2006 Press Releases
December 27, 2006 U.S. acreage of organic cotton gains ground
GREENFIELD, Mass. (Dec. 27, 2006)—U.S. acreage planted to organic cotton in 2005 increased 14% from that planted the previous year, according to a 2006 survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and funded by a grant from Cotton Incorporated.
In results released today, OTA’s Organic Cotton Survey found 13 farmers grew and harvested organic cotton in the United States during 2005. Farmers in 2005 planted 6,325 acres of organic cotton, an increase of nearly 14 percent over the 5,550 acres planted in 2004. Most was upland organic cotton, and most organic cotton was grown in Texas, with limited acreage in California and New Mexico.
December 15, 2006 Organic acreage grows, but more is needed, says OTA
News Release Contact: Barbara Haumann
For Immediate Release Phone: 413-774-7511, Ext. 20
GREENFIELD, Mass. (Dec. 15, 2006)— More than one million new acres were devoted to organic agriculture production in 2005, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and that's "great news," according to Caren Wilcox, executive director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). However, the government still needs to do more to encourage farmers to switch to organic production.
November 17, 2006 OTA's organic show is among the Top 50 fastest growing North American shows
OTA's organic show is among the Top 50 fastest growing North American shows
Greenfield, Massachusetts (Nov. 17, 2006)-For the second year in a row, the All Things Organic(TM) Conference and Trade Show was named one of Trade Show Week's Top 50 fastest growing trade shows in North America in 2006.
Produced by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in partnership with Diversified Business Communications, All Things Organic(TM) in 2006 drew over 10,500 attendees to its show floor in May at McCormick Place in Chicago. The all-organic show first launched in 2001 in Austin, Texas, and was an annual event there for three years. Since 2004, it has been held annually in Chicago, and has seen impressive growth figures in comparison to industry standards.
November 09, 2006 OTA applauds Sambazon for State Department Honor
California company produces açaí juice and smoothies
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 6, 2006)--The Organic Trade Association (OTA) applauded its member company Sambazon as it received the State Department's 2006 Award for Corporate Excellence. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced the honor at a ceremony today at the State Department, recognizing the work Sambazon has done to sustain the Brazilian rainforest and its inhabitants.
October 17, 2006 Organic Trade Association seeks to advance organic agriculture in next Farm Bill
WASHINGTON, D. C. (Oct. 17, 2006)-The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is encouraging Congress to strengthen and support organic agriculture by incorporating provisions in the 2007 Farm Bill for this burgeoning sector. Although retail sales of organic products now total $15 billion annually, the industry and its organic agriculture base need to keep up with growing consumer demand and overcome hurdles that face organic producers. Currently, the sector receives only a tiny fraction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget.
September 30, 2006 Grant enables Farm Aid to offer organic t-shirts for concert goers
CAMDEN, New Jersey (Sept. 30, 2006): The Organic Trade Association (OTA), through the generosity of the Martin Fabert Foundation of Seattle, WA, is supporting Farm Aid as it transitions its promotional t-shirts from conventional to organic cotton.
September 05, 2006 OTA welcomes Canadian organic regulation
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada (Sept. 1, 2006): The Organic Trade Association (OTA) hailed the pre-publication of Canada’s organic regulation in the Canada Gazette (Vol. 140, No. 35, Sept. 2, 2006) as a major milestone toward putting a national organic regulatory system in place. To see the regulation, go to http://canadagazette.gc.ca/partI/2006/20060902/html/regle2-e.html.
July 12, 2006 OTA holds election to get OTA Canada off the ground
For Immediate Release Contact: Stephanie Wells, Office phone: 613-787-2003
Cell phone: 613-263-0575; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
OTA holds election to get OTA Canada off the ground
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada (July 12, 2006)— At the request of its Canadian members, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is expanding its efforts in Canada by establishing an OTA Canada division.
July 06, 2006 Picnics Go Organic With More Choices
GREENFIELD, Mass. (July 6, 2006) – Summertime is picnic time and nature's organic bounty is easier than ever to pack for a large family gathering or cozy picnic for two. As shoppers recognize the benefit and quality of organic products, sales of organic foods are booming. Picnic favorite organic meats and poultry lead the way with a 55 percent increase in sales in 2005, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Organic condiments such as ketchup, mustard, salsa and innovative sauces and salad dressings are the second fastest growth category with a 24 percent increase in sales followed by dairy at 23 percent.
