Featured Keynote Speakers, Monterey Ballroom
Tonya Antle – Principal, Tanimura & Antle, Mistress of Ceremonies
Tonya Antle has been a driving force in the farming and produce industry for the past thirty plus years. She is recognized as a top spokesperson and a true trailblazer for the organic produce segment, helping to propel organic produce from the fringe to mainstream mass-market retailing.
“State of the Organic Produce Industry”
With Organic Fresh produce sales now topping $14 billion annually, Laura will provide insight into this double digit growth category and what lies ahead.
Laura Batcha – CEO, Organic Trade Association
Laura has 20 years of experience as a certified organic producer and handler, and more than 10 years of hands-on experience in the private sector of the organic industry.
Under her leadership, OTA has established its Farmers Advisory Council to improve communication with organic producers, brought back Sector Councils to build community among groups of members, and developed OTA’s voice in Washington through Organic PAC.
“Inside Look at the Growing Organic Ingredient Market”
The organic fresh produce ingredient market offers outstanding opportunities for retailers and producers across the globe. Gain insight to the challenges and potential of organic fresh produce as an ingredient in all varieties of foods.
Chad Hagen – Vice President, SunOpta CPG
Chad has successfully built companies, brands, and developed global supply chains across the organic and natural products industry. A passionate and trusted leader who blends an entrepreneurial spirit, diverse international experience, and a broad industry network into helping organizations develop clear strategies and achieving profitable and sustainable growth.
“Organic Juicing Revolution”
The growth of organics is driven in part by upstart entrepreneurs willing to challenge conventional ideas. Hear from one of the leading innovators in the organic community and his thoughts on the future of organics.
Doug Evans – CEO, Juicero
Doug Evans is the founder and CEO of Juicero. Prior to Juicero, Doug served as the CEO of Organic Avenue, where he helped establish the company as a leader in the organic juice and raw food marketplace. Doug has been living an exclusively plant-based lifestyle since 1999, and his personal mission is to improve the quality of human, animal and environmental health on the planet.
Featured Keynote Address
“Innovation and Growth Opportunities in Organics”
Mark Bittman – Author and former New York Times columnist
There is no one like Mark Bittman, whose core message—that food has the power to make or break not only our personal health but that of the planet—is increasingly accepted and broadcast widely. For The New York Times and all kinds of other publications, Bittman covers policy, agriculture, health, the environment and more, along, of course, with cooking and eating. His body of work spans all media with print and web columns, videos, interviews, TV appearances and shows. He’s a regular on the Today Show and has hosted four TV series, including Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning climate change documentary, Years of Living Dangerously.