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OPN Connect Newsletter 176
EXCLUSIVE: Q2 Organic Sales Data, Lazy Acres' Scott Wiggans, Stemilt Stone Fruit, Organics Unlimited, and More...
As Organics Unlimited celebrates its 20th anniversary, the company continues to lead in year-round production of the highest-quality organic bananas and tropical fruits. Fair pricing for organic and sustainable produce is an important, recurring theme for the company as there is continual downward pressure on price from the market.
Scott Wiggans is produce director for Lazy Acres Market, a five-store natural foods grocer in Southern California owned by Bristol Farms. In addition to its Lazy Acres locations, Bristol Farms also operates 13 eponymous stores. The company has a 20,000-square-foot distribution center, and its five Lazy Acres stores sell about $300,000 of organic produce per week. Scott joined OPN to talk about his background in produce, Bristol Farms’ advanced warehousing and logistics capabilities, how he markets his local organic growers, and more.
Organic fresh produce in Q2 2020 saw a continuation of trends established in March of this year, with elevated sales across the entire supermarket as consumers continued at-home eating in the face of restaurant closures. As a result, sales of organic fresh produce sales topped $1.7 billion for the quarter, and continued a trend of organic fresh produce sales maintaining higher growth rates than conventional produce.
As the leader in organic stone fruit from Washington, Stemilt has had a strong start to the season. Volume and the all-organic natures of its crops differentiate Stemilt from its regional competitors, along with supporing retail promotional efforts with their Retail Tool Kit.
1. Mission and Hazel Technologies Partner
2. Double D Farms Continues to Deliver Organics
3. Black Earth Humic Announces Acquisition
4. USDA Releases Draft to Strengthen Organic Enforcement
5. Live Oaks Farms Adds Organic Program