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Lisa Stunkel: New Western Regional Sales Manager for Maple Valley Cooperative

March 30th 2022

Maple Valley Cooperative is thrilled to announce and welcome Lisa Stunkel as Western Regional Sales Manager! We are confident Lisa will help us to grow while maintaining and developing new customer relationships. She will work from her home office in Bend, Oregon and manage accounts on the west coast, in the southwest and throughout the mountain region. Lisa brings her extensive experience in the gourmet and natural food industry and her vast knowledge of the benefits of organic, fair trade [Read More]

Organically Grown Company Names New CEO, Brenna Davis, recent VP from PCC Community Markets

March 28th 2022

Sustainability-Focused Executive Tapped to Lead Growing Organic Produce Business  PORTLAND, Ore. – Organically Grown Company (OGC), a leading wholesaler and marketer of certified organic produce, announced that Brenna Davis has been named Chief Executive Officer. Davis stepped into leadership of the company in partnership with OGC’s Mission Team in late February. Organically Grown Company includes its wholly-owned subsidiary Alternative Ownership Advisors, an advisory group launched in early 2020 to help mission-driven businesses pursue steward owner and finance models. [Read More]

Rebellyous Foods Wins KeHE On Trend® Frozen Award, Celebrates East Coast Expansion

February 9th 2022

Seattle, WA –  Rebellyous Foods, a company that creates groundbreaking manufacturing technology for plant-based meats, announced today the expanded availability of its award winning plant-based nuggets and tenders. Beginning this week the products will be available at 66 Albertsons locations in the Mid-Atlantic region including Safeway and Acme stores, encompassing Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Rebellyous Foods’ plant-based nuggets also won the KeHE On Trend® Frozen Award, a top honor from one of North America’s largest [Read More]

Oregon Brineworks Wins Prestigious Good Food Foundation 2022 Good Food Award

February 1st 2022

Well-known for its line of raw, fermented foods, its 2022 Good Food Award-winning organic Spicy Kraut boasts having “reached a flavor of nirvana that will enhance any meal.” The company creates top-quality, organic, lacto-fermented vegetables that contribute to their customers’ health and well-being. Oregon Brineworks’ main ingredients are sourced from organic farms within Hood River Valley to interconnect with the regional food system. Owners Brian and Connie Shaw first met while running an organic farm. The company now “makes pickles [Read More]

Hummingbird Wholesale Announced as Good Food Foundation 2022 Good Food Award Winner

February 1st 2022

  Eugene, OR – Hummingbird Wholesale is thrilled to announce that they have been named a 2022 Good Food Award Winner for their Tibetan Black Barley, in the Grains category. Winners were announced Friday, January 14 in San Francisco. Hummingbird’s Good Food Award Winning, Tibetan Black Barley is grown by Oregon Grain and Bean, on an Organic farm in Idaho. This barley, with its bran intact, retains a firm, plump texture during cooking, making it perfect in soup, stuffing and stews. [Read More]

Orcas Island Food Co-op to Open Second Location

January 31st 2022

by Jon Steinman – author of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants & publisher of the “Who Owns Your Grocery Store” Report (reprinted with permission from the original Q4 2021 report) Orcas Food Co-op in Eastsound, WA At only 7.5 years of age, this young co-op has quickly become a leader among food co-ops nationwide. Being located on an island, challenge and change seem to appear first, and with it, stories of [Read More]

Board President Announcement about Provender’s Search for a New Executive Director

January 25th 2022

(A LETTER FROM PROVENDER’S BOARD PRESIDENT): Dear Provender Alliance Members and Community, It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that our steadfast Executive Director, Abigail Harris–who has served this organization for the past three years–has recently given notice due to increasing family responsibilities. Abigail’s tenure has been characterized by a close-knit collaboration with the board of directors and in this environment she has led [Read More]

Pranarom Scientific Aromatherapy Educational Trainings December 2021

December 2nd 2021

        Dec 28 Tuesday, 12/28/2021 | 12:00 PM CDT Hygge with Essential Oils Creating a sense of comfort and joy has become nothing short of an art form, and who doesn’t love a little Scandinavian charm? Join Liza Docken, a certified Norwegian and National Educator for Pranarōm to hear the ways in which Essential Oils, Diffusers, and even Virgin Plant Oils can help create a cozy, comfortable environment. Register Now>>   Dec 29 Wednesday, 12/29/2021 | 1:00 [Read More]

Fair World Project Podcast “Get Big or Get Out: Dairy Farmers of America”

November 30th 2021
Fiar World Project

Fair World Project invites you to listen to For a Better World episode 5 and hear Claire Kelloway of Open Markets Institute unpack Dairy Farmers of America’s growing corporate power and how that push to “get big or get out” impacts farmers, workers, and consumers. Dairy is big business. And while farmers have historically organized cooperatives to build power and market shares, now there is one cooperative – Dairy Farmers of America – that has gotten so big and powerful [Read More]

Mountain Rose Herbs Launches First-of-its-Kind Boutique Aroma Bar

November 29th 2021

Organic Botanical and Herbal Products Company Expands and Diversifies EUGENE, OREGON – Mountain Rose Herbs announces the opening of the new Mountain Rose Aroma Bar. With two paramount locations, this first-of-its-kind essential oil market is designed to engage the senses through high-quality, ethically sourced essential oils and personal aromatherapy products. “The Aroma Bar is a celebration. We are reinvigorating retail in a post-COVID world,” said Mountain Rose Herbs owner and CEO, Shawn Donnille. “As far as we know, a [Read More]

Orcas Food Co-op’s unique RE+coop program highlighted in Grocery Stores Report

November 23rd 2021

by Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants Orcas Food Co-op (Eastsound, WA) – It’s no secret that retailers pay heavy credit card fees and Orcas Food Co-op implemented a unique program to keep more of the community’s food dollars on the island. Around 2% of every dollar leaves the community through credit card fees. Re+coop is the name for the co-op’s house charge account system available to members only. House charge [Read More]

Mountain Rose Herbs Increases Wages by 10% for all Non-director Employees

November 18th 2021

Organic Herbal Products Company Prioritizes Employees Over Profit EUGENE, OREGON (November 18, 2021)—Mountain Rose Herbs has announced it is increasing wages by 10% for all non-director employees throughout the company and has raised the starting wage for all new hires. This across-the-board increase benefits more than 200 employees at an annual cost increase of $800,000 for the privately-owned company. “Our company’s purpose is people and planet before profit, and sharing our success with our employees is the first [Read More]

Fungi Perfecti® – makers of Host Defense® Mushrooms™ – releases their second annual sustainability report

November 4th 2021

Fungi Perfecti – makers of Host Defense Mushrooms – is pleased to announce the release of their second annual Sustainability Report. The 2020 Sustainability Report highlights their commitments in the areas of transportation, single-use plastic and packaging, and offset projects, and also offers a sneak-peek into some of the sustainability measures they employ on their farm in Washington state where they grow their own organic mushroom mycelium and fruit bodies. For the second year in a row, Fungi Perfecti [Read More]

Pranoram November 2021 Educational Trainings

November 4th 2021

November 2021 Energy, hair care, immune support and more, plus a special Thanksgiving meditation session!   Deepen your knowledge of essential oils and discover our latest products with Pranarom National Educator, Liza Docken! Each month we offer a variety of seasonally relevant webinars to expand your understanding of scientific aromatherapy for vibrant health and wellness. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar. A webinar recording is available after the webinar’s scheduled time. To [Read More]