OPN Connect Newsletter 333 · August 17, 2023

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Meet the Company That’s Using Automation to Shake Up Austin’s Organic Food Scene

What do tech startups, organic food, and robots have in common? They’re all part of The Food Company’s vision for revolutionizing the food industry, starting in Austin, Texas. As the parent company of ZIKI, a sustainably driven, fast-casual modular kitchen concept with 10 city-wide locations, The Food Company always knew that growth was the name of the game.  Read More

2. Gianna De Caro of Soli Organic Showcases New Products

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Soli Organic is all about the green—leafy greens and herbs, that is. We recently caught up with Gianna De Caro, chief product officer, who debuted the supplier’s newest developments. “We’re really excited to showcase both our new brand refresh—which is really showcasing some key attributes that consumers care a lot about, which is organic [and] pesticide-free—and then really highlighting the varieties that consumers care about,” Gianna told us in a video interview.  Read More

3. Receive a 75 Percent Refund of Your Organic Certification Fees

Certified organic operations across the US can apply for a reimbursement of 75 percent of their certification-related expenses up to a maximum of $750 per scope now through the end of October. Scopes are crops, wild crops, livestock, and processing/handling. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept cost-share applications in all US states and territories.  Read More


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4. Mastronardi Produce to Launch SUNSET WOW Organic Strawberries 

Mastronardi Produce is bringing its award-winning flavor to the organic greenhouse berry segment. The company will be launching its new USA-grown SUNSET WOW Organic Strawberries this fall and will premiere them at the IFPA Global Produce & Floral Show in October.  Read More

5. Organic California Table Grapes in Good Supply

Supplies of red, green, and black organic table grapes are ample coming out of the Bakersfield-Delano region of California. “All colors of grapes are tasting fantastic and look sharp. We have Flames and Thompsons from Fresno, Ivory and Ruby Rush from Bakersfield, Stella Bella and Red Sparkle from Delano, and the coveted Thomcord grapes from Reedley and Concord grapes from Paradise,” says Ethan Abendroth, senior buyer for Earl's Organic Produce.  Read More

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