The European Organic Congress by IFOAM, with the title “Organic’s contribution to the European Green Deal”, aims this year to inspire the participants by focusing on how the agri-food sector’s initiatives enhance the transition towards a more sustainable food system, through the aid of leading examples from representatives and experts amidst the organic sector. The New EU Organic Regulation 848/2018 will also be explored, while focusing on its implications for the objective of 25% EU organic land by 2030.
Bio & Sustainability
European Organic Congress 2021 to take place online from Lisbon on 16-18 June 2021
GLOBALG.A.P. launched new GGN Label
Innovative compostable film packaging to extend shelf life
© TIPA and Perfotec
Compostable packaging producer TIPA and shelf-life extension specialist PerfoTec have teamed up to create laser micro-perforated compostable film packaging that can extend the shelf-life of fresh produce. The packaging performs as conventional plastic but decomposes in compost back into the soil with no toxic residue, microplastics or other pollutants.
San Telmo and Ecoembes unite for a sustainable future
San Telmo Business School, which trains senior managers of consumer goods companies has teamed up with and Ecoembes, a non-profit environmental organisation that coordinates the recycling of packaging throughout Spain, in an alliance to jointly promote the role of companies in creating a circular economy, as well as to identify possible public-private collaboration strategies for the same purpose.
Melinda and Novamont team up for circular bio-economy
© Melinda and Novamont
Melinda and Novamont have teamed up to launch a more sustainable form of packaging. Begun last October, general director of Melinda, Paolo Gerevini, said the strategy is aimed at defining “who we are and what we want to become”. The totally compostable solution for organic apples that comes from Melinda’s processing waste.
Carrefour launched 157 new organic products in 2020
In total, the French supermarket chain has more than 400 organic farming and livestock references, sold under the Carrefour Bio brand. In 2020 alone, Carrefour Bio launched 157 new products. In addition, and to promote both the production and the consumption of these types of articles, Carrefour develops a series of initiatives such as the elimination of VAT on fresh organic products and collaboration with Spanish farmers to develop these products.
Amcor launches first recyclable shrink bag for meat, poultry, and cheese
Sector hails opening of Biomarket
In presence of J. Tejedo, general director of Mercabarna, A. Colau, Mayor of Barcelona and A. Colom, President of Mercabarna © Mercabarna
Mercabarna’s Biomarket in Barcelona opened at the end of November, an exclusive wholesale market for organic products. The Fernández global fruit group has taken advantage of this new facility by setting up three new stalls to offer organic products and services to its customers and suppliers.