It’s once again time for the super healthy Kiwi berry

It’s once again time for our soft fruit grower Elze-Lia Visser from the Betuwe to harvest and sort the kiwi berries. Time for a vitamin bomb!

Kiwi berries are sometimes also referred to as mini kiwis and are about the size of a grape. A kiwi berry can be eaten with the skin on and looks like an ordinary kiwi on the inside. The kiwi berry taste is a little sweeter and richer than a large kiwi.

In addition to the kiwi berry’s delicious taste, it’s actually also super healthy! It’s particularly brimming with vitamin C, around fifty times as much as you’d find in an apple. Vitamin C is important for growth and healthy teeth, bones and blood vessels.

In short: the kiwi berry is a delicious vitamin bomb! Bon appetit!

Click here for more information about the company Fruitweelde in the Betuwe.

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New tomatoes: Yellow San Marzano and green Zebra Tomato

We have new products in our range! Our range has recently been expanded with two new tomatoes:

Yellow San Marzano (Pepper Tomato):
Believe it or not, they actually exist: the shape of a pepper and taste of a tomato. A deliciously sweet tomato which is great for salads, on sandwiches or as a snack.

Zebra Tomato:
The Zebra tomato is new to our range. The Zebra tomato is a green striped tomato which is deliciously sweet, just like the yellow San Marzano.

Yellow San Marzano (pepper tomato)
Yellow San Marzano (pepper tomato)
Yellow San Marzano (pepper tomato)
Yellow San Marzano (pepper tomato)
Green Zebra Tomato
Green Zebra Tomato

‘Even dad became increasingly more enthusiastic about organic farming’

Grower Rob van Paassen talks about his charming greenhouse vegetable company in Oude Leede, South Holland with clear enthusiasm and passion, as well as the switch to biodynamic cultivation in 2010. He grows biodynamic cucumbers, chilies and peppers in his greenhouses. You can read his story here.

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Biotrio receives the Agrifood Award

We are very proud of our member Kees van Beek, co-owner of Biotrio, who was awarded with the Agrifood Award for large-scale organic cultivation on 21st July 2016.

Agrifood Award
The Agrifood Award is an initiative by the province North Brabant and rewards ‘initiatives which are at the forefront of innovation and/or sustainability within the agrifood sector’.

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Nice to meet you at the BioFach!

Nautilus Organic was very happy to meet so many interesting trade partners at the BioFach 2016 in Nürnberg, Germany. We look forward to meeting you again next year!

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BioFach 2016 Nürnberg

From 10 to 13 February, Nautilus Organic will be present on a stand at BioFach in Nürnberg. We would be delighted to meet you there. You can find us at stand 209 in Hall 5.

Do you have any questions, or would like to make an appointment at another time? Then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Zwolle Organic Trade Fair (Biobeurs)

On 20 and 21 January, we will once again be participating in the Organic Trade Fair in the IJsselhallen in Zwolle.

Naturally, we would be delighted to meet you there. Our stand number is 138.

The fair will be open on Wednesday, 20 January from 11:00 – 21:00 and on Thursday, 21 January from 10:00 – 19:00.

More information about this event can be found here.

If you would like an appointment at another time, we will be happy to arrange something else with you.

Greenshield now in the competent hands of AC Hartman

Ruud van Schie is left with mixed feelings after he and his wife Annelies van Schie sold all their shares in the companies Ruud van Schie BV and Van Schie Vastgoed BV to AC Hartman in Sexbierum on 1 January 2016. The companies supply products under the brand name Greenshield.

“Good news,” says Ruud van Schie, “because my health meant that decisions had to be made for the future of our greenhouse horticultural company. We began looking for a company that would match us and the existing company, and in Hartman, we have found the perfect solution. Hartman is a well-organised and highly-experienced company with sites in Friesland and Drenthe. Due to high demand from their customers for organic products, they were looking to rapidly extend production capacity.”

The acquisition of the shares by A.C. Hartman has resulted in a company with 18 hectares dedicated to production. Hartman is now one of the largest players in the organic horticultural market, with many regular customers and extensive packaging capabilities.

According to Hille Bergstra, from A.C. Hartman, “Ruud van Schie BV and Van Schie Vastgoed BV are built on solid economic foundations. The company has more than 19 years’ experience in organic farming, principally as a producer of organic peppers and tomatoes. There is also a sound base of permanent employees who want to continue organic farming. We are therefore taking over these permanent employees of the company, who will continue working at the site in Ens.”

Ruud van Schie: “All good things come to an end. I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, so I don’t have many options except to slow down to protect my health. We will make every effort to transfer the production in Ens smoothly, so that the planned cultivation can continue undisturbed. Sales will continue to be organised by Nautilus Organic, the farmer’s cooperative. It’s obviously painful, as if we’ve had to let our fourth child go. Annelies, myself and a permanent group of employees worked hard together and built this company from scratch. At the same time, it’s also reassuring that its future is now guaranteed and that the organic cultivation and employment of our loyal employees can continue. The company is in good hands with Hartman.”