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OPN Connect Newsletter 189
Q3 Organic Sales Top $2 Billion, Veg Transition, OPN Virtual Retailer Event, Nash Produce’s Rebecca Scott, and more…
The annual fall migration of vegetable production from California’s coastal areas to the desert regions has begun, but the transition period has lengthened in recent years with organic production tending to remain in the Central California region a bit longer.
Total organic fresh produce sales and volume continued to register double digit growth in the third quarter of 2020, with July-September 2020 sales increasing 16 percent and volume up 15 percent compared to the same period in 2019, according to the Q3 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report released exclusively by the Organic Produce Network and Category Partners.
Rebecca Scott is grower accounting and marketing director for Nash Produce, a grower-owned packer/shipper of sweet potatoes and cucumbers based in Nashville, North Carolina. Nash Produce is the largest supplier of organic sweet potatoes in North Carolina and one of the top suppliers of organic sweet potatoes in the US. Rebecca joined OPN to talk about Nash’s organic program, why North Carolina sweet potatoes are so tasty, and more.
The Organic Produce Network has announced a virtual online event featuring Stew Leonard, Jr., President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s, and Scott Schuette, Vice president of produce and floral for Fresh Thyme Market, discussing how the organic fresh produce industry has fared at retail in 2020, sales and consumer purchasing behavior, merchandising opportunities and a preview of what to expect in 2021.
1. Rodale Institute Invests $2 Million of Endowment to Increase Land Access for Organic Farmers
2. Oppy Amplifies Strength in Avocados with Eco Farms Partnership
3. Whole Foods Predicts 2021 Food Trends
4. High Increase in Both Demand and Supply for Peruvian Organic Ginger This Year
5. Scheid Family Wines Announces First Organic Harvest