GeoSpotlight: Locations, Places or Origin


National Cotton Council

The National Cotton Council of America's mission is to ensure the ability of all U.S. cotton industry segments to compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed and U.S.-manufactured product markets at home and abroad.

 

producers • ginners • warehousers • merchants

cottonseed • cooperatives • manufacturers

 

The Council serves as the central forum for consensus-building among producers, ginners, warehousers, merchants, cottonseed processors/dealers, cooperatives and textile manufacturers. The organization is the unifying force in working with the government to ensure that cotton's interests are considered.

 

The Council's mission and objectives are carried out with the help of democratically-developed policy. Annual policymaking is initiated through recommendations generated by the Council's six program committees.

 

 

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US Dry Bean Council

The USDBC is a private trade association comprised of leaders in the bean industry with the common goal of promoting the U.S. edible bean trade, both in the United States and abroad, and educating U.S. consumers about the benefits of beans. The USDBC gives a voice to the bean industry and provides information to consumers, health professionals, buyers, suppliers and the media about the good taste, nutritional value and versatility of beans.

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North Carolina Peach Growers Association

The North Carolina Peach Growers’ Society supports improvements in all aspects of peach production through research at NC State University, and helps growers expand their local markets with support from Cooperative Extension and the Department of Agriculture.

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Florida Strawberries

In 1982, the Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA) was officially formed to become the voice for Florida strawberry growers. The mission for the handful of farmers was to become “partners in research, promotion and member/community service”.

In the years since then, the growers have met that mission and succeeded in forming a voluntary organization that supports over 10,000 acres of berries. But most impressive is the fact that although production in this strawberry community has been going strong for over a century, the value of the commodity has more than tripled in the last two decades, and could well double in the next decade. If anything, the community’s claim as the “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World” seems stronger.

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Charity:Water

Charity:Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. When the charity was started: water, a bold promise was made to the general public — 100% of donations would go directly to the field to fund water projects. Credit card fees are even reimbused when donations are made online.

 

Charity:Water depends on private donors, foundations and sponsors to cover everything from staff salaries to basic office systems to office rent and supplies. These donors are some of the most dedicated: their investment fuels our long-term mission, the ability to scale as an organization and the mission to continue using 100% of public donations for water projects.

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The European Coffee Federation

The European Coffee Federation (ECF) represents the European green coffee trade, coffee roasting industry, soluble coffee manufacturers and decaffeinators.

It was founded in 1981 to represent the joint interests of the coffee trade and roasting industry. The companies affiliated to the ECF represent a total import volume of about 40 million bags, or half of the world trade volume. Its main body is the Council which consists of all members. All major policy decisions are taken on this level. The day-to-day management is in the hands of the ECF Executive Committee. The ECF has a number of committees and working groups to discuss specific topics. It is involved in a wide range of issues, ranging from transport and logistics to terminal market matters and from standard coffee contracts to sustainable agriculture.

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Ontario Maple Syrup

The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association (OMSPA) is a producer based organization formed in 1966 to represent maple syrup producers across the province. As a producer organization, OMSPA is committed to promoting the production of high quality maple products using the best available management practices. OMSPA represents a long history of sugar making in the province and are proud to carry on with the traditions associated with one of nature’s greatest natural sweeteners – the making of maple syrup when the sap begins to flow.

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Maine Lobster

Maine lobster has been harvested along the Maine coast for generations; however, it has not always been the highly esteemed seafood it is today. As times and tastes have evolved, Maine lobster has gained popularity on menus in many fine restaurants. In the 1840s, the value of the lobster catch increased, and Maine established its first commercial lobster fishery. Due to new innovations, by the 1880s the Maine lobster harvesters thrived, and Maine lobster began to make a name for itself.  

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Washington Apples

In 1937, the Washington State Apple Advertising Commission was created by an act of the Washington state legislature at the request of the apple industry, making it one of the oldest and largest commodity commissions in the United States. The primary purpose of the commission is advertising, promotion, education and marketing development for the Washington fresh apple crop. The most famous apple to grow in Washington state is the Red Delicious, which represents about 30 percent of the apples grown in state and accounts for 48 percent of apples exported to other countries. 

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California Avocados

Created in 1978, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) strives to increase demand for California Avocados and engages in related industry activities that benefit the state’s nearly 5,000 avocado growers. The CAC serves as the official information source for California Avocados and the California Avocado industry. Because of the unwavering belief in the quality of California Avocados, the CAC is dedicated to sharing information, promoting their product and supporting those who use, produce, sell and serve California Avocados. 

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Tru-Cape

Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing is the largest supplier of South African apples and pears. Most of Tru-Cape's fruit is grown in the southern fertile valleys of South Africa, in the Western Cape (around Elgin, Grabouw and Ceres) and in the Southern Cape (in the Langkloof).

 

Read more about Tru-Cape fruit marketing in an interview with Charles Hughes.

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New Zealand King Salmon

New Zealand King Salmon is well on its way to being the worldwide leader in the distribution of high-quality, great-tasting salmon products.

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SFMade

SFMade is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco. It is the only organization of its kind focused on building San Francisco’s economic base by developing the local manufacturing sector.

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Real California Milk

The CMAB aggressively promotes dairy products with generic advertising, utilizing print, radio, television, digital and outdoor media, in-store promotions and publicity. The Board believes that these techniques have contributed to increased visibility and sales of dairy products.

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The Florida Department of Citrus

The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) is an executive agency of Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its mission is to help grow the demand for Florida citrus products, providing a direct benefit to the citrus growers. The FDOC is governed by a nine-member board—the Florida Citrus Commission. The Governor of Florida appoints the Commission which is made up of citrus growers, processors and packers.

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Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW)

BMW is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1917. BMW is headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It also owns and produces the Mini marque, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. BMW produces motorcycles under BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna brands. In 2010, the BMW group produced 1,481,253 automobiles and 112,271 motorcycles across all its brands.

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Good African

Good African's vision is to be a leading African agribusiness producing quality products for the global market and using trade to bring about sustainable community development.

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The London Tea Company

From a very small beginning in 2003, London Tea Company's reach is now worldwide. In those early days our tea and infusion blends reflected some of our tastes, a sort of wish list of the things we'd like to drink produced in the natural and ethical way we wanted. The range has changed since then, but our principals have not! Our business is based on combining both modern and traditional teas and other products with high-quality ideals.

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Russian Standard Vodka

Russian Standard vodkas are the finest expressions of traditional Russian vodka. Our vodkas are the No. 1 premium vodkas in Russia, recognized for their superbly smooth spirit and pure taste, which are derived from Dmitri Mendeleev’s classic formula for Russia’s Czars.

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Idaho - Grown in Idaho

To be sure you're getting genuine, top-quality Idaho Potatoes, look for the "Grown In Idaho" seal. Idaho's growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho Potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance. The Idaho Potato Commission is a state agency with many responsibilities, including the promotion of Idaho Potatoes.

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