According to Sustainable Food News
CCOF Certification Services LLC said Monday it has raised prices for company's using its name and seal on non-CCOF certified, private labels.
The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based, USDA-accredited organic certification agency, representing more than 2,900 certified organic members in 42 states and three countries, said effective Wednesday, the fee for adding a new product or service will increase to $75 per item.
The fee for use of CCOF’s name and seal on a non-CCOF certified private labels will increase to $350 for up to five unique products (UPCs).
"These fee increases more accurately reflect the necessary staffing that these additions require, and will ensure CCOF is able to meet the service expectations for clients and their private label owners/marketers," the company said.
Details are available in the CCOF Certification Services Program Manual.
CCOF reminded industry that the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program can help offset certification costs.