OPS 2018 Program Announces Final Session Focused on Creating New Opportunities in Fresh Produce

OPS 2018 Program Announces Final Session Focused on Creating New Opportunities in Fresh Produce



MONTEREY, CA - Rounding out what promises to be an arch-informative lineup, the Organic Produce Summit has announced its sixth and final education session—a session focused on the growing organic ingredient industry and the opportunities for producers and retailers to capitalize on new consumer products—to be featured at the 2018 Organic Produce Summit, July 11-12, in Monterey, California.

Entitled “Organic Ingredients—Creating New Opportunities in Fresh Produce,” the educational session will feature leaders from global organic fresh produce ingredient supply chain companies discussing the evolution and expansion of the multi-billion-dollar organic ingredient category.

Chad Hagen, Vice President of Consumer Products Group, SunOpta

“The growing demand for organic food, coupled with healthy eating trends and a preference for premium organic products, is driving the growth of the organic ingredient sector, and organic products being merchandised in the produce section is leading the charge in the development of new items,” said moderator Chad Hagen, Vice President of Consumer Products Group at SunOpta, a leading global organic food company specializing in sourcing and processing of certified organic food products. “The educational session is an outstanding opportunity for OPS attendees to learn more about the opportunities and global reach of organic ingredients.”

According to a press release, the educational session will feature a panel of leading industry experts offering information and insight on the role of organic fresh produce in creating new items for consumers.

Panelists will include Lisa McNeece, Vice President of Industrial Sales for Grimmway Farms; Joost Hamelink, Sustainability and Marketing for Tradin Organic; and Bryan Jaynes, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing and for Taylor Farms.

Lisa McNeece of Grimmway Farms, Joost Hamelink of Tradin Organic, and Bryan Jaynes of Taylor Farms

The session will round out an outstanding line-up of educational sessions focused exclusively on the multi-billion-dollar organic fresh produce industry.

Other educational sessions at OPS 2018 include:

  • “Deep Dive - Organic Sales Analysis and the Why Behind the Buy
  • “Organics and the Media – New Landscape of Information”
  • “The Organic Supply Chain I & II – Opportunities and Challenges”
  • “E-Grocery and the Future of Organic Fresh Produce at Retail”

In addition, OPS noted, a series of keynote presentations featuring Geoff White, President of Albertsons' Own Brands, and a Retailer Roundtable including three of the nation’s largest and most progressive retailers, will be featured at the third annual OPS.

Over 1,200 attendees—including organic fresh produce growers, shippers, and processors with retailer and buying organizations from across North America—are expected to meet at OPS, July 11-12, in Monterey, CA, to exchange ideas, information, and insight into the organic fresh produce industry.

For more on all things organic as OPS approaches, stay tuned to AndNowUKnow.

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