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Israeli start-up makes biodegradable plastic

The Israeli start-up, TIPA, manufactures plastic packaging from organic material. After use, it disintegrates and is used as compost. The scientists at TIPA are trying to find…

The new surface in Seville will allow extending the season to 20 weeks

HaciendasBio expects to produce 7,800 tons of organic stone fruit

HaciendasBio, Spain's leading organic fruit and vegetable producer and exporter of organic horticultural products to Europe, expects to produce 7,800 tons of stone fruit in the current campaign, which began in mid-April and will last for 20 weeks. Thanks to the launch of its new La Falamosa farm in…

LA-based producer values common focus

“The OPS is unique in that the entire focus of the conference is on one very exciting, fast growing and energized segment of our industry; organics.” This is how Los Angeles-based 4Earth Farms describes the Organic Produce Summit, which will take place in Monterey on July 10 and 11, 2019. This will be…

Discounter observes the long-term potential of the organic trade

Lidl wants to expand organic share to five percent "short-term"

Discounter Lidl wants to expand its organic range rapidly due to increasing demand. "The organic share in the total market is about five percent, and we at Lidl are not there…

“We believed the organic arena needed something special”

With the Organic Produce Summit just around the corner, companies are commenting on the value the event has in the produce calendar. Grape producer Anthony Vineyards is one of the companies that are sponsoring the event, after having been invited to attend since the Summit’s inception. Rob Spinelli,…

Pennsylvania supplier enjoys unique show format

Although the Organic Produce Summit is being held next month in Monterey California, it is attracting a number of companies from well beyond California’s borders. One such company is Procacci Brothers Sales Corp. Based in Pennsylvania, Procacci Brothers deals in the entire scope of fruits and vegetables,…

ZimTrade: Zimbabwean farmers urged to grow fruit

In a bid to increase exports, national trade development and promotion organisation ZimTrade is coordinating horticulture farmers in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland to grow fruits that…

Grower's Fair Trade Roadshow and organic artichokes at Organic Produce Summit

Wholesum said it is preparing for the 2019 Organic Produce Summit with new features including the launch of an interactive and educational Fair Trade Roadshow and the newest addition to their vegetable offerings, organic artichokes. The company said it intends to spread awareness and educate retail…

Organto expanding distribution of organic asparagus

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of value-added organic vegetables and fruits announced that it has begun expanding distribution of organic asparagus to European…

$220,500 interest-free loan for Australian Organic Farmers

Australia: Lockyer Valley farming group benefits from Woolworths organic fund

A Lockyer Valley farming group have become the first Queensland beneficiaries of a program between Woolworths and Heritage Bank to support organic growers. Australian Organic Farmers in the Lockyer Valley will receive a $220,500 interest-free loan from the Woolworths Organic Growth Fund to help them…

Local show offers more intimate opportunities to network

As one wholesaler describes it, the Organic Produce Summit is a “punchy” show. “You get in, you get out and it’s action-packed the whole time. It’s got a nice energy to it,” says Jonathan Steffy of Four Seasons Produce in Ephrata, Pa. Left to right: Myles Chasser, Organic Produce Buyer; Wes Jones II, Key…

New techniques to prevent fraud with organic products

Parallel to the expansion of organic products, there has also been an increase in the number of cases of conventional products trying to pass as organic. In order to avoid this form of fraud, a research team has developed a method to detect the use of pesticides during cultivation. However, things are…

Swiss pioneer Barbara Schmid cultivates organic microgreens

"I first had to explain to those responsible what it's all about"

Vegetable gardener Barbara Schmid is a Swiss pioneer in cultivating organic-grade microgreens. In contrast to sprouts, these are cultivated after germination under light and on substrate. With the purchase of a former ornamental garden center in the hamlet of Süri near Neuenegg BE, the newcomer started…

California grower to focus on interactions at Organic Produce Summit

Companies are commenting that they appreciate the intimate setup of the Organic Produce Summit. With only a limited number of exhibitors, consistent booth sizes, and a moderately-sized venue, exhibitors say they have a better chance to interact with visitors when compared with larger shows. This is…

