There is no better time than the beginning of the year to embark on
something new and take a giant step toward your goals—and that is
exactly what we have done here at Organic Processing Magazine. As the
organic industry has grown, we have grown too and we are excited to
announce that starting with this issue, OP is expanding from a quarterly to
a bimonthly publication. A special “thank you” goes out to all who have
helped this magazine grow over the years!
Also, in an effort to expand our reach without increasing our carbon
footprint, these six issues will be available in digital and print versions.
Our new digital format lets you page through articles
instantly (no downloading), click directly through to
websites, email writers, forward articles to colleagues
and much more. If you want to start receiving this more
eco-friendly version of OP, just visit
www.organicprocessing.com, renew your subscription
and under “delivery method” choose “digital.”
Looking at this issue, including the changes we have
made here at OP, the overall theme is one of continuous improvement. We should always be asking ourselves
“what can I do better?” The answer could be finding creative ways to
replace non-organic ingredients with organic alternatives, as discussed in
our Ingredients column on page 12. Or, maybe it’s integrating extra quality
assurance steps to protect your organic integrity, as illustrated in our
Processing column, page 26. It could also be finding a way to create healthier or higher quality products or sourcing fair trade or low-carbon ingredients whenever possible—just a few of the ideas discussed in our cover
story, “8 Top Ingredient Trends for 2008,” page 32.
Chief Executive Officer Don Meeker
Publisher Stacy Atchison
Advertising Manager Bobby Meeker
Editorial Director Kathryn Schuett
Art Director Craig Van Wechel
Circulation Manager Andrea Karges
Sales Assistant Allison Demmert
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When it comes to continuous improvement, the poster child would
have to be the National Organic Standards Board, which serves our industry by constantly challenging how we define the standard and offering a
forum for us all to get involved and offer our insight on how to better the
system. See the topics the NOSB is tackling these days in the “NOSB
Update” on page 20.
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Lastly, one thing that ties us all together is our desire to make a positive impact, while also making a living. In this issue’s Dialogue, page 46, I
chatted with Steve Demos, founder of White Wave and NextFoods (his
newest venture), about conscious capitalism, and how we can all strive to
do good and do well at the same time.
So, as we start a new year, my wish for all of you is that you will find the
inspiration to grow and the courage to challenge yourselves. Personally,
many of you have served as an invaluable source of inspiration and guidance to me this past year. Thank you to my wonderful editorial board,
publisher and colleagues for helping make 2007 an amazing year and
here’s to a great 2008!
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