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Workshop at BIOFACH2020: “Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships”

Workshop at BIOFACH2020: “Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships”

FIBL & EUROFRESH DISTRIBUTION are happy to invite you at BIOFACH2020 workshop: “Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships”.

Date: 13.02.2020

Time: 11:00 – 11:45

Location: Room Prag, NCC Ost Mitte of Nuremberg

More info at: www.biofach.de/en/events/vortrag/boosting-the-organic-sector-by-integrating-breeding-into-value-chain-partnerships/742119

 

It is organized by FiBL Europe within the launch in 2020 of the initiative “ENGAGEMENT.BIOBREEDING – Engagement of the organic value-chain to support Organic Breeding in Europe”.

 

This workshop will give the occasion to discuss potential models that allow a secure and stable funding for organic animal and plant breeding in Europe. Panel speakers are Pierre Escodo (editor of EUROFRESH DISTRIBUTION magazine), Bavo van den Idsert advisor at OPTA (Organic Processing and Trade Association Europe), Mathilde Tournebize program officer at the Organic Cotton Accelerator, Fabio Brescacin president of EconaturaSi, Mariateresa Lazzaro FIBL Plant Breeding program coordinator.

 

With this initiative, FIBL aims at integrating organic breeding into value-chain partnerships and sharing responsibility among breeders, farmers, processers, retailers, traders and consumers for upscaling organic breeding and ensuring future food security and quality.

FiBL Europe will offer a platform for promoting value-chain partnerships supporting organic animal and plant breeding in Europe for ensuring the integrity of organic products and strengthening consumer confidence.

 

Please register to our workshop at https://forms.gle/HjXSnstW2gVoA2JU7

For any further information you can also send an e-mail to mariateresa.lazzaro@fibl.org

 
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Organic food sales surpass $100 billion

Organic food sales surpass $100 billion, Source: FiBL and AMI

With organic demand rising across the world, markets are changing as large-scale retailers push for greater market share and seek to outdo one another to establish their green credentials. 

The world appears to be decisively turning its back on practices that are unethical and damaging for the planet. This is evidenced by the worldwide boom in sales of organic food and drink, which surpassed the US$100 billion mark for the first time in 2018, with global revenue increasing by 6% to $105 billion, according to a report published by Ecovia Intelligence. The largest markets are North America and Europe, which account for a combined 90% of the world’s consumption of organics. While sales remain concentrated in the West, the share has declined from the 2005 level of 97%, with organic sales growing in China, India and Brazil. Denmark has the highest per capita consumption of organics in Europe, and this is reflected in the fact that organic products receive great prominence on the shelves of the country’s general retailers. In fact, 96% of all organic sales in the Scandinavian country occur in general retailers (source: FiBL and AMI). By contrast, less than half of organic sales in France take place in general retailers, with specialised retailers accounting for about 32% of total sales revenues, and direct marketing also contributing a significant amount (12.5%). The picture in Germany bears more resemblance to the French than the Danish scenario, with general retailers accounting for around 59% of organic sales and specialist stores contributing 27%.

 

Organic food sales surpass $100 billion, Source: FiBL and AMI

 

 

Biocoop, drives France’s commitment to change 

BIOCOOP Key figures

France’s Biocoop project promotes sustainable organic farming and fair trade. Founded by committed consumers, the Biocoop network strives to place ethics and cooperation at the centre of its activity and development. It consists of 3,600 farms, 425 employee shareholders, 3 consumer associations and 20 farmer cooperatives. The over 400 products sold in bulk at Biocoop stores are 100% organic, and 23% of them are certified fair trade. With the radical changes taking place within the organic market, Biocoop favours and incentivises suppliers who, according to the project’s strategy “can guarantee stable development with ecological transparency and coherency”. 

In 2018, Biocoop opened 70 new stores, taking its network to 600 outlets across the country and its turnover to €1.2 billion. Biocoop’s products are grown on over 3,600 farms that have signed up to the project along with 21 farmer cooperatives. Meanwhile, Biocoop has expanded the project to the foodservice channel, which is also fast expanding. Offering more than 900 specialist products to 5,200 customers in this sector, turnover in this segment was up 22% in 2018. 

The project is in constant and rapid expansion, with large-scale investments in the last year seeing the opening of new warehouses to serve the different regions of France. The 54 trucks of the Biocoop transport company (STB) collect from producers and supply partners and deliver to all the network’s stores. Biocoop has also invested in marketing, using TV and online campaigns to spread news of its good work.