Second educational session at OPS 2019 announced

The second of two educational sessions related to the growth of organic production and retail sales from an international perspective has been announced for the upcoming Organic Produce Summit, this July in Monterey, CA. The two sessions will explore how international organic growers and distributors are…

"Spanish supermarkets bet on organic private labels"

At the sixth International Conference on National Brand & Private Label Marketing Research, recently held in Barcelona, ​​more than 40 experts analyzed the new marketing…

Lucía Bello, of Grupo G´s:

"Our company has the largest organic acreage in Campo de Cartagena"

"Selecting the right seeds is vital if you want to cultivate products with the colors and flavors that are most appreciated by the consumer. Choosing the right variety allows you to have quality, optimal organoleptic characteristics and, in some cases, an earlier start of the season. An example of this…

Wilco Heemskerk; Fresh Organic Choice

Organic herbs from Ghana and Ethiopia

Wilco Heemserk, founder of Fresh Organic Choice, supplies fresh organic herbs to the market all year round. The company from Poeldijk now supplies its products not just in the Netherlands, but also in Scandinavia, Germany and Belgium. Year round "We can supply diverse organic herbs to the market twelve…

July 10-11, Monterey

US (CA): Organic Trade Association to host buyers mission at Organic Produce Summit

Next month, the Organic Trade Association will host its first-ever buyers mission at the annual Organic Produce Summit on July 10-11 in Monterey, California. This event for the organic produce sector is the only show in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce growers,…

Danish supermarkets aiming for 30% organic by 2030

The Danish food industry sector considers it possible that, by 2030, 30% of all foodstuffs in supermarkets will be organic. This is the percentage envisioned by branch organization, Økologisk Landsforening. However, to achieve this, product development will really have to get going. “I do not think it is…

How forgotten vegetables returned to our plates

Forgotten vegetables are no longer as unknown as a few years ago. Nowadays, consumers come across these vegetables more often than in the past. New recipes and the desire for a more extensive assortment of vegetables have contributed to this. The organic production, however, has also contributed to the…

Organic show is platform to highlight sustainability efforts

Divine Flavor is planning on spreading the message of its sustainability efforts at July's Organic Produce Summit (OPS) in Monterey, California. The company is one of the founding exhibitors of OPS and is also a sponsor. For them, this particular event is special as it is closest to the company's…

'Made in Qatar' vegetables

Qatar's organic farming continuing to grow

For many years, organic products were imported into Qatar, mainly because the country’s land was thought to be infertile. These imports were sold at exorbitant prices. Now, since the blockade imposed on Qatar’s neighbours -Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt– starting on 5 June 2017,…

Milestone celebration for grower at this year’s OPS

Thirty years in organic fruit. That’s what one grower plans on celebrating at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit July 10-11 in Monterey, CA. “The 30th birthday of our program is a big deal! We’re proud of this milestone,” says Brianna Shales with Wenatchee, Wa.-based Stemilt Growers. For Stemilt, the…

France: Magazine warns against the flaws of organic products

Consuming organic products is trendy. The organic food market exceeded 9 billion euros [10.1 billion USD] in 2018 and represents 5% of the food purchases in France. While…

"We'll now be able to meet the rising demand for organic"

Hijos de Alberto del Cerro inaugurates facilities for organic lemons

The Murcia-based lemon producer and marketer Hijos de Alberto del Cerro has inaugurated its facilities for the handling and packaging of organic products. "It has been a tough project due to the limitations we have faced, but it has finally become a reality and we will soon be able to meet the growing…

Another 1.5 million Euro allocated by Bulgarian government to organic sector

An additional BGN 3 million (about 1.53 million Euro) is being paid out by the State Fund for Agriculture under the Tied Aid Scheme for Fruit and Vegetables for the 2018…

Canova now producing organic strawberries, melons and watermelons

Ernesto Fornari, director at Canova, reports that, "now that the sun and high temperatures are back after weeks of rain, we can be hopeful once again. Orders are increasing and so it the quality of the produce." Canova, which sells products under the Almaverde Bio brand, can count on producers located…

Organic apples available year-round for the first time

In the past, there was sometimes a shortage of organic apples in the summer, says the NFO. This Dutch Fruit Growers Organization has now reported that this is no longer the case. Sales of this product have been going very smoothly over the last few months. In March and April, 35% more organic apples were…

