Organic

“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…

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…

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…

Danish organic fruit and veg prices under pressure

New data from the Danish Consumer Board, Tænk, indicates that the price of organic fruit and vegetables is subject to fierce competition. Almost all the supermarkets lowered…

Purchasing from the future becomes a reality for the large Swiss corporation

Migros relies on open sales of organic vegetables and fully automated shop concepts

Swiss chain Migros wants to double its sales of organic vegetables and fruits this year. This is intended to reduce the quantity of packaging. At the same time, they are also…

France: Organic sales are gaining ground

With an increase of 23% over the past twelve months, as of February 24th, the sales of organic products contribute to 45% of the growth in consumer items and fresh products in…

Popularity of organic products on the rise in the Czech Republic

Organic farming and food production are becoming increasingly popular in the Czech Republic; therefore, representatives of the Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism…

Organic farming in Poland

Organic farming has been receiving more attention recently in Poland in relation to the discussions on the new CAP, post 2020. The further development of high quality and healthy food products is perceived as a chance for the Polish agri-food sector. Many discussions about the future of organic farming in Poland are being…

Transitioning to organic practices

Pomelos from Corsica on the market this week

For 10 years now, the Agrucorse company has been packaging and shipping the citrus fruits of some 30 producers selected for their expertise. After the clementines last winter, it is the turn of the pomelos Star Ruby PGI of Corsica to transition to organic farming. Dedicated facilities are being built in…

France: Could a zero per cent VAT on organic products be the solution?

Michel-Edouard Leclerc, head of the supermarket chain, recently declared: “I propose 0% VAT on organic products, which are inevitably more expensive. They should not be…

EurMix project advances risk assessment of chemical mixtures

Human biomonitoring studies show that people have a considerable number of human-made chemicals in their bodies. European regulations stipulate the need to consider the…

More than 83,000 hectares in 2018

Organic production expanding in Spanish region of Navarre

The organic production continues to expand in the Spanish region of Navarre, having gone from about 700 hectares in 1996 to over 83,000 hectares in 2018, which is 7.2% of the…

Nuremberg family business Kretschmer combines wholesale, retail and vegetable production

"Great interest in Pimentos de Padron from Franconia"

Real family businesses are becoming more and more rare in today's vegetable trade. As for a business combining classic vegetable production, direct marketing on the wholesale market and retail; these can hardly be found at all. Following the founding of a specialist retailer in the Nuremberg city center…

Organic banana production in Piura, Peru, sees economic growth

Engineer Víctor Sandoval Cruz, a specialist in agricultural production and professor of the Faculty of Agronomy of the National University of Piura, said that in order to…

Dick Troost, BioTropic:

“Slightly calmer start with overseas organic top fruit in the Netherlands than last year”

About four weeks ago, the overseas top fruit season started for BioTropic in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands. “We’re getting plenty of green and red Williams pears from Argentina, the first D’Anjous have arrived, and we expect the first Packham and Abate Fetel later this week,” says Dick Troost. “We’re…

The new pavilion will be entirely dedicated to fruits and vegetables

Rungis plans to open a second organic pavilion

Due to the explosion of the demand for organic products (71% of the French now consume organic products regularly and 12% consume organic products every day), the market of…

More than 3 million hectares

Argentina, the largest exporter of organic pears and apples to the EU

Argentina is the main exporter to the EU in the fresh fruit category -mainly pears and apples-, with shipments of more than 30 thousand tons, which accounts to 20.7% of that market. According to a report recently published by the Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the…

Study from the Polytechnic University of Valencia

Organic peppers have more vitamin C and phenolic compounds than the conventional

Peppers grown organically contain more vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and higher levels of phenolic compounds, a natural antioxidant, than those cultivated conventionally. This has…

