Organic agriculture in the EAEU still developing further

While consumer demand for organic products is growing every year all over the world, the rate of development of these products in the Eurasian Economic Union remains…

Update on California organic pear and apple harvests

California organic pear harvest started with the Bartlett variety last week. “It may have started one or two days earlier compared to average, but is basically right on time,” says Chris Ford with Viva Tierra Organic. Crop volume is expected to be up considerably from last year due to excellent growing…

Monterey County: Agri industry faced big revenue drop in 2020

The Monterey County crop report for 2020, released on July 20, explained the challenging tale of ‘the year of Covid’ in detail. Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Henry…

The company is Mexico's leading producer and marketer of organic bananas

Label Investments acquires Tropical Organic Growers

Label Investments, an investment vehicle specialized in technology and the agrifood sector, created in 2018 by former Planasa president Alexandre Pierron Darbonne together…

Organic berries displace packaged salads in top slot for organic dollars

Total organic fresh produce sales for the second quarter of 2021 saw a continuation of year-over-year growth, increasing by four percent from the same period last year and nearing $2.3 billion for the quarter, according to the Q2 2021 Organic Produce Performance Report released by Organic Produce Network…

Organic Produce Summit

Albertson’s Co-Chairman Jim Donald headlines keynote presentations

Jim Donald, Albertson’s Co-Chairman, will be a featured keynote presenter at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit (OPS), joining retail industry veteran Kevin Coupe for a provocative and engaging conversation about the future of the food industry, and the role organics will play for consumers and the…

Calls for mandatory certification logos on all organic products to build consumer trust

Australian Organic Limited (AOL) is calling for mandatory organic certification marks to be used on all organic products, after new research revealed a large number of shoppers believed they had previously been misled by organic labelling. AOL Chief Executive Officer, Niki Ford, said stamping…

Simon Plantive, in charge of organic purchasing and development at FRUIDIS

“Prices should go up again”

As a key player of the fruit and vegetable sector in the Loire Valley, Fruidis, based in Loire-Atlantique, is currently in the middle of its ratatouille vegetable campaign. The pepper, eggplant and tomato productions have been severely affected by aphid attacks, but the season is going quite well. “The season started on a high…

Organic crops might ease rural poverty in Ivory Coast

Farmer Agathe Vanie is the president of Walo, a non-profit organisation she founded to bring women from the southern-central Ivory Coast city of Divo together to grow and sell…

Solid demand for California organic peaches and nectarines

Demand is strong for California organic peaches and nectarines and it’s outpacing supplies. “The crop set this year was tremendous on stone fruit. We had a terrific cherry season and our apricots were the largest bumper crop we’d seen in years. And we had a good set on peaches and nectarines. While our…

Santa Elena could become Ecuador's first organic producing province

The Government of Ecuador might declare that the province of Santa Elena, which has 3,500 hectares certified in organic production, mainly of musaceae, moringa, aloe, and…

Canadian farmers are growing more certified organic vegetables

In 2020, certified organic fruit and vegetable farmers grew and sold more produce, despite adverse weather conditions and labor shortages amid the pandemic. Nevertheless,…

New Jersey is truly the ‘Garden State’

The state of New Jersey (better known as the ‘Garden State‘) ranks in the top 10 in the nation in the production of fruit and vegetable crops such as blueberries, tomatoes,…

Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement to advance organic farming

The Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM) will be collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture to organize their second National Ecological Organic Agriculture…

Strong supplies of Ontario dark leafy greens following early start

Supplies of organic dark leafy greens from Ontario are currently ample. Christopher Morrison of Pfenning's Organic Farms with freshly harvested kale. Photo: Stacey Newman. “We’re actually ahead of the game,” says Lauren Stallard of Pfenning’s Organic Farms in New Hamburg, ON, which is currently in…

Australia is potentially great market for Vietnamese organic agri products

As there is still a great potential for organic agricultural development in Vietnam, the opportunity for organic agricultural products from Vietnam to enter Australia is very…

Robot on the cutting edge of improving organic farming

Strawberries are a crop often targeted by all kinds of pests. “We're focusing on strawberries,” said Adam Stager of TRIC Robotics. “The pests that we're treating against, it's…

Zimbabwe sees growing appetite for organic produce

Zimbabwe’s agriculture sector has the potential to contribute more towards the growth of national exports. The National Export Strategy, launched by President Mnangagwa in…

Ecomonitoring Baden-Württemberg Dreamstime

Organically grown plant foods tested for pesticide residues and specific contaminants

In report year 2020, a total of 343 samples of organically grown plant-based foodstuffs were tested for residues of pesticides and specific contaminants. As in previous years,…

