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OPN Connect Newsletter 37 - November 9, 2017

Organic Fresh Produce Sales Top $1 Billion in Q3

Organic Fresh Produce Sales Top $1 Billion in Q3


Organic fresh produce sales reached $1.16 billion for the third quarter of 2017, an eight percent increase in dollars and 10 percent rise in volume from the previous year, according to the Organic Produce Network (OPN). 

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In Their Words: Mark Sambrailo

In Their Words: Mark Sambrailo


OPN recently spoke with Mark Sambrailo, Owner & CEO at Sambrailo Packaging on sustainability and packaging innovations.

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Failure to Prohibit Soilless Production Muddies the Water for the Organic Community

Failure to Prohibit Soilless Production Muddies the Water for the Organic Community


By Melody Meyer

Organic Produce Network was in Jacksonville to witness one of the most divided National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meetings in recent history.   Filled with emotion for organic ideals, both sides defended their position to allow or prohibit out-of- soil organic production methods. After 15 years of debate, hydroponics and container growing will continue to be certified, leaving many soil-only proponents disappointed. OPN reached out to leaders on both sides of the debate to find out how the organic community will move forward on this shaky ground.

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Limited Supplies of Organic Cranberries Projected for Thanksgiving

Limited Supplies of Organic Cranberries Projected for Thanksgiving


While domestic organic cranberry yields are expected to be lower than average, increased demand for organic cranberries and organic cranberry products are higher than ever for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


  1. U.S. organic fresh apple exports up 33%
  2. New technology may take greenhouses offline
  3. Organic Industry across the globe continues to grow
  4. Next-gen GMO techniques to be kept out of organics 
  5. Top producer of organic wine grapes debuts first sustainability report
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