Organic Cuties® another step for producer's organic expansion

Sun Pacific, the company behind Cuties® Mandarins and Mighties™ Kiwifruit, has been busy expanding its organic offerings, launching organic options for Cuties and Mighties within the last six months. This adds to the company's already existing organic grapes under the Air Chief brand that have been in…

"Tackling food waste - good for the planet and the bottom line"

Third educational session for OPS 2019 announced

With global food loss and waste estimated to be between one-third and one-half of all food produced, its impact on the environment and a company’s bottom line will be the subject of the third of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019. “Tackling Food Waste--- Good for the Planet and the…

Edeka planning organic markets

Germany's largest food retailer, Edeka, is planning its own organic markets. What is being discussed are shop-in-shops in large Edeka stores, but also separate stores under the "Naturkind" brand,…

European Court of Auditors:

“Origin of organic agricultural products often still untraceable”

A lot of organic products sold in the European Union can’t be traced back to their producer. Sometimes it takes more than three months to trace them, according to a study conducted by the European Court of Auditors. The study is a supplement to a study from 2012. The Court of Auditors assessed whether…

A first in Cologne's Globus market: biofruit Academy is launched

"We are experiencing a strong increase in demand for premium Organic"

The biofruit Academy is being launched. The activities of biofruit GmbH, a company that specializes in the marketing of premium organic fruits and excellent organic vegetables, are aimed directly at consumers in the supermarket. They should learn how diverse, culinary valuable and nutrient-rich…

EU auditors: ‘Organic controls have improved, but more can be done’

The control system for organic products in the EU has improved in recent years, but challenges remain, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. Further action is needed on remaining weaknesses in the member states and on the supervision of imports as well as on product traceability,…

Turkey: Izmir supports organic agriculture

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality is well known in Turkey for its investments to support agriculture. Recently, the municipality offered farmers education in the Urla and Cesme districts on organic agriculture. Farmers were handed their certificates together with organic fertilizers, bordeaux mixture,…

EU-AFASA Conference

Entering export market through good quality standards

The African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) and the European Union Delegation to the Southern Africa organized a Conference entitled “Organic, Fair and Ethical Trade” on 19 February 2019, at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC). Representatives from various related…

Uzbekistan: First French fries plant in Central Asia

For the first time, Uzbekistan will celebrate the International Potato Day on March 19. An exhibition of potatoes will be held within the framework of the event. In addition, the first plant for the production of French fries and crisps in Central Asia will be presented. International Potato Day is…

Waitrose - Go Bananas!

Waitrose & Partners is introducing an innovative home compostable bag for its Waitrose Duchy Organic bananas, the first of the retailer’s fresh produce to be sold in a home compostable bag. The move to the bag, made with non-GM corn, will save an estimated 18 tonnes of plastic per year. The bag can be home composted, or…

Job van den Berg, Bioworld:

“Currently, in organic greenhouse vegetables, continuity overrides prices when necessary”

It happened a few times in the past organic campaign - organic greenhouse vegetables that had to be sold at lower prices to retailers. This, despite the market prices being…

Sophoclis Michaelides, Bio-Ilios GmbH:

"Difficult season with high losses for Greek organic citrus industry"

Cold and extreme rainfall made it difficult for citrus growers in Greece this year. Over the entire product range, it was a rather difficult season with high failure rates, reports importer Sophoclis Michaelides of Bio-Ilios GmbH, based in Tübingen. "All in all, our contract manufacturers have lost about…

Fair Trade organic artichokes from California

Wholesum™ announced today that they will be growing their Fair Trade certified program by introducing organically grown artichokes from Salinas, California with harvests…

The National Interest Market of Grenoble relies on organic and local products

The National Interest Market of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole is getting more diverse and expanding its wholesale offer. Recently, it has welcomed a producer of organic citrus…

European organic market doubles in size in a decade

Over the past decade, the EU's organic market has doubled in size. In 2017, its total value reached 34,300 million Euro (37% of the world's organic market, whose total value amounts to 92,000 million Euro). As revealed by a market report on organic farming in the EU, the presence of organic food varies…