France: Record number of farms convert to organic production

France, the EU' s largest agricultural producer, added 5,000 organic farms last year, surpassing a prior high of 4,200 seen in both 2016 and 2017, the Agence Bio said in an…

Togo is West Africa’s leading exporter of organic products to EU

At present, Togo is the leading West African exporter of organic products to the European Union. According to data from the European Commission relayed by Commodafrica, in…

Conf and FNAB leave the Interfel Organic Committee

Criticizing the election as co-rapporteur of a prominent defender of industrialized organic agriculture by the Organic Committee of the Interprofessional Committee of Fruit…

Adolfo García Albaladejo, director of Camposeven:

"Spanish organic agriculture depends on Dutch R&D"

The early stone fruit campaign has almost ended in the Region of Murcia. Recent climatic variations in Europe have not affected the harvest in La Manga del Mar Menor. "The volumes have been satisfactory, although prices have been lower than expected," said Adolfo Garcia, the director of Camposeven, an…

Spain, Canary Islands:

Organic tomatoes, safe from the "Tuta absoluta"

25 years ago, there was hardly anyone interested in growing organic fruit and vegetables in the Canary Islands. Nowadays, however, 90% of the starting young producers do so in this sector. "They tend to opt for organic farming because of the clear production costs and the sustainability," says Paco…

700 hectares of organic mango and bananas certified in Piura, Peru

The Peruvian region of Piura has taken a giant step towards its sustainability by obtaining the Global GAP certification for more than 700 hectares of mango and banana…

Arizona greenhouse grower expands organic tomato production

Wholesum has announced their greenhouse expansion, adding six acres of 100 percent organic tomato production to the existing 18-acre facility. Wholesum said the new greenhouse will hold the latest technology for innovative and sustainable production. The expansion will also bolster their commitment to…

Prince de Bretagne plans to increase organic volumes

Organic fresh vegetables go from 20,000 tons in 2018 to 32,000 tons in 2020

From 20,000 tons of organic fresh vegetables in 2018, Prince de Bretagne expects to reach 25,000 tons in 2019 and 32,000 tons in 2020. Today, 116 Prince de Bretagne producers are committed to organic farming: 91 certified organic and 25 in conversion (more than doubled in 2 years). “Thanks to the…

Charlie’s Produce acquires Better Life Organics

Charlie’s Produce, an employee owned independent produce company serving the west coast since 1978, has acquired Better Life Organics (BLO), a Los Angeles based distributor of organic produce and food products. After a twenty-four year history serving the Los Angeles area, BLO will merge with Charlie’s…

New Zealand: Organic Solutions acquires organic farm

Organic Solutions has acquired Brydone Growers of Oamaru. Brydone Growers, one of the oldest and largest organic growers in the South Island, is the region’s only commercial…

Farming UK: Organic producer numbers increase, total acreage dropping

The number of organic producers in the UK has increased but the total organic land area has declined, new Farming statistics for 2018 -released by Defra- show. The paint a mixed picture for the organic sector in the UK. Last year, the total area of land used for organic farming decreased by 8.4 percent…

India: Mango exports go by sea due to rising air freight prices

For the first time this season, mangoes from India have taken the sea route to London, due to a spike in air freight rates following the stoppage of flights from Jet Airways.…

Slight decrease in Peruvian organic banana exports

Organic banana exports in March reported $42,259,359 in profits, i.e. 2% less than in the same period of 2018. The figures were published by the Agrodata Peru website in its…

South Tyrolean organic industry takes on today's challenges

"At the moment we are struggling with sales difficulties in the organic sector"

In South Tyrol there is a great variety of agricultural crops and a careful handling of pesticides. This was underlined by the Südtiroler Bauernbund with regard to the protest…

First shipments of New Zealand’s new season organic apples arrive in the US

New Zealand’s first shipments of new season Organic apples are arriving in the US very soon. The Southern Hemisphere’s largest organic apple grower, Bostock New Zealand has set up an office in North America and is now directly selling Organic apples to US and Canadian customers. Bostock New Zealand…

Educational session to highlight consumer data on organic sales

Organizers of the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit announced that new consumer data and analysis related to increased organic fresh produce sales from a pair of the…

France: Which departments consume the most organic products?

