The State of Organic
A panel discussion on trends and innovations in the organic industry
Thursday, March 2, 2017 (4 - 6 pm)
ATL Bldg 7 - Room 2
Free and open to the public
We were very privileged to host an outstanding panel discussion where leaders in the organic produce industry shared their perspectives on the evolution of the organic marketplace, including its origins, successes, challenges, regulation and current trends. To download a copy of each of their presentations (PDF),
please click on their names below:
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Organic Produce Network
Tonya Antle has been a driving force in the farming and produce industry for over thirty years. She is recognized as a trailblazer and top spokesperson for the organic produce segment, having helped propel organic produce from fringe to mass-market retailing. Tonya is the Co-founder and EVP of the newly-formed Organic Produce Network (OPN). OPN is focused on connecting all facets of the organic produce community through education, information and live events. She previously held the position of Vice President of Organic Sales for over 13 years at Earthbound Farm, the country’s leading brand of organic vegetables and salads. During her tenure, she worked with leading retailers throughout the US and Canada to develop and build organic programs and markets, helping Earthbound to achieve a half billion-dollar sales level prior to her departure. Tonya believes strongly in the benefits of mentorship and enjoys working with younger professionals, sharing the valuable insight gained in her career and helping them to navigate the sometimes tricky path to success.
Bob Borda serves as Vice President of Organic Sales at Cal-Organic Farms, a division of Grimmway Enterprises, and is a twenty- five year veteran in the produce industry. Growing up on a farm in Bakersfield, California, Bob learned the value of hard work while developing a passion for agriculture. He was introduced to produce sales and marketing the summer of 1991 when he participated in a Summer Internship program at Pavich Family Farms through Cal Poly, SLO. Bob went to work for Pavich after graduating from Cal Poly in 1992. During his professional development, he expanded his fruit and vegetable sales experience representing reputable companies such as Pavich Family Farms, Boskovich Farms, and Bolthouse Farms. Through continued commitment to a strong work ethic, perseverance and integrity, Bob advanced his career. After working in various sales account management / commodity management and director roles, he ultimately achieved his current position at Cal-Organic Farms.
Clif Bar & Company
USDA National Organic Standards Board
Tom currently serves as chair of USDA’s 15-member National Organic Standards Board. As Senior Sourcing Manager of Ingredients at Clif Bar & Company, Tom is responsible for sourcing and contracting for organic ingredients. He is actively engaged with the organic supply chain, meeting with farmers and manufacturers to encourage and support the continued growth in organic acres planted to meet growing demand. Tom also works with internal partners to develop innovative products that are in compliance with Clif Bar’s expectations for quality, food safety, social and organic integrity. Tom has had a career-long dedication to the organic industry, including experience in organic certification and the processing/handling of organic products. He has experience with organic material evaluations and standards development; continues to pursue on-going organic education through published articles and industry and educational presentations; and enjoys engaging with the next generation of organic and socially responsible leaders.
Rachel has worked in the produce industry for the past eleven years. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural Business Management. She is now in her seventh year with Taylor Farms and currently supports the west region as their Sales Manager. Her responsibilities include maintaining customer relationships, facilitating new business, and analyzing industry trends. Rachel values the commitment Taylor Farms has made to innovation, sustainability, customer satisfaction, and leadership. By making this commitment, Taylor Farms is the largest supplier of salads and fresh cut vegetables in North America. Rachel stays very involved in the industry. She has served/participated on the following boards and organizations: Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Career Pathways Program, Salinas Valley Leadership, PMA Women’s Fresh Perspectives, and PMA Emerging Leaders.
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