Turkey grows organic products for exports

Turkey exports organic products to 12 countries. The highest revenue was from the export of organic hazelnuts, figs, apricots, grapes and strawberries, cotton and fruit…

Uganda: Insufficient capacity to certify organic products

According to Uganda’s Commissioner for External Trade, the country lacks the capacity to certify natural organic products urging all exporters of natural organic products to bear with the high certification costs charged by European certifying bodies. Silver Ojakol, who was speaking during the 3rd Annual…

NFU warns Brexit uncertainty will hit UK organic farmers

UK organic farmers face the prospect of a trade embargo being placed on their products destined for the EU if we leave without a deal, the NFU has warned. The NFU has…

An oasis of tropical fruit in the middle of the Mediterranean

We could define L'Orto di Nonno Nino, a company located just a stone's throw from Palermo, as a tropical oasis in the middle of the Mediterranean basin. It grows "Sicilian organic exotic fruits" such as papayas (25 tons), mangoes (3 tons), Cavendish bananas (4 tons), mini bananas, plantain, passion…

Organic Trade Association launches Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions program

In a major step by the organic industry to fight against fraud in the global organic system, the Organic Trade Association on Wednesday announced the official launching of its…

In proportion to the land's size

Murcia is the Spanish region with the largest organic acreage in the EU

The Spanish Region of Murcia has the largest organic acreage in the European Union in proportion to the land's size, with 22.2 percent of the total acreage. It has more than…

US: Yolo County organic growers of asparagus face Mexican competition

In California’s Yolo County, there has been abundant rainfall this winter. Reservoirs are full, streams and rivers are full, soil profile is full, and still more rain is coming. Having all the water storage filled provides an opportunity to relieve pressure on wells and recharge groundwater aquifers. The…

Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha presents Organic Agriculture Strategy

This Monday, the Government of Castile-La Mancha presented the Organic Agriculture Strategy for Castile-La Mancha, which will be in force for five years. This strategy entails…

Estelle and Stanislas Henriot take over Dynamis

Founded in 1991 by Elodie and Markus Zeiher, two pioneers of biological agriculture in France, Dynamis is now a key wholesaler on the organic market. The company has since…

Occitania is the French leader in organic production

At the Paris Agricultural Show, the French agency for the development and promotion of organic agriculture presented the sector’s figures for 2018. Once again, Occitania…

The future of organic meals at retail

Organic Produce Summit announces second educational session

An examination and discussion of organic meals as part of the booming in-store foodservice category will be the topic of the second of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019. “The future of organic meals at retail”, will feature leaders on the production and retail side discussing the…

Riverford organic veg box company well-positioned for no-deal Brexit

Organic veg box seller Riverford has announced a two-week contingency plan that will come into place if the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal on 29 March. The company’s flagship veg boxes, which usually benefit from European imports at that time of year due to the Hungry Gap period and low…

“Organic agriculture is getting even more advanced”

Since January, the company Fort&Vert offers the Demeter certified carrot. It is the first to market this carrot grown in the Hauts-de-France region. The Demeter certified fruits and vegetables must follow the EU biological label specifications, as well as biodynamic specifications attached to the…

Banagrumes launches an organic brand

The company Banagrumes has just launched its first own organic brand, called “Bio’Select”. The business is based in Rungis, near Paris. For now, three Spanish products are marketed under this brand: lemons, oranges and avocados. Alain Alarcon, president of the company, plans to commercialize more…

Yigit Gokyigit on the International Blueberry Conference:

“We plan to establish blueberry orchards in Turkey this year”

The International Blueberry Conference was held in Horst, the Netherlands on February the 26th, and Turkish exporter Alanar was there to see the latest developments on the blueberry market. The company sees blueberries as a product to branch to in Turkey. For Turkish exporter Alanar, the trip to the…

