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Argentina wants bigger share of Chinese organic market

Organic producers reject GM seeds, chemical fertilisers, and agrochemicals, according to Ricardo Parra of Argentina’s Las Quinas beekeeping company in Argentina. Hard to…

Dominated by medium sizes

Organic cherries available in China soon

“Each year, organic cherries from Dalian, Liaoning become available around June 10 and are supplied from the beginning of July. In the Chinese market, consumers prefer organic cherries with larger sizes,” Jack of Golden Sun Co., Ltd. said. Organic cherries "Our organic cherries are grown in the open field.…

Citrusricus focuses on sustainable Demeter project in Valencia

"We hope to motivate other orange growers to switch to organic farming"

After a very difficult season with unusual climatic conditions and other difficulties, Spanish company Citrusricus is looking confidently into the future with new projects. "Our Demeter project is particularly close to our hearts, because the step towards strictly organic cultivation with certification…

Largest UK organic on-farm event goes digital

The UK’s biggest organic on-farm conference, OF&G National Organic Combinable Crops (NOCC), is taking place virtually this year, with a series of interactive seminars and online farm tours led by experts in UK food and farming. They are free to join and open to all. ‘V-NOCC’ is hosted by the largest…

Veritas Biofrutta celebrates 20th anniversary

Veritas Biofrutta, a company part of Gruppo Mazzoni, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a two-figure growth over the past three years, in line with the market trend.  "These figures are very pleasing. We started small in 2000 but have become more structured over the years and, nowadays, the Very Bio brand…

The berries of the Spanish firm Agromolinillo reach more than 30 countries

"We have bet strongly on organic blueberries"

The Moguer-based firm Agromolinillo has been producing and marketing fruit for more than 40 years. It currently has about 700 hectares of crops distributed between 10 producers, out of which 400 are used for the cultivation of blueberries, 100 for strawberries, 10 for blackberries and 30 for raspberries.…

Sales of organic products increased by almost 11% during Covid-19 emergency

Commercialized volumes increased by 10.7% with an growth in value of 17.2%. The first four months of 2020 have been characterized by a stark increase in organic produce sales, as confirmed by Almaverde Bio president Ilenio Bastoni, director Paolo Pari and Canova director Ernesto Fornari. Strawberry…

The curfew in Peru impacts organic banana exports

The curfew established in Peru to stop the advance of the coronavirus, which goes from 16:00 to 4:00 in the most affected regions (Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, and…

Peruvian organic banana exports continue despite the pandemic

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Peru, through the National Service of Agrarian Health (SENASA), supports thousands of small producers of organic bananas in the region of Piura by helping to consolidate their products in the main international markets. Thanks to the validity of the…

25% of the EU's agricultural area should be organic by 2030

Despite the fact that the pandemic has created new challenges for European agriculture, EC Vice President Frans Timmermans has stated that he does not plan to change his agenda prior to COVID-19. For this reason, on May 20, the Commissioner for the Environment has been scheduled to present the…

On behalf of USDA

Justice Department responds against lawsuit to restrict supplies of organic foods

The Coalition for Sustainable Organics stated that they are heartened by the initial response of the Department of Justice to defend organic growers’ rights to incorporate…

Marco Haegeli, Karl Haegeli Erben AG:

"Great opportunities for organic products at Engrosmarkt Zürich"

Optimism has recently returned to the Zurich wholesale market: after weeks of closure, regional restaurateurs are slowly but surely being allowed to open their doors again, and domestic and imported fresh produce is arriving in the usual volumes. Marco Haegeli, a specialist supplier of imported goods and…

"Our goal is for Cajamarca to be the main organic raspberry producing area in Peru"

In 2012, Sierra y Selva Exportadora, a public body, attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI), whose purpose is to give small and medium-sized agricultural producers in the Peruvian highlands and jungle opportunities for market access, encouraged the production of raspberries of…

Principe di Puglia, "We've never sold this much broccoli in such a short time"

Boom in demand for organic broccoli despite the lack of manpower

"At this time of year, the availability of broccoli makes it an important competitive factor for farms, especially if it is organically grown. The favorable weather trend so far, for our agricultural processes, made it possible to market broccoli until the end of June, preserving both excellent physical…

Sunnier outlook for California organic stone fruit this year

The outlook on California’s organic stone fruit season is certainly more positive this year thanks largely to better weather. Cherries Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, CA. has some of the first organic cherries in California and began almost a week earlier than last year. “Last year was tough because we…

Fruit set rate in Shanghai down 50%

There are limited volumes left in warehouses across China with the sales season of apples from the last season entering its last stage. The flowering period of the new crop has ended and the fruiting period has started. Li Lijun, manager of Li Lijun Ecological Farm in Yantai, Shandong talked about the…

Silvia Madrueño, of Sunrise Fruits: “We focus on clients seeking exclusivity”

Organic cherry harvest kicks off in the mountains of Alicante

The cherry harvest is starting in the mountains of Alicante, Spain, where, for the time being, the weather is allowing for the fruit to be harvested without major setbacks. This is good news, given that in many producing areas of the Mediterranean arc, the production is being limited by the impact of…

Krist Hamerlinck, Eco Veg:

"Corona crisis stimulates the consumption of organic greenhouse vegetables"

"The corona crisis has caused us a lot of inconvenience. We had to adjust the machines and the way of working, but it is also very difficult to find staff," says Krist Hamerlinck from Eco Veg. "We work a lot with people from Ukraine, but because the borders are closed, they cannot come. The Polish…

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Australia: Organic food trends in times of COVID-19