More than two thirds of French people claim to consume organic products at least once a month. Consumer specialist Olivier Dauvers carried out a study, using data from the…

U.S. organic sales broke through $50 billion mark in 2018

The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous year, according to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey released Friday by the Organic Trade Association. New records were made in both the…

8,000 banana plants that were in full production have burned

Unsupervised fires burn organic banana production in Peru

The uncontrolled burning of cane brush has caused a fire that has destroyed 8 thousand trees in a plantation of organic bananas in full production in Buenaventura, northern Peru. The fire was initiated by workers of the company Agrícola del Chira, popularly known as Caña Brava, who burned dry plants…

Coprohníjar sets up a 12,000 m2 warehouse for the organic line

"A fully organic production would saturate a limited market"

While some large Spanish fruit and vegetable companies aim to produce one hundred percent organic, others prefer to diversify. Juan Segura, of Coprohníjar, comments on the difficulty of the challenge. "A fully organic production would saturate a limited market, creating more supply than demand. It would…

What New Zealand customers pay for organics

Recently, Head of New Zealand's largest organic certifier, Donald Nordeng, said that in the United States the sale of organic fruit and vegetables had grown from 2% to 20%…

One of the largest Spanish companies is committed to producing 100% organic

"Our goal: 170,000 tons in the organic line"

"With a total of 60,000 tons produced, the pepper campaign has been mediocre, as has the first part of the cucumber campaign. At the beginning of the cucumber campaign, prices were excellent due to the shortages recorded from September to November; however, things haven't gone so well in the second part.…

Can organic tomatoes be grown in heated greenhouses?

Currently, to obtain the Organic designation, a tomato must have been grown in the soil, without synthetic pesticides and must not have been grown in a heated greenhouse. The…

"Peru has unique environmental conditions for organic bananas"

Bananas have been prominent in the export markets in recent years, especially in high-value markets such as North America, Europe, and Asia, thanks to their high content of vitamins, proteins, and potassium. Carlos Orellana, a specialist in this crop, highlighted the business value of organic bananas,…

Belgium: Ecolo wants 0% VAT on organic products

The political party Ecolo is on the rise as the elections approach. According to the latest surveys, it is the largest party in Brussels and the second largest in Wallonia.…

The challenge is to produce 100 trillion beneficial organisms

El Ejido houses new biological control bio-factory

A new greenhouse production company has been born from the union of the French company Bioline Agrosciences and Almeria's Biocolor: Bioline Iberia. The company, which will…

Bio-Award to be handed out for the sixth time

Bio Ernte Styria to pick 'national organic farm'

Bio Ernte Styria has started the search for organic farmers of the year with its partners ORF Radio Styria and Styria Beef. For the sixth time, the popular award will be handed out. We are looking for organic farmers who, for example, deal with the conservation of old breeds and varieties, specifically…

Exhibitor registration now open for Organic Grower Summit 2019

Exhibitor booth registration is now open for the Organic Grower Summit (OGS), slated for December 4-5, 2019, in Monterey, California. Organic supply chain partners and service…

Denmark: Organic food more popular than ever

Organic produce is particularly popular in Denmark as part of a general growth in organic sales, according to new Statistics Denmark figures. Total sales of organic food…

Danish fruit growers fear night frost's impact

Temperatures in Denmark dropped dramatically over the weekend. Danish fruit growers fear this will have a negative impact on the harvest later in the year. Bendt Olsen farms…

Recap of first ever New England organic produce conference

More than 200 produce industry members from the greater New England area gathered last week for the first ever New England Organic Produce Conference at Gillette Stadium. The daylong event featured a series of educational sessions focused exclusively on organic fresh produce and culminated in a featured…

UAE: Number of organic farms grows 53% in 6 months

According to data from the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), the number of organic farms in the UAE risen 53 percent over the last six months. According to the same data, the number of products has also grown, up 89% from 1,240 in the last quarter of 2018 to 2,356 in the first…

Hubert Bois and BioTropic help apple growers Hof von Meckenheimer along

"Actively promote and convert conventional German agricultural land to organic farming"

