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OPN Connect Newsletter 43 - December 21, 2017

Sold Out Organic Grower Summit Extols the Importance of Keeping the Organic Brand Strong

Sold Out Organic Grower Summit Extols the Importance of Keeping the Organic Brand Strong


Underscoring the vibrancy of opportunities in organic produce, the first ever Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by CCOF and the Organic Produce Network (OPN), was an energetic, sold-out event with more than 800 attendees.   Growers large and small joined other organic industry leaders and entrepreneurs in underscoring the need for strong, well-enforced standards as essential to the continued growth of consumer demand for fresh organic products.

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Grower Roundtable: Wall Street Wants Organic!

Grower Roundtable: Wall Street Wants Organic!


With sales of organic food representing just five percent of total food----but growing 13 times faster than the entire food category-----organic food companies are a very attractive investment to Wall Street.  One of the most anticipated sessions of the sold-out inaugural Organic Grower Summit, “Grower Roundtable: From Wall Street to Main Street, Organic Means Good Business,” explored the opportunities and challenges of public and private investments in this growing organic food category.

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The Inaugural Organic Grower Summit Meant Business

The Inaugural Organic Grower Summit Meant Business


By Melody Meyer

I consider myself one of the lucky 800 attendees of the inaugural Organic Grower Summit.  From the moment I stepped onto the hotel grounds I knew this was going to be unlike any other organic gathering I had attended.

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Coliman Emerges as a Leading Supplier for Booming Organic-Fairtrade Banana Demand

Coliman Emerges as a Leading Supplier for Booming Organic-Fairtrade Banana Demand


The organic banana business is booming and, Coliman is an emerging leader with a unique position of proprietary supply.

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


  1. Non-GMO Project Co-Creator Buys into Organic Certification
  2. Organic Fibre Netting Offers Alternative to Plastic in the Fresh Produce Industry
  3. Wendell Hahn and Ray Taglialatela to Retire from Four Seasons Produce with a Legacy of Leadership, Development and Integrity
  4. Florida Produce Giant Enters Organic Arena
  5. Gladstone Land Acquires Organic Almond Orchard and Expands Facility
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Florida produce giant enters organic arena


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