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OPN Connect Newsletter 106
Divine Flavor, Organic Apple Update, OGC, GRO at Expo West and more...
It was a little over four decades ago when a small group of food activists in Eugene, Oregon asked a simple, yet profound question: How do we help grow food that is healthier for the planet and people? The answer that emerged centered on an idea to create and grow infrastructure and a market for that food. So, in 1978, OGC was formed as a nonprofit that acted as a support organization for Oregon organic farmers with organic growing methods and education.
Organic apple sales typically drop off some time during the summer, both because supply has been limited and the expertise to hold them for an extended period in controlled atmosphere storage is still a work in progress.
Divine Flavor is a family-run and grower-owned distribution company that believes in growing “Better Food for a Better World.” It’s a philosophy that harkens back 30 years when Don Enrique Camou, Carlos Bon Sr. and Alan Aguirre teamed to create Viñedos Alta (now Grupo Alta), a small table grape vineyard based on values taught at their respective family farms. In 2006, Alan Aguirre and Carlos Bon Jr. teamed up with Pedro Batiz to form Divine Flavor, now part of the Grupo Alta portfolio.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA), in partnership with Organic Voices (OV) and over 70 organic brands and businesses, gathered at Natural Products Expo West to unveil their immediate action plan for a voluntary “check-off-like” program to promote organic products. Following the demise of an attempted USDA mandatory research and promotion check-off program, the OTA, Organic Voices and supporting companies decided to take matters into their own hands.
1. OFRF Luncheon Raises over $100k at Expo West
2. Bailey Produce Partners with DISa to Track Organic Bananas
3. Organic Farmers Association Announces 2019 Governing Council
4. Bonterra Organic Vineyards Pioneers Research on Benefits of Carbon Farming
5. OTA Launches Fraud Prevention Solutions