Biopartner is the leading organic wholesaler in Switzerland supplying specialized organic shops, retail, gastronomy and the food processing industry.
Bio Partner Switzerland AG is a shareholder company that was founded in 2007 by three companies (Via Verde, Eichberg Bio AG and Vanadis). In 2018, Bio Partner and Somona, formerly being competitors merged in order to join forces and provide better support for independent organic retailers. Today, Bio Partner has 255 employees based at two locations in Switzerland: Seon, in canton of Aargau and Neuchâtel in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. It is the leading wholesaler for organic products in Switzerland, covering a range of about 13’500 products, including fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, vegetarian products, frozen and dried foods, as well as natural cosmetics.
Bio Partner has about 3000 costumers (specialised organic retail shops and other retail, food processing industry, gastronomy, and commodity trading). In 2016, Bio Partner delivered to 653 organic shops, 1450 other retail shops or sales points, 799 customers in gastronomy and 682 customers in the food processing industry. The company has their own storage areas covering about 10’000m2 and the products are distributed by the internal logistical infrastructure. Bio Partner aspires progressive and customer-oriented logistical processes. Sustainability is an important topic, not only at the level of logistics, but in the entire company. Every year, Bio Partner defines new measures to improve the environmental, social and corporate sustainability.
Funding: Private shareholders
Human Resources: 255 employees (2018)
Evidence of success
Biopartner has a turn-over in 2015 of 106 Mio. Swiss Francs. In 2016, Bio Partner delivered to 653 organic shops, 1450 other retail shops or sales points, 799 customers in gastronomy and 682 customers in the food processing industry.
Potential for learning or transfer
Biopartner is an important trading platform for organic products in whole Switzerland, in particular for organic shops. There is a close collaboration and interaction between the platform, its suppliers and its customers. Moreover, Biopartner offers seminars and workshops together with selected partners to further increase the knowledge on organic food, to foster innovation and to develop the sector.