The conventional cultivation farm owned by Manfred Schöneck in Meckenheim - at 22 hectares - was taken over by organic farmer Hubert Bois and BioTropic from Duisburg. The farm is to become a biodynamically cultivation farm. "BioTropic is an importer of organic fruits and vegetables from overseas," says…

Spain

Only 10% of Andalusia's intensive horticultural sector is organic

Despite the great importance of Andalusia's intensive horticultural sector, organic farming still accounts for a very small share of it (around 10%). This means that there are…

Anecoop France

New range of processed products 100% vegan

“For the past 2-3 years, we have been wanting to propose a new range of processed products in Spain, to promote the merchandise that cannot be valued among first-range products, and also to offer the consumer products that are healthy, easy to prepare and easy to consume,” explains Hervé Tapia, from the…

New Zealanders want more choice in organic produce

New Zealand's sales of organic food maybe at an all-time high, but the sector remains burdened by a lack of supply, a lack of investment and a reputation for being bourgeois.…

US: Production on organic farms has doubled in 5 years

The organic farms in America have stepped up their game between 2012 and 2017. According to the USDA's latest agricultural census , production has more than doubled during…

Spanish mothers go for organic products

According to the comparison website Acierto.com, "mothers continue to be the person who makes most of the family's buying decisions, and one of those decisions could be the purchase of organic products, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Millennials spend 8% of their shopping budget on them; 1.5%…

Around 6% fewer apples on the fresh market than expected

Enough organic apples until the next harvest?

The European organic apple producers have enough apples in stock, as despite weather-related challenges, the 2018 harvest was fruitful. As a result, the market can be supplied…

“Our cooperative is going for open-ground cultivation”

“Among its novelties for 2019, the Savéol cooperative is launching a range of open-ground tomatoes,” explains Claire Simon, commercial manager of the cooperative. Last week at MedFEL, three different varieties were presented: the round tomato, the elongated heart and the black ribbed. Producer Henri…

Mexico enters peak organic banana production period

While organic bananas are readily available year-round, peak production in the Mexican growing regions has just started and will continue through the summer and into early fall. Producers say supplies are currently very good as weather conditions continue to be favorable. "Peak production for our organic…

L’Eau Vive: 40 years of organic trade

During the 38th edition of the Franchise Expo fair in Paris, the site Toute la Franchise spoke with Didier Cotte, CEO of L’Eau Vive. The chain of organic stores is celebrating…

Chile-Brazil agreement for organic agriculture comes into force

The Memorandum of Understanding for Organic Products between Chile and Brazil, which will facilitate the promotion of the trade of this type of products in both countries by…

Higher returns for Maine's organic farmers, less acreage

Maine is in line with a national trend that shows growth in organic farming, but there are also "concerning" trends in the industry, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners…

The pros and cons of organic products in French supermarkets

The website Le Drenche discussed two opposing views regarding organic products available in French supermarkets. Pros According to Benoît Soury, director of the organic market…

USDA GAIN Report

‘Estonian organic food area is 18 percent of total acreage’

Estonia’s organic area accounts for 18 percent of its total agricultural area, making it the third highest in the European Union. Although consumer demand for organic food has increased significantly in recent years, the Estonian organics industry remains challenged by low processing capacity. Demand for…

Global opportunities for organic expand as certifiers unite

Organic certifier OF&G (Organic Farmers and Growers) has joined forces with global accreditor Control Union UK (CUUK) to open and expand markets for UK organic food…

France: Amap promotes local production and organic agriculture

In Venelles, Bouches-du-Rhône, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Amap (the association for the maintenance of a peasant agriculture) is among the first associations to…

US and Europe first to see new organic Medjool date brand

A California Medjool date grower is looking to reinvigorate the category and move dates into the position of a desirable lifestyle brand as they launch their new date products. Joolies Organic Medjool Dates are in the process of launching their organic dates in the US and Europe. The company is…

Organic apple supply in EU lower than expected

NFO reports that the store of organic apples in Europe is 6 percent lower than expected beforehand. At the start of April the European Biofruit Forum (EBF) along with the main suppliers of organic apples, determined how many apples are still stored for the fresh market. Due to the drought and insects in…

Pears and apples

Argentina: Rio Negro's organic production grows by 12%

The establishments devoted to organic production in Rio Negro grew by 12%. During 2017 there were 240 enterprises certified for this type of production and in 2018 they…

