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Monterey, CA — The educational sessions at the Organic Produce Summit, which took place July13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, here, gave attendees some serious food for thought. Topics ranged from merchandising and trends, to opportunities and challenges, and even touched on robotics and bioponics. Check out what attendees learned from these sessions, and what the presenters hope they gained, in our latest video.

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The Organic Produce Summit, held July 12-13 in Monterey, CA, was sold out for attendees and exhibition booths. More than 900 people were in attendance, including nearly 200 retailers from over 70 different buying organizations. Representatives from Costco, SuperValu and Natural Grocers told The Produce News they were looking to connect and reconnect with partners in the $14 billion organic fresh produce industry — and OPS is just the place to do that.

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Retailers, growers, distributors and processors gathered in Monterey, CA, Wednesday, July 12 as the 2017 Organic Produce Summit kicked off with its opening reception. Industry members got down on the dance floor last night; today they’ll get down to business at a series of educational sessions and on the OPS exhibition floor.

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Silver Vase Orchids began as a tiny south Florida shadehouse in 1988, and has since grown to a multi-million square-foot production range, run by Andrew and llma Bartha.

Today, the fully automated and environmentally friendly greenhouse operation extends to nearly 1 million square feet across several locations in the United States.

Maggie G. caught up with Marcella Lucio, vice president of marketing and sales at Silver Vase, during the International Floriculture Expo, June 14-15, in Chicago to talk about all the exciting things the company has in store for its customers this summer.

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Valencia oranges, great for juicing, snacking and marinades, are in peak season during the summer months. It's also a great time for grapefruit, which is perfect for breakfasts — or cocktails in the evening. If you’re looking for something to drink a little earlier be sure to grab some lemons for lemonade — or on-trend lemon water.