OPN Connect Newsletter 195 · December 3, 2020

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Grimmway Farms Sold to Indiana Investment Firm

California-based Grimmway Farms, one of the world’s largest growers and processors of carrots, is being bought by an investment firm from Indiana. The investor has a long and respected history in agriculture and will support Grimmway’s skilled management team as they continue to successfully meet demand for fresh produce.     Read More

2. Vietnam Organic Growers Reap the Fruits of Their Work

Global Organics Aug 2022

As the demand for healthy products is increasing, both in Vietnam and elsewhere, the nation’s organic growers are seeing their investment and hard work over the years pay off. Nguyen Lam Vien, chairman of HCMC dry fruit producer Vinamit, said 2020 is the year of organic farming in Vietnam because the Covid-19 pandemic has boosted demand for healthy products.     Read More

3. Roger Pepperl Set to Retire After 40 Years of Produce Innovation

Produce marketer and former retail buyer/merchandiser Roger Pepperl is retiring after a 40-year career spent elevating the produce experience for shoppers through innovation, branding, and storytelling. Pepperl has spent 20 years as marketing director for Stemilt, a tree fruit leader based in Wenatchee, WA. The development of the Lil Snappers kid-size fruit brand and A Half Mile Closer to the Moon cherries are just a few examples of Pepperl’s success stories while at Stemilt.     Read More


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4. NOP Hiring Deadline Approaching

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) is hiring for multiple Accreditation Auditors and Compliance & Enforcement Agricultural Marketing Specialists. Both positions are advertised as "Agricultural Marketing Specialists (Regulatory)" and are open to qualified members of the public.    Learn More

5. Organic Farming in India: Three Women Agripreneurs Who Are Making a Change

Research shows that since about 10,000 BC women have played a part in how we source and harvest our food. The number of female farmers surged during the 1940s as men went off to fight in World War II. The Economic Survey 2017-18 says that in modern times, there is an increasing number of women in multiple roles as cultivators, entrepreneurs, and laborers.    Read More

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