 

 

REWE and Penny eliminate 7,000 tons of plastics

In Germany, the REWE retail group has been selling organic foods for over 20 years, highlighting that the retailer doesn’t see it as just a passing trend. The retailer’s fruit and vegetable section alone contains around 50 types of organically grown produce and is helping to drive the further development of and transition to organic agriculture. REWE’s guidelines state that the firm monitors how its products are produced, as well as immediately upon arrival at its stores, commissions accredited inspection bodies to conduct product analyses in accordance with its own exacting standards. 

“Packaging altered for over 1,000 references”

Now, the REWE Group has published guidelines for environmentally friendlier packaging and has already eliminated 7,000 tons of plastic per year from its REWE and Penny stores. This has so far involved altering how over 1,000 references are packaged and discontinued the use of plastic bags in all of its stores in 2016. Using a product-specific analysis, REWE identified packaging groups for relevant plastic savings and further optimisation to avoid, reduce and improve packaging materials with regard to environmental friendliness, with the criteria binding for all suppliers. In the case of fruit and vegetables, this has involved natural branding, such as laser logos, or the use of grass paper.

 

Organic heroes to appeal to children

Meanwhile, to promote consumption of organic fresh produce, Penny has introduced a new concept targeting children: the Naturgut organic heroes. The idea behind these heroes organic heroes is to educate people that appearance does not equal taste; so even when fruit and vegetables do not visually comply with the norm, they can have excellent taste, quality and durability. According to a company press release: “Because no synthetic and chemical fertilisers are used in the cultivation of organic heroes, it is only natural that they have little quirks every now and then. This is exactly what makes them our Naturgut organic heroes, which can be found on the shelves at PENNY stores.

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Bionest, now offers year-round blueberries

Bionest, now offers year-round blueberries, © Bionest
© Bionest

 

Bionest has taken a leap in its production and will now offer its customers blueberries throughout the entire year. “This campaign, we will strengthen our ties with suppliers and customers by importing blueberry from South America to supplement our production and offer a year-round supply,” said Thomas Cera, marketing manager. Moreover, for the first time, Bionest will offer blackberry for ten months of the year. This allows the firm to offer mixed packaging formats made up of mini-kiwi, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry and goji berry. These tubs containing two or three different products add value and can also be marketed in more sustainable packaging. “We have cardboard packaging made from cellulose and kraft, and heat-sealed made from cardboard or cellulose, which requires a minimum amount of plastic use and is also compostable,” said Cera. Meanwhile, Bionest is presenting its new strawberry and raspberry varieties to several selected clients. These products should be launched by the end of 2020.

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BIOFRUITNET project is launched

© FiBL

At a meeting in Hamburg on 16 and 17 December 2019, the BIOFRUITNET project was officially launched. Focusing on organic pome, stone and citrus fruits, this project aims to strengthen the competitiveness of European organic fruit production by:  

  • Collecting and synthesizing existing practical and scientific knowledge on organic fruit growing to distribute it widely among the EU countries through easy formats like e-learning, podcasts, videos and short articles.

  • Strengthening the established networks in organic fruit growing and establish links between them to create strong networks of organic fruit producers and stakeholders with a good flow of information.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 862850. It is coordinated by the international farmers association Naturland and carried out in collaboration with 15 partner organisations representing 12 countries in total. They will work together during 3 years to provide information to the farmers in a practical way to tackle the challenges of pests and diseases in fruit crops. FiBL is one of the project partners.

Source: FiBL
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EU and US vie for leadership in organics

The world’s largest organic markets, the US and the EU have exhibited dynamic growth over the past couple of years. While the US overtook the EU as the leading global organic food market in 2012, the EU has been showing stronger growth of late. Indeed, over the past 10 years, the organic food market in the EU has nearly doubled. According to the Organic Trade Association, the US recorded sales of US $47.9 billion in 2018, while the EU market was worth an estimated US $45.4 billion, up 18% from the previous year, according to USDA FAS data.

 

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Third Global Organic Produce Expo sees record attendance and focus on sustainability

Third Global Organic Produce Expo sees record attendance and focus on sustainability

The Global Organic Produce Expo brought in more buyers and exhibitors than previous years and garnered many positive reviews. Organised by The Packer, the third annual event took place 9-11 January and focused on fresh organic produce. Sessions covered everything from sustainable packaging to food safety, logistics, governmental policy, marketing, and more.

An expo floor featured 86 exhibitors, up from 73 exhibitors in 2019. Of the 714 attendees, 111 were retail buyers, 37 were foodservice buyers and 76 wholesale buyers. That is up from last year, when the event drew 604 people, including 97 retail buyers, 21 foodservice buyers and 72 wholesaler buyers. GOPEX 2020 attendees included buyers and suppliers from Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The show kicked off with a morning tour of PortMiami, followed by a TopGolf networking event. Jennifer Tucker, US Department of Agriculture deputy administrator of the National Organic Program, spoke on January 10 about changes coming this year to tighten up enforcement and extra steps to importing organic products.

