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Spain: Mercabarna to open first wholesale market for fresh organic products

In the spring of 2020, Barcelona's Mercabarna ​​will open the first organic fresh produce market in Spain: the Biomarket, which will occupy an area of ​​8,900 square meters…

Sander De Proost:

"Increasing number of market stall holders find their way to organic fruits and vegetables at BelOrta"

"The share of organic produce is growing both in general and certainly within the fruit and vegetable segment in Belgium. We notice an increasing demand among a number of our existing organic clients," says Sander De Proost of BelOrta. "We also notice an expansion of the clientele for organic products. A…

Pears and apples stand out

Argentina: Río Negro produces the most organic food

Rio Negro has consolidated itself as the province that generates the most organic products in the country, as it accounts for 20% of the country's total organic production.…

Organic Grower Summit announces Grower of the Year award recipient

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) will honor long-time organic grower Thaddeus Barsotti of Farm Fresh To You as the recipient…

Organic Food Iberia presents the 1st International Organic Production Fair

Spain: Valencia is the second region with most organic production companies

Organic Food Iberia , the new International Professional Organic Fair of the Iberian Peninsula, which will take place next June in Feria de Madrid (IFEMA), has seen a…

"Large retailers profit more from the organic craze than specialized stores"

The market for organic products was long confined to specialized stores dedicated to the cause. But with the mass craze for all things organic, this is no longer the case. The organic food…

Italy: Organic farming increases despite the greater effort required

"We have been growing organically since 2004 and back then we were a rarity in the area around Vittoria, in Sicily. We have been certified by the BioAgriCert already for a while and, despite being a small-medium company, we are able to defend our revenue". So says Salvatore Modica , whose eponymous farm…

Spain: HaciendasBio expects to increase organic production by 61%

The organic fruit and vegetable producer HaciendasBio will finish the year with 2,263 hectares of crops, 32% more than in 2017, when it had 1,715. This acreage is divided into…

Sergey Korshunov:

"Consumer confidence in Russian organic produce is zero"

Chairman of the Board of the Union of Organic Agriculture, Sergey Korshunov, attended the conference called “Eco-bio-organic products in retail: the path to the consumer” at…

Financial aid for farmers

Saarland number one in organic farming

There is other federal state in Germany where there are so many initiatives to produce and market organic products as in the Saarland. Environment Minister Reinhold Jost (SPD)…

Where are organic carrots, organic onions and organic potatoes going?

Organic vegetables: Producer prices remain high

200 market experts, coordinators, traders and producers discussed the current situation and possible consequences at the "Third Bio-Fachforum Gemüse und Kartoffeln" in…

The Gruppo Mazzoni's organic produce brand

Italy: Veritas Biofrutta grows by 20% every year

For the Gruppo Mazzoni, organic represents a growing sector that complete its product range. The company has 20 years of experience in this project. At first, it was a bet, but now it is giving very positive and promising results. From the left: Mirta Migliari and Matteo Mazzoni at Fruit Attraction, Madrid Marta Migliari…

M. Pilar Palma: "They said that the ecological trend was going to be a passing fad"

Slow start of the organic orange campaign in Seville

Last week's rains have hindered the harvesting and marketing activities in the Spanish citrus sector. The delay in the harvest in Andalusia has also caused it to overlap with the start of the season in Valencia. So far, it has not been cold enough in Europe to stimulate demand, so the start of the…

Guy Callebaut speaks about his trip as a Trias volunteer

“Ample opportunities for organic farming in Ecuador”

Last week the Trias organization sent Guy Callebaut to Ecuador. Guy is the GlobalGAP chairperson and a Trias volunteer. He went to this South American country to advise the Pacat cooperative. Trias is an organization that gives family-run farms all over the world a chance to make simple dreams come true.…

2009 to 2017: The development of organic farming

Organic farming within German agriculture continues to increase. The proportion of organic farms has almost doubled since 2009. The acreage has grown by about 45 percent since…

Triskalia focuses on organic

In less than ten years organic products have gained popularity. They are now part of the everyday lives of 7 out of 10 people in France, and exceed 8 billion euros in turnover. On the production…

Organic farmers protecting Italy's rich food tradition

Italian landscape architect-turned-hobby farmer Cristiano del Toro is dedicated to reviving old ways of farming. Del Toro grows everything on his 4 hectares of land…

Small US growers supply organic persimmon market

Organic persimmons are among the most emblematic fruits of the autumn season, yet they remain relatively unknown to consumers. Produced by a multitude of smaller California…

UK Organic Congress: Development of new UK agricultural policy critical

British consumers are increasingly moving towards organic food but the industry must work together to capitalise on the full growth potential of organic in the UK, delegates of the UK Organic Congress were told. Co-organised by several leading organic organisations including the Organic Research Centre (ORC), OF&G…

