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Organic at Expo West

March 12-16, 2024 at the Anaheim Convention Center

Connect with us at Expo West

  • OTA Booth #1735
  • Climate Day Resource Fair, Tuesday March 12, 5:30-7:00pm, Anaheim Marriott 

Organic Education Sessions

  • State of Organic, Thurs March 14, 10-11am, Anaheim Marriott 
  • Defining and Measuring Impact, Thurs March 14, 11:15 – 12:15pm, Anaheim Marriott 

Learn more here

 


An Organic Night Out: Honoring the Best in Organic

March 13, 2024 | 6-10pm | Anaheim Marriott

We are delighted to invite you to be a part of the 2024 An Organic Night Out: Honoring The Year’s Best in Organic, a remarkable ticketed event that aims to support and advance the organic movement. Hosted by The Organic Center and Organic Voices/Only Organic, this event promises an unforgettable evening filled with celebration, knowledge sharing, and networking opportunities, all while supporting a greener and healthier future for our planet. Think of this as the first-ever “Organic Oscars.”

Enjoy an inspiring science fair providing an opportunity to mingle and network with other organic stakeholders. Sip a beverage, enjoy organic appetizers, and learn about the research being performed to advance organic and have meaningful impact in the areas of crop production, soil health, food safety, climate, and sustainability.

Then join Jennifer Garner and other guests as we recognize and celebrate the success of organic brands and companies in communicating the impact of organic to consumers. Cap off the evening with more drinks and live music.

Learn more and register

Thank you to the event sponsors:


Available on Demand: Online Tools for Connecting Brands and Retailers

Thank you to those who joined us and our guest speakers from New Hope Network and HowGood for this Organic Trade Association (OTA) member-exclusive webinar to learn more about Beacon Discovery, the anytime-anywhere discovery and engagement platform for natural products brands and retailers. Beacon Discovery was created as a way to help buyers navigate the many booths at Natural Products Expo, and now, Beacon is available for retailers to connect with brands 365 days a year. 
 
HowGood’s Sustainability Impact Estimates allow brands on the platform to showcase their sustainability goals and track key metrics for continued benchmarking.  

OTA member exclusive discounts and support on Beacon Discovery:

1.    OTA Members who are not exhibiting at Natural Products Expo West are eligible for a 10% discount to be listed in the platform. (Beacon Discovery is included at no additional cost for those exhibiting at Expo West). Full price for non-exhibitors is $2,000/year. The 10% off code is: OTA10OFF
2.    OTA Members are also eligible for a Freemium ahead of Expo West in March, this no-cost opportunity allows members the chance to test out the platform before committing to their first-year listing fee. Please contact Adrienne Messe to access the Freemium discount code.
3.    Special access to “white glove” onboarding support on the Beacon Discovery Platform, to make sure all listings are setup for success.

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What’s new with organic? Visit Booth 1937 to learn more!

The Organic Trade Association will be at Natural Products Expo West March 7-11, 2023 at Booth 1937. Whether you are interested in discussing critical issues facing your organic business, checking out OTA’s resources to help you expand your business, or understanding what we're doing to elevate the footprint of organic on Capitol Hill, our knowledgeable staff is eager to connect with you!

Organic Education Sessions

Learn below about where the Organic Trade Association will host informative discussions and collaborative conversations on organic during the Expo Speaker Sessions. We're convening experts like OTA staff and members, USDA leadership, and The Organic Center's science experts on Wednesday and Thursday during Natural Products Expo West - you don't want to miss it! Times, locations, and speakers are listed with each description below.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2023

U.S. ORGANIC TRADE – INTERNATIONAL MARKET OPPORTUNITIES & TRADE POLICY UPDATE

Location: Anaheim Convention Center | Room 204C
Time: 11:30-12:30 a.m. PT

Join the Organic Trade Association for an overview of the U.S. 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.

Esteemed Speaker:

  • Chris Anderson, Sustainable Strategies | Organic Trade Association
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2023

THE BENEFITS OF LONG-TERM RESEARCH IN SUPPORT OF ORGANIC

Location: Anaheim Convention Center | Marriott Grand Ballroom F
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PT

Organic agricultural systems are complex, requiring innovative approaches backed by scientific research. Industry investment has underwritten a number of long-term academic research projects. This kind of collaboration and leadership allows organic to make agricultural advances, in addition to unlocking competitive dollar-for-dollar matched grant funding that supports critical research in the areas of climate, human, and soil health. Join us to hear from some of the researchers, as well as industry partners and other voices in support of the research needed to advance organic.

Esteemed Speakers:

  • Matthew Dillon, Risk 2 Resilience (R2R) Strategies (Discussion Leader)
  • Jeff Huckaby, Cal-Organic/Grimmyway Farms
  • Kokoasse Kpomblekou-A, PhD, Tuskegee University's College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences
  • Erin Silva, PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Houston Wilson, PhD, University of California Organic Agriculture Institute

GOING ORGANIC

Location: Anaheim Convention Center | Marriott Grand Ballroom F
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PT

Are you thinking of building an organic brand, or converting your existing brand to organic? Have you heard that the paperwork is impossible, the recordkeeping is beyond what you can manage, or that the costs are out of control? Not so! Join us for a one-hour crash course in what you’ll need to know – from securing your supply chain, to marketing and labeling – to get your line certified.

Esteemed Speakers:

  • Adrienne Messe, Organic Trade Association (Discussion Leader)
  • Cynthia Barstow, University of Massachusetts Amherst & Protect Our Breasts
  • John Foster, Wolf & Associates
  • Johanna Phillips, Ecocert USA LLC

STATE OF THE ORGANIC INDUSTRY

Location: Anaheim Convention Center | Marriott Grand Ballroom F
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT

The $63 billion US organic industry continues to innovate and thrive. Join us for a fast-paced, 90-minute intensive where we’ll explore the numbers, trends, and regulatory developments shaping the future of organic. The session will include: topline figures from the U.S. organic industry;  An update on the Strengthening Organic Enforcement rules – the most sweeping changes to the organic regulations since their implementation in 2002; a preview of what’s at stake in this year’s Farm Bill process; and a new suite of science-backed communication tools that demonstrate organic is sustainable, climate-friendly and has always been built upon regenerative practices.

Esteemed Speakers:

  • Tom Chapman, Organic Trade Association
  • Jennifer Tucker, PhD, USDA National Organic Program
  • Jonathan Veley, USDA National Organic Program
  • Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
THE ORGANIC CENTER CELEBRATES ITS ANNUAL SCIENCE BENEFIT AT NATURAL PRODUCT EXPO WEST

March 8, 2023 at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. PT - Anaheim Marriot Platinum Ballroom 6

Join The Organic Center's Annual Science Benefit at Natural Products Expo West taking place on Tuesday, March 8. The Benefit will be one of the biggest organic parties at Expo West featuring cutting-edge science, an open bar, memorable connections, and live entertainment. Don’t miss this all-organic networking event! Make personal connections with colleagues and organic industry leaders while exploring cutting-edge science industry tools to enhance the exploration of human health and climate benefits of organic agriculture. Meet old friends and make new ones while being inspired and entertained – all in support of The Organic Center.

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Please contact Adrienne Messe for more information.