March 8-12, 2017
Anaheim Convention Center
The Organic Center’s 14th Annual Benefit Dinner
Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. | The Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, CA
Tickets, Sponsorships and Reserved VIP Tables are now open!
The Organic Center will hold its 14th Annual Benefit Dinner on Thursday, March 9, in Anaheim, CA, in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West. Don’t miss the biggest, and best, business networking dinner at Expo West. Come to meet old friends and make new ones, to be inspired and entertained, and to enjoy a fantastic organic meal – all in support of The Organic Center.
We’ve got a wonderful evening planned for you. You can count on a thought-provoking program highlighting what science says about the benefits of organic. Returning chef Matthew Raiford is planning a menu that will delight your senses. With over 600 attendees expected, you are guaranteed to connect with colleagues and organic industry leaders.
Join us to learn about The Center’s important work to facilitate research and communicate credible, evidence-based science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming.
OTA's Cultivating Organic Track at Expo West includes the following sessions:
Thursday, March 9 in the Convention Center, Global Resource Center, Room 204C
U.S. Organic Market Briefing | 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Join the Organic Trade Association for an overview of the US organic market, including industry size, trending consumer categories, resources for international buyers and more. The session will share the latest industry stats and consumer insights and provide tools on how to access more information and connect with suppliers.
Friday, March 10 in Marriott Grand Ballroom F
Organic 101 | 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
New to the industry? Come here to learn the basics of what the organic label does (and doesn’t) mean, how it is enforced, and why it is the gold standard for food the world around.
Political Outlook for Organic | 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
2017 heralded a new administration in Washington. Current and former politicos discuss what’s likely to change, what will probably remain the same, and what it might mean for USDA organic.
Organic Innovation Conversation | 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
Organic is a bright spot in our food system and our economy. This fast-paced session will feature a plethora of mini-presentations on what’s next in organic from thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and trend spotters.
The Organic Center Presents: Translating Organic's Benefits to Consumers | 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Organic agriculture is backed by a wealth of scientific evidence confirming its benefits to the environment and human health. This session will distill organic’s most powerful research into content marketers can use to build their case to shoppers.
Foreign Buyers’ Mission Meetings
Thursday and Friday, pre-scheduled meetings
Wednesday, March 8
Hilton, San Simeon Room B, Level 4
Friday, March 10
California Sector Council exploratory meeting | 4:00-5:00 pm. | Hilton, San Simeon Room B, Level 4
Catch up with OTA's Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs
Saturday, March 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Anaheim Convention Center | Booth #2920
Do you have questions on current regulatory issues going on in the organic world? Come chat with Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs. Gwendolyn will be at the OTA booth #2920 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning!
What’s new at OTA? Visit the booth to learn more!
Friday through Sunday | Anaheim Convention Center | Booth #2920
Visit our member lounge at booth #2920 during the trade show Friday - Sunday. Whether you are interested in discussing the Organic Check-off proposal, checking out OTA’s global trade resources to help expand your business overseas, or understanding what OTA is doing to elevate the footprint of organic on Capitol Hill, our knowledgeable staff is eager to connect with you. Stop by for an organic iced-tea, meet some of our team and let us know how we can help you address the range of critical issues facing your organic business. If you're exhibiting, we'll also drop off an OTA Member sign for you to display during the show!