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Organic at Expo West

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March 3-7, 2020

Anaheim Convention Center

Anaheim CA

The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center are looking forward to a number of opportunities to bring people together for business, networking, and socializing at Natural Products Expo West. See below for more details on 2020 programming!

The Organic Center’s 17th Annual Benefit Dinner 

March 4, 2020  |  6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | Anaheim Marriott Marquis Ballroom

Join us for the The Organic Center's 17th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic and premier executive-level networking event at Natural Products Expo West!

Dr. Tyrone Hayes, groundbreaking biologist and activist, will keynote this incredible evening. Hayes doesn’t try to fit into the general mold of a university scientist, and it’s this uniqueness, force of personality, and his deep passion and knowledge about his work that have attracted a national following, inside and outside of the academic scientific community.

Chef Megan Mitchell wowed us last year with her contemporary cuisine and she’s cooking up something special for this year’s 500+ guests. The menu features herbed cheese puffs, curried squash soup, braised short ribs, tofu gnocchi, mushroom bolognese, spicy kale, and more, all made with delicious organic ingredients! Save room for lemon pies, coconut salted caramel pudding, and your choice of organic beer, wine, or cocktails!

Individual tickets are still available for $295, reserve your seat now! For multiple guests to be seated together, we recommend reserving a VIP table.

Our generous event sponsors have provided some amazing gifts that will be given to a few lucky attendees! How does an organic cotton mattress, a year's supply of organic snacks, or roundtrip airfare to Australia sound? What about a selection of organic wines, or an organic spice collection? Your ticket purchase enters you to win. Learn more!


Organic Trade Association Board of Directors Meeting

March 3, 2020  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Hilton San Simeon B 

The OTA Board of Directors typically meets as a full Board at least four times a year, two or three in-person meetings and one or two via teleconference. Each Board member serves on one of the three committees: Executive, Community Relations, or Governance.  Each committee typically meets once per month. For more information, contact Stephanie Jerger.


Foreign Buyers’ Mission Meetings

The Organic Trade Association will again partner with Food Export Midwest to bring a diverse set of buyers to Expo West from around the world. We will be organizing 1 on 1 meetings for U.S. organic companies with buyers from a variety of foreign markets. Meetings will take place on March 4 - 5 in the Anaheim Convention Center. 
 
For more information on this Buyers Mission and OTA's other international activities contact Alexis Carey

Climate Day

March 3, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central 

Join industry leaders at Climate Day for inspirational keynotes, breakout sessions, networking, awards, a community resource fair and a rockin’ reception! The Organic Center will have a table during Climate Day, stop by and see Amber Sciligo, The Organic Center's Associate Director of Science Programs!


Organic Education at Expo West

The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center will participate in the following education sessions and meetings happening at the show. 

How to Support Organic from Farm to Shelf | March 4, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
This session will shine a light on organic market growth and showcase the increasing value of being part of a growing organic ecosystem. Laura Batcha, Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, will be speaking during the "Reflections on Where We've Been & Where Organic Needs to Go" portion of this session. Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, will be speaking during the "Prioritizing Organic at Your Company" portion of the session. 

Global Export Series | March 4, 2020 | 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204C
This is a five-part seminar series offered by the U.S. Commercial Service. Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, will be speaking during the "U.S. Organic Trade: International Market Opportunities & Trade Policy Updates" portion of this session taking place 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 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.

Sugar Task Force Meeting | March 5, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Invite Only 
Members of the Organic Trade Association's Sugar Task Force will host an in-person meeting in Anaheim, and other members will be able to dial-in by conference line to participate. For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda. 

Breakthrough Organic Consumer Messaging Workshop | March 5, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Members Only, RSVP 
Who is the organic shopper? What impacts their decision to purchase? How can a message map help you be targeted with diverse shoppers? What’s most important when talking about organic standards? What about climate change? These questions and more will be addressed in a free workshop for Organic Trade Association members in Anaheim on March 5 from 1-3 p.m. Pacific. The research, conducted through NMI, yielded a new level of understanding about today’s shoppers and the messaging they need strengthen their commitment to organic. The findings have been translated into a Consumer Messaging Workbook available to the full membership community. Join us in Anaheim, where we’ll dive into demographic findings, and learn about the most compelling ways to reach current and potential organic shoppers with your brand’s messaging. You won’t want to miss these insights – a benefit of your Trade Association membership! Space is limited. RSVP to Angela Jagiello.

Organic Voices Breakfast Meeting | March 6, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Invite Only

Understanding the Nutrition Science Driving Consumer Wellness & Product Trends | March 6, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 12: 30 a.m. | Marriott Grand Ballroom F
During this session, we’ll explore the latest on science-backed dietary recommendations, consumer nutrition trends and opportunities for using science-driven innovation to stay ahead of an evolving and informed marketplace. Jessica Shade, The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, will be speaking in this session. 


What’s new at OTA? Visit the booth to learn more!

March 5-7, 2020  |  Anaheim Convention Center  | Booth #1821

Be sure to visit our booth and member lounge at the 2020 Natural Products Expo West trade show! Whether you are interested in discussing critical issues facing your organic business, checking out OTA’s global trade resources to help you 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. Contact Danielle Cote to setup a meeting with us at our booth! 


Contact

Adrienne Messe
Integrated Events & Marketing Project Manager
(202) 403-8634

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