USDA Releases Organic Import Oversight Report
The Organic Oversight Report recently released by the USDA describes activities taken to date by AMS, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The report also identifies opportunities for future collaboration between these agencies, and presents a Needs Assessment for International Systems to better oversee organic trade.
OTA Responds to Op-Ed "The Organic Industry is Lying to You"
The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center act fast to counter misinformation about organic food and farming when negative stories materialize. We help to protect and positively impact the reputation of organic with fact-based responses and demands for fair and accurate press coverage.
Earthbound Farm Elevates Company Veterans to Leadership Roles
A resurgent Earthbound Farm, the nation’s leading organic produce brand, has named two longtime veterans of the company to lead its sales team. Dave Moore has been named Division Vice President, West Sales and Glenn Daniels has rejoined the team as Division Vice President, East Sales. Moore and Daniels have dedicated the bulk of their very successful careers to Earthbound Farm, playing key roles in the company’s dynamic growth over the years, as well as the expansion of organic in retail.
Homegrown Organic Farms Grape Supply Increases
California organic grapes are in solid supply right now following a slow start to the season. “Supplies of grapes are more than adequate. Even though things started off very slow, it’s picked up momentum and is going quite strong as we move into the valley,” says Stephen Paul of Homegrown Organic Farms in Porterville, Ca. “I don’t expect that to change. I think it’s going to continue.”
Tanimura & Antle Hires Don Klusendorf
Tanimura & Antle, the Salinas Valley’s leading grower and shipper of premium fresh organic and conventional produce, has hired Don Klusendorf as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to joining Tanimura & Antle, Klusendorf served as vice president of sales and marketing at Bonipak Produce, where he worked since 2008. Bringing with him over 20 years of management experience in the floral industry.