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OPN Connect Newsletter 177
Organic Brussels Sprouts, Co-op Partners Warehouse, Fox Packaging, TerraFresh Organics, and More...
Rick Christianson is the produce buyer for Co-op Partners Warehouse, a certified-organic wholesale food distributor based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Established in 1999, Co-op Partners currently services about 400 customers across the Midwest and sells roughly $25 million of organic produce per year. Rick joined OPN to talk about his background in produce, his commitment to the organic ethos, Co-op Partners’ unique cross-docking service for local farms, and more.
Fox Packaging has lent five decades of expertise to the fresh produce industry through dynamic partnership and innovative packaging designs. Operations have expanded with the addition of supporting state-of-the art equipment for competitive lead times and fleets for direct distribution. Fox Packaging even joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) to showcase the How2Reycle iconography on its packaging.
Lakeside Organic Gardens' organic Brussels sprout summer program is thriving, during what is usually the most challenging time of year for the crop's production. The Lakeside team attributes this to friendly coastal conditions and the planting on insectary plants.
Greg Holzman and Steve Akagaki have reunited to create TerraFresh Organics, an organic fruit company focused on supplying organic citrus, mangoes, stone fruit, grapes to North America. Their 30-year experience has solidified their place in the category, created industry partnerships, and increased opportunities, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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