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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 11-14, 2019

Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore, MD

Expo East 2018 has passed, but see information below on our programming from the successful week in Baltimore! More details to come about our lineup of events for Expo East 2019. 


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

The Organic Trade Assocation (OTA) welcomed members to attend and observe its Board meetings with the exception of any Executive Session. 


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

The Organic Trade Assocation hosted its Annual Meeting for members immediately preceding the Annual Awards Celebration. Members joined us for discussions about Association business, heard directly from our Board of Directors, and met the trade association's “Member of the Year.” 

Learn more


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

Each of the accomplished organic leaders honored by the Organic Trade Association at its annual awards dinner followed a unique recipe for success, with one common core ingredient: a clear desire to make the world a better place. Read more!



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

The Organic Trade Association and Food Export-Northeast's Joint Buyers' Mission allows U.S. suppliers to meet one-on-one with up to ten international buyers. Meetings are about 25 minutes long and pre-arranged by Organic Trade Association staff. 


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

The Organic Trade Association invited media to a briefing at Expo East on the state of the organic industry. Discussions focused 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. 


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

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 is always available on a first come first served basis.


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


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 delivers 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 the full agenda from the 2018 Conference here. 


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, attendees learned about bold plans to GRO organic through voluntary mechanisms that advance organic priorities.  OTA’s CEO, Laura Batcha, and other thought leaders lead 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 hosted 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 held 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

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