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The global demand for organic vegetables is growing and that places extra demands on you. The challenges in the market lead to specific requests for high-quality vegetable seeds, market knowledge and a strong and cooperative network within the chain. Are you looking for the latest market information, keen to cooperate with an international network of chain partners or looking for the best quality varieties for your business? We’re happy to help.

US organic market growing despite inflation

While the organic fresh produce industry is certainly not exempt from inflation, the overall market is still showing strong growth in the USA. Every organic category is performing differently, though. This was one of the conclusions from an expert session at the Organic Produce Summit in Monterey in July. “We’re seeing the largest price gap between conventional and organic in less-established markets like melon,” states David Perie, Account Manager at Rijk Zwaan USA.

Putting Flanders on track to achieve 25% organic

With organic produce currently accounting for just 1.5% of production in Flanders, three local farmers’ organisations have devised a plan to significantly increase this share. Koen T’Syen, organic specialist at Rijk Zwaan: “Closer collaboration in the value chain can achieve the most impact. Supermarket chain Colruyt’s project to sell locally grown organic melons is a great example of this. We can move a step closer to the targets by working together.”

‘Organic strip cropping results in stable yields’

Better risk management, more biodiversity and reduction of pests and diseases – these are just some of the benefits of strip cropping. A number of organic farmers are putting this new cultivation method into practice in the Netherlands. One of them is agricultural company Erf BV, on one hundred hectares. The method is being trialled in other European countries too. “It results in more stable yields with the same amount of labour. But it also requires extra knowledge and a different approach,” says Dirk van Apeldoorn, lecturer and researcher at Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

Working towards organic vegetables for the whole world

The global demand for organic vegetables is growing, and that places extra demands on you as a grower too.
Thankfully, you don’t have to face the challenges alone, because choosing Rijk Zwaan’s Organic varieties gives you
more than just a high-quality product range.

Knowledge

“Healthy and profitable growth in organics requires specific knowledge relating not only to vegetable production, but also to market developments, consumer expectations and product performance. 

Quality

“Our focus on quality guides us in everything we do. Setting the bar high enables us to truly innovate and to guarantee sustainable growth of our organic range.”

Partnerships

“Intensive collaboration is firmly anchored in our mission. We are continuously investing in our relationships with growers, retailers, trading companies and partners. That helps everyone to move forward.”

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Our strong organic vegetable portfolio

When expanding our organic range, our focus is on quality. We introduce top-class seeds specifically for the organic food market. All these varieties have in common that they have strong resistances combined with a good yield. Besides, the organic varieties have been bred for a broad spectrum of local farming situations, attracting consumers thanks to their distinctive shape, visual appeal and/or flavour. Our organic vegetable portfolio enables you as an organic farmer to profitably capitalise on the growing demand for such products, with a crop that always meets your requirements.

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The global demand for organic vegetables is growing, and that places extra
demands on you as a grower too.