Provender News

Paul Stamets Selected as a Fellow in The Prestigious Explorers Club

October 6th 2020

Olympia, Wash. Fungi Perfecti, LLC (maker of Host Defense® MushroomsTM) is pleased to announce that Founder and Chief Scientist Paul Stamets is officially an Explorer! Paul’s extensive work in the field of mycology has earned him an official induction into The Explorers Club. Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been [Read More]

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Learn the Story of the Black farmers in Georgia Who Grow Equal Exchange Pecans

October 4th 2020

Article by Kate Chess of Equal Echange Historical photos curtesy of Shirley Sherrod/New Communities Inc.   When you own the land you farm, you decide what to plant, when to harvest, and which maintenance methods to use. More importantly, you’re the one who controls your own livelihood. For Black farmers in the United States, land ownership is tied to freedom. But systematic racial discrimination has pushed many out of agriculture. Equal Exchange’s partners at New Communities, who supply our [Read More]

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Jyoti Stephens – VP Mission and Strategy, Nature’s Path Foods

September 17th 2020

Jyoti’s Stephens activist upbringing transformed into her dream work, where she now ensures environmental sustainability is top-of-mind for every business decision at Nature’s Path. Under her leadership, all three of the company’s manufacturing facilities were designated Zero-Waste and she’s implemented programs to encourage a purpose-focused culture in the organization, as she believes everyone can make a difference in the world. Jyoti has a deep-rooted passion for sustainability and organics. As Vice President of Mission and Strategy for Nature’s Path, she [Read More]

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Blue Lotus Chai Receives the Specialty Food Association’s 2020 sofiTM Award for Star Anise Masala Chai

September 3rd 2020

For the second consecutive year, Blue Lotus Chai has received the Specialty Food Association’s 2020 sofiTM Award for innovation and taste in the 48th annual awards — dubbed by Bloomberg as “the Oscars of Artisanal Foods.” Amongst many entries, their delicious and unique “Star Anise Masala Chai” received the bronze within the tea category. Blue Lotus Chai will be attending the virtual Fancy Food show in September, where the Star Anise Masala Chai will be featured in the sofiTM Winner’s [Read More]

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Provender Crossroads Update: Town Hall Membership Meeting

August 18th 2020

Provender Crossroads Update:  Town Hall Membership Meeting, August 19th Dear Provender Community, We want to keep you updated on what’s happening with our organization. Like many other non-profits, the Provender Alliance is facing tough challenges. As shared with you in May, we have been experiencing circumstances where we could no longer continue with “business as usual.” Our beloved Provender is at a proverbial crossroads.  We are dealing with a confluence of depleting financial [Read More]

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Customer Service Specialist Job Opening – Cafe Mam/Royal Blue Organics (Eugene, OR)

July 30th 2020

Customer Service Specialist (Full-time Position) We are a small, family-owned, organic, and fair-trade coffee company and we are excited to be adding to our team! We have two, immediate, full-time, openings. A high degree of organization, good customer service & communication skills, and the ability to problem-solve are qualities needed to be successful in this role. Must have prior customer service experience and a desire to work for a mission-driven company. Responsibilities include: – Maintaining a positive, empathetic and [Read More]

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Delivery Driver Job Opening – Cafe Mam/Royal Blue Organics (Eugene, OR)

July 30th 2020

Delivery Driver While primarily a delivery driver position, a variety of other miscellaneous tasks will be required as well. Must have a desire to work for a mission-driven company. Responsibilities include: – Delivering coffee to local, Eugene businesses – Managing inventory at some accounts – Placing accurate coffee orders – Maintaining a positive, empathetic and professional attitude toward customers at all times – Acknowledging and resolving customer complaints – Knowing our products inside and out so that you can answer [Read More]

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Where Will Consumers Turn When the Mondelez’s of the World — or “Big Natural” — Abandon Them?

July 30th 2020

Yesterday, Mondelez International announced that they would be reducing their SKU count by 25%. Mondelez owns nearly 40 brands, mainly in the cookie/cracker/candy areas. Brands that may show up in natural retailers are Toblerone, Belvita, Philadelphia, Perfect Bar, and Enjoy Life Foods. During a previous Provender Community Conversation call, we talked about how the pandemic is accelerating the trend of reduced selection in chain stores. Imagine if you can – a cookie section in a Fred Meyer or Winco [Read More]

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Produce Manager Job Opening – Food Co-op, Port Townsend, WA

July 29th 2020

Are you a well-rounded local/organic foods/produce enthusiast with a passion for customer service? Do you have experience managing and supervising others? Working directly with farmers and local vendors? Are you looking for the stability of a job with excellent pay and benefits? Do you want to work at a successful natural grocery where your talents are appreciated & where you have opportunities to grow and make a positive impact? The Food Co-op is seeking a professional Produce Department Manager to [Read More]

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Natural Foods Department Manager Job Opening – Sunny Farms Country Store (Sequim, WA)

July 29th 2020

Natural Foods Department Manager, Sunny Farms – Sequim, WA Expectations Guide and empower natural foods staff and model how to actively engage customers, ensuring they receive unparalleled hospitality and professional service. Represent Sunny Farms in the community with a positive image. Participate enthusiastically with genuine care for our shared success. Create a welcoming environment for everyone. Responsibilities Train, schedule, and maintain a readied team that keeps the department fully stocked and rotated. Search for ways for the team to be [Read More]

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Paid Internship: Quality Control & Regulatory Compliance Assistant Job Opening – Hummingbird Wholesale, Eugene, OR

July 23rd 2020

The intern will work directly under the Quality Control and Regulatory Compliance officer at Hummingbird Wholesale. They will learn about Food Safety plans and documentation while supporting the department in improving, maintaining, and auditing the current plan. This is a paid internship (20-40 hrs/week), and runs July 1, 2020, through Fall Term 2020.

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