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Organic Innovation Takes Center Stage In Chicago

 

 

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       Lisa Bell (303) 527-0203
       lisa@crescendocom.com

 

Organic Innovation Takes Center Stage In Chicago
Unique Organic Products Premier at All Things Organic(tm)

 

GREENFIELD, Mass. (March 31, 2005)- Innovative and unique organic products from healthy packaged snacks to creative ingredients for cooking and baking will be featured at the Organic Trade Association's 2005 All Things Organic( Conference and Trade Show, May 1-3, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

 

The May 2005 event will mark its fifth year, and the second year it has co-located with the Food Marketing Institute Show, the Spring Fancy Food Show(r), United Produce Expo and Conference, and the U.S. Food Export Showcase. All Things Organic( is the only all-organic trade show in North America.

 

The $11 billion organic industry remains the fastest growing sector of America's food industry, and shows no sign of slowing down. The industry's growth is largely due to the constant creativity and innovation demonstrated by the many companies involved.

 

"Consumers today are demanding a creative variety of organic products," said Katherine DiMatteo, the Organic Trade Association's executive director.  "The organic industry is keeping pace with consumer demands through ground-breaking offerings."

 

Featured at All Things Organic's popular new product showcase will be more than 50 innovative organic offerings backed up by more than 430 booths presenting fresh organic approaches to a wide variety of products. Trends in evidence include:

 

Organic Ingredients-As manufacturers and home cooks alike look for ways to prepare organic foods that are both healthful and flavorful, ingredient suppliers are stepping in to fill the need:

  •  Assured Organics Inc.-Virgin organic coconut oil from Fiji and rosehip oil.
  • California Natural Products-Bake-Trim(tm) rice syrup solid, natural saturated fat replacement.
  • Ciranda Inc.-Organic Palmfruit(tm) powdered oils and shortenings.
  • HUNYHUNKS LTD-Organic honey powder alternative sweetener.
  • McGeary Organics Inc.-Daisy Organic Flour.
  • Missouri Northern Pecan Growers-Refillable shaker bottle dispensers with organic pecan pieces.
  • Moore Ingredients-Organic distillates and flavors including pear and Jalapeño.
  • Only the Best Farms-100 percent pure forest honey.
  • Rapunzel Pure Organics-RiZE Certified Organic Dry Active Yeast and Certified Organic Corn Starch.
  • Sno Pac-Whole Organic Frozen Cranberries.
  • Spectrum Organic Products-Olive oil/flax blend and organic artisan mayonnaise collection.
  • Valley Fig Growers-Organic fig concentrate, organic e-diced figs, and organic soft fig paste.
  • Wholesome Sweeteners-Organic Turbinado Sugar, Light and Dark Brown Sugars, Fair Trade certified sugar.

Organic Meats-this continues to be a large growth category, and companies are branching out to unique meat offerings:

  • Wholesome Harvest-confinement-free organic ground lamb and ground turkey.
  • Hutchinson Organic Ranch-Grass-fed organic Bison.
  • Dakota Beef-Certified organic all beef hot dogs.
  • United Natural Foods-Grateful Harvest Organic Beef.
  • OceanBoy Farms-Organic farmed shrimp.
  • Emerald Organic Seafood-Complete organic farmed seafood line.

 

Convenience Foods/Snacks-A growing number of companies offer a plethora of certified organic snacks and quick meal options, free of hydrogenated fats, and artificial flavors and colors.

  • Annie's Homegrown-Bunny Grahams in honey, cinnamon and chocolate.
  • Cereform USA-Organic Family Bakers baking mixes including: Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Bran Muffin with Raisins Mix, Pancake/Waffle Mix, and Brownie Mix.
  • Clif Bar-CLIF Nectar(tm) {The Essence of Simple} - An entirely organic fruit and nut bar.
  • Crofters Food-Organic apple, concord grape and pomegranate jellies.
  • Dinner is Served-Certified Organic Meals.
  • Earthbound Farm-Organic Mache in clamshell packaging.
  • Foods Alive-organic golden flax crackers.
  • HoneyBar Products-100 percent certified organic honeybars.
  • Late July Organic Snacks-Organic Peanut Butter & Classic Rich Sandwich Crackers.
  • Nut Products Canada-"Nut' n Better" Crunchy and Creamy organic peanut butter.
  • Organic Valley-Berry, chocolate and vanilla soymilks.
  • Organicville-Organic vinaigrettes. The only certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, no added sugar line in the nation.
  • Panorama Foods Inc.-Certified Organic Fruit Blooms(tm) Fruit Crisps-Apple Cinnamon, Banana & Vanilla Wafer and Berry Almond.
  • Purity Organic-Fresh-pressed Apple Juice, and Organic Cranberry Juice.
  • Sambazon Acai-Ready-to-drink certified organic Acai smoothie.
  • Stonyfield Farm-Certified organic milk.
  • TH Foods, Inc.-Mr. Krisper Rice Chips.
  • Uncle Matt's Organic-100 percent pure Florida organic orange juice with 30 percent RDV calcium and 25 percent RDV vitamin D.

