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All Things Organic™ Co-Locates with FMI Show, Fancy Food Show and Produce Expo & Conference in 2004 - Organic Trade Association
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All Things Organic™ Co-Locates with FMI Show, Fancy Food Show and Produce Expo & Conference in 2004

 

GREENFIELD, MA - Mon., May 12, 2003 - The 2004 edition of "All Things Organic Conference and Trade Show" will be co-located with the Food Marketing Institute's FMI Show, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade's (NASFT) Fancy Food Show, and the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association's (UFFVA) United 2004 Produce Expo & Conference, it was announced today by Katherine DiMatteo, executive director, Organic Trade Association, the presenter of the show. The events will take place May 2-4, 2004 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

"Holding 'All Things Organic' in a more central location, while providing exhibitors access to tens of thousands of more buyers, is a win-win for the organic industry," said DiMatteo. "Organic has come of age. Certification is in place. We're realizing record growth and organic is becoming a part of everyday American life. A move to the heart of the country is a move we want to make!"


The new location enables All Things Organic exhibitors to have access to an established base of grocery, specialty store and produce buyers who attend the FMI, Fancy Food and Produce Expo shows each year looking for the best the industry has to offer. Combined, more than 25,000 decision-makers attend these three events annually. They come from all over the world and represent the gamut of the industry- retail chains, warehouse clubs, superstores, independent grocers, gourmet shops, specialty retailers, manufacturers, distributors, hotels, restaurants, bakeries and more.


"The Organic Trade Association's farmer, fiber, and industry support service members will benefit from exposure to hundreds of businesses interested in the organic industry or those in transition to organic and in search of ingredients and support services," said DiMatteo.


Buyers will be able to attend all four events using the same badge. This gives All Things Organic attendees access to more products, people and information than ever before - saving them time and money in a business climate of increased demands and reduced budgets.


"The unique flavor of All Things Organic's outstanding education conference, exhibits and social events will continue," said DiMatteo. She explained that All Things Organic will have its own distinct exhibit hall, complete with organic drape and biodegradable serving products. The conference program and exhibit hall will continue to be organized by the Organic Trade Association, in partnership with Diversified Business Communications, and will still provide the cutting edge information that members of the organic industry have come to rely upon. A variety of special events will be offered, giving organic professionals ample opportunities to have fun and network.


"We are confident that moving to Chicago is an extraordinary opportunity for All Things Organic exhibitors, attendees, and the industry. Together with the Organic Trade Association, we are excited about this new development," said Bob Callahan, All Things Organic Show Director, Diversified Business Communications, producers of the show.


Exhibitors will be able to select and reserve space for the new show in Chicago at All Things Organic 2003 in Austin, or by contacting Lisa Murray, Sales Manager at 207-842-5468 or lmurray@divcom.com.


About All Things Organic, Austin 2003

The 2003 Organic Trade Association's All Things Organic Conference and Trade Show is gearing up to be a great event, with 250+ exhibitors, pre-registrants from 44 states and 25 countries, an extensive education program and numerous networking activities, according to Callahan.


Key speakers include: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., environmental advocate; Marion Nestle, Ph.D., author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition & Health; Phil Lempert, "supermarket guru" and food trends editor for NBC-TV's Today Show; and Steve Curwood, host of National Public Radio's "Living on Earth". In addition, Nike and other organic fiber fashion innovators will be participating in "Wear Organic! The Organic Fiber Fashion Show."


The Organic Trade Association-Diversified Business Communications Team


Organic Trade Association (OTA)
is the membership-based business association representing the organic industry in North America. Its mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade. OTA's more than 1,200 members include growers, shippers, retailers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, consultants and others. (http://www.ota.com/)


Diversified Business Communications provides information and market access through trade exhibitions, magazine publishing, and online resources on five continents. In addition to serving the natural products/organics market, DBC produces over fifteen food exhibitions organized throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Asia. Full Moon Communications, a subsidiary of Diversified, produces Organic Products Europe and Natural Products Europe, and publishes Natural Products magazine. (http://www.divbusiness.com/)

For news about All Things Organic, please visit http://www.atoexpo.com/.



May 12, 2003

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