Organic demand could exceed supply - The Packer

Organic demand could exceed supply

11/06/2013 02:04:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

She said Charlie’s Produce is working with more local growers to help combat this issue.

“New acreage is coming into organic that wasn’t organic before, and we are working with more local growers, but it will be a conversation to have as less land in general is dedicated to agriculture in California and other areas,” Dempster said.

Year-round supply

Lakeside Organic Gardens, Watsonville, Calif., has developed land to use in different areas of California to help develop steady supplies in winter months.

“Lakeside Organic Gardens grows on approximately 1,200 certified organic acres in the Pajaro Valley,” spokeswoman Lindsey Roberts said. “And in order to keep a steady supply for our customers through the winter, we grow on approximately 600 certified organic acres in the Imperial Valley,”

Naturipe Farms LLC also has a diverse growing area, but sometimes weather can still affect supplies.

Jim Roberts, vice president of sales with the Naples, Fla.-based berry grower-shipper, said the recent freeze in Chile has caused a stir about organic blueberry supplies.

However, Roberts said the company is pleased that areas in the middle and southern regions were less affected.

“There was less of an impact in those regions. There was a loss of some fruit in the north, but there’s less organic production there, so we’ll continue to see strong growth,” he said.

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