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Organic takes center stage in Chicago - Organic Trade Association
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Organic takes center stage in Chicago

 

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For Immediate Release  
For more information, contact:
Holly Givens  (413) 774-7511. Ext. 18   
after hours number: (413) 834-2758

Organic Takes Center Stage In Chicago
New Organic Meat, Low-Carb & Convenience Foods
Premier at All Things OrganicTM

GREENFIELD, Mass. (April 5, 2004) - Consumer demand for new meat, low-carbohydrate and convenience foods are all being met by the $13 billion organic industry, the fastest growing sector of America's food industry. New organic products in each of these categories and more will debut at the Organic Trade Association's 2004 All Things OrganicTM  Conference and Trade Show, May 2-4, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

"Our message to consumers is simple: we're here for you. The organic community is here to meet consumers' needs, now, and for generations to come," said Katherine DiMatteo, the Organic Trade Association's executive director.

Featured at All Things Organic's popular new product showcase will be more than 50 innovative organic offerings backed up by more than 450 booths presenting fresh organic approaches to a wide variety of products. Trends in evidence include:

  • Organic Meat - When it wears the organic label, beef, poultry and pork come from animals that have been fed a 100 percent organic diet which bans the feeding of mammal and poultry parts to mammals and poultry.  Finally, health conscious consumers have a big selection of family-friendly organic selections! Look for new meat products from these ten companies: Applegate Farms, College Hill Poultry, Dakota Beef Co., Davis Mountains Organic Beef, Eberly Poultry, Homestead Healthy Foods, Organic Valley Family of Farms, Petaluma Poultry, Tyson Foods (Nature's Farm), and Wise Kosher Natural Poultry, Inc.
  • Low-carbohydrate - As many consumers cut back on carbohydrates in the fight against obesity, the organic industry has developed tasty organic low-carb solutions ranging from cereals and nut butters to snack foods.  Companies making a contribution in this arena include: Bob's Red Mill, Food for Life Baking Company, French Meadow Bakery, Futters Nut Butters, Rudi's Bakery, The Hain Celestial Group, and TIC Gums.
  • Convenience - Heat & serve, grab 'n go and single serve!  On-the-go consumers don't have to forego organic options just because they lead busy lives. Look for ready to heat frozen entrées from Fairfield Farm Kitchens and single serve milks from Organic Valley Family of Farms and Horizon Organic.  There are a number of fun products for kids, too, including Stonyfield's YoBaby drinkable yogurt for babies and toddlers.
  • Grains - New organic cereal and grain products, including whole grains, spelt pastas and snacks, and even rice pasta, are a trend. Look for these products from such companies as AltiPlano Gold, Anke Kruse Organics, Barbara's Bakery, and Nature's Path.
  • Fair Trade - Organic Fair Trade products that help indigenous people to develop and market organic products will be at the show. Offerings include FairTrade coffee, tea, and chocolate, as well as tropical fruits, herbs, and spices, featuring such companies as Café Fair Coffee, Choice Organic Teas, Dagoba Organic Chocolate, Endangered Species Chocolate Co., ForesTrade, Inca Organics, and Rapunzel Pure Organics.
  • Fruits & Nuts -  Included will be organic fruit spreads from Crofters Food Ltd., dried fruit and nut snacks from Waymouth Farms, organic raisin snack boxes from Earthbound Farm, and organic raspberries amaretto from Fitch Farm and Gardens, among others.

Besides food products, there will be a diverse number of products featuring organic fiber (cotton, linens and wool), as well as organic flowers, organic soy candles, and items for pets, personal care, and the home. See www.atoexpo.com/exh_list.asp for the complete exhibitor list.

In addition to the three-day trade show, All Things OrganicTM  will feature three keynote speakers, 33 conference sessions, an organic fiber fashion show, welcome party, urban organic tour, dinner and awards ceremony, and much more. It is the largest conference and trade show in North America exclusively dedicated to organic. Details of the conference program are posted online at www.atoexpo.com/conf.asp.

All Things OrganicTM  is presented by the Organic Trade Association in partnership with Diversified Business Communications.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the business association representing the organic industry in North America. Its 1,300 members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. Founded in 1985, OTA encourages global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade.

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/organic market, DBC produces over 15 food exhibitions organized throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia (www.divbusiness.com).

Headquarters: 60 Wells Street, P.O. Box 547, Greenfield, MA 01302 USA ( (413) 774-7511 Fax: (413) 774-6432 ( e-mail: info@ota.com ( web site: www.ota.com
Legislative Office: 600 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22304 USA ( (202) 338-2900 



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