Global Organic Produce Expo Schedule

Experience new networking opportunities, inspirational speakers, educational sessions, insightful discussions and the rare chance to be among peers from around the world.

Location: Departures Drive

Please have your drives license or passport with you in order to participate in the tour.

Dress Code: Long pants and closed toe shoes.

PortMiami is one of the world's leading ports for global commerce with more than $1 billion of capital infrastructure projects and investments to transform PortMiami into a major U.S. global gateway. Come see how the Port of Miami works and operates to inspect, protect and clear your fresh produce as it's imported into the country. See the science, security and procedure that gets our business done as an industry. They've graciously allowed us to peel back the curtain and see Custom and Border Patrol for the industry partner they are. Come join us to check it out!

Sponsored by: Wholesum Harvest and

Location: Lower Luster Galleria

Location: Departures Drive

Dress Code: Casual Country Club Golf Attire

Not your average trade show golfing event. This one is for every one of every skill set and get this... you don't need to love golf, just love fun! We will be pairing off the bays at TopGolf with a great retailer to grower/shipper mix. Enjoy wonderful cross industry mingling, a casual cocktail party along with TopGolf. So, whether you golf or just hangout, it doesn't get any more fun than this! Brighter Bites is the benefiting charity.

Sponsored by: Wholesum Harvest and Bostock

Sponsored by: Good Foods

Co-sponsored by: Pure Flavor and Trielli

Location: LeCote Lawn

Dress Code: Casual Cocktail

Opening the show with an update on policy that our entire industry is built around; Jenny Tucker, Deputy Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will be speaking to the latest issues in National Organic Program and compliance and enforcement; from nuance to broad strokes. Jenny Tucker was named deputy administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program on June 21, 2018. She served as associate deputy administrator of the National Organic Program from 2011-2018.

Room: Sparkle West

What fresh produce commodities are seeing retail organic premiums rise and what commodities are seeing organic premiums come under pressure? David Magana, senior analyst for horticulture for Rabobank, will speak to these hot financial topics, and review research Rabobank has conducted on premiums for organic produce at retail. Magana will consider strategies the organic supply chain must employ to manage the balancing act between increasing retailer demand and ensuring grower profitability.

Room: Sparkle West

With organic continuing to drive sales gains in produce departments, a panel of key retail thought leaders examines trends behind organic growth, including supply, consumer demand, merchandising strategy, use of private labels and more.

Moderator: Mike Mauti, Execulytics Consulting

Panelists: Randy Riley, Kroger; Alexis Carey, OTA's international program manager; David Magana, Rabobank; Charley Xu, Win Chain

Room: Sparkle West

The food system is a significant contributor to one of our greatest threats - climate change. Fortunately, just as poor land-management practices are contributors to climate change, use of good on-farm practices can lead to climate change mitigation. This plenary conversation will explain how organic farming can be part of the climate change solution. We will explore new technologies designed to share effective practices with farmers around the globe.

Moderator: Todd Linsky, Todd Linsky Consulting, LLC

Panelists: Dr. Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dorn Cox, Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment

Room: Sparkle West

Packaging - How are organic marketers and consumers responding to consumer desires for sustainable and compostable packaging? What is the attitude of buyers about reducing plastic in packaging over the next few years? Are consumers willing to pay the premium?

Moderator: Van Argiros from Albert's Fresh Produce

Panelists: Tim York, Markon Cooperative; Ross Farnsworth, Walmart; Dan Davis, Starr Ranch; Shannon Roase, CFK

Room: Sparkle 9/10

Organic 101 - New to the organic industry? Join us to learn the basics of what the organic label does (and doesn't) mean, how it is enforced, and why it is the gold standard for food around the world. We'll discuss produce merchandising best practices with an eye toward alignment with organic regulations, as well as those that have been proven most successful with retailers and shoppers.

Moderator: Jo Mirenda, Farm Policy, OTA

Panelists: Mike Dill, Organically Grown Company; Logan Petrey, Cal-Organic/Grimmway

Room: Sparkle 11/12

Box Lunches will be served for you to take to your afternoon sessions.

Food safety - Food Safety is the backbone of the industry's trust with consumers, join us for a deep dive on tools and tech available to enhance the operational ease of food safety assurances throughout the organic supply chain.

Moderator: Rodolfo "Rudy" Lorenzo, I Was Thinking, LLC

Panelists: Marco Azzaretti, Tomra Compac; Douglas Marshall, Eurofins USA; Dave Corsi, Center for Produce Safety

Room: Sparkle 9/10

Organic Consumer Messaging for Maximum Impact - A major, industry-invested consumer research project has revealed what drives a shopper to choose organic, what messages penetrate deeper than others, and what attributes of organic are the most valued by today's diverse customers. Come for a produce-focused look at the resulting toolkit, designed to help industry speak with unified voice, using the messages proven to be most compelling to our shoppers.

Speaker: Angela Jagiello, director, Education and Insights, OTA

Room: Sparkle 11/12

Logistics Panel - B2B ease through logistics advancements, it's not just trucking anymore. Moving organic produce all over the world is an everyday reality, and the innovation around tracking and delivering fresh perishables is based on partnerships around transparency and transaction.

Moderator: Gerard D'Amore, Inteligistics, Inc.

Panelists: Jamin Dick, Alibaba B2B; Mark Peterson, Trinity Logistics' Michael Iannuccili, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.

Room: Sparkle 9/10

Organic Policy Panel - Organic is the most highly regulated food system in the world. Come hear the latest from the individuals at the center of regulatory affairs for this $52 billion sector. Topics will include a review of enforcement actions at the National Organic Program.

Speakers: Jo Mirenda, Farm Policy, OTA; Mike Dill, Organically Grown Company

Room: Sparkle 11/12

This appointment-setting program is a business marketplace for certified organic produce suppliers to have the opportunity to meet growers, food retailers and supermarkets and their authorized buyers and decision makers. BizMATCH! guarantees pre-set meetings with qualified buyers who are currently making purchasing decisions. Exclusive to retailers and Platinum/Diamond exhibitors.

Sponsored by: Moxxy Marketing

Room: Sparkle 13-16

Luster Gallerie. Smart Casual to Cocktail attire

Location: Luster Galleria

In fact, it's already begun to change it, just ask our Keynote Speaker, Ashley Tyrner of Farmbox Direct and now Farmbox RX. Ashley has penned a new deal with the first insurance company (Vibra Health) to make a bold move of offering healthful fruit and vegetable boxes to its members. GOPEX is proud to have her share the journey of revolutionizing health care, and making fresh produce part of the preventative care we've always known it should be. Check out FarmBoxRX, a healthcare initiative from Farmbox Direct, as Ashley revolutionizes insurance with the Phase 1 Parnership with Vibra Health Plan by providing free food boxes to elderly medicare patients with diet and chronic-related illnesses for the first time ever.

Speaker: Ashley Tyrner, CEO Farmbox Direct

Room: Sparkle West

As the Queer Eye food and wine connoisseur, Antoni Porowski brings with him a lifelong passion for food and a history of catering private events in and around New York. While in New York, Antoni found an inspired mentor in the original Fab Five food and wine expert Ted Allen. His work with Allen, combined with his university degree in psychology, uniquely influenced his underlying culinary philosophy: food should tell a story and the heart and the stomach are inter-connected.

Room: Sparkle West

Buffet lunch served on expo floor

Sponsored by: Fair Trade USA, Topline

Room: Sparkle East