Indulgent snacks-Decadent organic offerings continue to keep pace with America's desire to splurge once in a while:

  • Dagoba Organic Chocolate-Single Origin Varietals chocolate bars.
  • Humboldt Creamery-Super Premium Organic Ice Cream.
  • Ithaca Fine Chocolates-Art Bars Fair Trade Certified, exquisite organic Swiss chocolate bars that feature an art reproduction on a collectible card inside each wrapper.
  • Maramor Organics-100 percent organic and Fair Trade chocolates and snacks.
  • Rapunzel Pure Organics-Organic Latte Macchiato & Organic Raspberry Yogurt Chocolate Sticks.
  • SunRidge Farms-Organic yogurt-covered confections.
  • Terra Nostra Organics-Choco Sutra organic dark truffle chocolate bar.

Whole Grains-Healthier eating habits are beginning to take hold across the nation, and whole grain products are taking over where the low carb trend left off:

  • Briess Malt & Ingredients Company-Processed brown rice flour (whole grain); Processed pearled barley ingredients; Whole grain crunchy brown rice; Roasted corn grits (whole grain).
  • French Meadow Bakery-Healthy Hemp & Spelt Sprouts Bread, Fat Flush Sprouted Tortillas.
  • Rudi's Organic Bakery-Whole Grain and Fiber Sandwich breads in 7 Grain with Flax and Wheat and Oat.
  • Texas Best Organics Inc.-Organic rice flour.

Unique Products-Creativity is the name of the game in organic product offerings in 2005. Examples of new products include:

  • Bi-O-Kleen-Soy Blends Cleaning Products that work in compliance with organic certification standards.
  • ForesTrade, Inc.-Ramón Nut, a breadfruit from Guatemala, that can be ground into a natural flour, or caffeine-free coffee or tea alternative.
  • MycoLogical Natural Products-Dried gourmet certified organic mushrooms.
  • NatraCare-Organic feminine hygiene products and infant personal care line.
  • Om Organics-Organic Tulsi tea line. Tulsi is also known as "Holy Basil" and is one of India's most cherished and legendary healing herbs.
  • Road's End Organics-Gravy Mixes that are certified organic, wheat and gluten free, cholesterol and fat free, and vegan.
  • Well-Bean Coffee-Certified organic half coffee and half soybeans, containing soy isoflavones and half the caffeine as regular coffee.

Foreign Import-As the organic movement continues to take hold in the U.S., companies worldwide are trying their hand at importing their fine organic products:

  • ANEM-Organic mangos from Haiti.
  • Aromababy-Australia-Prenatal, new mother and baby skin care line.
  • Bioline-Belgium-Frozen organic convenience foods including pizza, vegetables, ready meals, stir-fry meals, vegetarian burgers.


Foreign Import Cont.

  • Bodegas Iranzo-Spain-Produces the Oldest Estate Bottled Wines in all of Spain and is the only Spanish Bodega to have received the USDA National Organic Program certification for wines of 2002-3.
  • Ciao Organics-Italy-Risotto, tomato sauce, pasta, olive oil.
  • Citrofresh International-Australia-Citrofresh(tm) non-rinse contact sanitizer used to minimise the risk of bacterial spoilage and contamination.
  • Ecocert-France-International organic certification agency.
  • Emile Noel-France-Organic first cold pressed oils and personal care line.
  • Florame-France- Provençal Aromatic Wooden Diffuser for essential oils.
  • Greentrade-France-Worldwide organic products directory.
  • Pranoram-Belgium-Essential oils.
    In addition to 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 items, and the home. See http://www.organicexpo.com/exh_list.asp for the complete exhibitor list.

Certification Services-Agencies have many new services to offer to the organic business community which will all be introduced at All Things Organic:

  • Quality Assurance International introduces their Food Security program to respond to the new requirements of the FDA's Bioterrorism Regulations and offers planning strategies that go beyond compliance to crisis prevention and management. QAI has also developed a joint partnership with CERT-ID to offer Identity Preserved, GMO Verification services bundled with Organic Verification services.
  • International Certification Services will be featuring their Organic Textile Certification program which covers all plant or animal based raw materials used in organic fiber products.
  • Fossil Free Certification and Logo Program is a new seal that tells consumers that their purchase is supporting the transition to alternative renewable energy.

 

In addition to the three-day trade show, All Things Organic( will feature two keynote speakers, 19 conference sessions, 6 Organic 101 sessions, the Wear Organic! fiber and fashion show, welcome party, urban organic tour, organic fiber walking tour, dinner and awards ceremony, and much more. Details of the conference program are posted online at http://www.organicexpo.com/conf.asp.

All Things Organic( 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 1,500 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 1, 2005

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