Member News

Organic Trade Association Shares Social Media Kit For Setting the Record Straight on What’s Not in Organics

September 18th 2018

Help us set the record straight. Share these graphics on your social channels!   Suggested posts to share with the graphic: Consumers deserve to know the truth. Check out the long list of chemicals that are banned from #organic production and handling  http://bit.ly/notinorganic There’s too much misinformation about #organic out there. Let’s stick to the facts. Here is a long list of chemicals that are BANNED for use in #organic food and farming. Look for the USDA organic seal. Organic [Read More]

Mountain Rose Herbs Hosts The Free Herbalism Project

August 28th 2018

On Sunday, October 14 Mountain Rose Herbs will be hosting their free biannual botanical event, The Free Herbalism Project! Experience the magic at the beautiful Mount Pisgah Arboretum while learning from two amazing herbal teachers, Tieraona Low Dog and Paul Bergner. In addition to educational talks, the event will feature several herbal vendors, delicious food trucks, and free botanically inspired prints with Sean O’Reilly from Eugene Printmakers. Mountain Rose Herbs staff will be on hand to answer questions, offer up some [Read More]

OTA Looks to Form Retailer Council

August 28th 2018

An Open Letter from Mark Squire, OTA Board Member I have been a member of the Organic Trade Association for more years than I care to count, and am now serving on the Board. As a retailer, I am both discovering in depth all the great work that is going on within the trade association but also noticing that retailers are underrepresented in many of the important conversations that take place. These conversations lead to important policy decisions and eventually contribute [Read More]

Mountain Rose Herbs Opens State-of-the-Art Milling Facility

August 13th 2018

Creating local jobs while reducing the company’s carbon footprint Eugene, Oregon – Last week, Mountain Rose Herbs quietly opened its brand-new organic processing facility—creating eight new jobs in the Eugene-Springfield area. This socially and environmentally conscious company’s dedication to sustainability was one of the biggest drivers behind the new facility. “One main focus for 2018 is creating a carbon-neutral business model,” says Mountain Rose Herbs Vice President, Shawn Donnille. “Having our products cut and milled right next to our receiving [Read More]

Provender Alliance and Sustainable Food Trade Association Partner Up

July 17th 2018

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA). Through this partnership, Provender members can receive a 15% discount on their first year of membership in SFTA and 5% off for the following 3 years. This offer is only good for new memberships. In addition to discounts on SFTA membership, Provender members can access SFTA webinars for free. The discount code is available in the Members Only section of the website. Links to the code [Read More]

SFTA August Learning Events Not to Miss

July 17th 2018

August SFTA Peer Learning Tour: Growing Sustainably: Learning and Sharing with Mountain Rose Herbs August 16, 2018, 1-4:30pm PT Meet at 4020 Stewart Rd. Eugene, OR 97402 This dynamic tour provides an excellent opportunity to learn about how Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH) has incorporated sustainability from the ground up since its inception. The day includes an overview of MRH’s sustainability program and accomplishments, and a tour of their office, production, shipping and warehouse facilities. Special emphasis will be given to [Read More]

Sustainable Food Trade Association Celebrates 10 Years

July 10th 2018

Since July 2008, the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) has assisted organic companies in building their capacity to become sustainable business models. As companies strive to implement sustainable business practices to complement the organic products they offer, they often find they need the best contacts, resources, and tools to bring about change. SFTA has been providing that, and more, for the last 10 years. “SFTA was launched from a spirit of both vision and practicality, we recognized organic as a [Read More]

Organically Grown Company Pioneers Groundbreaking Steward Ownership Structure to Maintain Independence into Perpetuity

July 10th 2018

Organically Grown Company Pioneers Groundbreaking Steward Ownership Structure to Maintain Independence into Perpetuity  OGC becomes first company in the United States to be owned by a perpetual purpose trust PORTLAND, Ore. – July 9, 2018 – Imagine a company where the largest stockholder never wants to sell its stock or take a profit. And where leadership is directed to focus 100 percent on its founding purpose: to deliver a positive impact on people and planet through its products and services. [Read More]

