• BioTropic takes over the Meckenheim apple grower's farm

    The agricultural operations will be turned into a Demeter-standard organic farm over the next few years.
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  • Sascha Suler on Tour in South America

    Our Operations Manager of BioTropic Duisburg, Sascha Suler, visited our agricultural projects in Costa Rica and in the Dominican Republic to get an idea of the conditions on site.
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  • Film: A Journey to Apulia and Calabria with BioTropic

    We again followed the origin of our Italian fruit and vegetables and took a few organic store owners with us on our trip, while employees of organic wholesaler Rinklin were also there. Our journey led us into the regions of Apulia and Calabria, two areas at the country’s “boot heel”.
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  • BioTropic at Moroccan eco-pioneer PBS

    As is the case every year in the autumn, a few of our employees packed their bags and travelled to Morocco to “Primeurs Biologiques du Souss” (PBS). There they met owner Lahcen El Hjouji and his son Mehdi. PBS is the largest employer in the region for organic fruit and vegetables.
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  • “SmartFresh”: when your apple is one year old…

    The apples on the supermarket shelves are at their crispest, and are one thing above all: naturally fresh. But even months later some apples look as good as new. How is that possible?
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  • Apple Harvest Time with Hubert Bois

    Snow White would definitely bite into these straight away. The apples currently being harvested by Hubert Bois are crisp and beautifully red. “The rich colours are a result of the difference in temperature between day and night,” says Bois. And which variety does he like best?
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  • School equipment for Milagros

    As in many parts of the world, the new school year has begun in the Dominican Republic. For this reason, the employees of the Dominican Biotropic Srl have once again put together an awesome package for the “Milagros children” this year.
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  • Film: Journey to the Ivory Coast

    Here you’ll find a short film about our journey to the Ivory Coast in May 2018. We get organic pineapples, mangos, and coconuts from the local producer group Ivoire Organics.
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  • BioTropic oranges versus depressing concrete

    Oranges are already intuitively reminiscent of little shining suns. Hundreds of them can then brighten up the greyest grey too. It was shown just what this might look like as part of an art campaign in Cologne. 200 kilos of our organic oranges were hung from the ceiling of a passage on Ebertplatz square.
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  • Organic apples from overseas – environmentally friendly?

    Why an organic apple from overseas is preferable to a conventional apple.
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  • High-tech mango ripening & sorting facilities at BioTropic

    Finally we are ready: Our four mango ripening chambers and our new mango sorting machine are installed at BioTropic’s main site in Duisburg!
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Apple Blossom Time with Hubert Bois

On 23rd April, Sascha Suler and Regina Kerz from BioTropic paid a visit to Meckenheim – the “apple paradise” on the Rhine near Bonn. Their destination was the agricultural facility of Hubert Bois, a Demeter farmer with extensive experience and BioTropic shareholder. In the sunshine and Spring temperatures, Bois’ apple trees are now in full bloom. The numerous blossoms promise a good apple harvest this year. 

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On the road with BioTropic in Apulia and Basilicata

Supplier visit BioTropic: On the road with customers in Italy

Supplier visit with customers

In mid-March, we travelled to the southern tip of Italy with customers. The regions of Apulia and Basilicata offer optimum growing conditions for a multitude of different fruit and vegetables. This meant that our customers got the chance to see directly who the producers are that we have confidently worked together with for years. Our Italian colleagues Ivana Giannico, Romana Slusarek and agricultural engineer Mauro Finotti accompanied us on the trip. And who are the producers? We introduce a few here:

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Organic apples from overseas – environmentally friendly?

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Why an organic apple from overseas is preferable to a conventional apple

When spring really gets going in Europe, and everywhere plants are sprouting and blooming, the apple season here has long since ended. At this time of year, European apples are only available from cold storage. In other parts of the world, however – in Argentina and New Zealand, for example – juicy-fresh apples are being harvested. But what about sustainability? Don’t these apples require lots of resources? After all, first they need to be transported to Europe.

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Bright orange and aromatic: Nadorcott mandarins from BioTropic

Bright orange and aromatic: Nadorcott mandarins from BioTropic

In 2008, Soumia Lomri and Emile Grac fulfilled their wish of setting up their own fruit plantation. The husband and wife obtained land in Morocco that suited their requirements, in the form of a 100-hectare plot between the port city of Essaouira and Marrakesh. On one third of the area, they planted mandarin trees, while on the remaining smaller areas, they planted oranges and figs. Neither of them are newcomers to agriculture, as both Grac and Lomri also used to market aromatic spices in their original homeland of France.

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Freshly picked Williams pears from Argentina at BioTropic

It is now the time for freshly harvested pears from Argentina. As the European pear season slowly comes to an end, we look beyond the horizon to cater for the demand. These delicious pears come from the fruit specialist Ernesto Bartusch’s La Deliciosa farm. It is located in the middle of the country, in the province of Rio Negro. This high-yielding oasis in the Patagonian Steppe is world-famous for its delicious apples and pears.

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