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Monterey, CA (December 18, 2017) — 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.Read More
Salinas, CA (November 8, 2017) -- 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).
Partnering with Nielsen, OPN’s review of third quarter organic fresh produce sales at retail stores across the country shows dollar sales of organic fresh vegetables were $576 million while organic fresh fruit sales were $408 million. The remaining time $173 million organic fresh sales are “other produce items”, which includes organic herbs/seasonings, beverages and dressings. Collectively, organic fresh fruits and vegetables represented 10.2 percent of all produce dollars at the end of the third quarter.Read More
Sun Basket COO Don Barnett to keynote at OGS; Event nearly sold-out, with limited attendee registration still available.
(MONTEREY, CA October 31, 2017) - Sun Basket COO Don Barnett has been confirmed as the final keynote presenter at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, CA. Sun Basket is a leading nationwide delivery service that provides recipes and pre-portioned organic ingredients for home-cooked meals. Barnett has over 25 years of fresh produce experience and was previously the co-founder/partner and CFO of NewStar Fresh Foods, Organicgirl Produce, and Pessagno Winery.Read More
The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has finalized the educational component of its inaugural event, with a series of inspiring and engaging sessions focused on the production side of organic fresh produce. Additionally, a Grower Roundtable will be one of three keynote presentations, rounding out an impactful and insightful exchange of ideas and information between OGS attendees.Read More
Costco Sponsoring "Meet the Farmer" At Organic Grower Summit 2017; Exhibit Area Sold-Out for First Ever Event
The largest retailer of organic food sales in the United States announced their commitment to participating in the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS) this coming December 13-14, in Monterey, CA. Costco, with annual fresh produce sales of $4 billion, will sponsor a half-day event providing certified organic farmers and growers the opportunity to meet with Costco buyers.Read More
(Salinas, CA May30, 2017)---Panels at the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will include a range of topics designed to inform and engage organic growers, farmers and producers, and their service and supply chain partners. Farm soil management, environmentally sustainable packaging, advances in agricultural technology and discussion with elected state and federal officials on key issues facing agriculture are among topics that will be addressed by an illustrious line of speakers at OGS, December 13-14 in Monterey, CARead More
Booth Registration now Open for Inaugural Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, CA.Read More
SALINAS, CA (March 15, 2017)—The Organic Produce Network (OPN) continues to grow their presence with the launch of its website, weekly e-newsletter and a new addition to their staff.Read More
Monterey, CA (March 1st, 2017) — The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) are teaming up to host the first-ever Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, California on December 13 -14, 2017.
The OGS will bring together the entire organic production chain as well as service and supply partners at one informative event. Organic growers, producers and handlers from fresh produce, dairy, meat and grain sectors will have the opportunity to network and learn with suppliers, service providers, packaging and technology companies, equipment manufacturers and other companies critical to their success.
“CCOF growers look forward to this rare opportunity to network with each other and with other organic sector leaders and innovators,” says CCOF CEO Cathy Calfo, “Growers are key to meeting the demand for organic products and grower-driven events like this summit are important to their success.”Read More
Organic Industry "Reality Check" Revealed by Organic Produce Network Co-Founder Tonya Antle, at Natural Products Expo West 2017
SALINAS, CA—(March 6, 2017)-Organic fresh produce is a bright spot in today’s fractured food system and economy, according to organic industry pioneer, Tonya Antle. Antle, co-founder of the newly-formed Organic Produce Network, will unveil trends in the multi-billion dollar organic fresh produce industry as a panelist at the Organic Trade Association’s "Organic Innovations Conversation," part of Natural Products Expo West’s gargantuan trade show on Friday, March 10 at 12:45 pm.
Moderated by industry expert and OTA Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha, the predictably provocative conversation with Antle and nine other organic industry innovators, includes a collection of fast-paced presentations on what’s next in organics from thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and trend spotters. Natural Products Expo West is the preeminent show for spotting trends in the food and CPG industry. In 2016, the event brought together an inspired community of industry members and more than 3,000 exhibitors and 77,000 attendees.Read More
Salinas, CA – (January 8, 2017) –Responding to double-digit growth in the fastest growing retail food category, a pair of produce industry veterans have announced the formation of a new company to connect facets of the organic produce community through education, information and live events.
Matt Seeley, former vice president of marketing for The Nunes Company, and Tonya Antle, former vice president of organic sales for Earthbound Farm have teamed to develop The Organic Produce Network (OPN).
OPN is being designed as the voice and go-to resource for all things related to organic produce. The company’s mission is to inform and educate through a strong digital presence with an emphasis on original content, and complemented by engaging live events which bring together various components of the organic food community.Read More