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    Organic Valley's '07 Sales up 29 Percent

    The farming cooperative is riding the organic market's wave of success as it celebrates 20 years in the organics business.

    Organic Valley Family of Farms, which was founded 20 years ago by seven Wisconsin farmers, said yesterday its 2007 revenues reached $432.5 million, a 29 percent increase over 2006 and an almost 250 percent increase over the past five years.

    Today, La Farge, Wis.-based Organic Valley is the nation's largest farmer-owned cooperative, with more than 1,200 farmers in 34 states and one Canadian province.

    The company said in a statement that 20 years after its beginning, the cooperative's shared vision still maintains: Work in partnership to produce healthy, nutritious organic food; keep family farmers farming; help revitalize rural communities while serving as stewards of the earth; and always offer a stable, sustainable pay price to its member farmers.

    With the spirit of collaboration in mind, Organic Valley's theme for 2008 is "20 Years of Organic Partnership." The cooperative will devote much of its marketing focus to events and initiatives highlighting its partners' contributions to the co-op, including its April annual meeting of cooperative members; a variety of product launches; numerous trade show activities; anniversary branding on select products; and, Earth Dinners, eat-local celebrations that Organic Valley will sponsor around Earth Day and throughout the year.

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