As Australia has the world’s largest organic-certified area of land, it comes as no surprise that 70 percent of Australians buy some form of organic food, contributing to the…

"Organic cauliflower market in China picking up"

Like other products, the price of vegetables has been highly volatile this year. The market demand has been fluctuating frequently as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak that has been ongoing since the traditional holiday of Chinese New Year, which has directly affected the price. A few weeks ago, as the…

Volume soars over 20 percent

US: Organic produce sales up 18 percent in April

Total organic fresh produce sales continued to soar in April, increasing 18 percent from last year, and outpacing conventional produce products in both dollars and volume according to the April 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report released exclusively by the Organic Produce Network and Category…

California gets going on organic stone fruit production

California organic stone fruit is just beginning and seeing the results of the recent heat in the state. Mason Parkinson at Valliwide Marketing Inc. in Reedley, Ca. notes that picking just began on white peaches and apricots. This week, it should also start up with yellow peaches and nectarines. “We had…

Kloosterboer to receive first shipment of lemons from Argentina

The first vessel of lemons from Argentina, M.V. “Baltic Winter” is being discharged at Kloosterboer Vlissingen. The cargo is destined for the European market. MV Baltic Winter is the first vessel in a series of eight. According to schedule, a vessel is expected every 2 weeks until August/mid-September.…

Benjamin Tillotson

Cambodian government pushes organic vegetables

The Cambodian government has introduced an organic agriculture policy to boost production and export, according the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The…

BC kicks off production of organic greenhouse grown peppers and TOV’s

Production of organic bell peppers and organic tomatoes-on-the-vine has just started at OriginO’s greenhouses in Delta, British Columbia. “The growing season started in January and harvest began this month,” says Aaron Quon with Oppy, fresh produce grower, marketer and distributor as well as a long-time…

Agence Bio report 'Organic Farming and Market in the European Union'

Organic fruits grown in the EU: Spain and Italy at the top

The EU area of fruits grown organically amounted to almost 985,500 ha in 2017 (+6% vs 2016). According to recent estimates, they exceeded 1 million ha in 2018, increasing by almost 5%. In 2018, areas dedicated to fruit represented 7.5% of EU organically grown areas. Spain is the main producer, with 38%…

Shade nets improve the antioxidant levels of organic tomatoes

Researchers from the University of Almería headed by Ignacio Fernández de las Nieves have studied the impact of shade nets on the nutritional value of organic tomatoes. They…

US: Organic produce sales jump 22 % in March, up 8 % in Q1

Total organic fresh produce sales were up 22 percent for the month of March, with overall first quarter sales up eight percent in retail conditions unlike any ever experienced in the modern era of grocery retailing, according to the 2020 Q1 Organic Produce Performance Report released exclusively by the…

New organic butternut and spaghetti squash program available mid-April

Wholesum® recently launched a new program of high-volume, organic and Fair Trade butternut and spaghetti squash. This is the first commercial production of hard squash for Wholesum in several years after trials last year. They will be available in markets mid-April.  “At Wholesum we are very proud of the organic…

Oscar Gold kiwis arrive in stores early April

Thanks to its active partnership with producers in South Africa, Primland is offering premium quality yellow kiwis from 10 April. This fruit is sold under the Oscar Gold®…

Orders from abroad on the up

Principe di Puglia owns 500 hectares of organic crops and wide range of products

"Freshness, high-quality, continuous supplies and Italian origin have never been as essential as they are at a time such as this, especially if the produce is organic. These factors have always represented our core values," explains Rocco Dimallio, director of "Principe di Puglia", one of the leading…

India extends lockdown until 3rd of May

Bumper summer onion crop of no use during current circumstances

India will have a bumper crop of onions on its hands, thanks to a high number of farmers allocating their land for onions. However, with the restrictions that the coronavirus has caused, the crop could simply go to waste. The fact that the lockdown in India has been extended does not help the business…

Demand for Australian organic produce surges as certification is adapting

Organic certification bodies in Australia are adapting their auditing processes as the COVID-19 crisis drives a surge in demand for organic grain, dairy, fruit, vegetables and…

Nicolai Timaeus (marketing company Bio-Bauern):

"We serve a large market and have a strong group of buyers"

A few weeks ago, panic buying, especially of those classic stock products like potatoes and onions, were the dominant trend. In the meantime, the market situation has returned…

Apeel partners with Starr Ranch Growers

"We see opportunities to extend marketing window for all our organic varieties"

Apeel Sciences announced a new partnership with Wenatchee, Washington-based Starr Ranch Growers, furthering its presence in the organic apple category. “We are thrilled to partner with Starr Ranch Growers knowing that their dedication to sustainable growing practices to provide high quality, premium…

Swiss company Tobi Seeobst AG focuses on residue-free, sustainably produced fruit

Organic farming as a challenge for the near future

The organic cultivation of fruit as a permanent crop is and remains a great challenge. For about 25 years Tobi has been passing on the knowledge he has gained to organic farmers and wholesalers. Organic stands for residue-free, sustainably produced fruit. Organic preserves the soil and the environment and…

"Huge catch-up needed to build up supermarket supplies again"

First organic pumpkin delivery from New Zealand

"We got organic pumpkins from New Zealand in March. They are top quality from the best soil and fantastic climate. We have the Orange Summer variety grown there. This is a great, flavorful, and aromatic variety with a Brix level of 14. This variety is typically not too wet or dry. You can use it for…

Alesong Brewing

Oregon company starts growing ‘Kalesong’ organic produce

A Eugene brewery has devised an interesting new way to supplement its business income during the coronavirus crisis. Alesong Brewing & Blending has been putting the acreage…


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