GREENFIELD, Mass. (February 28, 2007) — Organic is bigger and better than ever before and trade buyers can find the latest products from all categories at one easy-to-navigate trade show. All Things Organic(TM) Conference & Trade Show will team up once again this year with four other shows at Chicago's McCormick Place May 5-8 in an event billed as "The Power of Five". The show will be co-located with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Show, Spring Fancy Food Show(R), United Produce Expo and Conference and the U.S. Food Export Showcase. The 2007 All Things Organic(TM), presented by OTA in partnership with Diversified Business Communications, is the only conference and trade show in North America focusing exclusively on the organic business community.
Trade buyers across the food and foodservice markets will have access to an abundant array of the latest organic grocery items, specialty foods, American-made items for export, non-food products, ingredients and produce...all featured in one show over three days.
Three special sections will highlight specific growing product categories:
The "Organic for Kids" showcase will feature the latest in the ever-growing category of organic products for infants and children. Items will include both food and non-food items from clothing to personal care products.
"The Corner Store...Organic and more, for every lifestyle" will include all non-food organic products from exhibitors including home textiles, clothing and personal care items.
The "Organic Spirits Pavilion" will highlight organic offerings in the world of spirits, wine and beer.
This year's conference features three keynote speaker sessions, five Organic 101 conference sessions, 20 additional conference topics, special OTA member activities, and an active trade show floor featuring approximately 500 booths. Saturday, May 5 will feature special member seminars designed exclusively for OTA members.
Keynote speakers scheduled for 2007 are extremely exciting:
Sunday, May 6
The 45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore will be the 2007 opening keynote speaker for the All Things Organic™ Conference and Trade Show. An esteemed author, activist and political figure, former Vice President Gore will draw on his 25 years of public service to offer insights on environmental and technology issues that are reshaping everyday life and business. The Gore keynote address will be a ticketed event. Please watch www.organicexpo.com for more information on ticket availability as details are confirmed.
Monday, May 7
All Things Organic™ will present a panel discussion with some of the most innovative young business people in the organic industry. Speakers include Matt McLean of Uncle Matt's Organic, Steve Shriver of Eco Lips, Seth Goldman of Honest Tea, and Sarah Bird of HomeGrown Naturals. This next generation of organic leaders will discuss their company's social and environmental initiatives as well as new ideas and a fresh take on doing business in the new millennium.
Tuesday, May 8
Claire Raines is considered one of the nation's leading experts on the generations at work. She is an award-winning author of four management books, a dynamic speaker, and a highly-regarded management consultant. Ms. Raines will describe how today's winning companies create competitive advantage by building work cultures that recognize and appreciate a variety of perspectives, styles, and opinions.
Visitor and Media Registration for the 2007 conference and trade show are available at www.organicexpo.com. Working press are invited to attend the trade show and conference at no charge. Media representatives with valid credentials can register once for admittance to all four shows. Please check the site often as details concerning the conference, trade show, and special events will be posted on the website as they become available.
The mission of the Organic Trade Association is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people's lives and the environment. As a membership-based business association, the Organic Trade Association focuses on the organic business community in North America. OTA's nearly 1,600 members include farmers, processors, importers, exporters, distributors, retailers, certifiers, and more. For further information, visit OTA's web site at www.ota.com.
Diversified Business Communications provides information and market access through trade exhibitions, magazine publishing, and online resources on five continents. In addition to serving the natural products/organic market, DBC produces over 15 food exhibitions organized throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia (www.divbusiness.com)