Provender News

Dr. Bronner’s Creates Line of Dark Chocolate Bars Like No Other to Spark the Next Generation of Ethical Chocolate Excellence

April 20th 2021

Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Chocolate will be Available Nationwide in Summer 2021 in Six Delicious Organic, Fair Trade, and Vegan Varieties VISTA, CA – In an unprecedented move, Dr. Bronner’s, the family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, will introduce a new line of organic, fair trade, and vegan chocolate in Summer of 2021. This pioneering natural product brand of over seventy-years is producing luscious bars with chunky bites and smooth rich and decadent fillings, [Read More]

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Fair World Project Advocates to Stand with Working People, Support the PRO Act!

April 19th 2021

By Ryan Zinn, Fair World Project Fair trade was founded on the principle of solidarity: uniting farmers, workers, and activist consumers in a joint effort to fight for basic human and economic rights. And as corporations have gotten bigger and more consolidated, it’s clear that the rest of us need to build power to match them. The United States is ranked dead last for workers’ rights of all industrialized nations. The plight of working people in the United States has [Read More]

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Maggie’s Organics Owner Bená Burda speaks about ‘A System Askew’ in fair trade podcast interview

April 19th 2021

In the following transcript, Christian and Kathryn Birky of re:human probe our apparel supply chains with Bená Burda, owner of Maggie’s Organics, and emerge with two viable reasons for optimism. The first is a resurgence of the values that shaped the initial organic movement. The second is a model for an alternative ownership structure that places domestic production on firmer footing. Bená covers a lot of ground in this conversation, discussing recent turbulence in the global cotton supply [Read More]

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Unlike All of Our Competitors – A President’s Message from Equal Exchange

April 15th 2021

The following letter was sent to Equal Exchange’s extensive community, including the Provender Alliance: by Rink Dickinson (President) and Leif Rawson-Ahern (Vice President), Equal Exchange Unlike All of Our Competitors Equal Exchange is a non-capitalist organization. Like other businesses we buy, sell, produce, distribute, and market products. We strive to make a surplus based on the difference between our costs and selling price but we are not here to maximize or accumulate profit. Two key elements of our success [Read More]

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Deli Manager Job Opening – Central Co-op (Tacoma, WA location)

April 15th 2021

Central Co-op Deli Manager (Tacoma) Level: Management Job Location: Pearl St – Tacoma, WA Position Type: Salaried Management Position Education Level: High School Diploma or GED Travel Percentage: Negligible Job Shift: Any Job Category: Restaurant – Food Service Want to be an integral part of a progressive, dynamic workplace devoted to supporting small vendors, local farmers, and transformative community [Read More]

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Cafe Manager Job Opening – Sacramento Natural Food Co-op (Sacramento, CA)

April 9th 2021

POSITION SUMMARY: The Café Manager is responsible for ensuring a phenomenal experience for customers in the Café area through leading product and service selection, high product quality, and consistently exceptional customer experience. This position upholds the co-op’s standards through effectively developing and supporting their team, implementing efficient and productive systems, demonstrating stellar leadership, and being accountable for the financial performance of the department all in a manner that demonstrates the values of Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and the co-operative identity. [Read More]

Is It Really Organic?

April 8th 2021

by Abigail Harris, Executive Director, Provender Alliance Recently, a lawsuit lost in court that had been filed against the USDA for certifying hydroponics as organic. The case was a group effort initiated by the Center for Food Safety* and includes Dave Chapman, an organic farmer and director of the Real Organic Project (ROP). [Read “I Fought the Law and the Law Won”] Ouch. And ouch again. This means the USDA will continue certifying over a billion [Read More]

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Local Delivery Driver Job Opening – Down To Earth Distributors (Eugene, OR)

April 6th 2021

Position Title: Local Delivery Driver—CDL Class A Department: Warehouse Location: Eugene, OR Worker Category: Full-Time Down To Earth Distributors is hiring! Home every night. We are looking for a class A CDL driver for local deliveries in the Eugene/Springfield area. This position will primarily deliver goods to our Down To Earth Retail store in Eugene, as well as transfer products between warehouse locations. Will assist in the warehouse as needed. Complies with all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, and adheres to all company policies [Read More]

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April Message from the Board: Jackson Bagley-Bonner

April 6th 2021

Greetings fellow Provenderites, Spring has Sprung (at least in the southern Willamette valley) and a new period of transition is upon all of us, one way or another. These times of change and renewal often come with introspection and looking for the “why” both personally and professionally for me.  When thinking about what I wanted to cover in my “message from the board” I went back and forth on topics and how many nuts and bolts to include about our [Read More]

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Wholesale Garden Sales Representative Job Opening – Down To Earth Distributors (Eugene, OR)

April 6th 2021

Position Title: Wholesale Garden Sales Representative Department: Sales Location: Eugene, OR Worker Category: Full-Time Down To Earth Distributors is hiring for our wholesale garden sales team. The primary purpose of this position is selling our Down To Earth brand all natural fertilizers and soil amendments to our wholesale garden center and retail customers. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of organic gardening practices, not limited to understanding of NPK, product application rates, purpose and seasonality of the Down To Earth Organic Fertilizer Product [Read More]

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Independent Contractor Brokerage Job Opening – Maitri Marketing (Bellingham, WA service area)

April 2nd 2021

Maitri Marketing is a well know boutique brokerage in the Pacific Northwest with a stellar reputation.  We are organized, sales driven, and share a common goal with promoting and selling the very best Natural skincare, supplements, and household products. We are looking for a professional outside salesperson to service the Bellingham area that shares these goals and passion for the natural grocery channel.  Candidates should have sales experience in the natural products industry, be organized and detail oriented, and display [Read More]

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April 13th Event – Seeking Staffing Stability: Recruitment, Retention, and Maintaining Morale

March 25th 2021

UPCOMING COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: Tues. April 13th @ noon – 1:00 pm (PT) Seeking Staffing Stability: Recruitment, Retention, and Maintaining Morale The pandemic has made it especially challenging for recruitment, retention, and maintaining morale. Please join us for this free, informative conversation and register here to participate on April 13. How Community Conversations work: We meet on Zoom on the second Tuesday of [Read More]

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Food Safety & Compliance Manager Job Opening – Organically Grown Co. (Portland, OR)

March 23rd 2021

The Food Safety & Compliance Manager oversees the implementation of the requirements, policies, procedures, programs and training components of the food safety program. They also facilitates the document control program and reporting for system usage and regulatory bodies. See 3-page job description below (downloadable). Please email your resume and cover letter to: [email protected] Thank you!  

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Dr. Bronner’s Creates Special Label on Soaps to Promote Book About the Company and Its Progressive Business Practices

March 18th 2021

VISTA, CA – Dr. Bronner’s, the family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soaps and body care products in North America, is proud to announce the release of the first-ever book about Dr. Bronner’s, Honor Thy Label: Dr. Bronner’s Unconventional Journey to a Clean, Green and Ethical Supply Chain. Written by Dr. Bronner’s Vice President of Special Operations, Dr. Gero Leson, the book published March 9, 2021. Dr. Bronner’s CEO, David Bronner wrote the foreword, and the company has created a [Read More]

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