WASHINGTON, DC — May 13, 2003 — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today announced that the Organic Trade Association (OTA) All Things Organic Conference and Show will co-locate with the FMI Show in May 2004. The OTA conference and the FMI Show will be held May 2-4 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL.

“FMI is pleased to have the All Things Organic Conference and Show join the FMI Show, further enhancing our exciting plans for 2004 and the future,” said Brian Tully, FMI senior vice president of conventions. “The increasing demand for organic products make All Things Organic an especially important event for food retailers and wholesalers to attend. It is the only business-to-business meeting in North America focusing exclusively on organic products.

“By co-locating this convention with the FMI Show and the Fancy Food Show, as well as the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association convention and the FMI Annual Supermarket Pharmacy Conference, we can offer attendees maximum value in meeting their individual business needs through a more one-stop-shop tradeshow environment.”

"We are excited about this co-location and cooperative relationship with other major trade associations,” said Katherine DiMatteo, OTA's executive director. “The Organic Trade Association's farmer, fiber and industry support service members will benefit from exposure to hundreds of businesses interested in the organic industry, and those in transition to organic and in search of ingredients and support services."

The new location will give FMI Show attendees access to organic producers and information about a fast-growing industry segment. In return, OTA exhibitors will have access to an established base of grocery, specialty store and produce buyers who will be attending the FMI, Fancy Food and Produce Expo shows.

Attendees will be able to attend all events with the same badge, providing them with access to more products, people and information than ever before.

The All Things Organic event, which OTA produces in partnership with Diversified Business Communications, will continue to feature OTA’s specialized education program and social events, and the exhibit hall will have the customary organic drapes and biodegradable serving products.
For details about the 2004 FMI Show, please visit the show Web site at www.fmishow.org.


Food Marketing Institute (FMI) conducts programs in research, education, industry relations and public affairs on behalf of its 2,300 member companies — food retailers and wholesalers — in the United States and around the world. FMI’s U.S. members operate approximately 26,000 retail food stores with a combined annual sales volume of $340 billion — three-quarters of all food retail store sales in the United States. FMI’s retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, regional firms and independent supermarkets. Its international membership includes 200 companies from 60 countries.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership based business association representing the organic industry in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, manufacturers, consultants, distributors and retailers. Established in 1985 as the Organic Foods Production Association of North America, the Organic Trade Association works to promote organic products in the marketplace and to protect the integrity of organic standards.