July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Organic

Dutch trio turn to organic tomatoes as demand grows

June 12th, 2015

Three Dutch brothers’ organic production only began this year, but they are already set to export to the U.K.

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Haiti to start up organic banana production for EU market

May 15th, 2015

Haitian producers covering 1,000 hectares will receive technical assistance from two French groups to grow and ship organic bananas.

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Mexican organic producer “reforms” ex-cartel members via agriculture

May 13th, 2015

A Yucatan-based company that is developing organic dragon fruit and pineapple projects is giving back to the community in a rather unique way.

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Celebrity endorsements for ‘Save Our Soil’ campaign to trigger interest

April 16th, 2015

The head of an ambitious sustainability campaign says ‘change has never come from a majority, but rather from a trendsetting minority’.

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U.S.: Organic food sales jump 11% in 2014

April 16th, 2015

With U.S. organic fruit and vegetable sales last year valued at US$13 billion, an industry head has praised the lack of ‘demographic boundaries’.

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Italian organic kiwifruit brand ‘conquers’ Australia

March 19th, 2015

A northern Italian kiwifruit grower is making the most of Australia’s high fruit demand, and is planning other international ventures.

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100% U.S. focus for Peruvian organic banana co-op in 2015

March 9th, 2015

Peru’s CEPIBO has historically sent the majority of its organic bananas to Europe, but this year the export strategy is very different.

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Vegetables the first step for organic food converts

March 6th, 2015

Carrots came out on top in a recent U.K. study of organic produce consumption trends.

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Chilean exporter ships first organic blueberries to China

February 5th, 2015

U.S. fumigation rules on Chilean blueberries have caused one organic exporter to look to China.

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Exports drop 45% for Peruvian banana group

December 19th, 2014

Disease woes look set to slash exports by 45% this year for a northern Peruvian organic banana group.

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U.K.: Festive season surge for organic vegetables

December 17th, 2014

A major British supplier says sales of its organic broccoli are up 20% year-on-year.

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U.K. supermarket launches ‘affordable’ organic range

October 24th, 2014

A discount retailer in Britain is hoping to attract a new middle class clientele with a line of fresh organic produce.

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First seedlings planted for Haiti’s US$27M banana export project

October 15th, 2014

Two million banana trees are due to be planted in Haiti as part of a plan to strengthen the organic export sector.

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Organic Italian kiwifruit hit U.S. shores

October 2nd, 2014

Viva Tierra Organic has embarked on its second Italian kiwifruit import season.

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Canada and Japan reach organic equivalency deal

September 24th, 2014

As of January 2015, Japan and Canada will be able to trade organic produce without the need for further certification.

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Mexico and Canada work to strengthen agri-trade alliance

September 23rd, 2014

A Mexico-specific distribution center will be built in Canada as part of plans to bolster the countries’ trade relationship.

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U.S.: 4Earth Farms eyes majority organic sales in near future

September 18th, 2014

Many years’ hard work finally pay off as 4Earth Farms sees phenomenal growth from its various organic programs.

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Zespri: organic fruit’s time is yet to come in China

September 9th, 2014

A Zespri representative sheds light on the niche organic fruit sector in China.

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Mexico and U.S. begin organic equivalency talks

August 22nd, 2014

Mexico and the U.S. could soon enjoy an organic equivalency agreement, with the first visit taking place this year.

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British growers slam proposed EU organic regulation changes

August 1st, 2014

New EU organic certification rules threaten to derail mixed crop farming through a purist approach.

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U.S.: organic industry briefs Congress on HLB control efforts

July 30th, 2014

A U.S. organic industry representative says chemical-free methods of controlling citrus greening must be found, as current neonicotinoid practices are dangerous to human health.

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U.K.: Produce World Group buys organic veggie player

July 29th, 2014

A leading organic carrot supplier has been bought by a U.K. company.

