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OPN Connect Newsletter 46
A significant shift in organic produce merchandising, driven by consumer health and wellness resolutions, takes place heading into the new year. Holiday displays filled with traditional and cultural fruits and vegetables like cranberries, sweet potatoes, sage and nuts are replaced by more vibrant and health related item, including organic citrus, berries and juicing ingredients.
Plant and soil health may sound wonkish to consumers, but not to the attentive crowd gathered to hear the panel of experts featured in “Tools for Plant and Soil Health” at the inaugural Organic Grower Summit Moderated by Brise Tencer of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), the panel consisted of Anthony Griffin of Valent, Erica Renaud, Ph. D. of Vitalis Organic Seeds, and Steve Trotter of Agroplasma.
Organic strawberries are in short supply as Florida was beset with growth-inhibiting cold temperatures in early January and California’s production for 2018 has yet to take off. These conditions should continue to hold back volume shipments of strawberries until at least the week of Jan. 22, according to one of the nation’s leading strawberry producers.
Consumers increasingly care about the environmental impact of packaging, but not at the expense of value, attractiveness, and proper protection of the product. With so many types of packaging needed in the produce supply chain, “Essentials of Sustainable Packaging through the Supply Chain” took on the challenge at the sold-out inaugural Organic Grower Summit December 13-14, 2017.
- Organic Produce Summit Attendee Registration Now Open
- New Aldi Format Offers Fresh In-Store Bakery and Produce First in the Door
- Comment Deadline on USDA's proposal to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule
- 7-Eleven Debuts Organic, Cold-Pressed Juices
- Registration Open: 2018 Organic Farming Research Conference