"Organic Marketing and Export Network" (O.M.E.N.) functions as a growers’ association of 800 small scale family driven organic operations, the produce of which is marketed through 9 organic pack house or processing units (O.M.E.N. member organisations) all over Greece and Cyprus.
The Network’s head office BNS Biocyclic Network Services Ltd. centrally coordinates the fields of production planning, extension service, training, quality assurance, marketing and export logistics.
All O.M.E.N. packhouse operators have their own packing facilities, which are exclusively used for certified organic products. In order to meet the standards of the "O.M.E.N. Code of Quality" (O.C.Q.), all O.M.E.N. member organisations get trained in the implementation of the ISO and the GlobalGAP standards. In addition, the ARIADNE traceability system, which enables the traceability of every single packaging unit not only from the grower but also from a single plot with information about the date of harvesting and packaging, guarantees a permanent flow-of-goods-control.
From all growers belonging to O.M.E.N. about 100 units producing citrus fruits, grapes and kiwis already fulfill the strict requirements of the Biocyclic Standards according to Dr. agr. Johannes Eisenbach and organic pioneer Adolf Hoops (1931-1999), the first organic standards for the Mediterranean and by contract with BNS belong to the biocyclic growers’ network "BIOCYCLIC NETWORK", which is a member of the NATURLAND Association for Organic Agriculture. In addition to the controls of the local EU certification bodies, biocyclic producers are controlled and certified according to the biocyclic and Naturland standards through bio.inspecta on behalf of both, BNS Biocyclic Network Services and Naturland, and are allowed to take part in the web-based quality initiative "Bio-mit-Gesicht".
Our producers receive all year around technical support by local extension workers trained by BNS staff. This in combination with the use of olive cake compost for the improvement of the natural soil fertility, which is produced in the Network’s compost plant in Kalamata ("Biocyclic Park"), determines our holistic approach in cultivating genuine organic – biocyclic – products which meet the highest possible standards in terms of taste, quality and security.