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Didier Cadiou, Emeraude Plants:

“Our production of organic vegetable plants went from 7% to 22% in 5 years”

Generally speaking, vegetable consumption is trendy nowadays. In the past 5 years, the sale of organic vegetable plants to professional growers has been booming. “Organic products are more and more popular. We have been producing organic plants for 20 years and in just 5 years, our organic production…

Cambodian organic vegetable retailer unveils QR code scheme

Organic vegetable retailer Natural Agriculture Village has introduced QR codes on its product packaging, which will allow consumers to see where their produce comes from. Natural Agriculture Village president Bun Sieng, who is also a member of local distributor Green Gold, told The Post on Sunday that…

Albertson's Co-Chair Jim Donald will be keynote presenter at OPS

Jim Donald, Albertson’s Co-Chairman, will be a featured Keynote Presenter at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit, joining retail industry veteran Kevin Coupe for a…

It is primarily the female citrus fruit that has more pips

Besides conventional products, Greece has a large share of organic acreage as well. “Greece has a fantastic climate for organic cultivation,” says Peter Abma of Lema, a Dutch fruit trading company. “The soil in, especially, the Peloponnesos region is very suitable for this. There, there are not only the…

GfK market analysis

German market for organic products again grows significantly in 2019

According to a recent GfK study, demand for organic food and beverages in Germany has risen significantly again compared to 2018. The number of households buying organic continued…

Coop Sole

Organic production and small fruits are increasingly growing in demand

"Last year, the organic production on Coop Sole's turnover was 15%, but for the future we aim to double it to 30%. Currently, the organic production is about 2500 tons and consists of the organic strawberry under the brand SiBon, the assortment of winter vegetables, the melon and modest quantities of small…

Global organic area continues to grow

2018 was another record year for global organic agriculture. According to the latest FiBL survey on organic agriculture worldwide, organic farmland increased by 2.0 million…

Organic farmers in Africa struggle to get certified

An inordinate amount of red tape, coupled with limited access to finance is holding back organic agriculture in Africa and may hinder the continent's ability to feed itself.…

Climbing demand for purple organic heirloom tomatoes

As tomato season in Mexico comes into peak, supplies of organic heirloom tomatoes are steady. “This is probably our biggest heirloom year to date. Every year we’ve increased acreage by between five to six percent because of our demand,” says Alex Madrigal of Covilli Brand Organics Inc. in Nogales, Ariz.…

Small organic productions are an alternative for improvement

"Current agriculture is in danger of extinction"

The future looks promising for small organic producers. "We cannot complain. We export to countries with a stable organic market, such as Denmark or Germany," says Victorio Catalán, of Saltamontes Bio. "Although organic farming is more vulnerable to losses, we have found feasible solutions." For example,…

BayWa Obst GmbH & Co. KG sets new standards

Organic fruit from Lake Constance now certified as biocyclic-vegan as well

Since the late 1990s, organic apples have been a permanent fixture in the product range of BayWa Obst LLC & Co. Under its own brand "Bio-Obst vom Bodensee" (Lake Constance organic fruit), the subsidiary of globally important pome fruit trader BayWa AG, Munich, markets organically produced fruit from the Lake…

Large supermarket chains have their own organic labels

Austrian organic market keeps growing

Austria keeps setting the pace when it comes to organic cultivation and consumption. Except for Liechtenstein, Austria has the highest percentage of horticultural land under…

Two organic businesses in the Netherlands team up to promote healthy food

Eosta is ramping up collaboration with Dutch organic wholesaler Udea and its supermarket chain Ekoplaza, in the Netherlands. The two organic giants want to help Dutch…

Australia: Gingin Organics farmers receive funding boost

Growers north of Perth have received a $200,000 grant to expand their organic vegetable production. Gingin Organics in Neergabby was the first farm in Western Australia to…

Pricing pressure on organic Mexican limes

Organic limes from Mexico are feeling the effects of strong supplies on the conventional side of the business. “We’ve been bringing in a lot of limes and there are really good supplies right now. It’s been pretty steady in the past couple of weeks,” says Andy Martin of A & A Organic Farms Corp., a…

New bioplastic cling film released for fresh produce packaging

Novamont introduced its new Mater-Bi cling film, a breakthrough in the company’s range of biodegradable and compostable films for food packaging 5 years after the launch of…

Biofarms Tasmania- Forth

North-West producers will be supplying Woolworths with organic vegetables

North-West brothers Chris, Mark and David Benson saw the benefits of producing organic vegetables well before the industries major players started pushing it. "We were keen to eliminate the use of chemicals for environmental reasons, and so we decided to start organic production in 1999 and haven't…

