OPN Connect Newsletter 343 · October 26, 2023

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Edible Garden Receives USDA Grant for Organic Certification Costs 

Edible Garden AG Incorporated, a leader in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), locally grown, organic, and sustainable produce and products, today announced that the company has received a grant from the USDA Organic Certification Program administered by the Hackettstown Farm Service Agency.  Read More

2. Meijer Reduces Plastic Packaging in New Partnership with Bolthouse Farms

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Meijer announced it is the first retailer nationwide to carry Earthbound Farm Organic Mini Peeled Carrots—packaged by Bolthouse Farms in compostable bags.  Read More

3. US Specialty Crop Coalition Endorses Legislation Addressing Nutrition, Organics 

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA), a national coalition of more than 200 specialty crop organizations representing growers of fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, nursery plants, and other products, last week endorsed nutrition and organic bills that cover key policy priorities outlined in the group’s 2023 Farm Bill recommendations.  Read More


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4. Whole Foods Market Forecasts Top 10 Food Trends for 2024

Whole Foods Market’s Trends Council has unveiled their top 10 anticipated food trends for 2024 in the retailer’s ninth-annual Trends predictions report. Caffeine with added benefits, going back to basics in the plant-based category, complex heat from global peppers, and water conservation and stewardship are among the food trends expected to rise in popularity across the industry in the next year.  Read More

5. How George Brown's Prestigious Chef School Went Organic

It’s been two years since George Brown College launched its food studies program, and students are already cooking up change. In September, they helped the Toronto college’s prestigious Chef School become the first culinary school—and the second post-secondary school—in Canada to achieve a gold Organic Campus designation from the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA). To achieve gold, 15 certified organic products need to be continuously available at the school.  Read More

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