GloryBee Donates $90k to OSU Honey Bee Lab

May 22nd 2018

SAVE the BEE® initiative donates $90k to Oregon State University at GloryBee’s 44th Annual Bee Weekend Eugene, OR – May 2018 – It’s been a banner year for GloryBee’s SAVE the BEE® social initiative all culminating with a $90k donation to Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab on Friday, April 20. SAVE the BEE started in 2012 with a goal to impact organizations dedicated to saving honeybees and researching bee health issues. As part of their mission to support [Read More]

Mountain Rose Herbs Announces Giving Project

May 8th 2018

Awarding three $4,000 grants to plant lovers who share its mission-driven philosophy Eugene, Oregon – Between now and August 1, 2018, Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH) will be accepting applications to its brand new Mountain Rose Herbs Giving Project. This program, funded entirely by MRH, will award three $4,000 grants to people or organizations that need extra assistance to bring their plant- or conservation-centric projects to fruition. The winning applicants will be announced by [Read More]

Scratch and Peck Feeds Awarded Gold Recipient of Food/Beverage Processor of the Year, Small Firms

May 7th 2018

  Burlington, WA—May 4, 2018—Scratch and Peck Feeds has been selected as the gold awardee of the Food / Beverage Processor of the Year, Small Firms by the Washington’s Manufacturing Awards program from Seattle Business magazine. Seattle Business magazine honored 14 pioneering companies at the ninth Washington Manufacturing Awards gala Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in Renton. The event attracted business leaders from across the state. Companies were chosen to be finalists in seven categories: Manufacturing Company [Read More]

Hummingbird Wholesale Announces Grand Opening of Mahonia Building

May 7th 2018

Time & Location Jun 08, 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM Mahonia Building , 120 Shelton Mcmurphey Blvd, Eugene, OR 97401, USA About The Event Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the Mahonia Building—Eugene’s newest food and community hub, featuring innovative, sustainable design, many up-cycled building materials, and environmentaly friendly grounds. This exciting new hub features warehouse, production, and office spaces, as well as restaurants and rentable community rooms. The layout features common areas to create positive interaction [Read More]

Organically Grown Company Releases 14th Annual Sustainability Report

April 21st 2018

In preparation for their 40th year, the organization looks back to guide them forward PORTLAND, Ore. (April 20, 2018) – It has been 48 years since the very first Earth Day Celebration in 1970. Forty years ago this movement helped shape Organically Grown Company and their commitment to promoting and ensuring the long term viability of organic and sustainable agriculture! In this historic anniversary year, they will be celebrating the incredible growth of organics, and preparing to stay true to their [Read More]

SnoTemp Cold Storage to Open Refrigerated Warehouse in Redmond, Oregon

April 2nd 2018

Slated to open in early 2019, the 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse will serve Central Oregon’s growing food and beverage industry  Redmond, Ore. – SnoTemp Cold Storage today announced plans to build a 40,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled warehouse in Redmond, Ore. This will be SnoTemp’s third Oregon location. The facility will be located at 775 NE Hemlock and construction is planned to start this summer with an opening date projected for early 2019. The Redmond location will offer frozen [Read More]

Sustainable Food Trade Association Selects New Officers

March 20th 2018

    Organic Valley’s Jonathan Reinbold to be SFTA board president New Castle, VA (March 20, 2018) – The Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) Board of Directors elected Jonathan Reinbold, Organic Valley’s head of sustainability, as SFTA board president at its March 8, 2018 board and annual member meeting in Anaheim, CA. Other SFTA officer appointments include: Vice President Renaud des Rosiers (Amy’s Kitchen), Treasurer, Bri Saseen (Chico Natural Foods Co-op), and Secretary Peter Golbitz, (Agromeris, LLC). Derek Singer of [Read More]