Rasmus, Biosund:

Denmark: Rosa Danica subsidiary launches organic pot plant line

Denmark is one of the strictest countries regarding the rules for organic production, but Rasmus Moth Madsen took the plunge and started to focus on the production of organic potted plants. His father is Torben Moth Madsen of Rosa Danica A/S, a potted rose grower, and in his greenhouse, Rasmus started…

Organic food is too expensive for Polish consumers

Most Polish consumers would like to buy eco or bio products much more often than they do now, but they simply can't afford them. Still, while such products are purchased rather sporadically, the range on offer in stores is growing very quickly. Buying organic or bio products is not just a trend, but a…

Fruit Logistica and Biofach

Chile announces record fruit exports for 2019

In the wake of 2019 results showing record growth in fruit exports, representatives of the Chilean agro-industry will be present in force at the Fruit Logistica and BioFach international trade fairs being held in Germany in February. Accompanied by the government agency for promoting exports, ProChile,…

The Spanish cooperative Alimer doubles its organic vegetable production

The Murcian cooperative Alimer is taking part once again in the fruit and vegetable trade fair par excellence: Fruit Logistica, and it is bringing great news. As announced by Julián Díaz, president of Alimer, the cooperative, aiming to adapt to the European market and committed to delivering quality…

More marketers in organic citrus category in 2019-2020

Additional marketers in the organic citrus industry are making the marketplace a bit more of a challenge this citrus season. At Homegrown Organic Farms in Porterville, Ca., it has navel oranges, lemons, mandarins, grapefruit, Cara Caras, blood oranges, pomelos and limes all in production currently.…

Organic farmers' cooperative celebrates 25th birthday

Lippborg producer cooperative is a heavyweight in the organic sector

22,000 tons of potatoes and vegetables per year, 100 suppliers, more than 100 employees, large retail chains as customers: The Cooperative of Organic Farmers in Lippborg is a heavyweight…

New retail partnership for Canadian Fairtrade banana company

Demand for Fairtrade organic bananas continues to grow. “It’s very strong right now and we’re ramping up to our annual peak in April,” says Jennie Coleman of Montreal, Que.-based Equifruit. “Our sales are up year-over-year but we always see increased demand between February and May.” Supplies of bananas…

Job van den Berg about the start of Quality Life Produce Netherlands:

"With our own Dutch organic cultivation we will supply customers directly all year round"

Lets say, you are looking for your own organic cultivation from Dutch soil and just like that you have two, self-growing companies. Bio World, the organic branch of the Best Fresh Group, managed it. Organic greenhouse vegetables will be grown in IJsselmuiden and Sexbierum in the Netherlands, from next…

New challenges and successes for organic grapes by Gruppo Tarulli OP

"Despite the unusual year, 2019 ended well confirming our importance on the European market for the commercialization of table grapes. We expect this year to be successful too," explains Marilena Daugenti Tarulli from Gruppo Tarulli, a producer organization from Noicattaro (Bari) with over 350 hectares…

Dan Davis with Starr Ranch Growers

“Our goal is to maintain year-round supply of organic apples”

Supply of organic apples in Washington state has increased at a fairly rapid rate in recent years. “Here at Starr Ranch, our domestic organic apple program represents 14 percent of overall volume,” says Dan Davis with Starr Ranch Growers. “That’s quite a significant number and in addition, we import…

FreshPlaza Organics Global Focus

Our February Global Focus is all about organics. Attempts to reduce the price gap between organic and conventional products to make organic produce more accessible to the consumer, and different regulations for receiving organic certification in different regions can cause challenges for growers. Despite this, organic farming…

Champignons Wulfers focuses on white and brown organics

Organic mushrooms in six cultivation areas

In 1997, Werner Wulfers founded his mushroom business in Hoheging near Cloppenburg with six growing areas. Today, 32 rooms are being used. Since 2003, the production of white and brown mushrooms has focused exclusively on organic products, with Naturland certification. Left: Brown mushrooms just before harvesting.…

The US announces changes in its regulations for organic products

During a speech at the Global Ecological Products Exhibition (GOPEX), Jennifer Tucker announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was going to modify the…

EU: area under organic cultivation up 34% since 2012

The total area under organic cultivation in the EU was 13.4 million hectares in 2018, corresponding to 7.5% of the total utilised agricultural area. This represents an increase of 34% between 2012 and 2018. Among the EU Member States, the countries with the largest shares of organic area in 2018 were…

OPS to feature organic fresh produce sales data and analysis educational session

New consumer data and analysis related to increased organic fresh produce sales from a pair of the industry’s leaders will be featured as part of an educational session at the…