June 27, 2006 Organic system designed to encourage healthy farm practices
For Immediate Release Contact: Holly Givens, (413) 774-7511, Ext. 18
Greenfield, MA (June 27, 2006)— A recent report about antimicrobial use in food production, prepared for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), inaccurately depicts the use of antimicrobials in organic farming and processing. The Organic Trade Association has prepared these facts to set the record straight.
June 13, 2006 Organic Coffees are Perfect for Holiday Gifts and Entertaining - New Data Shows Organic Coffee Sales Grew 40% in 2005
Consumers today are equating organic coffee with quality, driving up sales up of the product 40 percent last year to $89 million. The 12 participants in the Organic Coffee Collaboration - a project of the Organic Trade Association, hope holiday coffee purchases for gifts and entertaining will be organic and have provided recipes for both hot and cold organic coffee beverages.
June 07, 2006 OTA: USDA Moves Ahead with Final Rule
Greenfield, Mass. (June 7, 2006)— The organic business community needs to be aware that the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a final rule in the Federal Register today that revises the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to comply with the final court order in the Harvey v. Johanns lawsuit and implement the 2005 amendments to the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (the Act or OFPA).
May 16, 2006 From Big to Small, Organic was the Hot Topic in Chicago
All Things Organic™ featured organic products galore
GREENFIELD, Mass. (May 16, 2006) — Organic companies from big to small and organic products from mass market entries to specialized niches were all the buzz with attendees at the 2006 All Things Organic™ Conference & Trade Show held at Chicago's McCormick Place May 6-9.
May 15, 2006 First North American Summit held on Organic Production and Marketing
CHICAGO, IL (May 12, 2006)--The Organic Trade Association (OTA) partnered with the National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) to host a successful three-day North American Summit on Organic Production and Marketing this week. The first of its kind, the Summit was co-located with the All Things Organic TM Conference and Trade Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.
May 09, 2006 Katherine DiMatteo, OTA’s original ED, receives Leadership Award
News Release Contact: Holly Givens
For immediate Release
Office: 413-774-7511, Ext. 18; Cell: 413-834-2758
Katherine DiMatteo, OTA’s original ED, receives Leadership Award
CHICAGO, Illinois (May 9): The Organic Trade Association (OTA) last night honored Katherine DiMatteo with its 2006 Organic Leadership Award for outstanding individual achievement. DiMatteo, who served as the original executive director for OTA from 1990 (when it was the Organic Foods Production Association of North America) until March 1, 2006, received the award at OTA’s Annual Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel here in Chicago.
A tribute to DiMatteo, the dinner program included testimonials, a video, and song written in her honor.
May 07, 2006 Organic sales continue to grow at a steady pace
CHICAGO, Illinois (May 7, 2006)—Preliminary findings from the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2006 Manufacturer Survey released today at OTA’s All Things Organic(TM) Conference and Trade Show at McCormick Place show U.S. organic food sales totaled nearly $14 billion in 2005, representing 2.5 percent of all retail sales of food.
May 02, 2006 All Things Organic(TM) Conference and Trade Show Offers Green Travel to Attendees and Exhibitors
Green Tags will offset environmental impact of climate-altering travel to and from the all-organic show
Portland, Ore. (May 2, 2006) — The Organic Trade Association (OTA), in partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), announced today that approximately 332,000 pounds of greenhouse gases (primarily measured as carbon dioxide) will be offset by attendees and exhibitors of the All Things OrganicTM Conference and Trade Show taking place May 6-9 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.
May 01, 2006 Organic Trade Association announces 2006-2007 officers
GREENFIELD, Massachusetts (May 1, 2006) — Jesse Singerman of Prairie Ventures will take the reins as president of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) at OTA's annual meeting Saturday, May 6, in Chicago in conjunction with the 2006 All Things Organic(TM) Conference and Trade Show at McCormick Place.
