OPN Connect Newsletter 357 · February 8, 2024

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Better-Matched Supply Improves Market Prices for Organic Vegetables

"Prices are generally good," Pieter Declercq, organic product manager at the Belgian cooperative REO Veiling said of organic winter vegetables in mid-January. He notes that the frost and the harvest uncertainty it brings for the winter crops still in the field is causing some nervousness in the market. Pieter expects good pricing for the rest of this season. Read More

2. Naturipe Farms Ushers in a New Era of Berries with Abundant Supplies

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This February, Naturipe’s blueberry production is shifting into high gear. Naturipe is kicking off a New Era of Berries with its annual FeBLUEary campaign, highlighting the peak winter season for Naturipe’s conventional and organic blueberries. This new era is benchmarked by improved quality of berries; ramped-up innovation in breeding, growing, and packaging; and increased prioritization of sustainability throughout the business. Read More

3. Bako Sweet Celebrates National Sweet Potato Month and National Heart Month with Heart-Healthy Initiatives

Bako Sweet is celebrating National Sweet Potato Month and National Heart Month this February with a range of initiatives aimed at promoting the health benefits of sweet potatoes and encouraging increased consumption. Read More


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4. The USA—the World's Leading Organic Food Market

Sales of organic foods in the United States in 2022 surpassed the $60 billion mark for the first time, setting a new record for the organic products sector. Total organic product sales in the US, including non-food organic products, reached a record level of $67.6 billion, according to the 2023 Organic Industry Survey published by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Read More

5. California Storm Delays Harvesting and Could Cause Future Supply Gap

Following recent rains and, in particular, Sunday’s severe rain and wind that descended upon California, produce growers/shippers are taking stock of the situation. That starts with harvest delays in some vegetable crops. “Depending on the amount of rain, the delay could be a day or more. This will hurt production capabilities if not managed well during harvest and allowing fields ample time to dry out,” said Rob Giragosian of Kern Ridge Growers. Read More

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