Growing demand for organic products in the EU

Organic products increasing absorbed into set assortment of supermarkets

The growing demand for organic products in the EU provides opportunities for exporting, among other things, organic sweet potatoes and nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and pistachios). In the first 10 months of 2019, the US mainly exported berries and asparagus to the EU, but also exported pears,…

The final campaign compensated for the difficulties occurred in springtime

Crops with limited damage in 2019, thanks to organic farming

Canova, whose brand is Almaverde Bio, drew a balance on 2019 which saw a boost in the second half of the year. "We got off to a very bad start," explained director Ernesto Fornari, "because of the weather in May. The cherries underwent a major knockdown and it was only after the middle of June that we…

Penny wants to promote enhanced sustainability

Naturgut Bio-Helden: Avocados from Spain instead of overseas

Within a few years, the avocado has made a giant leap. While in 2008 not even 20,000 tons of the fruit were imported, that volume has now increased almost fivefold. The most…

Madrid, June 3 and 4, 2020

Organic Food Iberia will bring together organic products from all over the world

Organic Food Iberia 2020, the organic industry show that will be held on June 3 and 4 in Madrid, will have more than 600 exhibitors. In addition to Spanish producers, there…

Eosta announces ambitious initiatives

European organic produce importer-marketer Eosta has revealed the imminent launch of two initiatives – a refocused, expanded Dr GoodFood campaign and a new range of plant-based packaging – as part of its participation in leading global trade exhibition Fruit Logistica 2020, which takes place in Berlin,…

Customers show themselves to be much 'green'

Aldi Süd scores with organic fruit and vegetables and fresh products with blemishes

A New Year, and new resolutions: At the top of the list for many people is the desire for a more sustainable and conscious diet. A glance at the purchasing behaviour of ALDI…

Retail sales of organic produce grew more than 5% in 2019

Retail sales of organic fruits and vegetables grew by slightly more than five percent in 2019 - more than double the two percent growth for conventional produce - according to…

tegut: Focus on organic cultivation and regionality

Organic range ensures rising sales

Hessian supermarket chain tegut increased its net revenues by 3.3 percent in 2019. Organic foods and products contributed to this as their share of total sales increased last…

Better season for California citrus

“It’s been a great California citrus season so far, and we’ve just entered the high flavor part of the season.” So says Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, Ca., and the good season is especially welcome after challenges last year. “We had a lot of challenges, primarily due to the heavy…

Diego Roig, director of Ecological:

"In 2020, Spain will continue to be the largest European organic producer"

In 2020, Spain is maintaining its position as the leading European organic producer and the fourth largest worldwide. Although Italy's growth rate is faster and this country could become the biggest producer soon, for now Spain is still in the lead. Diego Roig, director of Ecological Bio, who was picked…

OPS comes to Monterey, CA, in July

First speakers for Organic Produce Summit announced

Co-founders of the nationally acclaimed fast casual restaurant chain 'sweetgreen' have been confirmed as the first of three keynote presentations at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit (OPS), this coming July in Monterey, CA. Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman, co-founders and co-CEOs of sweetgreen…

Chiquita Bananas works to meet increased demand for organics

Thirty-one percent of respondents in a recent survey said that one-quarter to one-half of their annual produce purchases are organic. With demand for organic produce on the rise, Chiquita has put forth the resources to meet this newer consumer need. The steady increase in demand is primarily led by young…

Juan Manuel Sánchez, of CAAE:

"We are the only Spanish entity to certify organic products for Japan"

“At a time when the world's organic production generates over 92,000 million Euro, the opening to the Japanese market for operators in Spain and Latin America (through the JAS certification) appears to be a unique opportunity for growth,” says CAAE certification director Juan Manuel Sánchez Adame.…

The company will supply the European market for 17 consecutive weeks

Spain's HaciendasBio will supply organic asparagus from mid-January

HaciendasBio, the biggest organic fruit and vegetable producer in Spain and leader in the export of these products to Europe, mainly to Germany, will be the only one supplying organic asparagus to the market during the months of January, February and March. It is thus ahead of the usual harvesting season…

Cornelis Ernst and Bart van der Vliet, OTC Organics

South African organic grape imports start sustainably

The South African organic grape season started earlier this year, and its prospects look favorable, say Cornelis Ernst and Bart van der Vliet of OTC Organics. This Dutch company started importing organic grapes from South Africa more than a month ago again. They are t to operate more sustainably as a…

Organic Research Centre appoints Lucy MacLennan as new CEO

Since the departure of long-standing and well-respected CEO Nic Lampkin last year, Stuart Rogers stepped in as interim CEO and continued to develop the strategic direction of…

