OPN Connect Newsletter 344 · November 2, 2023

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Braga Fresh and Agrology Honored with Joint Science & Technology Circle of Excellence Award 

Many trade shows include award ceremonies as part of their events, and the International Fresh Produce Association’s Global Produce & Floral Show is one of them. The association honored Braga Fresh and Agrology as joint recipients of the annual Science & Technology Circle of Excellence Award. It was presented by IFPA Chief Science Officer Max Teplitski to Eric Morgan of Braga Fresh and Charlie Dubbe of Agrology.  Read More

2. Finalists, Judges Announced for AgSharks Competition 

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Western Growers and S2G Ventures named the three finalists that will compete in the 2023 AgSharks Competition. AgSharks is a unique event where startup companies pitch their innovations in front of a live audience of the world’s largest specialty crop producers to win a $250,000 minimum investment.  Read More

3. UNFI Names President and CEO Of Retail 

United Natural Foods Inc. named Andre Persaud as President and CEO of retail, effective November 6. Persaud will lead the company’s two retail banners, CUB located primarily in Minnesota and Shoppers Food Warehouse located primarily in Washington, DC, and Maryland. He will serve on UNFI’s senior leadership team and report to Sandy Douglas, UNFI’s CEO and president.  Read More


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4. PA Preferred Organic Trademark Bill Passes Senate

Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski this week said Pennsylvanians are increasingly seeking a greater quantity and variety of organic foods at their markets and groceries. “By making Pennsylvania-produced organic products easily identifiable and encouraging our farmers to produce more organic products in-state, Pennsylvania farmers can continue to benefit from this rapidly expanding market,” Pashinski said.  Read More

5. Natural Grocers Promises Its Newest Customers Access to 100% Certified Organic Produce 

Natural Grocers is expanding in the Evergreen State as it opens the doors to its newest location in Kennewick, Washington. This marks the fifth Natural Grocers store in Washington, and the retailer promises its newest customers access to 100% USDA certified organic produce and high-quality organic and natural groceries and more at affordable prices.  Read More

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