A look at organic price premiums by Rabobank analyst David Magana provided a perspective on promising fruits and vegetables in the category. That speech was followed by a panel discussing retail organic trends and then a session on organic agriculture and climate change.

On January 11, Ashley Tyrner of Farmbox RX described efforts to revolutionise the health care market by providing fruits and vegetables as a way of preventive care. Keynote speaker Antoni Porowski, the food and wine connoisseur for Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” provided an entertaining hour of musings about food trends and organic produce in a morning session before the expo.

 

Source: The Packer
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Over a quarter of UK consumers don’t trust organic label

Over a quarter of UK consumers don't trust organic label
Source: https://www.gov.uk/

 

A survey in the UK has found that more than a quarter of shoppers say they are “not confident at all” that food labelled as organic has been produced under organic farming methods. As wickedleeks.riverford reports, while shoppers have more ethical considerations when shopping, there is a “deep suspicion” over the labelling of ethical products. The poll was carried out online with 1,000 shoppers by Lloyd’s Register. According to the results, 26.9% of respondents reported being “not confident at all” that the organic label was accurate, while 61% said they were “fairly confident” and 11.8 per cent said they were “very confident”. Similarly, 20% of UK consumers said they were “not confident at all” or “very suspicious” about claims that vegan products do not contain meat.

According to the Food Trends report, “There is a deep suspicion on the part of shoppers regarding ethical food products. In an industry built on trust, this signals that this trust is under threat. This will mean that certification bodies will need to increase their efforts to educate consumers on the role of certification and what the logo represents.” 

The report also found the country in which the food is grown to be important for consumers, with 63% saying they check the source country of their food products. A third of respondents also reported being more concerned than they were a year ago about food safety concerns related to outbreaks of listeria or other food borne illnesses.

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Spain’s avocado farmers advised to choose organic

EU avocado prices to lower over the long-term

Following Spain’s avocado boom, the sector is experiencing issues which were previously encountered with other products, such as persimmon, pomegranate, and almond. The fruit’s profitability has led to a shortage of seedlings and rocketing prices. Sudden growth can be followed by saturation and price slumps. This is why agronomist with the Ministry of Agriculture, Tomás Faulí, advised producers at a recent event in Valencia to develop organic avocado to clearly differentiate the market. 

The main pests are the crystalline mite and soil fungi, such as Rosellinia and Phitóphtora, but both can be controlled with organic methods, without having to resort to chemical pesticides. This mite is less harmful than those that affect citrus and some vegetables, and can be kept at bay by favouring natural populations of phytoseids (their enemies).

 

Source: Las Provincias
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Worldwide boom in organics

New method to test whether your fruit and vegetables are truly organic 

The consumption of fresh organics for healthy living is now a global phenomenon.

While consumers in Denmark, Germany or Switzerland are already accustomed to seeing organic and conventional products share shelves in their supermarkets, until a few years ago, this was unthinkable in other regions of the world. However, imports of fresh organic produce are increasing globally and gaining more followers every day.

Dubai’s Fruit Line Trading Est develops food service
and zero-waste protocol for organic produce 

Imports represent more than 90% of the firm’s business and have grown on average by 30% for the past three years. These products consist mainly of citrus, apples, pears, grapes and kiwi from the US, South America, Europe, South Africa, China and the Middle East. This year, Fruit Line Trading Est is focused more on key accounts, like supermarkets, with whom it is seeking to establish long-term strategic relationships. Jamal El Kari, Trading Est’s manager for Khat AlFakeha, said, “We have started developing our food service area which is going to grow, particularly with the new Vision for KSA 2030, which focuses on tourism. We are based in the capital of Saudi Arabia in the Fruit & Vegetables Central Wholesale Market and are looking forward to opening our branch in Jeddah City, which will capture both Jeddah and Makka and target the pilgrimage seasons as well.” In the area of sustainability, the firm has developed a food service segment that includes organic and zero-residue products. Corporate responsibility is a key value for the firm and its trading company, Khat AlFakeha.

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Nigerian government plans to spread organic agriculture

Nigerian government plans to spread organic agriculture

 

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has announced its intention to expand its production of organic produce across the country, as reported by Leadership.ng. The announcement was made by Isa Adamu of the ministry’s organic division at the annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit (NOABS) in Nigeria. Adamu pointed to the economic and health opportunities offered by organic agriculture. The north of the country is considered the bread basket. “We want Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) to find itself in Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna and all states in northern Nigeria like what is obtainable in the south,’’ said Adamu.

Professor Victor Olowe, president of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, bemoaned the fact that although the world’s organic agriculture sector is worth US$100 billion, Africa contributes just 3% of the total, adding that Nigeria now must become a central player in the global trade, given its potential.