GREENFIELD, Mass. (April 13, 2001)—Speakers for the Organic Trade Association’s "All Things Organic"™ Conference and Trade Show, slated for May 17-19, in Austin, TX, will represent all aspects of the organic industry, as well as industry observers.
"Developing the conference program has been like building a masterpiece puzzle incorporating key players who have made the industry what it is today and who will help shape its tomorrow," said Katherine DiMatteo, executive director of the Organic Trade Association.
In addition to journalist Michael Pollan and commentator Jim Hightower, speakers will include:
Regulatory views: Kathleen Merrigan (former administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service), Keith Jones (National Organic Program), Ed Barron (Senate Judiciary Committee), Carolyn Brickey (National Organic Standards Board), Leslie McKinnon (Texas Department of Agriculture), Bob Uram (Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton), Susan Stewart (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), and Leslie Fair (Federal Trade Commission)
Grower views: Pam Saunders (Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative Inc.), Dave DeCou (Organically Grown Co.), and Robert Quinn (Quinn Farm and Ranch)
Manufacturing, retailing, broker, distributor views: Phil Margolis (Neshaminy Valley Natural Foods, Howie Ross (Organic Planet), Kim Burton (Smucker Quality Beverage), Michael Funk (United Natural Foods), Gene Kahn (Small Planet Foods/General Mills), Dave Montgomery (Wholesome Sweeteners), Chuck Marcy (Horizon Organic Dairy) and Mark Retzloff
Observer views: Jim Cameron (Cameron Communications), MaryEllen Molyneaux (The Natural Marketing Institute), and Laurie Demeritt (The Hartman Group)
Developing market views and pioneers: Heidi Holt (Nike), Mike Italiano (Sustainable Products Corp.), Susan Hussey (Aubrey Organics), Dominic Dyer (Food and Drink Federation), Michael Crooke (Patagonia), and Sandy Gooch (Sandy Gooch Enterprises)
Certifier/inspector views: Andrea Caroe (Quality Assurance International), Joyce Ford (Independent Organic Inspectors Association), and Marty Mesh (Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers
International influences: Gunner Rundgren (IFOAM), Robert Duxbury (Sainsbury), and John Stalker (Weetabix).
Consultant and investor views: Bob Durst (Simple Organic Solutions), Doug Lehrman (North Castle Partners) and Scott Van Winkle (Adams, Harkness, & Hill).
Educational sessions are slated Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18, with special workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The trade show will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature a myriad of activities, including an organic farm tour. For further details, contact Eurich Management (517-327-9207; Eurichmgt@aol.com), or visit www.ota.com. Corporate sponsor is United Natural Foods, Inc.
April 13, 2001
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