Organic Produce Summit Announces “The Shifting Organic Assortment at Retail” Educational Session; Tom Barnes Comments
MONTEREY, CA - Walmart Global Buyer Scott Dray and Bozzuto’s Vice President of Perishables Greg Veneziano have been announced as panelists for the Organic Produce Summit’s (OPS) latest educational session. The session, titled “The Shifting Organic Assortment at Retail,” will be moderated by Tom Barnes, Chief Executive Officer of Category Partners.
“This session will not be one to miss if your company has any organic products in a retail store,” said Barnes. “I am excited to discuss the change in demand and consumer behavior toward organic produce with Scott and Greg and hear how suppliers can potentially pivot their organic assortment to meet these changes.”
The session will provide an overview of organic fresh produce sales through the first six months of 2023. The retail panelists will discuss the changing grocery landscape of the organic fresh produce category, with an overview of consumer trends and an exploration of future opportunities for growth.
According to a press release, the announcement of this data-driven session completes the OPS 2023 educational program, which also includes topics such as sustainability, the growing importance of controlled environment agriculture, the power of plants, and new organic rules and regulations.
In the first keynote at the event, Divert’s Co-Founder and CEO Ryan Begin will discuss his company’s leading role in addressing the human and environmental crises created by food waste in a TED Talk-style presentation.
The second keynote is the Retailer Roundtable. Panelists include Abhi Ramesh, Founder and CEO of Misfits Market; Sonya Constable, VP of Produce for Sprouts Farmers Market; and Daniel Bell, Director of Produce for Grocery Outlet.
OPS 2023 also includes field tours for qualified retailers and buyers, a gala opening night reception, and a sold-out trade show floor featuring over 170 producers and processors. The seventh annual event will be held July 12–13 in Monterey, California. Registration to attend is available here.
We hope to see you there!