GREENFIELD, Mass. (Oct. 6, 1999) – The Organic Trade Association (OTA) seeks the names of companies to be listed in a new directory focusing on organic products available for export to Europe and Asia.
"This will be the first time a U.S. organic export directory will be compiled. This information often has been requested but just has been unavailable," said Katherine DiMatteo, executive director of the trade association representing all segments of the organic industry, from growers to retailers and shippers.
OTA is undertaking the organic export directory project with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under its Market Access Program (MAP). USDA has designated $75,230 in MAP funding to OTA for the current fiscal year for export promotion activities.
The goal is to provide as comprehensive a directory as possible, listing products that are available as well as market opportunities for products. The resulting directory will be distributed at international trade shows and by embassies overseas.
OTA expects to have the directory available in early 2000. The directory will include company contact information, product descriptions, annual sales, and contract information--"All of the essential information to get your product sold," said Donald Tyler, OTA’s information systems coordinator, who is in charge of the project.
U.S. companies wishing to be included in the export directory are asked to send their company name, contact name, phone and fax numbers to Donald Tyler at OTA headquarters, P.O. Box 547, Greenfield, MA 01302 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Companies do not need to be OTA members to be included, nor is there any fee for inclusion in the directory.
October 6, 1999
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