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OPN Connect Newsletter 11 - May 11, 2017

Celebrating Mothers at Frieda’s - Three Generations of Leadership

Celebrating Mothers at Frieda’s - Three Generations of Leadership


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.

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Ocean Mist
California Organic – A Vision for the Future

California Organic – A Vision for the Future


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. 

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Wholesum Family Farms
Whole Foods Markets Announced a Major Restructuring of its Board of Directors Yesterday

Whole Foods Markets Announced a Major Restructuring of its Board of Directors Yesterday


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.

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Awe Sum Organics
In Their Words:  Tom Chapman, Clif Bar, and Chair of National Organic Standards Board

In Their Words: Tom Chapman, Clif Bar, and Chair of National Organic Standards Board


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.

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AMF Farms / Bay Baby Produce
2017 Outlook Excellent for Organic Cherries

2017 Outlook Excellent for Organic Cherries


Following a long and cold winter, organic cherries will be in abundant supplies over the next two months, according to several Washington grower/shippers. 

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Organic Week in Brief: Five Need to Knows

Organic Week in Brief: Five Need to Knows


1. Mexico Leads in Organic Exports to U.S.
2. Growers’ Organic Boxes Competing with CSAs in Denver
3. Seeds of Change Announces 24 Grant Recipients for 2017
4. Pew Research:  Organic Defies Demographic Distinctions
5. Global Organic Food and Beverage Market Estimated to Grow More Than 14.8 Percent

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Organic Produce Network (OPN)
Wholesum Family Farms
Awe Sum Organics
AMF Farms / Bay Baby Produce
Organic Produce Network (OPN)
Organic Grower Summit