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OPN Connect Newsletter 173 · July 2, 2020

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow


1. U.S. Food Suppliers Forego China Contracts Over Coronavirus Curbs

Chinese demands that overseas suppliers guarantee their food shipments are free of the novel coronavirus are causing some shippers to forego the China trade, an industry group representing U.S. produce growers said last week. Western Growers, which represents companies that produce half of U.S. fresh fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts, confirmed that many of its member had received such requests from Chinese authorities.    Read More

Campos Borquez September

2. Raley’s Makes Bold Move with New Banner

Raley’s has made the next bold move in its continued evolution with the opening of the company’s first-ever Raley’s O-N-E Market in the Northern California town of Truckee this past Saturday, June 27. The 35,000-square-foot location blends the grocer’s 85-year commitment to exceptional service with a focus on transparency and education to create a unique shopping destination with a highly curated product selection.    Read More

3. Chestnut Hill Farms Launches Organic Fair-Trade Banana Partnership

Heliae September

Chestnut Hill Farms, an international grower, shipper and marketer of Costa Rican MD2 pineapples, has partnered with Fresh Fruit out of the Dominican Republic to provide organic fair-trade bananas to North America. Both Chestnut Hill Farms and Fresh Fruit are strong believers in giving back to their communities through social responsibility.    Read More

4. Homegrown Organic Farms Announces Organic Blueberry Import Program

Homegrown Organic Farms just ensured that this year’s blueberry lineup will be one for the books. The grower announced it is partnering with Valles del Sur to introduce a new organic blueberry program to its product portfolio. The import program will extend from October to March and feature organic blueberries that are 100 percent Fair Trade USA Certified.    Read More

Red Sun Farms September

5. Marrone Bio Emerges as Top Biofungicide in CA

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc said that its flagship biofungicide Regalia trounced competition by cornering over 25% market share of the foliar biofungicide segment in California between January-to-April, citing data from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR). The company’s Regalia biofungicide delivers better yield by stimulating a plant’s innate ability to fight diseases and is popular among farmers who grow specialty crops including hemp and cannabis.    Read More

TerraFresh Organics September
NatureSafe September
Valent DiPel-September
Wild River September
Valent Pyganic September

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