Let us tell you a little secret: almost anyone can print an organic stamp on their packaging. We’re totally serious about that. So to put your mind at ease, 100% of our plant-based ingredients, such as fruit and herbs, which we use to make our juices, extracts and aromas for BIONADE, have been grown in a controlled organic environment. Not 90%, not 95%, not even 99%.
But we only have the confidence to say things like that because we belong to great organisations like Bio-Landbau Rhön, the Organic Farming Association for the Rhön area. This regional cultivation project connects certified organic farmers and guarantees them, for example, the purchase of 100 % of their harvest for a fair price. And, at the end of the day, we all benefit from that.
Ooh, elderberry! Who would have thought that this underrated berry would become our most popular flavour? The Ritter family maybe. The Ritter family grows our elderberries. Right here in the Rhön region too. Working in compliance with the standards of the organic farming associations, of course.
The farm where our elderberries are grown really is pioneering in lots of ways. There are now 19 producers growing organic elderberries on this farm with a total area of over 87 hectares. Production concentrates on the Haschberg and Sampo varieties, as these ripen at different times. A contract term of at least ten years provides both BIONADE and our elderberry farmers with certainty in terms of planning. What a fruitful success story!
We make our Natural Cloudy Lemon and Lemon-Bergamot beverages with only the tastiest lemons, grown all the way down at the southernmost tip of Italy. More specifically: in the mountain villages of Calabria. They might not be the Rhön mountains, but lemons have been grown there for 2,000 years – and it’s the best place for them to get that extra little bit of sun. Italy wins the competition.
To put it simply, bergamot is like a much sharper tasting lemon. And because that doesn’t sound great, we prefer to say that what makes the citrus fruit bergamot special is its peel. You can extract a unique oil from bergamot peel. Several drops of this oil are enough to create a real scent sensation. And where bergamot comes from is just as interesting. Bergamots grow in the south of Italy in a very small area in the mountains of Calabria. And only there. For this reason, there aren’t very many bergamot farmers either. Two of them are Ugo Sergi and his wife Tiziana, who grow bergamot on their organic farm and are probably still wondering to this day why we make lemonade using this sour fruit.
Lemon and ginger are great when you have a cold and Ginger-Orange BIONADE is absolutely delicious. But there’s so much more to say about ginger: for example, we get our organic ginger from farmers in Xicotepec in Mexico. These farmers grow 200,000 kilogrammes of the tasty roots every year – mostly in small woodland garden cultivation areas. And because the woodland environment provides the ginger with lots of moisture and protects it against storms and the sun, the Mexican farmers produce ginger with the same high-quality as that grown in Asia.
But that’s not nearly all: there is also another interesting development coming out of the cooperation between BIONADE and the Mexican smallholders at the moment. Because BIONADE doesn’t need all the ginger they produce, we also offer the excess to other producers of organic food. So, responsible economic growth developed out of a desire to improve farming and the environment. Well done, ginger!
We only use certified organic oranges from Mexico for our Natural Orange and Orange-Ginger flavours. And when we say oranges, we mean whole oranges. Both the tasty, natural and highly-concentrated juice, as well as the ripe peel. We can also use them to make high-quality orange oil when we cold press them. That’s worth knowing too.
Barley is essential for the brewing process for every flavour of BIONADE. That’s why we’re particularly proud, not only that our barley is 100% organic, but also that we get it from farmers based really close to Ostheim. Less than 30 kilometres away, in fact. This is great from an ethical point of view, of course, but it’s also really convenient.