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Organic Trade Association announces 2010 Board and officers

Contact: Barbara Haumann, 413-376-1220

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 15, 2010)—Julia Sabin of Smucker Natural Foods, Inc., has been re-elected by the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Board of Directors to continue as its president for the coming year. It will be her third year as president.

Other officers for 2010 are Sarah Bird of Annie’s, Inc., Vice President – U.S.A.; Gunta Vitins of SunOpta, Inc., Vice President—Canada; Matt McLean of Uncle Matt’s Organics, Inc., Secretary; Chuck Marcy, Healthy Food Holdings, LLC, Treasurer; and Kristen Holt of Quality Assurance International, Treasurer-Elect.

In the recent OTA Board of Directors election, OTA trade member companies re-elected Julia Sabin to the Board. Elected to the Board for the first time were Chris Ely (Co-Founder, Applegate Farms), Kristin Holt (President, Quality Assurance International), and Gunta Vitins (Director, Public Relations, SunOpta, Inc.). The election elicited a record number of votes, with over 30 percent of eligible trade member companies casting ballots.

The Board also selected Leslie Zuck, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, to fill an appointed seat on the Board.

Other members on the Board include Tony Bedard of Frontier Natural Products Co-op, Tom Cowell of Growers International Organic Sales, Inc., Nicole Dawes of Late July Organic Snacks, Todd Linsky of Cal-Organic/Grimmway Farms, Melody Meyer of Albert’s Organics, Kelly Shea of WhiteWave Foods, and Craig Weakley of Small Planet Foods, Inc.

Going off the Board with the completion of their terms are Marty Mesh of Florida Organic Growers/Quality Certification Services (serving since 2001), Lynn Clarkson of Clarkson Grain Company (serving since 2003), Hélène Bouvier of Organic Ranchers, Inc. (serving since 2004), and Jack Erisman of Goldmine Farms, Inc., (serving since 2007).

The current slate of officers and new Board members were installed yesterday at OTA’s Annual Meeting here in D.C.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy (