Conference set to deliver three key sessions for trade

16 December 2010

Our 2011 conference offers three comprehensive trade elements which will be of interest to any business operating in the organic market.

Our two trade breakout sessions spread across the Wednesday and Thursday are designed to present a series of views on topical consumer subjects. Presentations will be followed by a panel debate with questions and observations from the floor.

Our Thursday plenary session includes Mark Price from Waitrose and looks at what it means to be a sustainable consumer and how retailers and businesses should respond to the changing times?

Breakout session: The future organic consumer
10am Thursday 10 February

  • Ed Garner - Communication Director at Kantar Worldpanel will update on the organic market
  • Fran Walton - Director at The Futures Company will stimulate thoughts on the future 'green' consumer
  • Paul Moore - Marketing Director at Community Foods will share plans for their brand Crazy Jack
  • Chris Brown - Sustainability Manager at Asda will give a retailer perspective on sustainable food and farming 
  • Helen Taylor – Development Director at Ecotricity will explain how they target ethical consumers

Plenary session: The Citizen-Consumer - what does it mean to be a sustainable consumer?
12pm Thursday 10 February

Here we ask the questions: Do diminishing resources help us to re-define what we mean by value and values? How are we going to change food culture and diet? How should retailers and businesses respond to the changing times? 

  • Mark Price – Managing Director at Waitrose 
  • Ed Mayo – Director at Co-operatives UK
  • Arthur Potts Dawson - Founder of People’s Supermarket 
  • Graham Harvey – Writer and journalist
  • Anna Rosier – Managing Director Organix Brands Ltd.
  • Rose Prince – Writer and Journalist (Chair)

Breakout session: Communicating organic to consumer
2pm Wednesday 9 February

Organic Trade Board will lead a discussion on need for marketing and advertising to stimulate the organic market. Line up of speakers is to be confirmed. 

Sponsorship opportunities

We are delighted to announce that our major sponsor this year is Waitrose. Other sponsors include Ecotricity, Community Foods, Triodos and Produce World. There are still some remaining opportunities to support, so please get in touch if this is of interest.

Visit the conference page for the full conference schedule and to book your tickets


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