Coop wants to import more Bio Suisse/Naturplan products from Europe rather than from China. North Macedonia was selected as a potential supplier because of its favourable conditions.
A pilot project for the production of borlotti and kidney beans was started in 2016. However, it became apparent that, for the consolidation of the supply chain, know-how of organic agriculture was too limited. The importing company Halba/Sunray consequently assigned FiBL to facilitate the development of a supply chain and to support the farmers with knowledge in organic production technique. Besides beans, supply chains of other products such as dried fruits and sunflower seeds shall be developed.
Coop Sustainability Fund
Sunray, division of Coop