Provender News

Director of Finance Job Opening-Hummingbird Wholesale

November 14th 2017

Director of Finance Company Summary Hummingbird Wholesale is a small, family owned & operated company that distributes organic food throughout the Pacific Northwest and into northern California. Our Mission, Core Values & Culture We endeavor to serve people & the planet by providing the highest quality, most nutritious foods, grown as locally & sustainably as possible to nourish the body, mind & soul. We practice principles of ecological & social justice in our business [Read More]

Categories: Job Openings

Maggie’s Organics Celebrate 25 Years of Fair Trade Organic Apparel!

November 14th 2017

Maggie’s Organics, Dexter, Michigan, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. Maggie’s has been a leader in fair trade and organic apparel since 1992. Their mission has been to ensure that every step of their supply chain – from farm to finish – is fair and equitable, while creating and producing classic, beautiful and affordable pieces for season after season of wear. Maggie’s new Holiday Socks are flying off the shelves! Made in the USA, these certified organic merino wool socks [Read More]

Categories: Member News

November Provender News

November 14th 2017

by Vicki Reich I’m sure the busy season has started in ernest for many of you.  As a former natural foods retail, I remember the stress of trying to make sure my customers could find just what they were looking for when they came to my store.  I’m guessing being a manufacture at this time of year has its own special stresses.  Even if your customers are too busy dealing with making the holidays perfect for their customers to be [Read More]

Categories: Provender News

News from the Board of Directors

November 13th 2017

by Shawn Seebach, Board Secretary Another Provender conference has come and gone and I have to say, what an amazing conference it was! I am still feeling so energized by our amazing members and what you all bring to this community! It was great to see some familiar faces and also all the new ones. Thank you to all who came and made it the best conference yet! As we mentioned at our General Membership Meeting, the Board elections [Read More]

Categories: Provender News

Warehouse Beetles in Organic Storerooms: How can a little beetle be such a problem?

October 27th 2017

by Ashley Roden, Sprague Pest Solutions A common stored food product pest, Warehouse beetles (Trogoderma variabile) are one of the most destructive of all warehouse pests. While they don’t live inside warehouses, these beetles are strong fliers and are likely living outside the facility at all times. These scavenger beetles will enter your facility to find nutrition and will eat everything including animal-origin products like wool clothing, other dead insects and animals, and dried milk. They also consume cereal, corn [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2017

Polite Ways to Decline a Meeting Invitation

October 27th 2017

by Tracy Parks, Think Productive USA America meets a lot; an estimated 11 million meetings are held in the United States each day. Traditional meetings mean losing out on time that the attendees could be using to do something else, so typically, they’re reserved for important subjects…or at least they’re supposed to be. But, we live in the age of meetings to plan meetings, or meetings about meetings that already happened. • 63% of meetings are conducted without a [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2017

Why Do Marketing and Operations Clash?

October 27th 2017

by Carolee Colter, CDS Consulting Back when I worked in distribution, the warehousers complained that marketing promised too much to the customer, while marketing grumbled that the warehouse always said no. It’s the same in retail. When conducting employee surveys I often hear comments from grocery or wellness like, “Marketing is trying to run everything but we’re the ones who actually talk with the customers,” and comments from marketing like, “We’re just trying help them sell their products. Why won’t [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2017