OSC2 Member and CEO of Sambazon, Ryan Black, featured on the Food Heros Podcast

Sambazon, purple for the planet, climate change, food industry influencer

Love acai berries, the purple hair, and Amazonian rainforest? Check out Ryan Black’s interview on the Food Hero’s Podcast.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Ryan’s first encounter with acai
  • The history and benefits of acai
  • How acai is grown and processed
  • How Ryan brought this superfood to the American market
  • How Sambazon established organic and fairtrade standards for acai
  • Ryan’s other social and eco-preneurship projects
  • Sambazon’s future efforts to be environmentally conscious

Originally posted on the Food Hero’s Podcast

An “eco-preneur” and CEO of Sambazon, Ryan Black starts the conversation by teaching us how to say acai (“ah-sah-YEE”), which was only his first obstacle when introducing the American market to the superfood.…

Streaming now On-Demand: The State (and Future) of Natural and Organic @ Expo West 2019

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Did you miss The State (and Future) of Natural and Organic panel at Expo West 2019 in Anaheim?

See below for on-demand streaming, and access to session materials presented at one of our favorite sessions at Expo West, The State (and Future) of Natural and Organic. Tune in around minute 1:12:30 to hear more from our co-founder and Executive Director, Lara Dickinson, on the need to support radical collaboration initiatives in our industry, like the Climate Collaborative’s Climate Day  and OSC2’s Packaging Collaborative, and the need for companies at all-levels to step up and fight to eliminate small form bar wrappers from our waste streams.…

ReGrained Presents: The UpCyclist

Why You Should Be Optimistic About Compostable Packaging

by Dan Kurzrock April 25, 2019

Original post at: ReGrained Presents: The UpCyclist

Why You Should Be Optimistic About Compostable Packaging

Optimism about packaging in today’s single-use culture can feel hard to reach. Rather than crumple up our dreams of a more sustainable future and toss them out the window, we’ve always felt inspired to find a better way. Cars aren’t going away, but they can become electric.

Inhale. Exhale.

An Expo West Recap from OSC2

For the past few years we have been witnessing a shift in consciousness and intention within the natural products community. The trend continued this year at Expo West. We were blown away by the number of people in attendance at the various workshops and education sessions, in addition to our annual convening on the show floor to see the ever growing variety of progressive natural products.   

Check out OSC2 and our members this week @ Expo West

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Headed to Anaheim this week? Check out the programs and events below for an inspiring mix of the natural products industry in action.


STAFF PICK

A Seat at the Table for All: The Benefits of a Unified Natural Products Industry

March 7 (Thu)
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1

Free To All Super Pass/Edu. Day Pass Holders!

ReGrained Presents: The UpCyclist

Our Compostable Packaging Plan

Originally posted on Regrained’s website by CEO and Co-Founder Dan Kurzrock, February 14, 2019

Our Compostable Packaging Plan

It is with both a heavy heart and an optimistic spirit that I share this update on ReGrained’s sustainable packaging program:

Despite a significantly higher cost and other challenges, ReGrained was first to market with and has packed exclusively in compostable wrappers for years.

CARBON NEW NEGATIVE FOR 22 YEARS: HOW DID GUAYAKI DO IT?

Originally posted by the Climate Collaborative on January 04, 2019

In anticipation of the 2019 National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards, we’re talking with the leaders of our 2018 award-winning companies to learn a little bit more about what drives their climate leadership.

Our fourth interview is with Chris Mann, CEO and Chairman of the Gourd at Guayaki, winner of the 2018 Outstanding Company Value Chain Engagement Award (View our previous interviews with Organic ValleyLotus Foods and Community Food Co-op).…

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Tune in for the next Climate Collaborative Webinar on Jan 25 @ 11am Pacific

Crops, Cattle, and Climate: Potential Solutions to Agriculture’s Potent Pollutants

Join us as we dive deeper into the world of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) for our January webinar! Reducing the potent SLCPs related to agriculture represents a major opportunity area for natural product companies to reduce their climate impacts.

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, a partner of the UN’s Clean Air and Climate Coalition, will join to discuss the primary drivers behind agriculture-related SLCPs, including burning and enteric emissions.…

On a high note!

Going Deep: OSC2 Strategic Planning Session at Ahmed’s Ranch in Occidental

Thank you all for an amazing year

What a year!  Lara and I wanted to recognize and appreciate the progress made together as we continue to grow this inspiring community. Thanks to you, OSC2 is a thriving ecosystem. Your contribution of time, energy, and resources this year have helped us come One Step Closer to realizing our collective potential.…

Three OSC founders featured by the Climate Collaborative and New Hope Network!

Check out these two founder profiles from our good friends at the Climate Collaborative

This week we are sharing something special: An exclusive set of CEO and leader profiles from four of last year’s National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Award winners. They’ve told us candidly about their paths to leadership, the challenges they encountered, and what advice they have for other companies on the path.