Organic

Christian Gimperlein: "Up to 80% of our winter products end up in regional grocery stores or discount stores".

Slow market for organic cress, Christmas business only to start in week 51

Regionally cultivated cress are well received by German consumers all year round. In spring in particular, more cress is sold, while demand in winter is usually somewhat lower. During the cold season, the sale of cress shifts more from wholesale to supermarkets. "From Christmas onwards, sales of various types…

Denmark: Prices organic exports dropped for first time in 2018

Danish organics have been very much in demand abroad for a number of years now, but exports fell for the first time in 2018, reported national statistic keeper Danmarks Statistik. The figures showed that Danish organic exports decreased by 46 million kroner between 2017 and 2018 and now account for just…

Success for Bangladeshi organic mandarin growers

Ten years ago, Murshed Mia and his wife Swapna Begum tried their luck farming mandarins in Moulvibazar’s Juri district. After finding out how chemical-tainted fruits pose threat to human health, Murshed and Swapna decided to grow fruits following only organic methods. Their profit from the first harvest…

Introducing new slashing equipment on banana plantation has proved to be a real time-saver

A North Queensland banana grower has improved his productivity and saved time, since the introduction of an under-tree slasher at his farm. Matt Abbott, from Rabbits Organics, explained to fellow growers that mowing the grass was a pretty big job for his staff, so they applied for a grant to attach an…

Sales of organic products in the US continue to grow

Retail sales of organic fruits and vegetables in the US continue to grow, but the way each store assumes their sale and the presentation strategies they use to do so may differ considerably. The five stores of Sunset Foods Inc. in Highland Park, Illinois, usually offer more than 200 green items, said…

New European regulation will facilitate the organic certification of small producers

On January 1, 2021, the new regulation on organic production and product labeling will come into force, providing new opportunities to small producers, who will be allowed to join groups to obtain collective certifications. As stated by the Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for…

Agriculture department Chief Minister Sonowal

Assam government will set up 100 organic markets for selling Indian bio products

In a move to incentivise organic farming, the state government of Assam will set up 100 organic markets for selling organic products. Chairing a meeting of Agriculture…

Organic and Organic Fairtrade available for the entire import season at Fairtrasa Holland

"Only Demeter mango supplier in Europe"

The Brazilian organic mango season is in full swing at Fairtrasa Holland. This fruit distributor is based in 's-Gravenzande, the Netherlands. "We receive these mangos from our supplier, Fazenda Tamandua. This started a few years ago with a few containers. We are now marketing their entire harvest. As a…

Polish organic market growing thanks to retail chains

The organic food market in Poland is already growing at a double-digit rate, and this has been possible thanks to retail chains, says Karol Gębka, trade director of Farma…

Togo: Largest West-African exporter of organic agri products to Europe in 2018

In 2018, Togo was the largest West-African exporter of organic agricultural products to Europe. According to a report, the country sold 22,123 tons of organic agri products to…

3rd Meeting of Agroecological Health

Great interest in the organic production of citrus fruits and berries in Huelva

The Huelva town of Lepe has hosted the 3rd Agroecological Health Meeting, organized by Fundación Agroecosistema, which has been attended by almost 150 participants. At the inauguration, the territorial delegate of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Huelva, Álvaro Burgos,…

The Bulgarian organic food market is thriving

In the growing market for healthy food, Bulgaria is well placed to take advantage Over the past 10 years, the number of producers of organic products increased from 311 in…

Frusoal

Sweden, a new destination for Portuguese organic oranges in 2020

Frusoal, the leading citrus growers organization in Portugal, will start exporting organic oranges to the Scandinavian countries next year under the Algarve organic citrus…

George Stergiou, Anyfion Greece:

"Delayed harvest of Greek organic citrus"

The season for organic citrus fruit from Greece is starting late this year. The weather during flowering delayed the growth and now the Swiss market has to be patient for a little longer until the popular goods arrive. George Stergiou, the CEO and export manager of ANYFION GREECE spoke to FreshPlaza…

Jean-Luc Charbonneau, BioGaronne:

