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OPN Connect Newsletter 187
Covilli's Alex Madrigal, Organic Grape Update, Albert Lusk, Pollinator-Health Retailer Report, and more...
Alex Madrigal is owner and president of Covilli Brand Organics, a 100-percent-organic and 100-percent-fair-trade produce company headquartered in Nogales, Arizona. Covilli currently has about 2,000 acres under management in the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja and employs 900 people during the peak season. Between its own farming operation and those of several partner growers, Covilli sells more than 30 million pounds of organic produce each year. Alex joined OPN to talk about his background in organic agriculture, Covilli’s main commodities, the company’s plans for the future, and more.
It has been a strong summer and fall season for California organic grapes, even amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires. The National Specialty Crop Organic Summary Report of the USDA reported that organic grapes in all three colors from California’s San Joaquin Valley had a very high f.o.b price this season.
Organic produce veterans reflect on their memories and experiences with organic pioneer Albert Lusk. Lusk, who has been missing since last month, has left behind a legacy that won’t soon be forgotten.
Environmental nonprofit Friends of the Earth (FOE) released its 2020 Bee-Friendly Retailer Scorecard yesterday, which looks at the top 25 grocery retailers in the U.S. and evaluates their efforts related to promoting pollinator health, including reducing the use of pesticides in their supply chains.
1. Massive Growth in Canadian Organic Food Sector
2. Industry Associations Send Comments on USDA Organic Enforcement Rules
3. Everflux Technologies Introduces New Regenerative, Organic Fertility Solutions
4. Fruit World Enters Citrus Season with New Sustainable Packaging
5. Stemilt Announces Plans to Use Apeel on Organic Apples