Organic show to hook up with Latin, Asian events

by Jeff Gelski
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PORTLAND, MAINE – The Organic Trade Association (O.T.A.) will co-locate its 2009 All Things Organic Conference and Trade Show with two other events: Expo Comida Latina and All Asia Food. All three events will take place June 16-18, 2009, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

"This is an exciting time to be involved in the organic and ethnic and specialty product sectors, particularly as organic and specialty/ethnic foods are the two fastest-growing segments of retail food sales," said David Gagnon, interim executive director of the O.T.A. "These co-located events will offer national and regional forward-thinking retailers, food service professionals and manufacturers access to valuable educational opportunities and sourcing options that will help them stay competitive in the changing landscape of food consumption in North America."

Organic food and beverage sales grew 21% in 2006, according to the O.T.A.’s 2007 Manufacturer Survey. Hispanic and Asian Americans will make up 33% of the U.S. population by 2050, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Hispanic and Asian consumers are more interested in organic foods than the general population and are more likely to seek out stores that carry organic foods, according to The Natural Marketing Institute, Harleysville, Pa.

The O.T.A. and Diversified Business Communications will present the 2009 All Things Organic Conference and Trade Show The 2008 event featured more than 600 booths and 12,000 attendees.

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