Future of France’s organic products may lie in hands of large supermarkets

If the production of organic products continues to grow every year in France, mass distribution will supply even more of these products by 2022, according to an analysis from…

Danish organic Ø brand celebrates 30 years; demand has never been this high

This year, the red ‘Ø’ organic label has been in existence for 30 years. This label can be found on an increasing number of products in Denmark. Since this brand's…

Citromax organic lemon grove surpasses 100,000 tree mark

Citromax Group has announced that the company’s organic lemon groves have reached a substantial milestone, passing the 100,000-tree mark and approaching 110,000 organic lemon trees. Citromax’s organic lemon groves are located in the foothills of the Andes, in a unique sub-tropical climate that creates an…

Zanzivivai Bio supplies plants and scions

The organic status is authentic if it starts from the plant nursery

Even though the overall situation of the pear tree is not ideal, organic farming seems to be an opportunity to make profits. And Zanzivivai Bio has the possibility of supplying organic plants and scions, produced by its own apple and pear stumps, with a guarantee for the whole supply chain. Enrico Zanzi and…

Major movement in organic greenhouse vegetable market does not materialize

December is not the busiest month for organic greenhouse vegetable growers, so it is also quieter at the sales offices. That, however, does not mean people sat still in the run-up to Christmas. The 2019 balance sheet was drawn up, and last-minute plans for 2020 were made. Across the board, 2019 was…

Citrosol closed 2019 with launch of new Biocare organic range

For more than 50 years, the Valencian company Citrosol has been creating solutions to extend the shelf life of citrus, vegetables and other fruits, as explained by its general…

Australian boom time as organic goods’ value hits $2.6 billion

Australia's organic sector is forging out a path with high-value, traceable products for consumers. The industry was worth just under $1 billion nine years ago, and according…

David Posner - Awe Sum Organics

“Our first organic grapes from Peru will arrive in the US in the first week of January"

As Awe Sum Organics ramps up their imports of Chilean blueberries with the first arrivals from their main Organic Blueberry Farm located in Southern Chile, which are due to arrive on both the East and West Coast over the Christmas Holiday period, David Posner, Awe Sum’s CEO takes a look at what is coming…

"The application of environmentally friendly practices is the only way forward"

Good prospects for Spanish organic cherry tomatoes

“It is clear that Almeria is reducing its tomato acreage. This year, the area devoted to the crop has been 4,000 hectares smaller. Imports from third countries are also putting tomato cultivation under pressure. The rising production costs have motivated some to switch to peppers or eggplant, which…

Julien Torrent, Alterbio:

“Positive development in the production of organic Jerusalem artichokes in France”

The harvest of root products like the Jerusalem artichoke was rather complicated this year because of the heatwaves in the summer. However, Julien Torrent, head of Pôle Détail Fruits and Vegetables at Alterbio France, explains that the production in the Roussillon was not affected by this problem.…

Robert Elshof, Elshof Organic Fruit:

"I expect Dutch organic top fruit sales to soar in the second half of the season"

Organic top fruit sales are not going too badly. This is according to Robert Elshof of Elshof Organic Fruit. This Dutch company sells organic pears that they grow themselves. They also sell top fruit from 13 other organic farms. "I expected slightly higher prices over the whole line," Robert says. "But I…

Nigeria: FMARD wants organic agriculture to spread across the north

Nigeria’s The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), says it wants food grown in an environment free from artificial agrichemicals spread across the north east and west of the country. Mr Isa Adamu, Assistant Director of Farm Input Support Services, organic division of the FMARD…

BioVibe certified for Biogarantie Made in Belgium

"Calm demand for organic vegetables due to the mild temperatures"

“For the trade, it can get a little bit colder outside. Sales are currently running fairly smooth and the stir for Christmas have not yet begun. Demand is expected to pick up again at the end of the week, but for now it's calm, ”says Johan Verhaeren from BioVibe. “The range of winter vegetables is very…

Organic vegetables from own greenhouse in Brazil

Sustainability: Daimler now grows vegetables as well

Urban farming has recently come into play at the Mercedes-Benz do Brasil truck and bus plant in São Bernardo do Campo. According to the company, organic vegetables are grown in a greenhouse next to the main restaurant, in accordance with organic farming guidelines. This is used for the customers of the factory…

Quarter of UK shoppers don't trust organic label

A new survey has found that over a quarter of UK shoppers say they are “not confident at all” that food labelled as organic has been produced under organic farming methods. While shoppers do have more ethical considerations when shopping, there is apparently a deep suspicion over the labelling of ethical…

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…


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