LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2000)—Organic food and fiber companies are displaying their products this week at the first-ever Spacifically Conference and Exposition, geared for spa industry executives. During the conference, representatives from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) will give presentations on how spas can integrate organic food and fiber products into their operations.
"It is a natural step for spas to include organic food and fiber products in their operations," said Katherine DiMatteo, OTA’s executive director. "Incorporating organic food or fiber products, whether in restaurants, athletic facilities, lodging or boutiques, shows customers that a spa is concerned about the health of the environment and is doing what it can do make the world a healthier place. After all, personal health depends on the health of the earth."
Almost one-third of the U.S. population currently buys organically grown products, demonstrating widespread consumer interest in supporting organic production. Since 1990, retail sales of organic food products have increased 20-24 percent each year. Demographic information indicates that many consumers who buy organic products are in the same income bracket as those who attend spas.
At the exposition, OTA (Booths 220-222) is featuring a "member showcase" of products, including fresh produce, personal care items, sheets, towels, bathrobes, yoga clothing, and more. In addition, a number of other companies offering organic products have their own booths.
Companies represented in the OTA member showcase include: Chestnut and Bay Natural Soaps & Essentials, Clean Clothes/Maggie’s Organic, Clean Foods, Inc./Café Altura, Cotton Plus, Coyuchi, Earth Friendly Goods, Enviro-Tote, Higher Choices, Indigenous Designs, Natural Selection Foods/Earthbound Farms, Organic Essentials, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Stonyfield Farm, Sunshine au Naturel, Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, and Thorvin Kelp, USA. Organic-related companies with their own booths are Blue Canoe/Cottonfield LLC, Choice Organic Teas, Herbal Animals, Occidental Organic, Organics for Massage, and Rapunzel Pure Organics.
September 26, 2000
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