The fifth annual Organic Produce Summit will be held on July 8-9 at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California. OPS 2020 is dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce, growers and shippers with retailers and buying organizations across the globe.
At this major event for the sector, new consumer data and analysis related to increased organic fresh produce sales from a pair of the industry’s leaders will be featured as part of an educational session. Laura Batcha, president of the Organic Trade Association, will discuss research conducted in collaboration with the Natural Marketing Institute on messaging to organic customers, and the development of a toolkit for organic industry members to use based on the findings of the research. Steve Lutz, senior vice president of insights and innovation for Category Partners, will update OPS attendees on the latest organic retail sales data, analysis and trends, while providing an overview of increased sales opportunities.
The session, Organic Fresh Produce Sales Data and Analysis, will be moderated by Tonya Antle, co-founder of the Organic Produce Network. “As organic fresh produce sales continue to grow and outpace conventional produce sales, there is outstanding information and data to be shared among OPS attendees on where opportunities for further growth lie, as well as areas where new customer acquisition can come from,” said Antle.
Lutz said his presentation will focus on organic fresh produce performance at retail and consumer alignment as the category continue to grow. “How are consumers aligning their increased demand for organic fresh produce into actual purchases at store? What are the key purchase barriers and ways to convert potential customers into consistent buyers? We will explore the trends and opportunities that lie ahead for all OPS attendees,” Lutz said.
Among other educational sessions on tap for OPS 2020 are: Obstacles and Opportunities for Organic in Foodservice; Is Regenerative the “New” Organic?; and How Do Independent Retailers Handle Organic?
The fifth annual OPS features a sold-out exhibition that will showcase 152 of North America’s organic fresh produce growers, shippers and processors exhibiting their products to over 250 retailers and buyers. Field tours at several of the nation’s leading organic producers are also available for qualified retailers and wholesalers at OPS.
Retailer and general registration for OPS 2020 is available at www.organicproducesummit.com. Additional information about the event, including schedule, sponsors and a complete list of exhibiting companies is also available on the website. Without question, U.S. companies are profiting from the long-term growth of the EU organic market.