We at Bio Tropic simply just don't purchase any sort of bio fruit and vegetables. It is important for us to get to know our producers locally and to look after them later on a regular basis whether they are professionally organised like some Italian family run bio businesses or even smaller producers with only 3 hectares of available land. We have known most of our producers for a number of years, and so over a period of time a working partnership has developed.
If anyone asks our employees what their favourite part of working for BioTropic is, the answer is nearly always the same: The global nature of BioTropic.
Another global network is emerging with our new branch in Costa Rica. BioTropic currently has seven offices around the world – five in Europe, one in South America, and the new addition in Central America. This means that we can operate directly on location with producers, and meet them face to face.
Just arrived in April: organic ginger and organic turmeric from Costa Rica. One of the producers is Alcides Muriollo who has fields in the area around Upala, a region in North Costa Rica near the border to neighbouring Nicaragua. Agriculture is Muriollo’s main source of income and his entire family of seven is incorporated in the process. Whether cultivation, marketing or business management, everyone has their role. In addition to this, Muriollo is also an employer of 20 people in the area for which the Costa Rican ministry named him, together with two other farmers, “Best producer of 2015”.
Shortly after the first dry season of this year, Messan N’ditsi and Heinz-Peter Christiansen travelled to the pineapple fields of the producer association Ivoire Organics. The BioTropic agricultural engineer N‘ditsi and the ecology pioneer Christiansen took a look at the fields and soil in order to jointly develop further ideas for sustainable soil quality. Christiansen is a specialist in soil fertility and organic seed production from North Germany. We asked him to contribute his expertise.
The international fresh produce trade show Fruit Logistica celebrates its 25th jubilee this year and we took part in this with our own stand.
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