Tubers from Egypt now even cheaper, industry association criticizes price policy

Organic retailer again increases price pressure for organic potatoes

The largest German organic retailer, Dennree, has again lowered the sales price for new potatoes from the desert state of Egypt, this time by by 13 cents per kilo, thus…

First shipment of organic curcuma from Peru sent to Holland

Elisur Organics, a Peruvian organic grower of ginger and curcuma, has sent their first shipment of the new campaign, to its partners in Holland: Growers and More Organics. This ginger and turmeric is grown under perfect conditions in the Peruvian highlands and is GlobalGAP, Grasp, USDA Organica and…

"Inconsistency of unnecessary plastic packaging is no longer reasonable"

Demeter firmly rejects plastic packaging

The decisive entry of Demeter into the food trade is at the same time a decided exit from the plastic era. First, fresh Demeter fruit and vegetables will be cleared of plastic…

Warm weather results in surge of organic herb volume

Spring has sprung in both California and Mexico for Jacobs Farm del Cabo, who are reporting an upsurge in the availability of fresh herbs for the next foreseeable weeks. Fresh organic herbs including basil, spearmint, thyme, and oregano have made a rebound from the winter weather and the company said…

“Mangeons bio ensemble”: the company continues to grow

The cooperative company “Mangeons bio ensemble” (MBE), based in Bressuire (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), is getting organized and equipped to tackle the collective catering market. The…

25% of national turnover from organic products generated by Valencia

Valencia's organic agriculture records sharpest growth in Spain

The Region of Valencia leads the Spanish organic growth, with the sharpest increases at national level when it comes to organic operators, organic producers and certified organic acreage, according to the latest Annual Report of the Organic Production, elaborated by the Comité d'Agricultura Ecologica de…

Competition for Alnatura and Bio Company

Edeka opens its own organic supermarket chain

Food retailer Edeka is expanding its business: in addition to its own drugstores, organic supermarkets will also attract customers in the future. Under the name "Naturkind", a…

Most of the fruit is intended for export

Organic citrus production remains stable in Spain

The acreage devoted to organic farming in the Region of Valencia continues to expand every year. The current government has promoted this type of production, which has become rather fashionable. But in the citrus sector, the most important one for the region, only 3,027 hectares out of a total of 114.509…

"Satisfactory start for organic citrus in dramatic Spanish citrus season"

Oversupply and too-low prices characterize the 2018/19 Spanish citrus season. This is according to Marcel de Koning. He is Agribur's Commercial Manager. This company is based in La Vall d'Uixó, Spain. "There were reports to expect a much larger production volume in Spain than the previous season," he…

Benno Neff, Tobi Seeobst AG:

"The increasing demand for organic fruits was very helpful"

Harvest year 2018 has broken all records at Tobi Seeobst AG in Bischofszell. Manager Benno Neff focuses on digitization and is working together with SFS on their sustainability strategy. Despite all the turmoil, the major supplier has been able to get back into the black, CEO Benno Neff told the…

France: Organic consumers have a better diet

A new study published by INRA shows that large consumers of organic products have a diet which is more in line with nutritional recommendations. They also have a lower…

Organic sales Switzerland:

Classic retailers maintain high market share at Bio-O & G

Between 2016 and 2018, sales of organic products increased in the fruit and vegetable trade. In this growth market, the classic retail trade, especially Coop and Migros, achieved a market share of 82% (vegetables) and 85% (fruits). Discounters, retailers and other sales channels have not been able to…

But not without a struggle

Tunisian organic farming is booming

Between January and October 2018, the export of organic products from Tunisia increased by 43% in value and 28% in quantity. The key products are olive oil and dates. However,…

Educational sessions

International organic produce supply and trends discussed at Organic Produce Summit

A pair of educational sessions related to the burgeoning growth of organic production and sales from a global perspective await attendees at the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit, this coming July in Monterey, CA. Sponsored by Robinson Fresh, the two sessions will explore how international organic…

Too much packaging for organic products

On the organic fruit and vegetable shelves in supermarkets, cellophane is king. Most organic fruits and vegetables are only sold wrapped in plastic, while the conventional…