Switzerland: the estates of the Canton of Neuchâtel will have to go organic

On Wednesday, the deputies of the Great Council approved a motion from the Vert’Libéraux (green liberals), despite the opposition of some producers. From now on, all vineyards…

Demand for organic produce booms in Australia

The Australian organic industry has grown a whopping 88% in just the last seven years. According to the 2018 Australian Organic Market report, the nation’s organic industry is worth $2.4 billion, with annual exports of $700 million. “Consumers are now having an increasing interest in their health,”…

Silvia Llamas, Marketing Manager of Haciendas Bio:

"Organic consumption is recording double digit growth each year"

"Companies that didn't have any organic products in the previous year have already started adding some to their range, while many of the companies that already have plenty of experience in the production and sale of organic products are betting on the use of more sustainable packaging without the use of…

Organic fruits and vegetables are the most solicited

France: 27% of 18-24 year olds want to increase their consumption of organic products

Agence Bio has just published its barometer of consumption and perception of organic products in France. According to this barometer, the 18 to 24 year olds are the biggest consumers of organic products. This is a booming market, as 27% of them are new consumers of less than a year, compared to the 17%…

US: Millennials and Hispanic people drive organic produce growth

True, organic products have been available for decades, but they're more accessible than they've ever been the past few years. As their popularity continues to steadily grow, organics are no longer a fad but an "age-old growth driver that's here to stay," said an end-of-year 2018 Nielsen organics report.…

20,000 tons of peppers, tomatoes, watermelons and melons, among other products, are expected

Spanish firm Verfruber invests 58 million in organic production

Vefruber, based in Berja, Spain, has made a qualitative and quantitative leap forward. The company, which markets high-quality fruit and vegetables, markets its products under the brands Lucrecia (for standard products) and Peralta (for premium products). The firm, run by Juan Enciso Callejón, has…

The colorful world of organic radishes

While many consumers are familiar with red radishes, this vegetable also comes in a variety of other colors, shapes and sizes. Not only that, but they are available in North America all year round, thanks to the efforts of growers like Lakeside Organic Gardens. The company grows all their radish…

Florida organic eggplant growers

"We can definitely tell when Mexico is in the market"

Growers of organic eggplants in Florida say they have had a mixed season in terms of weather. For the most part, conditions have been steady, but rains have caused the occasional problem. A lack of freezing conditions though have helped growers cultivate a nice crop this season. Quality issues have been…

Simonato celebrates 20 years of organic production

"With the end of 2018, we have been able to achieve several goals we had set for ourselves. 2019 is an important year for the company because we celebrate 20 years of production in the organic sector!". This is what Carlo Simonato, owner of the Simonato brothers' company, announced to FreshPlaza. Some of…

Warning from experts:

‘No-deal Brexit would devastate Britain’s organic industry overnight’

Industry experts claim that the UK’s multibillion-pound organic food industry could be devastated overnight by a no-deal Brexit that would deprive British businesses of the…

David Caparrós, of Balcón de Níjar:

"Sale of organic products as conventional disturbs the market"

The prices of organic vegetables, including tomatoes, are under pressure this year. This is mainly caused by the fact that some entrepreneurs market organic vegetables as traditional vegetables, which disturbs the market. "Since November 2018, we have had organic tomatoes on offer that are about 20%…

Shipping organic avocados from Mexico to Canada

Canadian importers of organic avocados turn to their suppliers in Mexico to get them through the winter months. In fact, the Mexican organic avocado deal runs from fall all the way through April, before California production resumes. For Discovery Organics, based in Vancouver, shipping through the US is…

North America is leading the organic food markets

The world's organic food market is undoubtedly growing, as proven by figures and studies. Fruits and vegetables are the main organic foods which have see the largest growth in recent times. Chile, the main supplier of fresh fruits from the southern hemisphere, is not lagging behind. According to data…

Johan Verhaeren, BioVibe

“There will be more organic leeks thanks to the good weather”

