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OPN Connect Newsletter 174
Albertsons' Jim Donald Exclusive, Organic Melon Update, Jacobs Farm Del Cabo, Lassen’s John Odahara, and More...
Jim Donald, Albertsons Companies' Co-Chairman and one of most admired CEOs in the world, joined retail industry veteran Kevin Coupe for a provocative and engaging virtual conversation about the role of organics, how the Covid pandemic is altering consumer buying habits, and the future of the food industry as part of an exclusive Organic Produce Summit event earlier today.
The melon market is in a very strong position with excellent demand, some crediting the USDA's Farmers to Families box program for the surge, others attribute it to demand for fresh produce during the current pandemic.
For Jacobs Farm del Cabo, the goal of farming isn’t the “bottom line,” but taking care of people, crops and the earth is. Founded in 1980, a growing demand for organics has helped turn this organic pioneer into an industry leader in fair trade practices and organic farming and certification.
John Odahara is regional produce and bulk and transportation manager at Lassens Natural Foods and Vitamins, a health food grocer with 11 locations in Southern California. Before joining Lassens, Odahara worked for Ralphs, Irvine Ranch Farmers Market, Greentree Grocers, Lazy Acres, and New Frontiers Natural Marketplace. He was part of the original team that opened Lazy Acres in Santa Barbara in 1991, and he helped introduce organic produce into Bristol Farms’ stores after the company acquired Lazy Acres 14 years later. OPN caught up with Odahara to talk about his background in produce, some of the growers he sources from, how the COVID-19 situation has affected business, and more.
1. Grimmway Recognizes Students Via Scholarship Program
2. Sunview Marketing Readies for Table Grape Season
3. A&A Organic Debuts New Organic French Beans
4. Fresh Direct Acquires Mike and Mike’s Organics
5. CCOF and Farming Under Covid-19