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Organic at Expo West

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Don't Miss The Organic Center's
Annual Benefit Dinner
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Foreign Buyers Mission Meetings

March 7-11, 2018

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. 2018 details will be made availabe soon, so please check back!

The Organic Center’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner 

Thursday, March 8, 2018  |  6:00 - 11:00 p.m.  |  The Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, CA

Sales are open for SponsorshipsReserved Tables, or Individual Tickets!

Join us for The Organic Center’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic networking dinner at Natural Products Expo West.

Expect a thought-provoking program featuring keynote speaker Jennifer Garner, award-winning actress, philanthropist, and organic entrepreneur!

Returning Chef Matthew Raiford is planning a menu that will delight your senses. You are guaranteed to connect with colleagues and organic industry leaders at this high-level event. You’ll learn about The Center’s important work to facilitate research and communicate credible, evidence-based science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming.

Meet old friends and make new ones, be inspired and entertained, and enjoy a fantastic organic meal. Show up to show your support for THE source of scientific information for the industry.

Sales are open for SponsorshipsReserved Tables, or Individual Tickets. Sponsoring this event or purchasing a Reserved Table are great ways to showcase your brand and ensure VIP seating for your guests while supporting The Organic Center’s research. 


OTA is a content partner for organic education programming at Expo West

State of the Organic Industry: Market Outlook and Hot Topics.
Thursday, March 8: 10:00-11:00 am
Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom G

Consumer demand for organic has grown by double-digits nearly every year since the 1990’s. But can organic survive in the current era? Amid the Trump Administration’s failure to implement thoroughly vetted organic regulations, a marketplace that has a fascination with alternative labels that do not meet the basic requirements for organic, and ongoing challenges with supply chain integrity, learn what’s being done to ensure the hard built standards and consumer trust of organic continue to thrive.

Organic 101
Thursday, March 8: 11:30-12:30 pm
Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom G

New to the industry? Come here to learn the basics of what the organic label does (and doesn’t) mean, how it is enforced, and why it is the gold standard for food the world around. Click here for more information on this session.

Growing Organic: Supply Chain Integrity
Thursday, March 8, 1:00-2:00
Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom G

As the organic industry stretches to meet consumer demand, the global organic supply chain has become more complex. With increasing complexity comes the need for enhanced attention to organic integrity. Fraud cannot be tolerated in the organic system, because fraud takes value out of the organic chain, and hurts organic farmers and shoppers alike. Everyone has a role in increasing integrity in the organic supply chain, and both the private and the public sectors must engage. This session will outline work being done to ensure organic integrity on a variety of fronts.

Global Export Series: U.S. Market Briefing
Thursday, March 8, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204C

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. Click here for more information on this session.

Food Safety Update: Tools & Resources for Organic Operations
Thursday, March 8, 2:30-3:30
Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom G

The Food Safety Modernization Act is now fully implemented. It is a complex set of rules that can lead to confusion for producers, packers and importers. Hear about the latest food safety updates and learn how these rules affect organic products. Certified operators will emerge with a clearer understanding of what they have to do to be compliant, and of the resources and tools available to them. The talks will cover sanitary transportation and food defense. Click here for more information on this session.

Sharing the Organic Story
Thursday, March 8, 4:00-5:00
Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom G

Backed by the strongest production standard in the world, organic improves soils, rural economies and human health. Shoppers are increasingly demanding transparency in their products. And, with 80% of millennial consumers expected to become parents in the next 10-15 years, brands that can harness and communicate the full supply chain benefits of the organic seal stand to benefit. Join us for a master course in the science behind organic and its benefits to human, economic and planet health, featuring scientists from The Organic Center and Nutritionist Kate Geagan. Click here for more information on this session.

Farm Bill 2018: What You Need to Know
Saturday, March 10, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom G

What is the Farm Bill, and how does it affect agriculture and food policy in the U.S.? Attend this session and hear from industry leaders about what’s at stake for farmers, eaters, and agriculture – especially organic. Learn how you can most effectively advocate for important policies that will have long-term impact on human nutrition, soil and climate health. Click here for more information on this session.

Foreign Buyers’ Mission Meetings

Thursday and Friday, pre-scheduled meetings

U.S. food and ingredient companies eager to promote their organic products in international markets have the opportunity to meet pre-qualified buyers from established and emerging international markets. OTA’s Reverse Trade Mission, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, enables U.S. organic companies to discuss their products, make on-the-spot sales, and pave the way for productive long-term relationships with international buyers. Meetings will take place in rooms 207A/B of the Anaheim Convention Center. 
Contact Monique Marez for more details on OTA's international activities. 

Organic Stakeholder Meetings

Organic Trade Association will host organic stakeholder meetings through Expo West. Topics range from task force and sector council gatherings to association business. 

Dietary Supplements Council Meeting
Friday, March 9th, 10:00am – 11:30am, off-site

Fiber Council Meeting
Friday, March 9th, off-site

International Trade Forum Meeting
Friday, March 9th 2:30pm-3:30pm, Anaheim Convention Center 207A/B

Mexico Task Force Meeting
Friday, March 9th 3:30pm-4:30pm, Anaheim Convention Center 207A/B

Sugar Task Force Meeting
Friday, March 9th 4:30pm-5:30pm, Anaheim Convention Center 207A/B

For more information on these meetings contact Monique Marez or Gwendolyn Wyard

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

Friday through Sunday  |  Anaheim Convention Center  |  Booth #1825

Visit our member lounge at booth during the trade show Friday - Sunday. Whether you are interested in discussing the Organic Check-off proposal, checking out OTA’s global trade resources to help 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. Stop by for an organic iced-tea, meet some of our team and let us know how we can help you address the range of critical issues facing your organic business. If you're exhibiting, we'll also drop off an OTA Member sign for you to display during the show!


Tracy Campany
Events Manager
(202) 403-8632