“Despite the high demand, there are still enough organic leeks for the entire season," says Johan Vanhaeren of the Belgian wholesaler, BioVibe. "The supply will probably increase in the coming days." "This is due to the warm, dry weather. Leek consumption has been very high throughout the winter. We are…

Landgard Bio GmbH presented itself at Biofach 2019

"Organic-area will be expanded consistently, with many individual projects in the future"

Landgard Bio GmbH cultivates organic vegetables for the fresh market and the frozen food industry on an area of ​​23 hectares on the Lower Rhine. With this cultivation, the company wants to familiarize customers and growers with organic farming, showing that switching to organic farming is worthwhile.…

Nogales: Cold weather to tighten organic vegetable supplies

Suppliers of organic squash say that buyers can expect a tightening of supplies over the next few weeks as cold weather moves into the desert growing regions. Combined with a transition of growing districts for some, the cooler weather coming this week raises the possibility of a delay in the upcoming…

Roy Zylka - Roy's Naturkost has Sicilian orange in its range for the first time

Organic orange variety still available for about a month

In today's trading environment, the importance of organic products is increasing at a rapid pace. In the fruit trade in particular, domestic and foreign producers are increasingly turning to organic products in recent years. As a result, wholesalers and suppliers are adding more and more organic fruits…

Organic pineapple market is a delicate balance

The push to get organic pineapples into stores in the US was not an easy road. But eventually, suppliers have managed to secure year-round supply for the market, with Costa Rica the main source, followed by Mexico. According to Kathryn Courtney of Pacific Organic Produce, it was thanks to the efforts of…

Italy holds a leading position on the international organic market

According to the figures presented by Swiss institute FIBL and IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) at Biofach (Nuremberg), 2017 was yet another record year for the organic sector worldwide which registered a growth in turnover, businesses and cultivated areas. Click here to…

International leading event of the organic industry in Nuremberg

Focus on sustainability at Biofach 2019

The leading event of the organic industry, Biofach, has finished this Saturday. Again this year, many exhibitors and trade visitors found their way to the Nuremberg fair. As at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, sustainability is clearly in the foreground in the organic sector as well. Apart from modern…

Switzerland is the biggest consumer of organic products in the world

Switzerland is the country that consumes the most organic products per inhabitant in the world, according to the figures published on Wednesday by the Research Institute for…

Corsica: More and more land converted to organic farming

Organic farming is a key trend for the future. A growing number of producers from the “Isle of Beauty” are converting their farms to organic practices. In 10 years, the number…

Global organic acreage grows by 20%

In 2017, the organic acreage worldwide reached a record high level, with 70 million hectares; 20% more than in the previous year, according to the statistical yearbook "The organic world: Farming". The report, prepared by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (Ifoam) and the…

Smaller sizes dominate Texas organic grapefruit season

Consumers in North America can still expect to find organic grapefruit from Texas for another couple of months. The season started back in late October, a few weeks after conventional grapefruit entered the market. Growers say winter has been warmer than usual but it's been a good season overall in terms…

Organic Kanzi® enjoying strong sales growth in US

CMI Orchards said Kanzi® apple sales continue to climb, which the company hopes will translate into a successful future in the U.S. market. Both conventional and organic options are now available. George Harter, Vice President of Marketing for CMI Orchards said both conventional and organic Kanzi® is…

USDA Organic Annual Report Bulgaria

Bulgaria: More middle-income consumers able to buy organic

Bulgaria’s economic growth over the last two years has been a significant driver of consumer demand for organic products. Urban and higher-income consumers increasingly…

The organic industry 2019 in Europe and worldwide

Facts and figures about organic development

In the past year, the share of domestic eco-land increased by 109,863 hectares (plus 8 percent) to around 1.5 million hectares. The Federation of Organic Food and Beverage…

“Organic is a way of thinking, a lifestyle. It’s a future for our children”

