Weekly Top 5: Organic News Your Need to Know


DanoneWave has new CEO

Danone S.A. said Lorna Davis has been replaced as CEO of its new DanoneWave subsidiary, which runs the Horizon organic dairy, Wallaby organic yogurt, and Earthbound Farm organic produce brands. Paris, France-based Danone (OTCQX:DANOY), the world's largest yogurt maker with annual sales of €22 billion ($24 billion), formed DanoneWave by combining its North American dairy operations, which largely included its Dannon brand, with the operations of The WhiteWave Foods Company, which it acquired in April for $12.5 billion.

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OPN CEO Seeley Talks Organics at PMA

Matt Seeley, the CEO of the Organic Produce Network, conducted an educational session on trends in the organic produce sector during last week’s Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.  Seeley and a trio of retailers dissected the category discussing challenges and opportunities.

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Organic Farmers Reject Hydroponics with 16 Protest Rallies

Organic farmers have organized 16 rallies to date to protest the continued certification of hydroponic or aquaponic produce as organic. A major rally has been organized on October 31 at the Jacksonville, Florida, meeting of the National Organic Standards Board, at which it is assumed the issue of organic hydroponics will be discussed.

Organic Grower Summit 2018

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Challenges Large Operations Face in Organic Vegetable Production

Organic vegetable production in Monterey County has evolved over the past 25 years. It was once the domain of small- to medium-sized growers that produced for local direct market outlets or direct sales to local retail outlets. The community of smaller growers is still quite active, however, in the mid-1990’s larger scale producers began to produce organic vegetables for distant mass markets. Some highlights of the main challenges include: downy mildew of spinach, bagrada bug, weeds, and fertilizer. 

Organics Unlimited

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King Fresh Acquires Carillo Organic Farms

Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, King Fresh Produce LLC owner has acquired Carrillo Organic Farms a producer of table grapes in Fresno, Calif. Carrillo Organic Farms was established in 1984, currently farms 38 acres which was certified for organic crops by CCOF in 1987, and then certified for handling in 2015. The Dinuba, Calif-based King Fresh, founded in 1933, maintains vineyards and farms on 3,000 acres in the San Joaquin Valley, growing table grapes, cherries, and citrus.

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"Organic pumpkins have had a crazy good yield with great quality and the demand has followed throughout the season."

Michele Youngquist, Bay Baby Produce, Inc./ AMF Farms

In Their Words: A Conversation with Fair Trade USA

In Their Words: A Conversation with Fair Trade USA


OPN recently spoke with Nathalie Marin-Gest, Interim Director of Produce and Floral, at Fair Trade USA, to learn more about their global impact and how it intersects with organic.

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 Why I Trust USDA Organic Above All Others

Why I Trust USDA Organic Above All Others


By Tracy Favre, Quality Assurance International (QAI) 

View the original article on Sustainable Food News here. 

In the last few weeks, headlines have declared “the organic label is meaningless” and organic imports are “bogus.” While these criticisms are focused on imported products, which make up just four percent of the U.S. organic market, I fear many consumers will read these headlines and question the value and integrity of all certified organic products…maybe even the USDA Organic seal itself.

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Will FDA Alter the GMO Argument for Organic?

Will FDA Alter the GMO Argument for Organic?


By Melody Meyer, UNFI

Why do consumers buy certified organic food? They cite the avoidance of persistent insecticides, herbicides and hormones, and to protect the health of their families and the environment. Another significant guarantee the organic label provides consumers is the lack of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs in organic production. A new initiative by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and USDA aims to change public perception on GMO’s. How could the organic label be affected?

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2017 Sees Year Round Organic Mango Availability

2017 Sees Year Round Organic Mango Availability


Excellent Supplies and Quality Expected From Ecuador & Peru

Mexican and Californian organic mango crops have enjoyed a long, robust 2017 season, with forecasts for the upcoming Ecuador and Peruvian seasons projecting  continued copious supplies. Additionally, extended Mexican and Californian organic crops are filling the supply gaps typical this time of year, which means the market, will enjoy a rare, year-round supply of organic mangoes. 

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Organic Grower Summit 2018