For more information, contact:
Holly Givens, Organic Trade Association
(413-774-7511, Ext.18; 413-834-2758 after hours)
All Things OrganicTM slated for Chicago turns spotlight
on organic products, practices
GREENFIELD, Mass. (April 12, 2004): The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is bringing its All Things OrganicTM Conference and Trade Show to Chicago for the first time. In its fourth year, the North American business-to-business event focusing exclusively on all aspects of organic production, processing and marketing will be held May 1-4 at McCormick Place.
The organic sector, with sales growth of more than 20 percent a year, is vibrant throughout the United States, including Illinois. Figures compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service showed there were 118 certified organic grower operations in Illinois in 2001 representing a total of 21,324 acres. Those figures are expected to have grown substantially since then with the full implementation of national organic standards in late 2002.
On Saturday, May 1, All Things OrganicTM will feature an urban organic tour highlighting steps toward sustainability that reflect Mayor Daley's commitment to make Chicago "the greenest city in America." Activities will showcase the green side of Chicago, from urban organic gardening initiatives to sustainable building designs. Tour stops will include the Chicago Center for Green Technology, Hyde Park Cooperative, and an urban organic garden.
The trade show, open Sunday through Tuesday (May 2-4), will feature over 450 booths. Among the exhibitors are 18 Illinois-based companies: Archer Daniels Midland Co. (Decatur-Booth 652), Avatar Corporation (University Park-Booth 145), Clarkson Grain Co., Inc. (Cerro Gordo-Booth 611), Dakota Beef Company (Chicago-Booth 626), Earth Friendly Products (Winnetka-Booth 501), Futters Nut Butters (Buffalo Grove-Booth 461), Goodness Greeness (Chicago-Booth 416), Helfter Feeds Enterprises Inc. (Osco-Booth 706), Inca Organics (Chicago-Booth 239), Kehe Food Distributor (Romeoville-Booth 210), LaurenCeleste (Chicago-Booth 476), Lifeway Foods Inc. (Morton Grove-Booth 226), Nexcoy by Endura Products (Springfield-Booth 855), NOW Foods (Bloomingdale-Booth 743), Pastorelli Food Products Inc. (Chicago-Booth 363), US Soy (Mattoon-Booth 760), Vegetable Juices Inc. (Bedford Park-Booth 169), and Vegetarian Times (Elmhurst-Booth 828).
The show floor will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday (May 2 - 3), and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 4.
The conference itself will feature a wide array of speakers, including three keynote speakers.
- Dr. David Suzuki, recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology, who will speak on "Rediscovering Humanity's Place in the Biosphere" from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 2, followed by a book signing.
- Chicago's own Rick Bayless (Topolobampo/Frontera Grill), award-winning chef-restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality, speaking on "Organic from Field to Table," from 9 - 10 a.m. Monday, May 3, followed by a book signing, and
- Dr. Sandra Steingraber, ecologist, author and cancer survivor, speaking on "Organic Agriculture as Good Prenatal Care: Pesticides and Children's Health," from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, followed by a book signing.
Members of the press who are interested in registering to attend All Things Organic may do so online at www.atoexpo.com/pressroom.asp. Further 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 more than 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).
April 12, 2004
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