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Organic Valley Expands its Organic Farmers Membership

America’s largest cooperation of organic farmers and one of the leading organic brands in the world will grow to a size of 2,000 farmer owners

USA: United States based organic co-operative (co-op) society is set to increase its organic farmers membership to 2,000 farmers in the first week of January, which will be accounting to 12 per cent of the organic farmers in the United States. Organic Valley registered a 16 per cent growth in its membership size, and added more than 40,000 acres of agricultural land.

The farmer members of the Organic Valley Cooperative work in 36 states across the country, and deploy a variety of farming techniques ranging from conventional farming techniques to innovative dairies with solar panel and biodiesel. Since the business is not being held by the shareholders or outside investors, it can prioritize paying the farmers a fixed price each month for their services, as well as providing them with valuable shared services such as top of the class veterinary care, farming educational programmes, etc.

According to TechSci Research, this recent development of the co-op will only prove to be more beneficiary for the farmers. The democratic business model allows all the farmers to have a voice in pay price, profit sharing, best practices and other cooperative fundamentals. Since the beginning of its inception, the mission of the Organic Valley Cooperative has been to save the farming families through an organic cooperative business model that ensures a fair pay price to the farmers, which is why the company is among the leading organic brand in the United States and among the global leaders of the Organic food and beverage industry.

According to a recently published report at TechSci Research, “Global Organic Food Market By Product Type, By Region, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011 – 2021”, global market for organic food is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 14% during 2016-2021, on account of high demand for organic food in retail stores, restaurants, schools and office cafeterias. Europe dominated demand for organic food across the globe and the region is projected to continue dominating the market through 2021. Further, organic fruits & vegetables dominated global organic food market, due to high content of protective antioxidants, less pesticide residue and low level of toxic chemicals in organically cultivated fruits & vegetables. White Wave Foods, Hain Celestial, General Mills, UNFI, Sprouts Farmers Market and Edeka Group are few of the major players operating in global organic food market.

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