OPN Connect Newsletter 301 · January 5, 2023

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Homegrown Launches Educational YouTube Series

Homegrown Organic Farms is launching a new YouTube video series, "Grown by," this Friday. The series follows four of the company’s farmers through their growing and harvest seasons, providing both education and entertainment along the way. The series features The Peterson Family, Agustin Cardenas, France Ranch, and Pipco Fruit Company.  Read More

2. Equitable Food Initiative Expands Operations in 2022

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In 2022, Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers, and consumer groups, marked a year of growth, new partnerships, and promising tools to transform the produce industry and improve the lives of farmworkers. The past year brought increased recognition of EFI’s rigorous certification program, combined with preparation to support new initiatives and growth.  Read More

3. Bonduelle Fresh Focused on Social and Environmental Impact

Bonduelle Fresh Americas, home of Ready Pac Bistro, is now a Certified B Corporation, leading the fresh salad produce industry in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, are companies verified by B Lab to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. The achievement marks a major milestone in the company’s long-term vision to reshape the world’s food system for the health of the planet and the well-being of people.  Read More


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4. Organic Apples: Consumers Pay for Quality

Organics continue to hold a strong share of the apple category and inflation is not likely to take a bite out of these sales. “Our organic penetration has been pretty steady, even with all of the inflation,” says Justin Rowe, category business manager for fruit at Tops Markets in Williamsville, NY. “I think the apple category is a bit of an outlier, seeing that more consumers seem to be willing to pay a premium for a better apple, whether that means an organic apple or a premium variety.”  Read More

5. West Pak Avocado Donates to Brighter Bites

As part of the West Pak Cares committee community involvement program, West Pak Avocado of Murrieta, CA, donated a load of 134,500 avocados to Brighter Bites, a Houston-based nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families' hands. The organization has provided more than 50 million pounds of produce and hundreds of thousands of nutrition education materials to more than 500,000 individuals in Texas, California, Florida, New York, and Washington, DC.  Read More

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