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OPN Connect Newsletter 4 - March 24, 2017

 GRO Organic – The Buzz – What Others Are Saying

GRO Organic – The Buzz – What Others Are Saying


The debate to create a federally mandated marketing order for the organic industry to fund promotion and research for organics continues.    In previous OPN Connect stories, we offered background on the proposed legislation background on the proposal and provide information on its impact to the organic produce industry.  The following is an overview of what some industry leaders are saying.

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Ocean Mist
Acosta Study Reveals Organic Produce Drives Incremental Store Sales

Acosta Study Reveals Organic Produce Drives Incremental Store Sales


Sixty five percent of traditional retailer grocery shoppers said organic produce is the key gateway for them to begin exploring a store’s other organic and natural offerings – products that are beyond just the perimeter of the store, according to a study by Acosta Inc.  The report, Back to our Roots: The Rise of the Natural/Organic Shopper indicates growing organic/natural purchases include dairy, soup, pastas, oatmeal and other cereal products.

Produce is the number one “must have” organic or natural item in the report.

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Wholesum Family Farms
In Their Words:  Vic Smith, JV Farms, An Organic Farming Pioneer

In Their Words: Vic Smith, JV Farms, An Organic Farming Pioneer


Vic Smith speaks with Tonya Antle about his winding career in the organic industry, millennials, his view on the use of ponics and more. 

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Awe Sum Organics
Seeds of Change: NOSB Meetings to Propose Changes to Guidelines for Organic Seed Use

Seeds of Change: NOSB Meetings to Propose Changes to Guidelines for Organic Seed Use


The hot topic of discussion during the National Organic Standards Board meeting this April will be whether to  strengthen guidance on organic seed use.   While organic seeds have become more available, the amount of organic seeds used by growers has not increased, leading many to believe  increase organic seed production is not moving quickly enough for the industry.

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Peeling Back the Label: Non-GMO & Organic

Peeling Back the Label: Non-GMO & Organic


By Melody Meyer, vice president of policy and industry relations, United Natural Foods (UNFI)

The rise of Non-GMO foods has stormed the aisles of almost every supermarket, natural food store and big box outlet, running rip shod over almost every other label claim. I can even find the Non-GMO claim inside my local gas-mart amongst the nuts and chips. Forecasts indicate that the global Non-GMO foods market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.23% during the 2017-2021 period.

You likely recognize the Non-GMO Project's easy-to-spot label with its brilliant orange butterfly logo anointing packages throughout the store. That butterfly identifies the leading verifier of Non-GMO product. As this mighty butterfly alights on more and more products, do consumers really understand what the label means?

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


Will Sprouts join Albertsons? United Arab Emirates make organic produce affordable and available. Environmental Working Group 2018 Farm Bill Reforms, the Boston Red Sox "Green Monster" and more. 

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Organic Produce Network (OPN)
Wholesum Family Farms
Awe Sum Organics
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Organic Grower Summit