Organically Grown Company
Over 90 percent of OGC's product line comes directly from the growers. OGC’s trademarked Ladybug brand represents 38 growers in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, to markets throughout the U.S. OGC was formed in 1978 in Eugene Oregon as a grower support cooperative. They currently employees over 140 people, and have been certified with OTCO since 1998.
Organically Grown Company (OGC) is the largest organic produce distributor in the Pacific Northwest. The company’s mission is “Promoting Organic Agriculture As A Leading Sustainable Organization.” OGC has been certified by OTCO since 1998.
- 99.3% of products are organic.
- 31% of products from regional Northwest farms.
- 100% wind power purchased to operate all facilities including offices and warehouses.
- 31% biodiesel blend used in entire fleet of trucks majority sourced from used-cooking oil.
- In 2007 cut waste sent to landfill in half, diverting 784 cubic yards of waste annually.
- Hosts annual Tomato War at NW farm themed “the only good war is a Tomato War.”
- Owned by its employees and growers, who ensure active and diverse input and are invested in the company’s long-term success.
- Donates 2.5% of its previous year's net profit to organizations focused on organic agriculture and sustainability.
- Markets LADYBUG brand produce from family-owned and operated farmer affiliates throughout the Northwest.
- Sponsored the formation of the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Program at the University of Oregon to work with organic food producers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers and build the capacity of the food trade to develop sustainable business models. www.resourceinnovations.org
- Drafted a “Declaration of Sustainability for the Organic Produce Industry”, currently in circulation for industry input and endorsement.
- Donates “unsellable” produce to Oregon Food Bank in Portland and Food for Lane County in Eugene.
- Buys bananas from Organics Unlimited’s “Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers” (“GROW”) program. In 2007, GROW donated over $71,250 to educational programs in communities in southern Mexico from which Organics Unlimited draws its labor. With the addition of this year’s funding, GROW has provided over $130, 000 that has gone directly to regional programs for workers in the past three years.
From its warehouses in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and Kent, Washington, OGC serves over 200 natural and fine foods stores and restaurants located throughout western Oregon and Washington, and retail and wholesale accounts in other western states and Canada. Over 90 percent of their product line comes directly from the growers. OGC’s trademarked Ladybug brand represents 38 growers in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, to markets throughout the U.S. OGC was formed in 1978 in Eugene Oregon as a grower support cooperative. OGC currently employees over 140 people.