Organic Farming in Poland as Example of Organic Farming in CEE Countries - from farm to plate", 25-29 July 2005, Warsaw and Culavia - Pomerania,
ENAOS 2005 - 4th ENAOS Summer Meeting

organised within the framework of the Avalon Network Project financed by

European Commision
Warsaw Agricultural University,
Faculty of Human Nutricion and Consumer Science,
Faculty of Agriculture and Biology
Dutch National Postcode Lottery Ministry of National Education And Sport
Reports of visits


Andrzej Szeremeta

Thursday morning we visited organic food and vegetables processing plant. It was established in 1994. Products are being sold with the brand RZEPKA what in translation means – “small turnip”.

Company produces very special organic vegetables juices, so called bio-juices. They are made by natural lactic fermentation of different kinds of vegetables, pressed and pasteurized. These juices are made of:

  • cabage and cucumbers – they are the most popular;
  • root selery with or without apple, beetroot with or without apple – very taste;
  • carrot, tomato nad multivegetable – quite regular, normal;
  • root parsley, root parsnip – very special with “strange” taste.

Consumers are really appreciating the production metod and buy these juices as opposite to “less natural” juices made off diluted concentrates. Especially, when juices are advertised among consumers with follow arguments:

  • 100% naturalilty;
  • magnificent taste and high nutritional value;
  • many medicinal qualities of fermention;
  • high nutritional value as juices are not filtered, so they are full of natural vitamines, minerals and fibre;
  • stored in brown bottles to prevent sunlight penetration and loos of nutrients;
  • free of artificial additives, colourants and preservatives with no added sugar.

Next to special fermented juices company produces also fruit juices (apple, pear), fruit nectars (plum, red currant and cherry), vegetable preserves (gherkins, pickled cucumbers, sauerkraut, grated beetroots salad, root selery salad, greated pickled cucumbers, mix vegetable salad) jams, sesame butter and fruit pulps.

Company can glory of their products. Organic gherkins won the second price of Organic World fair in Copenhagen in 1998.

The prove that fermented juices are healthy is the follow example, that one company from France brought not pasteurized juice of fermented cabbage and cucumber in big tanks. Juices were repacked to small bottles and were sold in the pharmacies as the diet supplement.

At the beginning the company brought raw materials from organic farms located in the county and voivodeship. As the production year by year was increasing, Bio-Food got problems with insufficient supply. Recently, raw materials are delivered from organic farms located more than 300 kilometers from processing plant. The company has no problem with quality of delivered fruit and vegetables from old partners. However new partners, still tries to propose a cooperation, but the quality of raw materials is not satisfactory.

Few years ago the company started to cooperate with network of supermarkets TESCO. Bio-Food delivered some vegetables – potato, carrot, onion, beetroot and Chinese cabbage. However the cooperation finished quickly as both sides were not satisfied with the results. Supermarket network was not satisfied due to insufficient and not regular supply and with some problems of quality it decided to close cooperation. The company was not satisfied by the price, many problems and obstacles with delivery and very high requirements on quality and supply realization.

Juices are being sold in the bottles of 250 ml. They fit the best for consumers needs. The company tries to sell juices in bigger 1 liters or 750 ml bottles, however demand was very small, not significant for maintain this type of packaging. The company tried to promote big bottles with quite significant decreased in price. It finished with pour results, small was very minute. Consumers prefer only small bottles of 250 ml.

The company to keep the more ecological appearance tried to recycle the bottles. The use of recycled bottles in broader extent is too difficult. Even the consumers want to bring bottles to the shops, not every shop wants to take it back from consumer (need for space to storage them, supply buy wholesaler which not provided services of bottle recycling). The bottles from recycling were very often too dirty for proper and cheap cleaning (according to old equipment in the company and insufficient culture and knowledge of Polish consumers according recycling needs). So, as the results of all these issues the company use only small amount of recycled bottles provided in good clean conditions from only few shops from the region.

Żywność Ekologiczna BIO FOOD Sp. z o.o.
87-400 Golub Dobrzyń
Phone: 0048 56 683 44 79
Fax: 0048 56 683 44 79



ENOAS Summer Meeting IV: Introduction | Organizers | List of participants | Meeting Plan | Lectures and presentation | Country presentation | Work groups | Excursions / Visits

Organizers; Warsaw Agricultural University (SGGW) | Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences | The Faculty of Agriculture and Biology | Education in organic farming at SGGW | Scientific Association of Agriculture Students - yesterday and today | Scientific Assiociation of Nutrition and Dietetics Students | ENOAS - European Network of Organic Agriculture Students - past, present and future | Avalon Foundation

Organic farming and market in Poland

Country presentations: COLOMBIA - General situation of organic agriculture in Colombia –organic food market in Colombia | HUNGARY - Situation of ecological agriculture in Hungary | ITALY - organic food market | SLOVAKIA – Ecological agriculture | FINLAND - Organic markets in Finland

Reports of visits: BIODYNAMIC FARM, Education Center of R.STEINER Foundation in Prądocin | ROLMIĘS | Bakery SŁODKA | FARM of THE KUJAWSKIS | FARM and MILL of THE BABALSKIS | BIOFOOD

Chosen papers on organic farming: Barriers of conversion into organic production | Barriers of conversion into organic farming | Barriers of conversion into organic farming  | Role of direct sale in organic farming  | Social aspects of organic farming  | Social aspects of organic farming  | Multifunctionality of organic farming in Slovak Republic  | Multifunctionality of organic farming | Multifunctionality of organic farming | Multifunctionality of organic farming  | Multifunctionality of organic farming

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