OPN Connect Newsletter 205 · February 18, 2021

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Solid Start to the Year for Apples and Pears

January apple and pear data provide a glimpse of the year ahead. Trends to heed: organic apple and pear sales continue their boom; the Cosmic Crisp® apple rises in rank in its sophomore year; and proprietary apples, such as Autumn Glory®, drive category growth.   Read More

2. Ethiopian Airlines to Serve Only Organic Meals to Passengers

Starr Ranch May 2021

Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has finalized its preparation to serve only organic food to passengers, effective February 13, 2021. In a press conference on February 6, the airline said the measure will help promote indigenous Ethiopian farmers' products while providing healthy and nutritious meals to its passengers.     Read More

3. Organic Kiwi Growers Seeing Shifts in California Industry

Unlike its conventional counterpart, organic kiwifruit from California is up in volume this season. “Due to weather issues that reduced fruit set, production per acre was significantly down across the state this season resulting in a 13 percent decline in total volume of kiwifruit in California year-over-year as compared with 2019/2020,” says Travis Noland of Wild River Fruit Inc. based in Marysville, CA. “Meanwhile, according to our industry-KISS reports, while conventional volume is down 17.6 percent, organic production is up 22.5 percent from last season.”     Read More


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4. A&A Organic Farms Introduces New Label for Garlic

Watsonville, California’s A & A Organic Farms is rolling out a new label for garlic as it begins to receive its first containers of garlic from Argentina. “With both organic and conventional available this year, we took the opportunity to pack this year’s crop in our new ‘Double A’ label,” A&A president Andy Martin said in a news release. “We are excited to announce the expansion of A & A’s Organic Farms imported garlic offerings."     Read More

5. UK Organic Market Now Worth £2.79 billion, Report Says

The UK’s organic market is now worth £2.79 billion after sales grew by nearly 13 percent in 2020, a new report has revealed. This is the highest year-on-year growth rate in the organic market since 2005, with a tenth consecutive year of growth.    Read More

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