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At the end of each quarter, I will be doing a recap newsletter for those individuals who may have missed an Organic Insider or want to revisit a previous issue. I know that everyone receives a tremendous amount of email, and this gives people a quick and easy way to get caught up.
Here are the newsletters from the second quarter of 2018:
* Cornucopia’s very damaging report about fraudulent organic imports from Turkey and the USDA’s inability to stop this problem.
* Clearing up the confusion around “organic cannabis.”
* How the Real Organic Project is going to help ensure that organic is what farmers and consumers expect it to be.
* Two things to consider when marketing regenerative products.
* A look at the U.S. organic sales data for 2017 and asking the question whether the industry is maturing or not.
* How the USDA’s rejection of the check-off program could turn into a very positive outcome.
* Reading between the lines in the USDA’s proposed GMO-labeling standards.
* Recap of the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Arizona and how addressing fraud was a clear priority.
* The harm that the House version of the farm bill could cause to the organic sector.
* What journalists who cover the organic food industry would like you to know.
* The sad reality of how the USDA has completely marginalized the National Organic Standards Board.
* Farmers suffered $400M in losses due to fraudulent imported organic grains.
Have a great day!
Max Goldberg, Founder
An encouraging and excellent piece in the NYT about how agroecology is gaining momentum around the globe, much to the chagrin of the major chemical companies.
Since Amazon acquired Whole Foods, microtrips, visits lasting less than five minutes, are up nearly 9%. This also sheds light on the company's retail strategy - focusing on convenience.
At the recent NOSH Live 2018, Jeremiah McElwee, SVP of merchandising and product development at Thrive Market, talked about how his company works with brands to help them flourish.
Kroger has partnered with the UK's Ocado, who has mastered automated fresh food delivery and is beating Amazon in this category.
Co-Founder and CEO John Foraker recently spoke at FamilyFarmed's Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference in Chicago and said that his company aims to be a leading kids nutrition brand from baby all the way to age 12.
Very cool to see that Runa, an organic beverage company started in 2009 by two fellow Brown University alums, Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie, has been purchased by All Market.
A recent Nielsen report is showing that plant-based foods are now accounting for 1/5th of all food and beverage purchases, a staggering number and one that should continue to grow.
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* In light of the heartbreaking tragedy taking place at the Mexican border, where kids are being separated from their parents, a few organic food companies are taking a stand.
* John Foraker, Co-Founder and CEO of Once Upon a Farm, wrote this letter on LinkedIn, asking “Where are the CEOs?” and his company is donating $10,000 to the RAICES (Refugee And Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services) Family Reunification and Bond Fund. In addition, Once Upon a Farm is matching funds up to $15,000.
* Ratana Stephens, Co-Founder of Nature’s Path, wrote this letter on Twitter, and her company is donating $5,000 to RAICES. In addition, Nature’s Path is matching employee contributions up to $5,000.
* Thank you to these two companies for stepping up.
* The Center for Food Safety has released a great research report called Regenerating Paradise: Rebuilding Soil Carbon in Hawaii.
* Make sure to read the U.S. Right to Know’s takedown of GMO advocate Mark Lynas, as he is in the midst of promoting his new book called Seeds of Science. Experts have called Lynas’ claims “false, unscientific, illogical and absurd.”
* The deadline to submit comments about the USDA’s deceptive and misleading GMO-labeling standards is July 3rd. To learn more or to submit a comment, click here.
* Congrats to consumer products sales & marketing agency C.A Fortune for signing a partnership deal with SPINS, which will dramatically boost data-driven insights for its clients.
* Pressed organic juice and meal company Urban Remedy is partnering with model/actress Kate Upton to launch an exclusive meal plan in conjunction with her new wellness platform, Strong4Me Fitness.
* Carrefour in Paris opened up a new Carrefour City store in Paris, which has a significant focus on organic food.
* Boston’s Life Alive Organic Cafe is opening up in Brookline.
* TalkBank, one of the crypto pioneers in Russia’s financial sector, has joined forces with local organic food retailer LavkaLavka to launch the country’s first debit card, which offers cash back paid in cryptocurrency.