“Our storage capacity allows us to offer organic squash all winter”

Every year, red kuri squash and butternut producers are faced with the same problem. At the beginning of the season, in September, all of the producers without storage capacity try to sell their products on the fresh market. Until November, the offer is enormous, while consumption remains low until it…

Main volumes in week 49

First small volumes of Chilean organic blueberries arriving

Awe Sum Organics has small volumes of organic blueberries arriving now from Chile, and larger volumes will be available starting at the beginning of December."At the moment we are air-freighting in small volumes of organic blueberries from the north of Chile. We have already started loading ocean…

The area devoted to organic citrus in Spain grew by 16% during 2018

The demand for organic products by Spanish consumers is being backed by the confidence of the producing sector and the supply of supermarkets and restaurants. As far as fruits are concerned, the citrus sector has experienced a significant increase in the acreage devoted to organic production. In fact,…

Almaverde Bio

Italian organic fruit exported all over Europe

Almaverde Bio exports kiwifruit to Finland, apples to Great Britain and strawberries all over Europe. "We registered a 10% increase in sales in October, however we must say things have not always gone smoothly this year because of the weather. At the moment, the situation is good," explains Canova…

Organic avocado pricing becoming more accessible to consumers

Supplies of organic avocados from Mexico look strong. “We are in a position right now to carry us through to the Superbowl,” says Maria Elena Alvarez of A&A Organic Farms out of Watsonville, Ca. “We have good volume on the strong sizes--48s and 60s. We should be in a good position to push those 48s and…

Norway: No demand for organic fruit or vegetables

Growers were instructed to grow more organic fruit and vegetables, but consumers don't buy it. Instead, it is sold as regular fruit according to Lars J. Nå: who says "I lose…

Sander De Proost, BelOrta

"Organic fresh produce prices often more stable than for conventional products"

The Belgian organic top fruit and winter vegetable season has started at BelOrta. The glasshouse vegetable season is at its end. The last supplies are currently being moving out the door. “We in a major switchover phase between summer and winter vegetables. There is a little demand for organic winter…

Organic sales numbers from the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture

White grapes: One in ten sold was organic

In September, around 385 t of white organic grapes were purchased in Switzerland. Compared to the September values ​​of the three previous years, this is a significant…

Processing plant of GEKO GmbH receives organic certification

Pre-processed Brandenburg organic potatoes and vegetables available to Berlin school caterers

From now on, Brandenburg will have an efficient peeling plant for the processing of organic potatoes. GEKO Uckermärkische Fruchthandels LLC has had its existing processing plant…

Organic cultivation in India : Acreage, export, facts and figures

Speaking on the occasion of Biofach 2019, Mr Paban K. Borthakur revealed facts and figures with respect to Organic Cultivation Acreage and Exports. As on 31st March 2019, the total area under organic certification process (registered under the National Programme for Organic Production) was 3.56 million…

China helps Murray River Organics grow

This week, Murray River Organics announced that exports of its products had increased by 27 percent year to date over FY2019 for the corresponding period and anticipates this…

Extension of the organic range: red onions at Aldi Süd

The importance of organic products in the German fruit and vegetable sector is increasing unendingly, so many players in the food retail sector are increasing their selection.…

Global virtual marketplace connects growers directly with retailers and wholesalers

New virtual marketplace for growers and buyers launches in two weeks

During the week of Fruit Attraction, a new virtual market place has opened its registration. MarketBuy wants to offer a solution to both small and large farms that do not have the resources and connections to deal with retailers, wholesalers or even just importers directly. It intends to empower the…

Harm-Jan Eikelenboom, The Greenery: "We want to see if we can offer this concept year-round"

Little & Fresh: Small organic vegetables for small families

Whole cauliflower or heads of lettuce are standard in the supermarket. Why would a one or two-person household want these? The Greenery and Rijk Zwaan did a consumer survey. This showed that smaller vegetables are a way to reduce vegetable wastage. These two Dutch companies recently presented the new…

Italy and Germany are buying more. France ranks third in surfaces devoted to organic crops.

