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OPN Connect Newsletter 293
Cranberry Supplies Tight, OGS Ed Sessions Announced, Craig Kaprielian, Marketing Support for Organic Produce, Market Update, and More…
A third-generation farmer and world-renowned mandarin breeder/grower, Craig Kaprielian is the owner of Fruit World Nursery and Blum Agriculture. He also manages the Kaprielian family ranches for Fruit World, a marketing company started by his daughter Bianca and her business partner CJ Buxman. OPN recently caught up with Craig for a conversation about his passion for seedless mandarins, what it’s like to transition from conventional to organic ag, his advice for other transitioning growers, and more.
“Less Chemistry and More Biology” and “Data Dive Into Organic Produce Sales” Ed Sessions Announced for OGS 2022
A pair of recently announced educational sessions will explore the growing importance of biologicals as a tool of organic crop production and offer a look at the growth of organic fresh produce sales at grocery stores this year as the final parts of the 2022 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by Western Growers and OPN educational program.
Retailers looking to feature organic cranberries in their holiday lineup this year will have more volume to pick from, but demand will still exceed supplies, and there will be little fruit left after the Thanksgiving pull.
"We can't do it all alone." Those were the words of a produce director in a conversation with suppliers at an industry function. The discussion was about the need for greater support from growers and shippers in marketing the organic produce category. For the past several years, retailers feel they have worked very hard expanding organic sections, carrying more variety, displaying features on end caps, pricing organic produce affordably, and steadily promoting it in weekly ad flyers. Now they need others to also step up to the plate with additional backup support.
1. Organic Food & Farming Report Outlines Farm Bill Opportunities
2. Bako Sweet Unveils New Sweet Potato Bag Design
3. Organic Banana Demand Remains Strong Despite Recession Fears
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