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U.S. organic company says debate should not focus on health benefits

July 24th, 2014

The CEO of Organics Unlimited agrees with criticism of a recent study, saying you can’t “compare apples to apples”.

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Organic industry reacts to comparative nutrition study

July 21st, 2014

U.S. and European organic companies assess the many facets of their category and how it relates to a recent study claiming superior nutritional benefits.

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U.K. organic health study is misleading and dismisses key facts, experts say

July 21st, 2014

British scientists have questioned why higher antioxidants in organic fruit should equate to public health benefits.

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U.S.: Farm Bill funding pays greater attention to organic growers

July 18th, 2014

The USDA has slated a record level of funding for organic certification cost-share assistance.

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BanaBay ventures into U.K. organic banana market

July 17th, 2014

BanaBay is expanding into organic bananas to cater to growing demand for the category in Britain.

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Organic crops have significantly more antioxidants, study finds

July 14th, 2014

Organic proponents hope a recent landmark international study will dispel consumer confusion about the category’s benefits.

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U.S.-Korea organic certification deal comes into effect

July 3rd, 2014

U.S. organic products can now be sold in South Korea without need for further certification.

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U.S. parents willing to spend more on organics, study shows

June 25th, 2014

Organics are now seen as more available and less of a budget constraint, according to a recent study.


Modi calls for more organic India

June 12th, 2014

India’s PM hopes other parts of the country can emulate Sikkim, which is on track to becoming a fully organic state.

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Indigenous Mexican farmers join forces to conquer markets

May 30th, 2014

Two grower groups have united in central Mexico to boost collective sales with an aim to achieve export status.

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Demand high, laws tightening for EU organic market

May 26th, 2014

Two European organic produce experts say consumers are now more mindful of the stories behind their food, but upcoming EC regulations could make the category much tougher.

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South African organic citrus deal kicks of for OTC-Holland

May 23rd, 2014

After a “turbulent season preparation”, OTC-Holland is kicking off its South African campaign with organic grapefruit.

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Washington State and British Columbia set for record blueberry harvest

May 19th, 2014

Great weather and strong demand bode well for some blueberry regions in North America.

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Mexico’s evolving consumer preferences in focus at PMA event

May 19th, 2014

As the Mexican economy becomes more independent of the U.S., growers will need to take more note of local consumption trends, including a greater focus on organics and healthier diets.

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Fruit and vegetables lead U.S. organic sector’s sales surge

May 15th, 2014

The U.S. organic market has hit new heights, reaching US$35.1 billion in sales last year.

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Eating organic for a week cuts pesticide exposure, Aussie study finds

May 8th, 2014

Australian researchers have conducted a comparison in pesticide exposure rates between adults with conventional and organic diets.

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U.S.: Pacific Organic to import first Peruvian organic pomegranate arils

April 21st, 2014

Pacific Organic expects to make another breakthrough in its produce offering with the first imports of organic Peruvian pomegranate arils.

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Brazil plans organic food promotions for World Cup

April 17th, 2014

An upcoming organic campaign in Brazil would promote sustainable eating to soccer fans at the World Cup.

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China on the cards for Belgian biological control company

March 6th, 2014

Belgium’s Biobest hopes to bring its “flying doctor” bumblebees and other organic products to Chinese growers.

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Taiwanese officials launch organic veggie scheme for schools

February 27th, 2014

Taiwan is investing in organic vegetable consumption for kids to make agriculture healthier and safer.

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Opinion: organic, more than just the absence of chemicals

January 31st, 2014

Bev Oster highlights the often unknown benefits of organic production on communities and the environment.


Costa Rican authorities gear up for new EU organic laws

December 17th, 2013

Costa Rica’s SFE is keeping growers in the loop to help them comply with new European Union organic rules.

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Chinese company invests in organic blueberry export scheme

November 13th, 2013

A Chinese company is investing more than US$800,000 in an organic blueberry project in the northeastern province of Jilin.

