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New Organic Sugar Plant Opens in Cordillera
Paraguayan sugar cane cooperative Cooperativa Manduvira has completed
the construction of a new organic sugar production plant in Arroyos y
Esteros, in the Cordillera department.
It has received an investment of USD 15m (EUR 11m), with some 25% coming
from the cooperative members and the balance from a trust created by the
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Oikocredit y Responsibility and
The new plant will have the capacity to process 1,000 tonnes of sugar
cane per day and be capable of producing 20,000 tonnes of organic sugar
cane per year. Production will be exported to Europe and the US.
Cooperativa Manduvira is looking to build a presence
in the global market for organic sugar. Like many other Latin American
producers, it is looking at export markets to gain a premium for green
agricultural commodities. Green commodities is a feature of the premier
Latin American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit. Taking place in
São Paulo on 27-28 March 2014, the summit will
highlight export openings in the global market for organic food & drink.
More details are on the
Source: Ultima Hora / OM
B-Natural Opens New Outlet
B-Natural has inaugurated its first coffee shop and organic snacks store
at the CC Jockey Plaza mall in Lima.
It also plans a second shop at this shopping centre in the first half of
2014. The company is also holding negotiations with retailers such as
Supermercados Peruanos, Hipermercados Tottus and Cencosud over the
supply of its products to these stores. It is
also targeting other establishments such as
gyms and shops looking at organic
Source: Gestion (Peru)
Enters Organic Deal with
Choithrams, one of UAE's largest retail chains, has entered a deal with
the Indian company 24 Mantra to bring its organic products to the UAE.
Managing director Raj Seelam of 24 Mantra, said initially 60 products
will be on retail shelves, including wheat flour, lentils, spices, as
well as breakfast cereals, cookies, snacks, jams and juices.
24 Mantra has tied up Choithrams to a network of 18,000 small farmers in
15 provinces across India. The products are certified organic for the
US, Europe and India, and exported to many countries; this will be the
first time they will be available in the Middle-East region. "Organic is
not just for the rich, but for everyone who is conscious of what he or
she eats." says Saleem.
Launching the product's range, Mr LT Pagarani, Chairman-Choithrams said,
"We want to give a 100% chemical-free and pesticide-free experience to
the UAE. Being organic is having a better quality of life. It has
indirect and direct results on an individual's health. We, at Choithrams
have always believed in giving unique and healthy experiences to our
consumers. This one is taking the saying, eat what you grow, a step
Pagarani said the company is looking at additional distribution through
another chain, most probably Carrefour, Geant or Lulu. "This will give
an added and more penetrative distribution," he said.
24 Mantra Organic is congratulated for entering a
deal with one of UAE's leading retail chains. Its organic products have
now got into retail outlets, however moving products off shelves will be
the major challenge. There is low awareness of organic agricultural
methods in the UAE, so getting consumers to pay more for organic
products will not be easy. Marketing issues related to organic &
sustainable foods are regularly featured in the Sustainable Foods
Summit. In 2014, the summit will take place in San Francisco (23-24
January), São Paulo (27-28 March) and
Amsterdam (5-6 June). More details are on the
Source: News Release / OM