Organic Produce Summit 2019 Continues to Spark Inspiration in Buy-side and Supply-side
MONTEREY, CA - Every year, right as the Organic Produce Summit wraps, I love to reach out to some friends in the industry to take their pulse and ask the essential question for any trade show: Was this show valuable to you?
This year, the responses resounded with a most definite, "yes!" So much so, that I could not include them all in one recap story. So, drumroll please...on top of this morning’s enthusiastic recap quotes about OPS, here are some industry leaders who take the cake when it comes to having decision-makers front-and-center at a show!
Mark Carroll, Senior Director of Produce, Lucky's Market
"It was great to be back in Monterey for the OPS and see the major contributions that these growers, packers, and shippers are making to the organic segment. Growth can only happen through innovation, and the quality of conversations at this event are a testament to the direction."
Lisa McNeece, Vice President of Foodservice and Industrial Sales, Grimmway Farms
"OPS, once again, exceeded my expectations. Beginning with the opening reception, educational sessions, general session, and lasting through to the energy on the show floor. OPS is definitely the place to be!"
Peppe Bonfiglio, Director of Sales at Mastronardi Produce® (SUNSET®)
"There's a growing demand for organic produce. Having a show dedicated to this segment provides a great opportunity to work with our customers to best meet consumer demand for organics."
Brianna Shales, Communications Manager, Stemilt Growers
“OPS exceeded our expectations once again! It’s a great setting to rally around a cutting edge area of the produce business—organics! We enjoyed celebrating our Artisan Organics’ 30th Birthday and collaborating with retailers during the busy show.”
Frances Dillard, Senior Director of Brand and Product Marketing, Driscoll’s
"The Organic Produce Summit did a tremendous job galvanizing produce leaders to continue being bold to meet the marketplace demand for organic produce. The ability to network, learn, and be inspired with like-minded organic advocates is a huge value to our sponsorship and participation. Hosting a field tour to showcase our leadership and commitment to the organic category was very rewarding."
Merritt Bruce, Vice President of Retail Business Development, Church Brothers Farms
"The OPS is always a great venue to meet with industry leaders in a relaxed atmosphere. The entire event is somehow better each year."
Scott Mabs, Chief Executive Officer, Homegrown Organic Farms
“OPS 2019 was fantastic. It’s the only organic produce-specific show and truly aligns with who we are at Homegrown Organic Farms. There’s no better place meet with our current retail partners and to develop new ones. We are already looking forward to the 2020 event.”
CJ Buxman, Co-Owner, Fruit World Co.
“OPS is one of the most concentrated shows for growers and retailers to get together all in the same place. It’s a wonderful place to see friends and partners from around the country. We look forward to it every year."
Robyn O'Brien, Vice President, rePlant Capital, and Food Industry Transparency Advocate
"I think this show truly represents the tip of the spear as it brings together early adopters and new adopters of organics on both the supply and retail side. We should all be following what is happening at this show! I absolutely loved meeting the attendees at OPS as well as the members of the organization. It was incredible being a part of such a valuable and meaningful conversation."
Thank you to all our industry friends for the amazing words and to OPS for a show to raise the bar across fresh produce!