OPN Connect Newsletter 43 · December 21, 2017

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 

Non-GMO Project Co-Creator Buys into Organic Certification

Global ID Group, Inc., a certification, testing and consulting services firm, said it has acquired Bioagricert Srl, a global organic certification agency based in Bologna, Italy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Fairfield, Iowa-based Global ID is owned by private equity firm Paine Schwartz Partners, LLC, which acquired the company from private investment firm Inverness Graham in September 2016.

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Nature Safe

Organic Fibre Netting Offers Alternative to Plastic in the Fresh Produce Industry

The botanic packaging concept by Lenzing fibres in the fruit and vegetable sector provides a solution for the growing amount of companies looking to avoid plastics. The Lenzing fibres used are made from wood, their fibre profile makes them an ideal material for net packaging. The packaging concept could be appealing due to its compostability, biodegradability and safety for food products, as a growing number of companies search for new ways to be more sustainable and go green.

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Wendell Hahn and Ray Taglialatela to Retire from Four Seasons Produce with a Legacy of Leaderhsip, Development and Integrity

Organic Ag Products

Four Seasons Produce has announced the retirements of two long-time produce industry veterans, Wendell Hahn and Ray Taglialatela, planned for the end of December 2017. 

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Florida Produce Giant Enters Organic Arena

Major produce supplier J&J Produce Inc. dba J&J Family of Farms has entered the organic market with a new brand called Farmganic.

Ocean Mist

The Loxahatchee, Fla.-based company grows cucumbers, bell peppers, squash, tomatoes and eggplant on more than 14,000 acres of farmland and operates packing and cooling facilities in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arizona and Mexico.

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Gladstone Land Acquires Organic Almond Orchard and Expands Facility

Organics are once again growing in Gladstone Land Corporation’s portfolio of farmland with the addition of a new organic almond orchard in California for approximately $5.9 million. The orchard will now be Gladstone Land’s under a 20-year, triple-net sale-leaseback agreement that consists of a fixed cash rent, plus a variable rent component based on the annual gross crop revenues earned on the property.

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"I have been selling organic fertilizer for over 3 decades and have been waiting for a great show like this, thank you OGS!"

Tim Stemwedel
California Organic Fertilizers

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