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Mexican govt establishes new organic seal

October 28th, 2013

The Mexican government has introduced an organic certification in a bid to boost production and competitiveness.

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Demand on the rise for Mexican organic products

April 18th, 2013

The number of Mexican organic growers has risen more than fourfold in the last 10 years.

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Canada and Costa Rica reach organic agreement

April 9th, 2013

Costa Rican organic fruit growers will now have less hassle in shipping to Canada.

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Chile: indigenous association raspberry exporter marks growth

February 14th, 2013

A Chilean indigenous group has shown what natural products can achieve in destination markets, exporting its organic raspberries.

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Organic Peruvian grapes hit U.S. shores

February 13th, 2013

Purity Organic has strong expectations for its first ever quality arrivals of organic Peruvian table grapes in the U.S.

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Organic farmland grows threefold worldwide

January 23rd, 2013

Oceania has spurred growth in global organic farmland while the U.S. and Africa have lagged behind.

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Opinion: Russia’s adoption of organic food standards – pros, cons and prejudice

December 20th, 2012

Irina Koziy looks at Russia’s proposed organic law and whether the category could actually take off.

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Organic food industry booming in Brazil

November 21st, 2012

Brazil moves around US$240 million in organic goods each year, mostly to the benefit of farming families.

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Strawberry losses ‘very high’ for Organic Fruits Chile

November 15th, 2012

Chile’s biggest organic strawberry and raspberry exporter is facing heavy losses from rain damage.

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U.S.: Giumarra plans for higher Chilean blueberry volumes

November 8th, 2012

Giumarra is set to import a rise in Chilean conventional and organic blueberries this year.

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‘We can’t just focus on trade’, says Peruvian banana leader

October 30th, 2012

Peru’s largest organic banana cooperative has come far since its inception in 2003, but there is still a long way to go.


NZ: Zespri to launch compostable kiwifruit label

October 29th, 2012

Zespri will use compostable labels for all its organic kiwifruit next season after a good trial this year.

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Canada invests in marketing for innovative organic farming

October 29th, 2012

Canada is pushing to give its organic foods a competitive edge on the international market.

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WSU, Harvard scientists slam Stanford organic health claims

September 10th, 2012

Harvard and WSU scientists have criticized the basis for Stanford University claims about organic food health.


U.S.: organic health benefits ‘unclear’, study shows

September 6th, 2012

A Stanford review has revealed ‘scant evidence’ that conventional foods pose a greater risk than organic foods.

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Australian govt ‘anti-organic’, says IFOAM leader

July 16th, 2012

An organic chief has slammed the Australian government’s stance towards its fastest-growing farm industry.

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Opinion: new organic agreement to bring U.S. and E.U. closer together

June 26th, 2012

BerryBroad Juanita Gaglio looks at the U.S.-E.U. organic equivalency agreement.

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U.S. company excited for ‘historic’ Peruvian organic avocado imports

June 21st, 2012

Purity Organic Produce is upbeat about its upcoming organic Peruvian avocado deal, with Mexican supply limited.

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E.U. importers believe new organic accord will boost U.S. trade

June 18th, 2012

European importers are upbeat about a new accord over organic certification between the U.S. and E.U.

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U.S.-European Union organic trade deal takes effect

June 6th, 2012

An historic organic equivalency agreement between the U.S. and the European Union is now active.

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China tightens organic certification leeway

May 31st, 2012

Many fresh produce exporters to China may soon need to remove the word “organic” from their labels.

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Big drop for Chilean organic food last year

May 16th, 2012

Chile’s organic horticultural production land fell last year, but positive signs were seen for organic wine.

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The Peruvian organic banana advantage

March 2nd, 2012

Fruit consultant Odilo Duarte tells how Peru’s conditions are just right for organic banana farming.

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U.S. and E.U. sign historic organic food trade agreement

February 16th, 2012

A new U.S.-E.U. organic trade deal will cut out overlapping fees and bureaucracy for certified exports.

