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A new home for the organic community

The organic community will find more organic-focused products, education and events than ever before at Natural Products Expo East, Oct. 13 to 16 in Boston.

All Things Organic, the official trade show and conference of the Organic Trade Association, is moving to Boston. ATO will complement Organic Products Expo-BioFach America in the organic pavilion at Expo East. “This exciting new partnership unites the business and educational strengths of All Things Organic and Natural Products Expo East,” says Christine Bushway, OTA’s executive director. “It will better serve the organic business community by increasing traffic, buyers and attendance at the trade event. Expo East will become the organic hub of the nation.”

Not only will the alliance add more organic products to the show floor, but Expo East educational sessions will benefit from the addition of OTA’s organic conference program.

This year also marks the first time the Organic Summit will join Natural Products Expo East. As a forum for discussion and education about the organic industry, this one-day conference is expected to attract many decisionmakers, including organic farmers, food and agricultural policy leaders, and procurement directors. Attendees are invited to shape the future of the organic industry by participating in sessions that feature a roster of influential speakers, including keynote speaker Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of Cheap (Penguin, 2009). Shell will speak at the Seaport Hotel on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 8 to 9 a.m. This session is open to all Organic Summit attendees.

The popular Organic Harvest Festival will close the Organic Summit and welcome Expo East participants with a sneak peak of the organic products they’ll find during the next three days. Everyone registered for Expo East can enjoy this event’s live music, organic beer and wine, and the annual Spirit of Organic Awards presentation.

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