Overall Schedule

Day 1: Thursday 25   January 2018
12:00PM 7:00PM Registration
1:00PM 6:00PM Golf Tournament- Additional Registration Required
7:30PM 9:30PM Welcome Reception
Day 2: Friday  26   January 2018
7:30AM 6:30PM Registration
8:00AM 8:45AM Retail Keynote Speaker
8:45AM 11:30AM General Sessions
11:30AM 1:00PM Luncheon Session 
1:30PM 2:45PM Afternoon General Sessions
2:45PM 3:30PM Keynote Speaker- Dick Vermeil
6:00PM 7:30PM Opening Reception 
Day 3: Saturday  27   January 2018
10:00AM 4:00PM Global Organic Produce Expo Open
12:30PM 1:30PM Lunch on Exhibit Hall Floor


* Subject to change

Detailed Schedule for Friday January 26, 2018

Retail Keynote

8:00 - 8:45 am

A representative from a retailer leading the organic movement will discuss their successes and challenges.

Speaker: TBA


Organic 101

8:45-9:45 am

How does an item qualify as organic? Where does produce fit into the organic industry? What are the top organic fruits and vegetables? How does organic fit into the retail channel? Into Foodservice?

Moderator: Greg Johnson, Editor of The Packer

Speakers: USDA National Organic Program, TBD



9:45-10:00 am Break


Making Organic Mainstream

10:00 -10:45 am

The category is more than a niche. How will organic fit into the new directions the retail industry is taking in online ordering, home delivery, new format stores, and other channels on the horizon?

Speakers: TBA


Growing Organic Value-added

10:45 - 11:30 am

As the value-added category grows, what are the challenges for organic to grow along with it?

Speakers: TBA


Lunch Session

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Fresh Trends Quiz Show Organic Edition. Produce Retailer Editor Pamela Riemenschneider and a retail representative use data from The Packer’s Fresh Trends annual consumer survey to look at organic trends and how to implement them in marketing and in-store, in an interactive format with the audience.

Speaker: Produce Retailer Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, Retailer TBA


Sourcing Overseas Organic

1:15 – 2:00 pm

As domestic demand outpaces supply in the U.S., how are produce companies and buyers working with foreign suppliers to send high quality organic product to the U.S.? What processes do foreign growers follow to be certified organic?

Speakers: USDA National Organic Program, TBA



Organics in Washington

2:00 - 2:45 pm

It’s more than just regulations coming from the nation’s capital. For instance, how will organic fit into the next farm bill?



Keynote Speaker- Dick Vermeil

2:45 - 3:30 pm


 In addition to his successful football coaching career, Dick 

 Vermeil turned his wine-making hobby into a professional 

 venture, producing 5,000 cases a year of Calistoga Napa 

 Valley wine. 

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