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Organic Trade Association announces 2004-2005 officers


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For Immediate Release                          Holly Givens  (413-774-7511, office)

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Organic Trade Association announces 2004-2005 officers

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 2, 2004)— Phil Margolis of Neshaminy Valley Natural Foods Distributor, who a year ago took over the reins as president of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), has been re-elected president of the business association serving the organic industry in North America for 2004-2005.

Margolis presided over OTA’s Annual Meeting last night in conjunction with OTA’s 2004 All Things Organicä Conference and Trade Show being held through May 4 at McCormick Place.


Other officers for 2004-2005 include Nancy Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm, vice president representing the United States; Debra Boyle of Pro Organics Marketing, vice president representing Canada; Chuck Marcy of Horizon Organic, treasurer; Dave DeCou of One Step Forward Farm, secretary; and Lynn Clarkson of Clarkson Grain Company, at-large member on OTA’s executive committee.

In recent member balloting, Mary Mulry of Wild Oats was elected for her first term on the OTA board. Re-elected were Theresa Marquez of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative and Marty Mesh of Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers/Quality Certification Services. In addition, Julia Sabin of Smucker Quality Beverages has been selected to fill an appointed board seat. A Canadian seat on the board has yet to be filled.

Continuing members on the board are Luis Acuña of CF Fresh, Andy Grant of Grant Family Farms, Brian Leahy of California Certified Organic Farmers, and Jesse Singerman of Prairie Ventures, LLC,

Going off the board are LaRhea Pepper of Organic Essentials, John Stalker of Weetabix Canada, Margaret Wittenberg of Whole Foods Market.

The Organic Trade Association is the business association representing the organic industry in North America. Its more than 1,400 members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. Founded in 1985, OTA encourages global sustainability by promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade.

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May 2, 2004

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