Japan and South Korea looking at organic cultivation in Sikkim

The Indian state of Sikkim has been studied by leading Asian countries like Japan and South Korea, who are expressing their interest in being engaged with Sikkim in terms of…

US grower receives organic handler certification for Miami facility

Crystal Valley Foods (Crystal Valley) has received the organic handler certification at its warehouse and distribution center in Miami Florida. The certification was issued by…

King Courgette launches new organic zucchini range in Europe

The insistence of many of its customers during the previous campaign has convinced the brand to end up offering a line of organic zucchini to complement its supply of conventional zucchini. From now on, King Courgette will be giving its customers the chance to buy both conventional and organic zucchini, as confirmed by the commercial…

Parisians want more local and organic produce

Protecting one’s health, eating good produce and avoiding courgettes in winter. Street interviews, done at the Aligre market in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, show that Parisians are certainly concerned about the food they eat. And then there are some numbers on organic products in France: – The amount of products of organic origin…

"More and more Moroccan growers switch due to good demand for organic"

In the summer season Willem Bakker of the French branch of BioTropic in Perpignan mainly sells Dutch organic vegetables and fruit on the French market, but in the winter the situation is reversed. Then, the focus is on the Moroccan import package, which is mostly exported to countries such as the…

Sales grew 7 percent

Bananas and tomatoes are the top-selling organic products in Switzerland

Sales of organic vegetables and organic fruits in the retail sector continue to grow strongly. The top-selling organic vegetables are tomatoes, carrots and hot peppers. For organic fruits, bananas, apples and lemons are the leading products, according to the Federal Office for Agriculture (BLW). Growth of 7 percent From September…

Verbraucherzentrale Rheinland-Pfalz publishes market research

More than half of organic vegetables come from local fields

More than 60 percent of organic vegetables in the trade come from Germany, just under 30 percent from the Netherlands and Spain, and the rest from other EU countries. This is…

NOS: Volume of Russian market for organic products is €160 million

According to the National Organic Union of Russia, the volume of the Russian market for organic products is €160 million. And 80% of this volume comes from imports. “The volume of the…

Arizona-based squash grower announces organic program

The Sykes Company, Rio Rico, Ariz., announced this week that it is unveiling the Palo Alto Organics brand for hard squash in partnership with its growers in Mexico. The company will roll out the new organic offerings, consisting of butternut and spaghetti squash, over the next week. “Our organic squash will be…

"Poland is a leader in conventional apples, so why not in organic apples?"

With conventional Polish apples swamping Europe, it might be time for Poland to go about it in a different way. Rather than following the trend, Anna Gabler of Agro Queens decided to create a new one; organic apples not only give farmers and exporters more profits, but also contributes to our health, she…

Organic range in fresh produce departments increasing

Switzerland: Sales of organic products are growing strongly

Sales of organic vegetables and organic fruits in the retail sector are growing strongly. Most popular are carrots and tomatoes as well as bananas and apples. From September…

BioFach

Organic products still on growth track worldwide

There’s a good outlook for the international organic food industry – both in Europe and worldwide. European and international markets remain on a growth track. Experts currently put global revenues above USD 95 billion; Europe accounts for more than EUR 33 billion. The market is now growing very…

Pierre Leroy, producer of apples and pears, entered the organic vegetables industry thanks to his customers

"Organic vegetables are an attractive investment"

The Leroy brand includes a production company and a company that sells apples, pears and organic vegetables. Pierre Leroy, at the head of the company, started producing organic vegetables thanks to his customers. "Historically, we were producers of conventional apples and pears. Some of our customers had…

Switzerland: Organic supermarkets are on the rise

The turnover of organic produce reached a new record last year in Switzerland. With 2,707 billion Swiss francs [2,700 billion USD] in 2017, according to the statistics of Bio…

France: Financial support for organic farming is lagging behind

Financial support for French organic farming has accrued more than two years of delays. That is the reason why organic farmers have filed complaints with the French human…

Rising demand for organic asparagus in the global asparagus market

Asparagus is quite an important ingredient in soups and fresh food products. The vegetable is actively sought by major companies as a key ingredient in soups on account of its…

Bernhard Url, director of EFSA

"Organic foods are not safer, and probably not more nutritious either"

Most Spaniards believe that the possible presence of pesticide residues and chemical substances is the biggest threat in food. The same is true for most citizens of the European Union, according to the latest Eurobarometer on the subject, published in 2010. At the same time, less than half of the…

Peru: Organic banana production drops in Piura due to the cold

The production of organic bananas has decreased due to the cold, and this drop has become bigger in recent months as the temperature decreased by up to 16 degrees Celsius in…

Yvonne Legros, Legros bio:

“In ten years the whole of Europe will be eating organic”

With 30 years of experience in the organic sector, Yvonne Legros is certain: it won’t be long before the European consumer solely demands organic fruits and vegetables. “Something we’ve always wanted is about to become reality.”  Yvonne founded the French wholesaler Legros Bio in 2003. Starting off small, she now has a flourishing company…

