February is all about Fruit Logistica. Berlin was once again the hub for around 78,000 of the trade fair visitors from the fruit and vegetable sector. We were there, of course.
The Operations Manager of BioTropic Duisburg, Sascha Suler, visited our agricultural projects in Costa Rica and in the Dominican Republic in December to get an idea of the conditions on site.
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”. The favourable climate of the Mediterranean region provides for a long agricultural tradition in the area, as in winter the temperatures generally remain above freezing.
As is the case every year in the autumn, three of our employees packed their bags and travelled to Morocco to “Primeurs Biologiques du Souss” (PBS). They were Odile Bouron and Jean Eric Myr from the French BioTropic office as well as Mauro Finotti, our agricultural engineer from Italy. There they met owner Lahcen El Hjouji and his son Mehdi. PBS is the largest employer in the region for organic fruit and vegetables. We have had a close partnership with the Moroccan organic cultivator since 2008.
In autumn, the apple harvest is in full swing. 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?