MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Experts from Kashi, Amy's Kitchen and the Organic Trade Association will shed light on the newest initiative in the organic food sector – the Certified Transitional label – at this year's Organic & Non-GMO Forum, November 14-15 here at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.
Hundreds are expected to turn out for a panel session that will address Certified Transitional, a new third party certification process that monitors and approves farms that are transitioning from conventional to organic. Panelists Anna Jesus (Amy's Kitchen, Inc.), Tina Owens (Kashi) and Nate Lewis, (Organic Trade Association) will cover the various Certified Transitional initiatives currently affecting the marketplace as well as review the programs available to farmers and the impact on organic supply. They also will take a look at what's coming next.
"This session will address what these programs mean for the entire value chain (from producers to food companies) and the innovative ways CPG players are getting involved with Certified Transitional initiatives," said Sarah Day Levesque, event chair and senior director at HighQuest Group, the hosts of the Organic & Non-GMO Forum. "In particular, Certified Transitional means potentially more sourcing options for the estimated $39 billion market for organic foods that is now serviced only by the one percent of U.S. farms that are certified organic." Day Levesque explained that Certified Transitional reduces the barriers to converting to organic by allowing farmers to sell their products at a premium price – somewhere between conventional and organic pricing – during the three-year transition period.
Attendees to the second annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum will be privy to all the details surrounding this critical topic, and the opportunities it enables across the entire agricultural value chain. Profiles of the esteemed panel participants on Certified Transitional include:
HighQuest Group, based in Danvers, Mass., is a strategic advisory, conference and media company serving corporations, financial investors and governments across the global food and agribusiness value chains. www.highquestgroup.com
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SOURCE HighQuest Group