• 85,000 bananas from Milagros for the Bio Brotbox campaign

    For this year’s Bio Brotbox campaign, BioTropic donated around 85,000 bananas from Milagros in the Dominican Republic in total.
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  • Mangos from Senegal: From harvest to export crate

    Our buyer, David Buitenhuis recently visited Senegal for the first time. There he visited the Buur Sine Cooperative, which supplies its organic mangoes to BioTropic.
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  • Naturkost West visits BioTropic suppliers in Spain

    It just goes to show: the close cooperation between BioTropic and the organic wholesaler Naturkost West has a lot of advantages. As Lisa Murkisch, fruit and vegetables buyer at Naturkost West, can confirm after visiting BioTropic’s Spanish office. Whilst she was there, Lisa also got to know the local manufacturers and their products.
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  • 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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  • 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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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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Relaunch: greenorganics is presenting itself in a new way

The entry-level organic brand, greenorganics, is presenting itself from now on in a new, fresh way. What has stayed the same is the proven quality.
The first products with the remoulded design are also “the newbies” in the greenorganics range: the milk substitute trio from greenorganics. Packaging which has existed until now will be gradually adapted to the new design.
The new milk substitute drinks will be revealed to the public at our stand at Biofach 2018.

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Aftermath of storm damage in the Dominican Republic

Volker Schmidt is an agricultural engineer and our on-site tropical expert in the Dominican Republic. Born in Germany, he has been living in the north of the country since 2002, where he runs our BioTropic office. He checks all the processes that Milagros bananas go through, from their cultivation to their transport to Europe. He also travels regularly to Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru, where our producers grow organic-quality avocados, ginger, turmeric and mangos. Schmidt maintains close contact with local organic farmers and assists them with any questions they have.

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