For the third year in a row, High Quality Organics (HQO) has achieved SQF Level 2 certification. This food safety certification is a critical part of servicing the leading food manufacturers and retailers in America and abroad. It is based on government and industry food safety requirements and ensures everyone in the supply chain, from growers to distributors, are producing a product to the highest quality and food safety standards.
The Pacific Maritime Association has reported, “backups at the five largest ports have reached levels that are no longer sustainable.” This statement suggests the “long-running labor dispute may be moving closer to a work stoppage like the one that shut down 29 West Coast ports for 10 days in 2002.”
Some important facts about the situtation:
The 29 West Coast ports handle 43.5% of U.S. containerized cargo shipments and 12.5% of America’s GDP
If the union goes on strike, the impact is estimated to be in the billions of dollars per day
Food and agriculture products represent the largest percentage of product moving through these ports
High Quality Organics services the majority of organic food brands you see in the grocery store. When we cannot supply product to our customers, they have to find alternative sources of organic ingredients – which are few and far between. Many customers are on the cusp of taking food products off the grocery store shelf because they don’t have the proper ingredients to continue food production.
We are in a critical situation and are doing whatever we can to change the course of events. We’d like your help. If you are being affected by this slow-down, write to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association and let them know how this has financially impacted your business and that you demand they come to a resolution immediately.
More information about the West Coast port congestion can be found here:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Angela Keyser, Vice President of Marketing and Communications here or at seven-one-five-212-2910.
Vote for Jay for OTA!
Jay Fishman, Chairman of the Board and Co-Owner of High Quality Organics (HQO), is running for the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Board of Directors.
Why Vote for Jay?
30 years of experience in the food industry
Built a fresh herb business from zero to $80 million
Helped form HQO and grew it into one of America’s largest suppliers of organic ingredients
Intimate understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the entire supply chain from organic farmers to food manufactures of all sizes.
Passion and pride for the organic industry and a sense of responsibility to help lead it into the future.
To learn more about Jay and why he’s running for OTA’s Board of Directors, click here to watch this short video.
We’d greatly appreciate you sharing this with your OTA company representative and asking them to “Vote for Jay for OTA!”
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