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Getting past the Latin American banana shortage

February 14th, 2012

Organics Unlimited’s president talks low banana supplies, disease control and Peruvian expansion.

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Argentine fruit region reports sharp export downturn

February 10th, 2012

Fruit shipments from Argentina’s Río Negro province slumped in January.

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Mexican region aims to raise organic mango exports

January 19th, 2012

Mexico’s largest organic mango region still doesn’t have enough farms to meet bustling demand in the U.S.

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Colombia launches sustainable agriculture scheme

December 23rd, 2011

The Colombian Government aims to consolidate the country’s organic agriculture industry.

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Australian organic farming and finding the middle ground

December 19th, 2011

Australia’s organic produce market has grown dramatically, but there are still questions hanging over pesticides.

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Peru to grow organic fruit on highland terraces

November 22nd, 2011

Peru is looking back to pre-Inca times to make the most of its highland terraces to cultivate organic fruit.

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Corn producers slam Peruvian GM bill

November 15th, 2011

Corn producers describe the Peruvian government’s moratorium on GM crops as ill-informed.

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Australian appointed head of international organic organization

October 12th, 2011

Australian André Leu has been selected as the new president of an international organic organization.

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Canada to cut U.S. organic import dependence, Peru could benefit

October 6th, 2011

Peru’s exotic fruit could be key to tapping into Canada’s lucrative organic import market.

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Peru’s organic food exports rise 50%

August 5th, 2011

Peru’s organic food exports rose 50% year-on-year during the first five months of this year.

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Peru’s organic exports rise 48.3% in Q1

June 17th, 2011

Peru recorded a sharp rise in organic banana, mango and passion fruit exports in the first quarter of 2011.

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Peru’s organic banana exports rise 21% in Q1

May 26th, 2011

Peru’s organic banana industry has shown positive early signs in 2011.

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Canary Islands banana growers want ‘organic’ label to edge out competition

May 16th, 2011

Spain’s Canary Island banana growers hope to gain an edge over South American competitors by establishing an organic standard.

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OTC-Holland expects tougher lemon market in 2011

May 13th, 2011

SA organic lemons face tough prices in Europe due to high local supply volumes.

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Colombia eyes organic food market

May 10th, 2011

Colombia’s organic industry is just emerging, but increased global demand has led to fresh opportunities.

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USDA highlights growing organic produce niche in Mexico

March 1st, 2011

Can the Southern Hemisphere’s organic exporters find new markets in the world’s second-most obese nation?

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Australia tops organic farmland list

February 18th, 2011

Recent figures show global organic farming practices are increasing, with Oceania, Europe and Latin America listed as the largest producers.

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Berkeley professor hails agroecology success for Chile apple project

February 2nd, 2011

Chilean professor says there is ‘no other way’ for farmers but to go down the path of ‘agroecology’

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Chile’s organic fruit exports dominated by apples, blueberries

December 27th, 2010

Apples dominated exports, making up 50% of organic fresh fruit shipments.Blueberries (24.5%), kiwi (11.7%) and avocados (5.4%) followed.Europe is the main receiving market with 55% of shipments

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Costa Rican land area for organic agriculture shrinks

December 7th, 2010

Reduction comes despite a law aimed at boosting production

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Higher demand propels organic produce

October 26th, 2010

A few years ago, organic products were an extravagance of the elite. Today, consumers are more informed and have shown an interest in improving their diets and the environment. Consumers are demanding organic products, and the market is delivering.

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Peru’s organic banana export value up 3% January to August

October 21st, 2010

New markets in Europe pick up slack from reduction in main importer, the Netherlands

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Latin America accounts for only 6% of organic produce market, expert says

October 20th, 2010

With 20% of world’s certified organic land, region must add value to the raw materials, expert says

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Peruvian organic production to grow 15% in 2010

September 23rd, 2010

The production of organic crops in Peru will grow 15% during 2010

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