Organic ingredients

 

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.

 


Germany Elderberry

Ooh, elderberry! Who would have thought that this underrated berry would become our most popular flavour? The Ritter family grows our elderberries right here in the Rhön. And of course they work in compliance with the standards of the organic farming associations.

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. The production concentrates on the varieties Haschberg and Sampo, 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 for the future. What a fruitful success story!


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We make our 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. Calabria might not be the Rhön, but lemons have been grown there for over 2.000 years – it's the best place for that extra bit of sun. Italy wins!

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To put it simply, bergamot is like a much sharper tasting lemon. We know that doesn't sound spectacular, not at all. And that's why we prefer to say, when it comes to the bergamot the peel is the true differencemaker. Several drops of its oil are enough to create a real scent sensation. And where our bergamot comes from is just as interesting. Bergamots grow in the southern region of Italy, in a very small area in the Calabria Mountains. And that's the only place you'll find bergamots. This is why there are barely any bergamot farmers. Two of them are Ugo Sergi and his wife Tiziana, both probably wonder to this day why we make our lemonade with this sour fruit.

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There’s a reason very few words are written here: thanks to our mild gluconic acid, we need very little sugar. And when we do need it, it’s nutrient-rich sugar from 100 % organic sugar beets. That’s it.

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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. The woodland environment not only provides our ginger with enough moist but also with shelter to protect it from the sun and storms. That's why the Mexican farmers produce ginger with at least the same high-quality as asian ginger.

But that´s not it: beyond the cooperation between BIONADE and the Mexican smallholders there is an interesting devolpement in Mexico. We at BIONADE don't use all the produced ginger and that's why we offer the remaining amount to other organic food companies. In this way we developed a responsable economic growth out of our desire to improve farming and the environment. Well done, ginger!


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We only use certified organic oranges from Mexico for our Cloudy Orange and Ginger-Orange flavours. And when we say oranges, we mean whole oranges. Both the tasty, natural and highly concentrated juice, as well as the ripe peel. By cold-pressing the oranges we attain precious essential oils. That's worth knowing!

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Barley malt is essential for the brewing process of each BIONADE flavour. That's why we are extremely proud, that not only our barley malt is 100% organic, but also that we obtain it from local farmers near Ostheim. To be exact, less than 30 kilometres away. From an ethical standpoint this is „ideal“ in addition to that it's also really convenient.

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