Tom Burfield

Tom Burfield

Florida strawberry growers cope with challenges

Despite challenging conditions, a number of Florida strawberry growers continue to ramp up their volume of organic berries every season.

Organic citrus gaining ground

Citrus has become one of the produce department’s leading organic items.

Organic apple volume rises

Organic apple volumes are up year-over-year, and Nielsen data from November 2019 shows that organic apples make up 8% of apple category volume and 10% of category dollars on average in the U.S.

Organic produce industry eyes sustainable packaging

Organically grown products and sustainable packaging should go hand in hand, so many organic growers, shippers and distributors are launching programs to reduce the use of plastics.

Fungus hits Florida strawberries

Growing organic strawberries has never been easy for Florida farmers, but the task got a lot more challenging in late December, when a fungus called Pestalotiopsis took hold in some of the state’s berry fields.

2020 CCOF conference: Root for organic advocacy

On Feb. 19, California Certified Organic Farmers will hold its annual meeting and advocacy day and Proponents of organic produce will have an opportunity to share their opinions about organics.

Organic retail sales keep growing

Some supermarkets carry more organically grown fruits and vegetables than others, but today it’s rare to find a store that has no organic offerings.

Organic remains ‘hot’ category

Organic produce sales continue to grow, but as volume increases, the growth rate is slowing from the double-digit range the category has enjoyed over the past decade or so, grower-shippers say.

Sunkist, other California orange shippers access Vietnam

Valencia, Calif.-based Sunkist Growers Inc. will be among California growers exporting navel oranges to Vietnam starting this season.

Citrus growers continue to combat HLB

The U.S. citrus industry continues to cope with citrus greening disease.