USDA

Organic Trade Association fraud fighting program draws robust interest

The Organic Trade Association’s ground-breaking fraud prevention program is getting robust interest from organic businesses as the organic sector readies for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s upcoming new rules to strengthen oversight of organic imports and the organic supply chain. Forty organic…

Abundant sweet cherry crop in Himachal Pradesh

A largely organic sweet cherry crop has made Himachal Pradesh growers very happy; production is expected to be over 850 tons this season, double the production of last year.…

Grafik: BLW

Swiss Center for Vegetable Production and Special Crops

Many Swiss bell peppers score with organic label

With a per capita consumption of 5.3 kg, bell peppers were the third most popular vegetable in Switzerland in 2020, according to figures from the Swiss Center for Vegetable Production and Special Crops (SZG). Most peppers were imported (2020: 98%). However, even without border protection, a small…

Producers ask authorities for support and resources to prevent the spread of the fungus

9,000 hectares of organic bananas in Piura at risk due to the Fusarium

The detection of the Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 fungus on a banana farm in the Piura region last April has unleashed concern throughout the banana…

Shane Eldridge - Eldridge Fresh Organics

“We are looking to supply more export markets with our organic produce.”

Eldridge Fresh Organics, located in Murray Bridge, South Australia grows fully certified organic vegetables on 350 acres. “We grow high-quality vegetables all year round supplying wholesale and retail customers across Australia and are currently exporting to Singapore,” explains Executive Director Shane…

Peru plans to double exports of organic blueberries this season

Peru is the world's leading exporter of blueberries, and this industry continues to grow in the country, as demonstrated by the latest forecasts made by the Association of…

Organic ginger from Peru could see another strong season

The Peruvian organic ginger season has begun and growers and shippers are readying for another season of strong demand. Peru begins with new crop organic ginger this month.  “The season in Peru begins with new crop in June where ginger is approximately 90 percent mature,” says Gino Neira of Inkawald based…

Organic market in Poland will benefit from new EU Green Deal strategy

Organic farms in Poland are mainly found in the northern part of the country. In the central part of Poland but also in regions where the land structure doesn’t allow creation…

From Mexico to Pacific Northwest

Volumes slimming on Brussels sprouts as transition begins

Supplies of Brussels sprouts are tightening as production shifts from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest.   "For the next six to eight weeks, production will move from Mexico into the Pacific Northwest. However, the recent heat in Mexico has not done us any favors. It has probably tightened a little faster than in years…

Arable Capital Partners announces strategic partnership with Royal Ridge Fruits

Arable Capital Partners announced today the acquisition of Royal Ridge Fruits, Dorsing Farms, Inc. and related entities. Through a partnership with the Dorsing family, Arable…

New savory organic plantain crisps coming to market

Barnana®, the plantain chips brand with its flagship salty snack, Organic Ridged Plantain Chips¹, introduces Organic Plantain Crisps. The Plantain Crisps are made with 100 percent organic coconut oil and organic green plantains, which contain less sugar than ripe plantains, give the Plantain Crisps a…

Foto: Stella Rasmussen GmbH

Stella Rasmussen from Stella Rasmussen Ltd:

"Garlic and organic Hokkaido pumpkins from Kenya are on their way to Germany"

Garlic from Kenya. Photo: Stella Rasmussen Ltd. In January, FreshPlaza published an interview with Stella Rasmussen from the eponymous company about the difficult situation in the Kenyan fruit and vegetable sector during the Covid19 pandemic. Since then, however, the situation has improved significantly…

Bild: Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis), 2021

Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis):

Significant increase in organic farms and organically farmed land in the last decade

The agricultural trend to switch to organic farming continues. In 2020, according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), just under 26,100 farms were operating according to organic farming rules, 58 % more than in 2010 (16,500 organic farms). In the same period, the share of organic farms in the…

Foto: Bio Suisse

Migros and Bio Suisse intensify cooperation

Migros and Bio Suisse will be working even more closely together in the future. From now on, the high standards of Bio Suisse will also apply to processed and imported Migros organic products. With this step, Migros and Bio Suisse want to work together for more sustainable agriculture. Photo: Bio Suisse The…

Imports of organic agri-food products decreased slightly between 2019 and 2020

The EU consumes more and more organic products but imports fewer volumes

The "'EU imports of organic agri-food products: Key developments in 2020' report, published recently by the European Commission, reveals that even though the EU market for…

Woolworths backs organic growers with $850,000 in grants from Organic Growth Fund

