Organic Originality and Innovation Set the Stage for All Things Organic™ In Chicago
GREENFIELD, Mass. (April 17, 2006) — It's possible to think "All Things Organic" these days as the number of? innovative organic products from healthy packaged snacks and beverages to products for pets and the home keeps growing.? All this and more will be featured at the Organic Trade Association's 2006 All Things Organicä Conference and Trade Show May 6-9 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The May 2006 event will mark its sixth year, and the third year All Things Organic™ has teamed up with four other shows--in an event billed as "The Power of Five"--with the Food Marketing Institute Show, the Spring Fancy Food Show®, United Produce Expo and Conference, and the U.S. Food Export Showcase. All Things Organicä is the only all-organic trade show in North America.
The $15 billion organic industry remains the fastest growing sector of America's food industry, and shows no sign of slowing down. This spectacular growth is due largely to the quality and environmental benefits of a business community whose creativity sparks ever-increasing demand for more organic products.
"Today's consumers are conscious about the environment and are demanding more organic products than ever before," said Caren Wilcox, the Organic Trade Association's new executive director.? "In addition to food, products for the home, such as linens, candles, cleaning products and especially products for children, are in high demand."
The tremendous growth and new product offerings for children and the home have led to two new and exciting features at the 2006 trade show floor:? An "Organic for Kids" product showcase and "The Corner Store...Organic and more, for every lifestyle." The latter will include non-food organic products from exhibitors. Peter Millard, a prominent retail designer whose clients include Ralph Lauren, Armani, and Chanel, will design this display.
All Things Organic™ will also feature the popular New Product Showcase with more than sixty innovative organic offerings backed up by more than 450 booths presenting fresh organic approaches to a wide variety of products.
Trends in evidence include organic products from companies small and large which are new or unique entries into the burgeoning organic marketplace:
§ Organic fiber products galore, including T-shirts, wool infant clothing, sun hats and fine linens.
§ Products for kids including energy bars, crackers and puffs, nut butters, sodas, juice and tea, as well as personal care items for baby and mom.
§ Toys and treats for the family pets.
§ Premium packaged and loose leaf teas from many continents.
§ Products for the home, including candles, cleaning products allowed for organic production and soil amendments for organic gardens.
§ Treats for discerning adults, including fine chocolate bars, crisps and biscotti, coffee, tea and maté bottled beverages, premium wines and other spirits.
§ Fine condiments such as pomegranate salad dressing, preserves premium sugar and honey.
§ Grain and vegetable products and mixes made of whole and sprouted grains, including wheat, rice, flax, hemp and more.
§ Certified organic meats and seafood, including sausage, jerky and complete gourmet frozen meals.
§ Organic dairy products from across the country including whipped cream, keifer, cheese and milk products.
§ Personal care products from fine soaps and facial care to mists and massage oils.
§ Ingredients such as organic coloring and flavorings
§ Services including organic domains and Internet portals to new tracking and certification systems that make organic agricultural systems more streamlined.
§ Products and companies that add features such as Biodynamic, Fair Trade, Kosher and Humane certifications.
In addition to the bustling the three-day trade show, All Things Organicä will feature three keynote speakers, five "Organic 101" conference sessions, 18 conference topics, special member activities, an urban organic tour, organic fiber walking tour and a n awards ceremony and banquet.? The Organic Trade Association, in partnership with the National Association of State Organic Programs, will also host the first North American Summit on Organic Production and Marketing where industry and government representatives from Canada, the United States, and Mexico will provide the most current information on organic programs.
A detailed exhibitor list, conference program and event schedule is posted online at http://www.organicexpo.com.
All Things Organicä is presented by the Organic Trade Association in partnership with Diversified Business Communications.