OPN Connect Newsletter 281 · August 11, 2022

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Western Growers Mourns the Passing of Hank Giclas

Hank Giclas served the Western fresh produce industry in various capacities with Western Growers over three decades from 1990 until he retired as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science & Technology, in 2020.   Read More

2. Rodale Institute Receives $3 Million for New Science Center

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Rodale marks its 75th anniversary in October, and the icing on the cake is $3 million in funding from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project to build a new science center. “We have a world-renowned center of regenerative agriculture and science, of research, right here in the commonwealth and right here in Berks County," said Pennsylvania State Senator Judy Schwank. "It’s been here for so many years. It's time, I felt, that we continue to promote it and make sure that Rodale Institute has the resources it needs to do the work that all of us here want to see happen.”   Read More

3. Inside AndNowUKnow's Besties Awards

Being a part of a team that celebrates the hard work of this industry is something I take pride in every day. When AndNowUKnow decided to host the inaugural Besties Awards in the run-up to this year’s Organic Produce Summit, my excitement doubled. The Besties were created to celebrate produce branding, marketing, and overarching industry achievements, as well as to advocate for those members striving to keep our industry on the leading edge of competitive message, vision, and action.     Read More


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4. Whole Foods Co-Founder Building Chain of Cafes, Wellness Centers

Whole Foods Market co-founder John Mackey is planning a second act when he retires from the Amazon-owned grocer next month: building a chain of plant-based restaurants and wellness centers that offer fitness and spa services.  Read More

5. AgroFresh Expands VitaFresh Botanicals Plant-Based Platform; Receives Organic Certification

AgroFresh Solutions today announced the launch of VitaFresh Botanicals Life Select, an organic plant-based coating to keep produce fresh longer and reduce food loss and waste. Developed from the carnauba tree palm leaf, the new VitaFresh Botanicals Life Select formulation has received organic certification from CAAE, a leading international certifier.  Read More

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