Organic California potatoes commencing shipping

This week Cal-Organic Farms will start shipping freshly-harvested, new crop red and gold potatoes to customers in the United States and Canada. The company’s organic russet and rainbow fingerling varieties are set to follow in early June. A division of Grimmway Farms, Cal-Organic said it is among the…

Benin: Organic products become more and more popular with consumers

The organic market has been growing steadily in recent years. From organic spices to organic vegetables and fruit juices, it is difficult not to notice the growth of the…

Asopescama, Colombia

3,000 hectares of organic, Fairtrade sweet potatoes

The NGO, Asopescama, was founded in 2008. It has since grown to become one of the largest farmer cooperatives and landowners in Latin America, particularly in Colombia. It has its head office is in Barranquilla. Asopescama has production centers in Manatí in the Atlántico department, Maicao in Guajira,…

Simonato: Organic since 1997

"Chemicals are normally used in agriculture. However, overuse can have negative consequences for the environment and consumer health. For this and other reasons, we have made a clear choice by moving to the organic production method. This is how Rosanna Bertoldin, head of marketing at the Simonato brothers' company, puts it.…

Robert Elshof, Elshof Organic Fruit:

"Higher CO2 taxes for cooled organic fruit no longer valid now that it's being grown energy-neutrally"

The volume of Dutch organic fruit is just about sold out. For Elshof Organic Fruit from Dronten, in the Netherlands, this is reason enough to focus on the Conference so-called 'switch' pears. "We sell these to health food store throughout Europe. However, the market is limited," says Robert Elshof.…

Au bout du Champ

France: “Here, it is the producer who sets the price”

Au Bout du Champ was born when two friends, Julien and Joseph, decided in 2013 to meet the challenge of offering, in the heart of Paris, fresh, seasonal and 100% local products in order to meet a growing demand. Today, the company has about 60 associates and 40 producers working together to offer more…

Danish government allocates 30 million to enlarge organic acreage

In Denmark, the area used to grow organic products is larger than ever. There are also more organic agricultural and horticultural companies. The Danish government and Danish…

Norway: market share of organic rising

In 2018, the Norwegians bought 300 million euro worth of organic food, an eight per cent increase compared to 2017. According to the report of the Norwegian agricultural…

"Without viable policies, it is impossible to be a young entrepreneur in agriculture"

Agronuquel: An organic orchard feeding Inditex workers

Bárbara Rivera, a native of Neda, in the Spanish province of A Coruña, started cultivating her 1,000 hectares of greenhouse space in 2013. Her idea was to grow healthy food for her daughters. Now she is also feeding Inditex workers. This young woman, with experience in the family orchard, saw a future in…

Togo: Organic pineapple offers people work and dignity

The "Dolcetto" project for cooperation in development in Togo aims to provide work opportunities cultivating organic pineapples in Togo. The goal is to avert migration to Europe in the search of work. A cooperative development project in Togo called "Dolcetto," was recently presented at a seminar in Rome…

France: “Heated greenhouse production not organic”

On the 3rd of April, the National Committee of Biological Agriculture (CNAB) was supposed to decide on the ban on heated greenhouses to produce organic fruits and vegetables off-season. Fnab and Synabio, reported on organic conversion projects in heated greenhouses in Brittany and Pays de la Loire and,…

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: SR1.6 million allocated for farmers to go organic

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has stated that in the past eight months, it allocated SR1,617,831 ($431,000) to 165 farmers as part of its plan…

HaciendasBio recorded a 61% growth in its production volume in 2018

HaciendasBio, a leading producer of organic fruit and vegetables in Spain and a leading exporter of these products to European countries, produced 32,200 tons in 2018; 61%…

“Biodynamics is a strategic axis of our development”

“Dynamis was founded on very strong values instilled by Elodie and Markus Zeiher, pioneers in organic and biodynamic agriculture. Today, it still really feels like we are going beyond the phytosanitary issue by promoting Demeter labeled products,” explains Stanislas Henriot, manager of Dynamis. “We are…

The Swiss are very fond of organic food

The annual revenue of organic food exceeded 3 billion Swiss francs [3 billion USD] for the first time. According to Bio Suisse, the main organization of the sector in the…

