Organic potatoes: grown with care for nature and people
One of our cooperative’s aims is to ensure continuity. We want to grow and sell our potatoes with due care for nature and people. One of the ways in which we do this is by growing organic potatoes. With 65 affiliated organic growers and a growing area of more than 750 hectares, Agrico is the largest supplier of organically grown seed potatoes and ware potatoes. Those potatoes are grown and sold under the name ‘Bioselect’.
Our organic potatoes are processed into chips, crisps, salads and refrigerated products. Washed and packed they are also sold in supermarkets and health food stores. Organic potatoes from Agrico are cultivated using organic methods right from the source. All the seed potatoes are inspected during and after harvesting by the Dutch General Inspection Service for agricultural seeds and seed potatoes (NAK). SKAL (the inspection and certification body for organic production in the Netherlands) also ensures that all the prescribed regulations for organic production are observed.
Most of the potato varieties that are used for the organic crops were developed by our breeding and research company. Every year we test dozens of varieties under organic conditions in trial fields throughout Europe to find varieties that yield optimum end results in organic cultivation.
A sound approach to our natural resources yields a wide diversity of organic varieties that appeal to today’s critical organic consumers.
A freshly packed organic potato
There’s an important link between harvesting potatoes and presenting them for sale in a shop: the packaging. The packaging communicates a message, protects potatoes against the risk of damage and ensures that they stay fresh for a longer time. Our subsidiary Leo de Kock & Zonen B.V. in Purmerend specialises in freshly packed potatoes and has built up an excellent reputation in the field of organic potatoes.
Would you like to know more about our organic potatoes? Please contact Peter Dijk by e-mail or by telephone on + 31 (0)527 639515.