Iris Bio – Passion for Pasta

International_EN, Italy

12.12.2017 Karin Heinze

The mission is: Working for our planet. And to produce the best organic pasta from grains supplied by organic farmers from all over Italy, who belong to the cooperative Astra Bio. For 40 years now, organic pioneer Maurizio Gritta is the driving force behind the company. Convinced by the idea that there is an alternative to the common economic model, he has established the Italian company. Now, he plans to bring the brand Iris Bio to the German specialist trade’s shelves. Watch the Video.

Databases to combat organic fraud

International_EN, Italy

08.08.2017 Leo Frühschütz

Organic controls – that often means a lot of physical paperwork and the difficult exchange of information across borders. Added to this are impenetrable trade flows. Databases could be the remedy – and make life difficult for potential fraudsters. The Organic Integrity Platform (OIP) is now mandatory for cereals in Italy. The OIP could be a model for other countries.  

Record organic sales in Italy

International_EN, Italy

12.07.2017 Editor

The AssoBio organic association recently presented Nielsen data on the trend of organic food sales in Italian supermarkets.

Italy: posts new record in organic sales

International_EN, Italy

11.07.2017 Karin Heinze


Nielsen data presented by the Italian Association for Organic Trade AssoBio show a very positive trend in the sale of organic food in Italian supermarkets. From January to April this year, total sales (food, drinks, pet food) increased by 3.7%, up from 0.5% in 2016. The share of organic food in the total food sales increased from 2% in 2013 to 3.4%. Italian consumer purchases in supermarkets have more than tripled since 2009. Also traditional specialized organic shops are growing. 83% of Italian households bought organic products in 2016.


Italy: rising turnover of organic fruit and vegetables

International_EN, Italy

09.06.2017 Editor

In 2016, per capita consumption of fruit and vegetables in Italy was 152 kg. Around 9 million tonnes were sold, with consumers opting increasingly for organic fruit and vegetables.

Italy: organic export heavyweight

International_EN, Italy

24.02.2017 Editor

According to estimates by the Italian industry association AssoBio sales of organic products amounted to 4.2 billion euros in 2015.

The Italian market: strong organic growth in 2016

International_EN, Italy

16.01.2017 Editor

2016 could  be a boom  year in Italy in terms of both the production and consumption of organic products, explained Assobio, the National Association of Manufacturers and Distribution of Organic and Natural Products.

Food knowledge in danger of extinction

International_EN, Italy

18.11.2016 Editor

To Chinese the food culture is crucial. It has existed for centuries and has an important place in their daily life. Nevertheless Chinese have never taken a real interest into the origin of their food.

Official Launch of the European Petition for Soil Protection

International_EN, Italy

23.09.2016 Editor

On Thursday September 22nd the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) ‘People4soil’, is launched at ‘Terra Madre’, the global Slow Food event on good, clean and fair food in Turin, Italy. The minimum target is to gather one million signatures.

Italian Organic Wine Exports Grow By 38%

International_EN, Italy

05.09.2016 Redaktion

In 2015, Italian organic wine exports grew by 38% with sales worth 205 million Euro.

All set for SANA 2016

International_EN, Italy

02.09.2016 Editor

The International Exhibition for Organic and Natural Products SANA takes place from 9th - 12th September in Bologna Italy.

Empowering small farmers and advocating for their interests

International_EN, Italy

08.07.2016 Editor

IFAD Annual report 2015 has recently been published in order to explain about their work, investments and results.

Malta strongly rejects accusations of organics fraud

International_EN, Italy

05.05.2016 Editor

The Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture has strongly rejected claims that Malta was involved in a scam involving the fraudulent labelling of conventional grain as being organic.

Tutto Bio: Italian Organic Yearbook launched

International_EN, Italy

04.03.2016 Editor

Since 1993 Bio Bank is the Italian organic data bank. Year by year updated data and interesting activities are published in  the Italian organic yearbook "Tutto Bio", the annual report on organic sector in Italy.

Review of the Year 2015: Events, Developments, Trends and Numbers

International_EN, Italy

22.12.2015 Karin Heinze

It’s been a good year for the organic industry: the turnover of manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in Germany, on the European and international markets has grown continually. The area of organically farmed land and the number of organic farms have increased slightly in this Year of the Soil. Look back with us over the organic year in our review! 

Organic niche at Expo 2015

International_EN, Italy

19.08.2015 Karin Heinze

The world exhibition has been running in Milan since 1 May and will continue until 31 October. This mega-event is dominated by the giants in the agricultural and food industry. But anyone interested enough to search will find the initiatives and events that demonstrate a different approach and alternatives.

Italy: Bio Gardens in Schools

International_EN, Italy


Numerous small farmers - students from primary and secondary schools, but also from kindergartens - in Milan have joined the project Bio Orti nelle Scuole – Bio Gardens in Schools.

Italy: More and more families buy organics

International_EN, Italy


18,4 million Italian families are buying organic products now

VeganFest 2015 in Italy

International_EN, Italy


VeganFest 2015 will take place from 12 to 15 September 2015

Expo 2015: Organic Forum at Biodiversity Park

International_EN, Italy


Organic can save the planet - this is the claim that opened the International Organic Forum in the Biodiversity Park at Expo Milano 2015.

First franchise chain in Italy offers vegan organic food

International_EN, Italy


Veggy Days is the first franchise chain in Italy that offers organic and vegan dishes.

Italy: Organic food delivered by bicycle

International_EN, Italy


Once shopping is done at the Almaverde Bio Markets, all purchases can be delivered to one’s home by bicyle.

Italy: Milano Fair Cuisine – Fair and local

International_EN, Italy


Milano Fair Cuisine is an initiative that aims at promoting ethical consumption in restaurants.

Italy: Alce Nero continues to increase sales

International_EN, Italy


Alce Nero, the Bologna-based company specialized in producing organic food, has closed their business year 2014 with €54.5 million, an increase of 8% on the previous year.

Italy: New NaturaSì bar and refreshment concept in Milan

International_EN, Italy


Italy’s organic supermarket chain NaturaSì has launched an organic bar and service area - NaturaSì bar e ristoro bio -  in Milan.

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