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Organic at Expo East

Visit OTA & The Organic Center
Booth #1211
Schedule Meetings at OTA's
Member Lounge
Attend The
All Things Organic
Conference Sessions
Kick off Expo East at
OTA's Annual Leadership Awards Celebration
Meet the OTA Board at the
Annual Membership Meeting


September 12-15, 2018

Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore, MD


Wednesday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  |  The Columbus Center 

The Organic Trade Assocation (OTA) welcomes members to attend and observe its Board meetings with the exception of any Executive Session. If you wish to attend the Baltimore meeting or formally address the Board regarding a specific topic or issue, please contact OTA.


Wednesday, September 12, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  |  The Columbus Center

The Organic Trade Assocation will host its Annual Meeting for members immediately preceding the Annual Awards Celebration. Plan to join us for discussions about Association business, hear directly from our Board of Directors, and meet the trade association's “Member of the Year.”  Please join us on the first floor of the Columbus Center to discuss Association business. The program will be short, interesting, and interactive. We hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  |  The Columbus Center

You are invited to THE Expo East Kick-off Event! Join us at the Organic Trade Association 2018 Leadership Awards Celebration to honor three individuals who’ve crafted winning recipes for leadership. Each award winner has blended powerful ingredients using masterful techniques to serve up dishes that help sustain the organic industry.

Spend the evening creating a recipe of your own! First, blend together friends and colleagues and clarify your association goals at the annual membership meeting. Then fold into a delicious organic meal and toast this year’s award winners. Finally, sift through business prospects and score some delectable treats during our networking dessert.

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Wednesday, September 12 - Thursday, September 13  |  Baltimore Convention Center 301-303

Meet one-on-one with up to ten international buyers at the Organic Trade Association and Food Export-Northeast's Joint Buyers' Mission. Meetings will be held on Wednesday, September 12 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 13 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meetings are about 25 minutes long and pre-arranged by Organic Trade Association staff upon completion of supplier profile and review of the buyer profiles. Registration will close after August 20! 

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Thursday, September 13 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 4

The Organic Trade Association will brief invited media on the state of the organic industry during a briefing at Expo East. Discussions will focus on the latest trends and challenges facing the sector as well as an opportunity to connect with our CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha and other organic industry leaders. Invitation only; contact Maggie McNeil to learn more.


Thursday, September 13 - Saturday, September 15   |  Booth #1211  |  Baltimore Convention Center

Be sure to visit the Organic Trade Assocation and Organic Center booth on the trade show floor. Members can stop by our lounge anytime during show floor hours to grab a cup of organic coffee, check email, and chat with staff. Meeting space will also be available on a first come first served basis.


Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  |  Baltimore Convention Center, Main Terrace 

When the show floor closes on Thursday, come learn more about Organic PAC


Thursday, September 13 - Friday, September 14  |  Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel 

As the leading authority on the North American organic market, the Organic Trade Association will deliver a one-of-a-kind conference program with critical information on the issues that impact your organic business. The conference line-up will hit all the hot topics of the day and is sure to spark conversation. View full agenda here

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5
State of the Organic Industry 
In light of the government’s termination of the industry-led effort to establish a research and promotion order for organic, learn about bold plans to GRO organic through voluntary mechanisms that advance organic priorities.  Join OTA’s CEO, Laura Batcha, and other thought leaders for a conversation about how the industry can continue to push on priorities including supply chain integrity, agricultural research and consumer education – to keep the organic brand strong into the next decades and beyond. Following the session, OTA will host a series of meetings to explore how industry can invest in moving the industry forward together.

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 3
Stakeholder Meetings and Working Sessions

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Got Voluntary Checkoff? 
Important Updates on immediate Initiatives relating to GRO Organic
Co-hosted by the Organic Trade Association and Organic Voices

1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
Deep Dive into immediate initiatives in support of organic
Working sessions for investors and potential investors

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Organic: It's not complicated 
Presented by: Organic Voices 

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Consumer Messaging Research Project
Presented by: Natural Marketing Institute & Organic Trade Association

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Organic Food and Farming Research Program for Soil Health and Climate Change
Presented by: The Organic Center

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
GRO Organic Steering Committee Meeting
Committee members only


The Organic Trade Association will hold the following organic industry meetings during Expo East. Contact Angela Jagiello with questions.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 3
Dietary Supplements Sector Council Meeting

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm. | Hilton Key Ballroom 4
IOIA Board Meeting (Invitation Only)

Friday, September 14, 2018 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 3
Retail Sector Council Meeting 

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 4
IOIA Board Meeting (Invitation Only)

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 3
International Forum Meeting

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.| Hilton Key Ballroom 3
Grains Council Meeting

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 4
Climate Collaborative Rooted Community 

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 3
Mexico Task Force Meeting


Tracy Campany
Events Manager
(202) 403-8632