The Organic Produce Network Announces Cancelation of the 2020 Organic Produce Summit
MONTEREY, CA - As the industry continues to mitigate and grapple with the challenges of COVID-19, many events have had to make bold but necessary decisions for the health of our sector and the people in it. The 2020 Organic Produce Summit (OPS) is one of those industry-leading shows and due to the impact of COVID-19, the team behind OPS has decided to cancel the summer event scheduled for July 8-9, in Monterey, California.
"Based on the ongoing monitoring of health advisories, and recent statements by the governor of California related to large gatherings, we have determined in order to protect the health, safety, and well-being of all Organic Produce Summit attendees that we cancel this year’s event,” President Susan Canales said. “We look forward to hosting OPS 2021, next July 14 to 15 in Monterey.”
Exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees have the option of rolling over their participation in the show to the new 2021 date or request a refund, according to a press release.
The 2020 event was slated to be the fifth annual OPS convention showcasing a sold-out exhibitor space of 152 of North America’s organic fresh produce growers, shippers, and processors mingling with over 250 retailers and buyers.
“We are, of course, disappointed OPS 2020 will not go on as scheduled. At the same time, we know it is the right decision,” Canales said. “Our thoughts are with those individuals and families who are suffering during this pandemic. We are so proud of how our industry has reacted during this unprecedented time and look forward to coming together next year.”
Our hearts go out to everyone and every sector of our fresh produce industry that is being impacted by COVID-19. Stick with us at AndNowUKnow and we will keep you updated as our industry redefines the new normal and comes together for the benefit of the whole.