Education Sessions on International Organic Produce Supply and Trends Announced as Part of OPS 2019 Program
MONTEREY, CA - As organic production and sales expand, so too does our industry’s knowledge and desire to learn more about the sector. At this year’s fourth annual Organic Produce Summit, two educational sessions relating to this topic will explore how international growers and distributors are impacting the multi-billion dollar organic fresh produce industry.
Sponsored by Robinson Fresh, the two sessions will examine retail and sales trends of organics across the globe. The first session, “International Organic Produce Supply,” will feature three leaders from major global organic grower/shipper organizations, who will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced in growing and marketing organic products throughout the world.
According to a press release, the panelists for the first session include: Ignacio Donoso, Director of New Business for Verifruit; Kiko Carlos, CEO, of Eurofresh; and Marcos Echenique, Market Manager for Copfrut. The session will be moderated by Jose Rossignoli, Vice President of Global Sourcing for Robinson Fresh.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to hear directly from growers from across the globe and their vision, challenges, and opportunities in bringing high-quality organic fresh produce to the marketplace,” said Rossignoli. “These experts from Chile, Spain, Peru, and Mexico will share their experience and insights across a variety of organic commodities and production projects.”
The second education session will include a deep dive into the global perspective of organic produce in the world marketplace, including an analysis of international organic fresh produce growth and opportunity gaps. A complete overview of the session will be released in the coming weeks.
In addition to these sessions, fresh produce leaders will speak at the Retailer Roundtable: panelists include Don Barnett, Chief Operating Officer for Sun Basket; Greg Corrigan, Senior Director of Produce and Floral for Raley’s; and Vic Savanello, Vice President of Produce for The Fresh Market. Tonya Antle, Co-Founder of the Organic Produce Network (OPN), will serve as moderator.
In addition, two keynote presentations featuring organic consumer activist Robyn O’Brien and award-winning chef and author Dan Barber, as well as a series of four other educational sessions focusing on a variety of topics and subject matter related to the multi-billion-dollar organic fresh produce industry are on tap for OPS attendees.
Other educational sessions at OPS 2019 will include:
- Organic Sales Analysis and the Organic Consumer
- What Lies Ahead for Wholesalers of Organic Produce?
- Tackling Food Waste - Good for the Planet and the Bottom Line
- The Future of Organic Meals at Retail
OPS 2019 also includes a selection of field tours for retailers and buyers, a gala opening night reception, and a trade show featuring 148 producers and processors of organic fresh produce from across North America and the globe.
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