GREENFIELD, Mass. (April 19, 2002)—The Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2002 All Things Organic™ Conference and Trade Show, slated for May 8-11 at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, will reflect the global face of the organic industry while focusing on North American opportunities and challenges.
An international pavilion featuring buyers and suppliers of organic products and services from around the world will be an integral part of the trade show portion of All Things Organic™. Companies from Argentina, Austria, China, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Sri Lanka, and Switzerland are slated to take part in the BioFach America Pavilion, created under an agreement between OTA and Nürnberg Global Fairs of Germany. In addition, the trade show will feature a wide range of companies from the United States and Canada.
Generating much discussion during the conference will be the implications of full implementation of national organic standards, set for Oct. 21, 2002. Related to this, the trade show will include a “before and after” produce exhibit to demonstrate incorrect and correct ways of displaying organic produce in retail operations to comply with national organic standards.
In addition to national organic standards, conference sessions will include such topics as new organic labeling, organic scientific research, organic fiber use, the organic consumer, a primer on going organic, conservation practices, keeping organic food safe, and staking out shelf space in the supermarket aisle. There also will be roundtable discussions, an organic farm tour, and store tour.
Geared for the organic community in North America, OTA’s All Things Organic™ Conference and Trade Show made its debut in May 2001. The 2001 conference and trade show drew 1,200 attendees, 180 booths, and standing-room-only attendance at conference breakout sessions. Preliminary registrations and exhibitor reservations indicate the 2002 conference and trade show will surpass those numbers, with exhibiting companies expected to fill 250 booths.
United Natural Foods, Inc., is corporate sponsor for All Things Organic™.
April 19, 2002
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