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OPN Connect Newsletter 169
PCC's Kevin Byers, Heliae, Pelger on the New Organic Consumer, Veg Update, and More...
When COVID-19 began, it set off a huge shopping spree. During that splurge, many grocery store items became scarce, and organic produce sections were hit harder than normal, drawing new first time customers. Ron Pelger explains why now is the time to focus on building up organic produce categories, and shares tips on how to capitalize on these opportunities.
Organic growers everywhere are facing issues maintaining their soil structure while simultaneously finding economic solutions that allow for lower input costs to increase their ROI while benefiting their yield. Heliae is the pioneering microalgae food and ag tech company that is 100% focused on meeting the urgent challenges of global climate threats, and their products provide organic growers with sustainable and regenerative soil solutions.
Kevin Byers is senior produce merchandiser for PCC Community Markets, a natural foods cooperative carrying more than 7,000 organic items in 13 locations throughout the greater Seattle area. Byers joined OPN for a conversation about PCC’s produce sourcing standards, its longstanding relationships with local growers, how it maintains a competitive edge, and more.
Gaps in production caused by rain 10-12 weeks ago, as well as seasonal reductions in supply, have boosted the f.o.b. price on many organic vegetables with volatility expected through much of June. Industry experts weigh in on cauliflower, broccoli and a few other items that are feeling the effects so far this month.
1. Braga Fresh Celebrated National Salad Month with Four Organic Releases
2. Stemilt Boosts Apple Category with 'Artisan Organics Lil Snappers Apples'
3. Reusable Packaging Association Publishes State of the Reusable Packaging Industry Report
4. Nebraska Sees Rising Interest in Organic Agriculture
5. CCOF Offers Resources for Farmers Interested in Applying for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program