April 26, 2006 OTA: Proposed rule offers clear resolution to issues raised by lawsuit
GREENFIELD, Massachusetts (April 26, 2006): The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its proposed rule designed to address the final court order concerning the Harvey v. Johanns case and congressional amendments to the Organic Foods Production Act.
April 17, 2006 OTA 2006 fund campaign raises over $500,000
GREENFIELD, Mass. (April 17, 2006) -The Organic Trade Association (OTA)'s 2006 fund campaign has raised over $518,000 for its public policy, media relations and advocacy work for the year. The theme for this year's fund campaign was "Evolving the Organic Agenda," reflecting OTA's ambitious goals for the organic business community and the association in 2006 and beyond.
March 30, 2006 Go Organic! for Earth Day
Go Organic! for Earth Day, the largest-ever educational campaign to promote organic products, reflects the nation’s rapidly increasing interest in organics.
March 29, 2006 New Features at 2006 All Things Organic™
The 2006 All Things Organic™ Conference and Trade Show, presented by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in partnership with Diversified Business Communications, is the only conference and trade show in North America focusing on the organic trade industry. All Things Organic™ , held May 6-9 at McCormick Place in Chicago, will be co-located with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Show, Spring Fancy Food Show, United Produce Expo and Conference and the U.S. Food Export Showcase. Paid registrants to any of the shows may attend all five.
March 22, 2006 Organic Trade Association Statement Regarding Organic Dairies
A small group in the Midwest released today a “survey” purporting to rank organic dairy production practices. It is OTA’s understanding that this survey was not performed using accepted scientific research practices, and thus lacks rigor. The results, therefore, do not portray an accurate picture of today’s organic dairy producers.
February 09, 2006 New AMS administrator sees organic products first-hand
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 9, 2006)—The Organic Trade Association (OTA) provided a first-hand look at organic product offerings to Lloyd Day, Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and other USDA officials in a tour yesterday afternoon through the aisles of the Whole Foods Market here on P Street.
February 06, 2006 Exploring a New Frontier: All Things Organic™ 2006
GREENFIELD, Mass. (February 6, 2006)—All Things Organic will team up once again this year with four other shows at McCormick Place May 6-9 in an event billed as “The Power of Five”. Co-located with the FMI Show, Spring Fancy Food Show, United Produce Expo and Conference and the U.S. Food Export Showcase. The 2006 All Things Organic, presented by OTA in partnership with Diversified Business Communications, is the only conference and trade show in North America focusing on the organic trade industry.
February 01, 2006 Organic Trade Association names new executive director
Organic Trade Association names new executive director
GREENFIELD, Mass. (Feb. 1, 2006)—The Organic Trade Association (OTA) Board of Directors today announced it has selected Caren Wilcox as the association's new executive director. Wilcox, who will begin working at OTA in March, will succeed Katherine DiMatteo, OTA's original executive director who has served in that role since 1990.
January 23, 2006 Organic Trade Association seeks organic title within next Farm Bill
Organic Trade Association Seeks Organic Title Within Next Farm Bill
GREENFIELD, Mass. (Jan. 23, 2006)-The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is seeking support for establishing an organic title within the next Farm Bill to draw attention to the organic sector and to consolidate provisions for U.S. organic agriculture and farmers.
January 09, 2006 Get Smart About Organic Labels
Get Smart About Organic Labels
GREENFIELD, Mass. (January 9, 2006) — With organic industry growth continuing at a steady pace of nearly 20 percent per year, new organic offerings have proliferated in the marketplace. From snack foods and baked goods to frozen items and dairy products, grocery shelves carry organic alternatives in nearly every food category. There are even non-food products that carry the organic seal, too. With many resolving to change their habits in the New Year, consumers will be seeking out more organic products. That is why it is important to understand the various organic labeling options.
January 04, 2006 U.S. organic cotton production trends: U.S. acreage of organic cotton gains ground
U.S. organic cotton production trends:
U.S. acreage of organic cotton gains ground
GREENFIELD, Mass. (Jan. 4, 2006)—U.S. acreage planted to organic cotton in 2004 gained ground from that planted the previous year, according to a 2005 survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and funded by a grant from Cotton Incorporated.