Woolworths has invested a total of $850,000 into two family-owned organic farms in the latest round of the Woolworths Organic Growth Fund, helping boost future production and bushfire recovery. The two successful recipients in the fourth funding round – Red Plateau Organic Produce, and Bon Accord Organic…

Organic Produce Summit 2021 keynote presenters announced

Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman, co-founders and co-CEOs of national fast causal restaurant chain sweetgreen, have been confirmed as the first of two keynote presenters at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit (OPS) this September in Monterey, CA. Sweetgreen was founded in August 2007 by Jammet,…

The event will hold its first digital session on Thursday, June 17, and the second one on October 5

The fourth edition of Biofruit Congress will focus on the most sustainable demand

The fourth edition of Biofruit Congress, which will be held through the Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect platform, will start on June 17. Due to the success of the previous…

Organic Washington blueberries: Yearly volumes continue to grow

Michael McMillan of Bridges Organic Produce, based in Portland, Oregon, said on his company’s blueberry production: “The growing conditions so far have been excellent. We have…

Annual volumes of Washington organic blueberries continue to grow

The crop outlook for Washington organic blueberries looks strong for the 2021 season. “The growing conditions so far have been excellent. We’ve had a bit of heat over the past couple of days but everything is fine. The weather looks cooled off for the next 10 days so it’s ideal conditions,” says Michael…

Good organic industrial vegetable demand means increased Dutch cultivation area

It was cold and wet in the Netherlands in early May. So, the organic industrial vegetable sowing season began somewhat later. Those vegetables sown at the end of April are growing slower. Also, more was planted this season than last year. "Demand for organic industrial vegetables is good. The growth is a…

Traceability perfectly complements the organic market

Bio Freshi is a Dutch company that supplies both the fresh and industrial markets. Three years ago, it expanded its portfolio with so-called 'green vegetables'. That was at the behest of its growers and buyers. "They're growing wonderfully. Cultivating for the industry is an entirely different business,"…

Partnership announced to support organic Fairtrade banana coops in Dominican Republic and Peru

Fairtrade France (Association Max Havelaar) has started a €1 million project funded by the French Development Agency and French supermarket chain Carrefour. Its aim is to…

“Organic D” farm, Ukraine

Vinnytsia region will export onions to Saudi Arabia

The “Organic D” farm from the Vinnytsia region of Ukraine plans to export onions to Saudi Arabia. Lead manager Vadim Krychkovsky said: “We cooperate with various companies…

Spring Born to grow organic leafy greens in new Colorado greenhouse

"Our company will supply nourishment and jobs to the region"

Spring Born, a 3.5-acre indoor hydroponic farm, is one of the first leafy green greenhouses in Colorado to undergo USDA Organic Certification. Spring Born products will be available for retail distribution starting August 2021. “Spring Born combines innovative technologies and hardworking individuals…

Growth of CEA and its impact on organic fresh produce

OPS 2021 first education session announcement

An examination and discussion of the burgeoning growth of indoor grown fresh produce, and its impact on organically grown fruits and vegetables will be the topic of the first of four educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2021. Growth of CEA and Its Impact on Organic Fresh Produce will feature…

Jammu and Kashmir:

Organic vegetable sale outlet inaugurated at Lalmandi in Srinagar

Yesterday, Principal Secretary Agriculture Production and Farmer’s Welfare Department, Navin Kumar Choudhary, inaugurated an organic vegetable sale outlet at Lalmandi…

New Defra data shows organic growth ‘in the pipeline’

Provisional 2020 organic farming statistics released by Defra (27 May 2021) reveal reasons to be optimistic about the future of the organic sector, with the overall UK land currently in conversion increasing significantly by 12%. While not all the details in Defra’s annual review are as positive, OF&G…

Occitania: Organic farmers mobilize against the CAP reform

Following a call from the Farmers Confederation and the National Organic Federation, organic farmers of Occitania have joined the movement and will demonstrate on June 2nd in…

Costa Rica

A report uncovers the MAG's apparent neglect in investigating complaints about organic pineapples

A report recently issued by the Ombudsman's Office accuses the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MAG) and its dependency, the State Phytosanitary Service…

The Organyc Co.

Berry Dealer Consulting expands its business line, creating a BIO fruit and vegetable division

The new division is dedicated to the export of locally grown and seasonal organic fruits and vegetables for the European, North American, and Middle Eastern markets. The…

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs report

Growth in demand aides increase In UK organic land conversion

Consumers are changing their habits toward embracing more organic food. According to the latest Organic Statistics for 2020 report from the Department for Environment Food and…

Booth registration opens for Organic Grower Summit

Exhibitor booth registration is now open for the Organic Grower Summit Presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for December 1-2 in Monterey, CA. Organic supply chain…


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