“Made in Nature”: 25% more organic crops in Europe than in 2012

At the 11th edition of Fruit Attraction, which was held in Madrid last week, Blue Whale presented its new logo, already revealed on June 20th for the 50th anniversary of the company.  For its 50th year of existence, the fair was also the opportunity for Blue Whale to reaffirm its commitments for today and…

Dorì organic kiwifruits stand out

350 tons of organic kiwifruits were produced by Dorì in 2019. Giampaolo Dal Pane showcased golden kiwifruits at Fruit Attraction in Madrid and feedback was great. Dorì golden kiwifruits in a crate "This is the first year we have produced a considerable amount, mainly in the Veneto region, as we have a…

Supermarkets consolidate as the main engine for growth

The sale of organic fruits and vegetables in Spain grows by 15%

As announced by the Association of Spanish Supermarket Chains (Aces) within the framework of Fruit Attraction 2019, the sales volume of organic fruits and vegetables in the country's supermarkets has grown by 15% in the last year. In the supermarkets associated with this entity (Carrefour, Alcampo,…

Somerset's organic farmers could be hit hard in event of no-deal Brexit

At present, UK organic farmers can export their produce to the European Union provided they meet certain standards. But if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on October 31,…

BIO AUSTRIA celebrates 40 years of being organic association in Austria

"Merger was foundation for development of the organic sector in Austria"

In 1979, farmers from various federal states founded the "Association of Organic Organic Farms in Austria", a forerunner of today's organic association BIO AUSTRIA. The forty-year anniversary was celebrated on October 17 in the appropriate conditions at the Bio-Seminar-Betrieb of the Kletzmayr family in…

Recyclable table grape packaging to be displayed at Fruit Attraction

Prior to the start of the South African Organic Table Grape season, OTC Organics presents a carton table grape packaging to meet increasing demand from end customers. Reducing plastic packaging for vegetables and fruit is perhaps the most discussed topic of the moment. Retailers, distributors, packers, consumers…

"Breeding of organic varieties is driven by market needs"

The organic vegetable market continues to show robust growth worldwide. Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is responding to that growth with new disease-resistant varieties that offer harvest reliability. Lettuce breeder Johan Schut: “We listen closely to the entire fresh produce chain’s needs, and…

EcoEspaña, Spain's national organic production association, will be based in Almería

EcoEspaña (the Sustainable Organic Production Association of Spain), is the new national organization for Spanish organic producers, created to offer them extensive…

Silvia Llamas, of HaciendasBio:

"We are the only ones able to supply organic fruit for 20 consecutive weeks"

HaciendasBio is considered the largest fruit and vegetable producer in Spain, with around 32,000 tons sold in 2018. They have 34 plantations with a combined 2,000 hectares located in Badajoz, Almería, Tarragona, Lleida, Seville, Gran Canaria and Zaragoza. “Concejiles”, one of the companies largest…

Bayer launches crop protection solutions for organic crops

For every plant that grows in a field, there are plenty of things that may prevent if from growing healthily. Our crops must contend with up to 10,000 species of insects, 3,000 types of nematodes, and 50,000 diseases caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses. Bayer says that to help farmers facing these…

Chile: Biodynamic production of blueberries in the spotlight

The biodynamic plantation of blueberries at Matetic Farms, near Casablanca, in the region of Valparaiso, has caught the eye of the External Advisory Council (CAE) of INIA La…

Christine Cortes, BioTropic:

“Morocco is an interesting source for organic products for Europe”

“Morocco has a lot to offer in terms of organic products for Europe,” says Christine Cortes of BioTropic. From its headquarters in Perpignan, the company tries to expand its organic range each year with its Moroccan partners. For the first time this summer, it marketed exotic citrus fruits such as limes,…

Eurostat statistics

Regional organic farming in the European Union

According to the statistical entity Eurostat, regional diversity in the EU is present in agricultural production methods, such as the extent of organic farming. There is only one region where over one half of agricultural land is farmed with organic production methods, while 13% of the regions had less…

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…

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…


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