Finalists unveiled for the 2023 EU Organic Awards

The finalists of the 2023 edition of the EU Organic Awards have been announced.
Mon 11/09/2023 by Richard Wilkinson

The three best projects have been selected for each of the 8 individual awards, with a total of 24 finalists from 11. The finalists were selected from a pool of close to 100 applications from all over Europe, with a higher presence of Central European and Baltic entries compared to last year. The winners will be announced at the official award ceremony to be held in Brussels on 25 September.

The EU Organic Awards were first launched in 2022 as part of a commitment made in the Action Plan for the Development of Organic Production with the objective of recognising excellence all along the organic value chain, from farmers to restaurants, from SMEs to bio-districts. Building on last year’s experience, the EU organic awards scheme comprises 7 categories and 8 individual awards. They acknowledge excellent, innovative, sustainable and inspiring projects producing real added value for organic production and consumption.

The awards are jointly organised by the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, COPA-COGECA and IFOAM Organics Europe. The jury for the awards is composed of representatives from these organisations, as well as from the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

The awards competition is open to any actor or institution along the organic value chain with an excellent, innovative, sustainable and replicable project contributing to greater accessibility and affordability of organic products in the EU. The jury selects the winners in each category by judging their projects against the horizontal award criteria.

The finalists in each category are as follows:

Best organic farmer (female)

    Małgorzata Pucer (Pasiekapucer) – Barciany, Poland

    Céline Clenet (La Casseline) – Cassel, France

    Clara Benito Pacheco (Entrelobas) – Serrada de la Fuente, Spain

Best organic farmer (male)

    Roberto Giadone (Natura Iblea) – Ispica, Sicily, Italy

    Thomas Moschos (Moschos Farm) – Kastoria, Greece

    Mikhaylo Haliv (Tomelloso) – Ciudad Real, Spain

Best organic region

    Dordogne, France

    Centre-Val de Loire, France

    Burgenland, Austria

Best organic city

    BioStadt Bremen, Germany

    Hajdúnánás, Hungary

    Stadt Wien, Austria

Best organic “bio-district”

    Bio Região de S. Pedro do Sul, Viseu district, Portugal

    Idanha-a-Nova, Beira Baixa, Portugal

    Biodistretto della Via Amerina e delle Forre, Civita Castellana, Italy

Best organic food processing SME

    Fürstenhof GmbH – Finkenthal, Germany

    The Merry Mill – Vicarstown, County Laois, Ireland

    Ekološka kmetija Kukenberger – Trebnje, Slovenia

Best organic food retailer

    Valle y Vega Cooperativa Agroecológica de Granada – Churriana de la Vega, Andalucia, Spain

    Gut Wulksfelde– Tangstedt, Hamburg, Germany

    NaturaSì Conegliano – Conegliano, Veneto, Italy

Best organic restaurant/food service

    Luftburg – Kolariks Freizeitbetriebe GmbH – Vienna, Austria

    Trnulja Country Estate – Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Biohotel St. Daniel –  Štanjel, Slovenia


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