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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…

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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…

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…


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