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OPN Connect Newsletter 196
Organic Grower Summit Roundtable, Winter Veg Update, CMI, Goodwin & Sons, and more…
In 1946, George Goodwin opened a small general store, Goodwin & Sons, in Crestline, CA. Today, the retailer has partnered with a developer to open a Goodwin's Organic Foods and Drinks outlet below a 1500-unit apartment building in Redlands, CA, and it hopes to duplicate this blueprint for future developments.
CMI Orchards was formed in 1989 with a vision to grow and sell premium-quality fruit in Washington State. The owner group includes McDougall & Sons and Columbia Fruit Packers in Wenatchee, Double Diamond in Quincy, and Highland Fruit in Yakima.
Leaders from three of the largest and most respected organic fresh produce companies agreed that the outlook for the organic industry is positive, as they explored a wide range of issues during the Organic Grower Summit Roundtable, which premiered yesterday. Moderated by Dave Puglia, president and CEO of Western Growers Association, the roundtable featured Bruce Taylor, president of Taylor Farms/Earthbound Farm; Soren Bjorn, president of Driscoll’s of the Americas; and Vic Smith, president of JV Smith Companies.
While it has been a relatively “rough transition” between summer/fall and winter production of organic vegetables this year, the situation appears to have righted itself in the early December holiday time frame for some items, according to industry players.
1. The Past, Present and Future of Amy's Kitchen
2. Brianna Shales Named Stemilt's New Marketing Director
3. California Grower-Shipper Expands Organic Heirloom Navel Orange Program
4. OFA Announces New National Clearinghouse for Organic Farmer Education
5. Grant Awarded to Help Conserve Pletcher Farm