Twice each year the organic and natural brands come together to show off their newest tastes, smells, textiles and health supplements. Be it the latest organic corn chip or exotic elixirs, ointments and unguents, you can try it all here at the show! When I first attended Expo West back in the 1980’s, it was a simpler show with much less buzz. Now we have two humungous shows, East and West, to highlight new products, celebrate our successes, and network and learn.
During the next few days leading up to Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland, I will be highlighting the many ways your experience at Expo East can be enhanced by the myriad of events and happenings. If you are coming to the show to buy or sell, there is something additional and essential for you to partake in!
Let the Festivities Begin at OTA Annual Awards and Dinner Celebration!
This year, OTA will host its Annual Meeting for members in the Sculpture Barn at the American Visionary Art Museum immediately preceding the Annual Awards Celebration. Come on over to the museum to participate in discussions about Association business, hear directly from OTA’s Board of Directors, and meet OTA’s “Member of the Year.” Stay and network with organic cocktails in the museum gallery before the Leadership Awards Celebration kicks off. This year we will be honoring a pioneer and tireless teacher of the organic way for more than 40 years, an organic farmer dedicated to making his farming operation a compelling example of a better way to farm, and an environmental engineer who triggered an organic revolution in the mattress and bedding industry:
Marty Mesh, Executive Director of Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Growing the Organic Industry Award
Doug Crabtree, Farmer and Organic Farm Trainer, Vilicus Farms, Organic Farmer of the Year Award
Barry A. Cik, Technical Director, Naturpedic Organic Mattresses, Rising Star Award
Don’t miss this opportunity to network and have a bash on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM at American Visionary Art Museum. You can buy tickets here.
Realize the Opportunities in the Organic Industry
The All Things Organic Conference Track is a tradition now at Expo East and OTA is the leading authority on the North American organic market. Come experience a one-of-a-kind conference program with critical information on the issues that impact your organic business.
The conference begins Thursday, September 18th with “The Future of Organic: Welcoming Farmers”. We all know that consumer demand for organic is outpacing domestic supply. Hear about several innovative approaches for making organic accessible to beginning farmers.
Later there will be “Lessons in Sustainability”. Find out how organic and sustainability measures go hand in hand. Come and discover what some companies are doing above and beyond the organic standards.
Then enjoy a conversation between organic industry leaders on “State of the Organic Industry”. We all know that by law, organic products, or those “made with organic ingredients,” cannot be produced using GMOs. The question then arises: Are secondary certifications necessary?
A new consumer education toolkit will be available for retailers and producers of organic foods at “Organic=Non-GMO and a whole lot more”.
Come back Friday, September 19th for an “Organic Regulatory Update”. There you will learn about the latest regulatory developments affecting organic businesses from key agencies and organizations.
Next “Organic Fiber: Apparel & Home” will feature a diverse panel of manufacturers, regulatory experts and retailers who will discuss progress in this rapidly growing sector. Learn more about the market and environmental impact of organic fiber. You may even receive some organic cotton items to take home!
The conference “Canada/U.S. Organic Equivalence: What does the future hold?” will give us details on what to expect in this process as Canada updates its organic program requirements in 2015, and the equivalence arrangement is renegotiated.
Finally you can unravel the complexities of “Organic Imports A necessary evil, a crisis, or hope for the Global South?” Find out how much organic is imported, and what measures are in place to assure organic meets the same high standard the world around.
For more on the All Things Organic Conference, click here.
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