The market for organic apples is still developing, but not everything is smooth sailing for Polish organic exporters. Although some new markets are opening, others are still way too risky. Organic growers should be working together more, states Anna Gabler of AgroQueens. According to Anna Gabler, CEO of…

California organic lemons hitting supply stride

Production is humming along for California organic lemons this season. “It’s the peak of the organic lemon season so it’s very normal for this time of year. Supplies are excellent,” says Craig Morris of Homegrown Organic Farms in Porterville, Ca. “We have a lot of fruit right now in optimum maturity and…

Morocco does not cover its needs for organic products

Faced with the growing foreign demand for organic products, the Moroccan Export Association wishes to set up a PPP structure. A meeting was organized recently by ASMEX with…

More players in the organic lime market

Organic limes are currently slim on supplies. “They’re limited, especially from the East Coast of Mexico in the Veracruz area,” says Alex Madrigal of Covilli Brand Organics Inc. in Nogales, Ariz. “We’re starting to see diminished supply and more quality issues. But that’s normal for this time of the year…

Ecuador: Agrocalidad certifies the first shipment of organic pitahaya to the US

AGROCALIDAD, the agency in charge of Agricultural Health Service, certified the first shipment of 240 kg of organic pitahaya to the United States. The inspected cargo departed from Ecuador to Los Angeles at night, and it encourages new export alternatives to benefit the organic production that takes…

Minister plans to quadruple organic farming in Luxembourg

Over the next seven years, Minister of Agriculture Romain Schneider, wants to quadruple the amount of land in Luxembourg that is devoted to organic farming. The ambitious plans were revealed on the side-lines of a meeting between the minister and the Bio-Lëtzebuerg association. Schneider says that the…

First educational session for Organic Produce Summit 2019 announced

The first of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019 will focus on the changing role of wholesalers and distributors of organic fresh produce and its impact in providing fresh organic items to consumers across the globe. “The Evolution of Wholesaler/Distributors of Organic Fresh Produce”,…

Spain: Organic farmers would be less affected by a crisis than conventional producers

Ecological producers would suffer less than conventional farmers if there were a crisis, stated the general deputy director of Differentiated Quality and Ecological Production of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Javier Mate. For example, in the dairy sector the people that opted for…

USDA GAIN Report

US Organic food exports expected to reach record levels

Germany is the 2nd largest organic market in the world, with good prospects for US organic products such as tree nuts, fruits and vegetables, and processed food products. The German organic market is heavily dependent on imports to meet consumer demands. US exports are set to reach new records for 2018,…

UK: Organic food and drink sales on the rise

Organic food and drink sales in the UK rose by 9.5% in 2018, to £2.2 billion. The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report shows that the largest growth was in home delivery box schemes and online sales. Such sales account for 14% of all organic sales and this share is expected to grow to 25% by…

Carrefour committed to seasonal organic fruits and vegetables

Carrefour always promises to supply their customers with the best fruits and vegetables. However, it’s even better when these are organic and seasonal. Since September 2018, the Carrefour group has been more actively involved in a food transition aimed primarily at the quality and local food. “Eating…

USDA GAIN Report

Organic market in Croatia faces price-sensitive consumer

Beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in the United States or the European Union (EU) can be sold as organic in either market, streamlining trade between the two…

Organic specialist preparing for new crop apples and pears

It's won't be long until South American apple and pear imports begin to arrive in the United States. California-based organic specialist Viva Tierra is preparing for the arrival of its first organic apples and pears of the season from the southern hemisphere in a matter of weeks. The company has been…

Polish substrate for organic mushroom farming in Poland

Greenyard Mycoculture Poland, formerly known as Mykogen and was part of the Greenyard Group until mid-December, is the first mushroom substrate manufacturer to offer substrate for organic farming in Poland. Polish growers had until now to import this type of substrate from Germany or the Netherlands. The…


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