United Arab Emirates: Affordable organic initiatives gain momentum

Consumers in the UAE are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of consuming ethically-farmed produce and do not want to be dependent on mainstream retailers to provide…

Ending up at 3rd place with market share of fresh vegetables at over 20%

Bio Suisse sets new records

For the first time, sales of Knospe foodstuffs rose to over CHF 3 billion. The organic market share rose to just under 10 percent. At the end of 2018, 6,719 companies were producing food according to organic guidelines, which is 300 more than a year earlier. 2018 was a good year for Bio Suisse. "Organic food sales rose by 13.3…

The opinion of organic retailers

France: No more VAT on organic products: is it a good idea?

In a mid-March interview for the newspaper “Le Parisien”, Michel Edouard Leclerc suggested that we should “remove the VAT on quality merchandise, such as organic products, to make them more accessible to more modestly affluent customers. I propose zero VAT on organic products, which are inevitably more…

Organic farming is booming in Brittany

In Brittany, one farmer out of ten is now “organic”, meaning more than 3,000 farms are now certified. Jean-Hervé Caugan, president of the Chamber of Agriculture of the…

Canova aims at increasing the export of organic produce

Canova director Ernesto Fornari explains that the organic sector is expanding to include an increasing number of products, some of which are suitable to being exported. Packaging of organic strawberries under the Almaverde brand "We currently export around 30% of our volumes and the objective is to reach…

Organic vegetables miss out on price rise following January heat

Vegetable growers, sellers and buyers across the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area have been hard hit by a loss of supplies due to the drought this year. In the mainstream fresh vegetable market. Mick Macedone, the owner of Broome's Fruit & Vegetables in Griffith, said his long time relationships with…

Catalonia

Spain: "The organic sector maintains its growth trend"

"The data and results presented by the Catalan Council of Organic Agricultural Production (CCPAE) reveal that over the last quarter of a century, the organic sector has…

Organic Produce Summit

Panelists confirmed for Retailer roundtable at OPS

Fresh produce leaders from three of the nations’ most progressive retail and on-line grocery operations have been confirmed as panellists for the Retailer Roundtable at the fourth annual The Organic Produce Summit, on July 10-11 in Monterey, Ca. The Retailer Roundtable will feature panellists Don…

Greenhouse grower highlights organics and innovations at CPMA

At the Canadian Produce Marketing Association trade show and conference held on April 3rd and 4th, Village Farms is introducing new developments including adding the original and authentic Heavenly Villagio Marzano® and Maverick Mix® varieties to their certified organic offerings. These new items will be…

Italy is the leading global producer of organic citrus fruit

With almost 40 thousand hectares, Italy is the leading global producer of organic citrus fruit - it is quite an impressive figure if you think that Mexico, a much larger country, occupies the second place with only 12,570 hectares destined to this segment. In general, Italy is one of the leading growers…

J. Maria Rodríguez, of Flor de Doñana:

"Organic berries are less affected by competition"

The first half of the organic strawberry campaign in Huelva has already been completed, and the availability of blueberries has reached its peak. "From April, we will have more raspberries and we will start with the first blackberries. Although the strawberry and blueberry productions were limited at the…

Canadian fruit farmers filling niche in unique berry market

Boreal Berry Farm and Winery produces twelve frozen fruit products, which are being distributed through grocery stores across Ontario. One of these products is the haskap berry. Resembling an elongated grape, the cold-tolerant fruit was, at that time, a rare sight on most grocery store shelves, and few…

Significant growth of the Canadian organic market

According to the latest study conducted by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM - Organics International - the Canadian organic sector continues to…

“All our producers are now HEV certified at level 3”

This year, Sica Meylim teamed up with Perlim to form the Perlim Meylim alliance. Patrick Michon, manager of Sica Meylim, is proud to announce that, in March 2019, the 40 producers of the alliance, whose orchards spread over 800 hectares, received the level 3 HEV (High Environmental Value) certification.…

“Detailed planning is very important for organic farmers"

In 2002, Biogaronne was created from an association of 13 organic producers and a commercial manager. Eighteen years later, the company works with 80 producers from the southwest of France and has a revenue of about 6 million euros [6.7 million USD]. Each year, it continues to grow by 15 to 20% but the…


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