ABN AMRO report

Actual cost of organic cauliflower much lower than for conventional produce

Pass the negative impact conventional cauliflower has on the environment through to its price, and this price ends up being much higher than that of its organic counterpart. This is according to a practical case in ABN AMRO's True Cost Accounting report. Nine out of ten Dutch people think that over the…

Market share is steadily increasing

Organic products from Lower Saxony on the rise

The constant high demand for organic vegetables helps German organic vegetable growers. Although over two-thirds of organic vegetables are still imported from abroad, the…

Organic Grower Summit educational session - "Technology is not Just for Big Ag"

The expanding use of technology by organic growers, regardless of the size of their operation, will be the topic of an educational session at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit. “Technology Is Not Just For Big Ag” will focus on making new technologies accessible for organic growers through a variety of…

Organic horticultural sector facing the challenge of a growing demand

The organic fruit and vegetable sector is facing the challenge of being able to meet the rising demand around the world. The main issue is that the production is not growing at the same rate as the demand, and this could lead to bad crop management practices being adopted. The warning was raised by Julia Lernoud, expert…

Chile has already exported more organic products to the EU than last year

Between January and August of this year Chile shipped 49 million dollars in organic products to the European Union, a number that surpasses the US $ 42 million dollars in…

REWE Bio with higher quality standards than EU Organic Regulation

Consumers want as much information as possible about the food they buy. This is especially true for organic products. REWE always has had higher quality requirements for…

Richard Soepenberg, Frunet Bio:

"Spanish organic sector is in crisis"

Last year, the Spanish organic acreage increased by hundreds of hectares at once. This is affecting the Spanish sector, according to Richard Soepenberg. He is Frunet's organic branch's Commercial Manager in Malaga. "The supply is increasing faster than the demand. Organic is no longer trendy. The huge…

Successfully cautioned: online organic products without certification

Consumer center (VZ) Berlin-Brandenburg has cautioned four online retailers who were offering organic foodstuffs without organic certification. All four have signed the…

Candid conversation with National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) members

An educational session at the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from two members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), providing an overview of the agency responsible for recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and…

Starting November, first products with Bioland label will be on the shelves

Cooparation between Lidl and Organic Association, Bioland

Buying organic products from a discounter is not for everyone. Loyal buyers of organic foodstuffs in particular are still avoiding the branches of the big discounters.…

LEMA: "We're like your dream organic fruit shopping mall"

There is no doubt that the organic market is here to stay and, in fact, here to grow. A decade or so ago buying organic was a small alternative trend yet today with the…

Availability of organic products on the rise in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has a small, but rapidly growing organic sector. The acreage that has been transformed or is in the process of restructuring for organic farming has tripled in two…

Organic Grower Summit announces second education session

The second of six educational sessions finalized for the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will focus on managing the challenges of plant health in organic production systems. “Managing Organic Production Systems to Promote Plant Health” will feature organic industry experts in plant health offering a…

How organic agriculture in Cuba saved its population from hunger

Cuba's example shows that sustainable development isn't only possible, it's necessary. This country was forced to abandon its sugar monoculture and has survived thanks to organic agriculture. The fall of the Soviet Union left Cuba in a dire economic situation. Cuban citizens started to grow crops on…

Fresh produce supplier announces organic asparagus program

CarbAmericas announced it will start shipping Cypress Creek Organic green asparagus from Caborca, Mexico in January 2019, though retailers can begin placing orders effective…

Tay Ninh province

Vietnam: US$130 million invested in organic fruit farming zone

A memorandum of understanding has been signed to develop an organic fruit farming zone and the building of a fruit processing factory complex, serving exports in Tay Ninh…

Ukraine keeps expanding organic acreage

The total acreage used for organic farming in 2017 has expanded by 10.2% year-on-year. It has reached 420,000 ha (1% of the total Ukrainian farmland). According to information…

As Brexit looms:

Organic sector calls for much clearer contingency measures

The Organic Trade Board (OTB) and the United Kingdom Organic Certifiers Group (UKOCG) are calling for a clear contingency plan to ensure the continued trade of organic produce…

EU organic logo no longer a corporate brand

Trademark protection for EU organic logo expires

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) ha s deleted the EU organic logo as a corporate brand. This may sound weird; after all it marks every item of organic…

Organic sector calls for clearer contingency measures as Brexit looms

The Organic Trade Board (OTB) and the United Kingdom Organic Certifiers Group (UKOCG) are calling for a clear contingency plan to ensure the continued trade of organic produce…

South Africa: Woolworths called out for ‘organics’ claim

Topic SA, an acronym for Testing of Products Initiated by Consumers South Africa came with the results of its eighth investigation and spoke on the veracity of label claims on World Environment Health Day. Topic , which is funded by consumers and specialist retailers, conducts laboratory testing, farm and factory visits…


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