reduction in…

Krist Hamerlinck, Ecoveg:

“Run on all organic greenhouse vegetables”

The holiday period is gradually reaching its end in Belgium and the Netherlands, and a lot of people have returned home again. Ecoveg mostly notices this because of demand. “There’s a run on all organic greenhouse vegetables imaginable,” says Krist Hamerlinck of Ecoveg. “Early in August we had a surplus…

Vegetable processor Meyer is breaking new ground

"Increasing demand for frozen organic goods"

Meyer Gemüsebearbeitung GmbH has always been one of the market leaders in processed and frozen vegetables in bulk containers. For some years now, the long-established company based in Twistringen, in northern Germany, has endeavored to offer its bulk purchasers in the processing industry a growing…

Victor Bernad, DBS Agro:

“Asians are asking for organic fruit and vegetables more and more”

The organic sector experienced a considerable growth in Europe in recent years, and Asia recently started paying more attention to organic products as well. “We can feel demand for organic fruit and vegetables becoming stronger and stronger,” says Victor Bernad of DBS Agro. “We offer the entire conventional…

"After Lidl's step back, the pole position for fairness among Austrian food retailers is free again"

Controversy over 'step back' from 100 percent Fairtrade bananas

In the middle of August, Lidl Austria again introduced bananas into its assortment which are not Fairtrade certified, despite announcing - in October 2018 - that they would only…

Solana presents new registrations at Weuthen Kartoffeltag and Potato Europe

"New potato variety 'Lea' is suitable for both conventional and organic farming"

Breeder and seed supplier Solana GmbH & Co. will use the upcoming potato fairs to introduce a total of three new table potatoes. Both the Weuthen Potato Day (August 29, Schwalmtal) and the Potato Europe (September 4 & 5, Tournai / Belgium) will focus on the extended variety spectrum of the company, which…

Organto record revenue for third quarter

Organto Foods Inc. an integrated provider of fresh organic vegetables and fruits today provides an update on commercial operations and other corporate matters.    Over the past year, Organto…

Grapes: Chile had lower volumes last season, Australia was big winner

The Chilean grape season has been analyzed and was found to have an amount 11% lower than what was exported in the previous season, but with prices in the U.S. slightly above…

Denmark: Sales of organic fruit and vegetables have tripled since 2012

According to data provided by Statistics Denmark, sales of organic vegetables and fruit have more than tripled in Denmark from 2012 to 2018. In 2012 sales reached 1.3 billion Danish crowns, around 169 million euros at the exchange rate, which in 2018 have become a value for the sale of organic vegetables…

Farmmi partners to launch Farmmi Baba Yipinlv Organic Farm Project

Chinese agriculture products supplier Farmmi, Inc., announced the launch of the Farmmi Baba Yipinlv Organic Farm Project. The project is being jointly carried out by Farmmi's…

Northern Ireland: Funding now available for organic conversion

As the market continues to thrive in its eighth consecutive year of growth, financial support is now on offer to Northern Irish farmers and landowners converting to organic.…

Founder of Organic Knowledge Alasdair Smithson

Is organic produce really worth it?

Australians have long paid a premium for produce from the organic aisle, and not every household has space in its grocery budget for luxury organic fruit and veggies. Some argue however that by purchasing cheaper, non-organic items, customers could be doing their health more harm than good due to…

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 organic…

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 trend…

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, because…

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 & 200ct; The…

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 production…

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 capacity…

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…


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