BioFach 2013 - an organic extravaganza!
From 13 - 16 February 2013 it was the annual BioFach International Organic Trade Fair in Nuremburg, Germany where 2,396 exhibitors (from 86 countries) presented their products to 41,500 trade visitors from 130 countries. SOGA Organic was there to witness the world's biggest exhibition for organic products and THE get-together for customers, suppliers, all partners and potential new customers.
Organic products on display ranged from fresh & frozen food, beverages, household products (even bio-degradable clingwrap!), sweets, cosmetics, clothing and many more.
As an organic NFC Juice processor and wholesaler it was very encouraging to note that organic produce is very much alive & well in Europe.
It's noteworthy to mention that 99% of the fruit juice exhibitors at BioFach produce and bottle only Not-From-Concentrate (NFC) juice. Until recently organic juice was predominantly made by reconstituted organic concentrate, but the trend in Europe is definitely shifting towards pure single strenght NFC. From our discussions with these exhibitors the main reason for the shift in trend is that NFC does not compromise the quality and integrity of the product - it is pure organic juice! After tasting all the various juices at the fair, the products made from concentrate were far inferior to the NFC juice and didn't even taste like real juice. Just another affirmation that NFC is definitely the way to go.
It was a real honour and privilege to attend this exceptional event and I've returned enlightened, inspired and very positive about the future of organics.
We look forward to an exciting season ahead!
One of the SOGA Growers, Paul Marais, had the following comments.
"It's been my third visit to BioFach the past five years and I'm still amazed how the organic awareness in Europe continues to grow in quantum leaps. Evidence of this growing trend is that there was nothing I could think of that I needed that was not available at BioFach. Everything from organic meat, fish, cheese, wine, juice all the way down to organic sweets for kids.
At the same time it is very concerning to to realize just how far behind South Africa is in our thinking and attitude towards embracing organic agriculture. However, at the same time this creates opportunity for those South African entrepeneurs who dare to venture into organics."
Processed Pomegranate products available soon
Pomegranates are often referred to as “the jewel of winter” based on its incredible health benefits. Certified organic pomegranates will soon be available from one of our SOGA Growers, Johnny Ferreira. Processed pomegranate products will include not-from-concentrate (NFC) juice, dried flowers & dried peel. Pomegranate flowers available from late October – December 2012 and the harvesting of fresh fruit is scheduled for Feb/March 2013.
All SOGA Organic NFC Juice are 100% pure and natural! It contains NO Additives, NO Preservatives, NO Added Sugar, NO Added Water, NO Added Colourings, and NO Added Flavourings!
If you are interested in either fresh and/or processed organic pomegranate products, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Detection of DDAC on organic fruits and vegetables
All SOGA fruit test negative for DDAC
We have recently been informed that a German receiver had to block an arrival of South African organic oranges after testing positive for DDAC. In particular, the contaminated fruit originated from an organic grower in the Sundays River Valley, South Africa. SOGA Organic is located in the Sundays River Valley and therefore we need to clarify our position.
The purpose of this letter is to give you peace of mind that at SOGA Organic we only process organic fruit originating from our five SOGA Growers. Since the first noise regarding the potential risk of DDAC contaminated fruit surfaced, all our fruit have been tested for this residue and found negative for any DDAC and other pesticides/insecticides.
The tests were conducted by one of our fresh fruit receivers in Europe, Organic Trading Company (OTC) at Labaratorium Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.
We trust that we have addressed any potential concerns adequately and should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Organic Farm Accommodation available
Caring for nature while caring for you.
Are you visiting the Addo Elephant National Park, or Schotia Safaris in the Eastern Cape, South Africa? Keith and Nondumiso welcome you to stay in our thatched cottages on our organic citrus farm, just 10 minutes from the Addo Elephant National Park, and 45 minutes from the Port Elizabeth airport. The Addo area is malaria free.
Breathtaking panoramic views, major tourist locations, unique African style organic meals and our organic farm are only a few of the delights that await you.
The Greater Addo area is a wonderful place to spend a holiday - this is where 3 industries come together - conservation, tourism and farming, meaning that your stay can be filled with many diverse, rewarding and educational experiences.
The Rosedale experience...
Peaceful and safe eco friendly accommodation on a secure certified organic citrus farm. Pesticide free environment.
Our thatched cottages offer a comfortable place to rest after a hard days' game viewing. Wake up to the sound of birds in the indigenous garden. We maximise use of renewable energy resources in the accommodation units.
SOGA Farmer on South African News
Video clip courtesy of SABC News
The world’s only organic seedless lemons are available from us.
We have started using biodiesel on our farms to reduce our carbon footprint.
One of the SOGA Farmers has recently planted Tunisian Maltaise, a very unique cultivar.
Fresh and processed organic pomegranate products available soon.
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