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OPN Connect Newsletter 166
Imperfect’s Ed O’Malley, April Organic Sales Soar, Double D Growth, Supply Chain Returns to Normal, and More...
Don and Elvia Devine started Double D Farms on land west of Fresno, CA, in 1986 with pistachios and almonds being their main crops. It was in the early ‘90s that the couple added row crops to their repertoire and transitioned the farm to organic production.
Ed O’Malley is vice president of supply and merchandising at Imperfect Foods, an online direct-to-consumer grocer that delivers to 43 states. Founded in 2015, Imperfect Foods rescues and sells produce and pantry items that might otherwise go to waste for reasons such as minor cosmetic imperfections, failure to meet buyer specifications, and inventory surplus.
Since its founding, the company has saved 116 million pounds of food, and it currently works with more than 850 farmers and food purveyors nationwide. O’Malley joined OPN to talk about why Imperfect carries organic produce, the company’s sourcing methods and logistics, and more.
Total organic fresh produce sales continued to soar in April, increasing 18 percent from last year, and outpacing conventional produce products in both dollars and volume according to the April 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report released exclusively by the Organic Produce Network and Category Partners.
For organic produce, the transition to spring/summer production has concluded for most of the vegetables, with summer fruit starting to ramp up. Consequently, there is a plethora of opportunities for retailers from coast to coast to start promoting organics again as the nation starts its slow climb back to normalcy.
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