Let’s start with some facts and figures. In the USA, sales of organic fruit and vegetables rose by 22% in March 2020, according to the Organic Produce Network in The Produce News. The Netherlands-based GroentenFruit Huis indicates that sales of organic produce in Europe enjoyed double-digit growth in the same month, and specialised retailers such as Ekoplaza have also received a substantial boost.
The spread of coronavirus affects us all. It has changed our daily lives. It brings uncertainties, such as can we still buy fresh food every day? Growers, distributors and many others in the food chain are working hard to guarantee there is enough food available. That deserves a lot of respect. These are the first…
Organic farming is gaining popularity among farmers. However, this growth is currently being affected by coronavirus developments. Due to inevitable strict measures taken by the Dutch Government, many conventional farmers, who planned to switch this spring, are not able to proceed.
February saw us heading to Nuremberg in Germany to discover all that BIOFACH had to offer. With no less than 140 participating countries and 3,500 exhibitors, this is the fair for professionals in the organic sector. Trends and developments in bio and the latest concepts in organic food, BIOFACH 2020 had it all.
With an annual growth rate of 7%, the organic market is very important in the USA. Rijk Zwaan is investing in resistance breeding for this market. Rick Falconer, Managing Director of Rijk Zwaan USA, explains why genetic resistances are so crucial for organic growers: “Downy mildew can ruin a field of spinach within 24 hours.”
From 5 – 7 February 2020, Rijk Zwaan participated in the Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin. The international fresh produce tradeshow that covers the latest innovations, products and services in the supply chain. Our theme of this year’s show was ‘Stronger together’.