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The OTA Calendar is full of events that are either organized or attended by OTA. We are pleased to organize and support dozens of events that advance organic agriculture and trade throughout the year. Some of these are signature OTA events hosted for members, while others are regional, national, or international conferences where OTA staff are featured keynotes and panelists. Whether we’re bringing the latest news and trends about the organic industry to diverse audiences, sponsoring business networking gatherings, or hosting listening sessions to gather feedback from the sector, you can count on OTA to be part of the action. 

OTA Hosted Event

October 2019

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Shiftcon Social Media Conference

Shiftcon Social Media Conference

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Shiftcon Social Media Conference, taking place October 3-5, 2019 in Atlanta, GA, is designed to support social media influencers who care about food, wellness, health and the environment. This conference blends professional workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of change makers from all over under one roof. It will provide a solid focus on green content creation, food & environmental activism, organic and non-GMO food, social media marketing, educating the public, natural products, recruiting additional influencers and making this world better for future generations.

The Organic Center's Dr. Amber Sciligo will be a keynote speaker at the conference, and Organic Trade Association will host a breakout session on the #OrganicWeekDC's Influencer program and how the organic industry and Influencers can continue to collaborate to grow the organic movement. Contact Kelly Taveras if you'd like to connect at the Conference! 

Conference Information: 

October 3-5, 2019

Grand Hyatt in Buckhead

Atlanta, GA

8:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
Quality Assurance International's (QAI) 30th Anniversary Customer Summit

Quality Assurance International's (QAI) 30th Anniversary Customer Summit

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Quality Assurance International's (QAI) 30th Anniversary Customer Summit will be taking place on October 3rd. The theme for the event is “30 years with our roots in the soil, planting the seeds for the future”. 

Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking on the following panel discussion from 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. See more info on the full Summit agenda here! 

The Future State of the Organic Industry: Where are we headed & how can we grow our success?

Panelists: Laura Batcha, CEO/Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association; Ryan Nicholl, chief creative officer at Inked Organics Bread Co.; Tina Owens, senior director of agricultural funding & communication at Danone North America; William Van Vorous, COO of Heather's Tummy Care.

Summit Information:

October 3, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Pannikin Building

San Diego, CA

For more information contact Adrienne Messe

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Anuga

Anuga

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:00pm

Anuga, taking place October 5-9, 2019 in Cologne, Germany, is the largest trade fair in the world and the most important industry meeting point. In 2017, there were 7,405 exhibitors and around 165,000 visitors at the show. With ten trade shows, an informative event program and the largest participation of exhibitors, 2019 is shaping up to be the number one event again.

The Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion at the show for U.S. organic companies. If you are interested in participating or connecting at the show, contact OTA's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey

Trade Show Information:

October 5-9, 2019

Cologne, Germany

8:00am to 5:00pm
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Anuga

Anuga

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:00pm

Anuga, taking place October 5-9, 2019 in Cologne, Germany, is the largest trade fair in the world and the most important industry meeting point. In 2017, there were 7,405 exhibitors and around 165,000 visitors at the show. With ten trade shows, an informative event program and the largest participation of exhibitors, 2019 is shaping up to be the number one event again.

The Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion at the show for U.S. organic companies. If you are interested in participating or connecting at the show, contact OTA's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey

Trade Show Information:

October 5-9, 2019

Cologne, Germany

8:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference

Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, October 18, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Organic Trade Association’s Fiber Council will be participating in the 2019 Textile Sustainability Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 15 - 18!

Several Fiber Council members along with Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, will be hostinga booth in the exhibit hall where they will be ready to answer questions about the benefits of organic fiber, textiles and Organic Trade Association membership. Council members will also be actively participating in a full agenda of workshops and educational sessions. The Organic Trade Association's Fiber Council includes representatives from 38 member companies, covering the full supply chain from farmers to manufacturers, certifiers, researchers, retailers, and more. The Council successfully works to strengthen and grow the organic fiber and textiles sector. 

For more information, or to conntect with us at the Textile Sustainability Conference, contact Gwendolyn Wyard

Conference Information: 

October 15-18, 2019

Vancouver Convention Center, East Building

Vancouver, British Columbia

 

8:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
 
Supply Side West

Supply Side West

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 5:00pm

Supply Side West, taking place October 15-19, 2019 in Las Vegas, is all about the science and strategy around the development of finished products that drive the global business economy.

Interested in attending? Organic Trade Association Members can receive $50 off of Supply Side registration using the following discount code - OTA50

As part of the debut of Food Ingredients North America at Supply Side West, Organic Trade Association has collaborated with show organizers on a dynamic educational session designed to showcase the range of issues the organic industry must confront to sustainably scale production. Join Organic Trade Association CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, and Director of Education & Insights, Angela Jagiello, at the following session taking place during Supply Side West. See more info here, and contact Angela Jagiello for more information. 

Accelerating Growth in the Organic Market | October 18, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Level 3, South Seas F
Sales of organic products topped $52 billion in the United States last year, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ), while global sales of organic foods and beverages were more than $100 billion, per Ecovia Intelligence. Continued consumer interest in and demand for organic products signals a continued shift toward a healthier supply chain; it is also illustrating the challenges and whitespace opportunity facing this market. This dynamic presentation, developed with NBJ and OTA, is designed to showcase the range of issues the industry must confront to sustainably scale organic production. Hear more about global regulatory issues related to organic imports; the top ways CPG brands can positively impact the availability and breadth of organic ingredients; and the creative solutions being developed to address the critical challenges facing the organic supply chain. 
 

Trade Show Information: 

October 15-19, 2019

Las Vegas, NV

 

8:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
 
 
Webinar: Meet Your Board of Directors

Webinar: Meet Your Board of Directors

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join CEO / Executive Director Laura Batcha for a virtual follow up to Organic Trade Association's Annual Meeting. You'll hear about the strategic priorities the Board of Directors have set for the organization, and meet its newest members. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

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National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its fall meeting October 23-25 in Pittsburgh, PA. Discussed will be substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the National List in 2021, and guidance on organic policies. 

Organic Trade Association’s Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Gwendolyn Wyard, Farm Policy Director Johanna Mirenda, and Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions Megan DeBates will attend the meeting and will submit written and oral recommendations to NOSB on behalf of our members. In addition, Dr. Jessica Shade of The Organic Center will give oral comments during the pre-meeting webinar on October 15. For more information or to connect at the meeting, contact Gwendolyn Wyard.  

Meeting Information:

October 23-25, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh City Center

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

8:00am to 6:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
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