Organic Week in Brief: Five Need to Knows
Mexico Leads in Organic Exports to U.S.
Mexico tops organic exports to the U.S. with $62.7 million worth of organic products in 2016, a 77 percent increase from first quarter 2016. The majority of exports from Mexico were Haas avocados, valued at $34.1 million, up 212 percent. Turkey and Italy were second and third in volume of organic exports to the U.S., contributing to the U.S. trade deficit for organic products of $366 million in first quarter, 2017. For more, visit USDA-ERS website here.
Growers’ Organic Boxes Competing with CSAs in Denver
This spring, Denver-based Grower’s Organic launched a new service that competes with local community supported agricultural programs (CSAs). Grower’s Organic offers weekly organic produce Goboxes that use produce from its Colorado farms supplement with organics in season elsewhere to maintain variety. Without the traditional CSA membership fee, Goboxes cost between $17 for a “Pretty Ugly” box to $32 for a large family-sized box. In June, Grower’s Organic will launch a Foodie box and later, a Native box that offers local high quality varieties. Click for more.
Seeds of Change Announces 24 Grant Recipients for 2017
Seeds of Change™, a leading producer of sustainably grown organic seeds and nutritious organic foods, today announced the 24 grant recipients in the 2017 Seeds of Change™ Grant Program. The winners include 12 community gardens and 12 school garden programs across the country. Seeds of Change™ is distributing $310,000 in grants this year, funded by one percent of its net annual sales. To date, the annual program has donated nearly $1,000,000 in funds benefiting more than 35,000 individuals. It is estimated that past Grant recipients have grown more than 90 tons of fresh produce for their communities in the past six years of the program.
“Seeds of Change™ is committed to helping create healthier, greener communities, and through the donation of one percent of our net sales to school, community gardening and farming programs nationwide, we hope to connect communities to the food they eat as well as advance sustainable and organic growing practices," said Andrew Cops, Vice President of Marketing, Seeds of Change™. For more information about the Seeds of Change™ Grant Program, please visit seedsofchangegrant.com.
Pew Research: Organic Defies Demographic Distinctions
Shoppers’ preference for organic is tough to predict along typical categorizations, according to Cary Funk, Associate Director of Research on Science and Society with Pew Research. In her paper, “The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science,” Dr. Funk concluded that individuals’ attitudes and beliefs about organic food are not tied to political affiliation or other common factors such as geography, education or income. Rather, they stem from a unique mix of concerns, philosophies and personal experience. Dr. Funk will present her findings at the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Policy Conference on May 24. Learn more here.
Global Organic Food and Beverage Market Estimated to Grow More Than 14.8 Percent
Market Research Future, a global research group based in India, projects the global organic market to grow at least 14.8 percent from 2016 to 2022. The group issued a report on May 9 titled “Organic Food & Beverages Market Size, Emerging Trends, Industry Analysis and Foresight to 2022.” The report credits both the growing consumer awareness of health benefits along with growing disposable income as factors in the global increase in both industrialized and developing countries. The researchers state that organic fruits and vegetables will dominate market growth for organic food in 2016, gradually being challenged by frozen and processed organics as consumers adopt busier lifestyles. Click for more of the report details.
"My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.”
- Michael Jordan, NBA Legend
Imagine the joy of succession planning that happens all on its own. At Frieda’s Specialty Produce, with headquarters in Los Alamitos, CA, founder Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan works every day with daughters Karen Caplan, President and CEO, and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, Vice President and COO, and granddaughter Alex Jackson Berkley, Senior Account Manager, Sales. She couldn’t have planned it any better.Read More
By Melody Meyer
Today California can boast its place as the golden state of organic food and agriculture. According to Kelly Damewood from CCOF, California has 21 percent of all certified organic farms in the U.S., representing 40 percent of all farm-gate sales with $12.34 billion in gross organic sales.Read More
Whole Foods Markets announced a major restructuring of its board of directors yesterday, replacing five of its members in an effort to bounce back from a prolonged slump of seven consecutive quarters of declining store sales.Read More
Tom Chapman, Sourcing Manager, Raw Material, Clif Bar Inc., shares his passion for organic, insight on the NOSB board and his views on the organic check-off.Read More