What is the "Connect with U.S. Organic" program?

OTA’s Connect with U.S. Organic program provides U.S. organic producers and global buyers with online and in-person opportunities to develop and increase international sales.

How do Global Buyers benefit?

Connect with U.S. Organic program provides global buyers an array of opportunities to learn about U.S. organic exporters, secure immediate sales opportunities and establish long-term partnerships.

Program features Include:

  • Expense paid, in-person connections with U.S. producers at U.S. trade shows and gatherings
  • 24-7 online access to U.S. producers
  • Valuable insight to U.S. markets through newsletters and market reports

How do U.S. Producers benefit?

OTA’s Connect with U.S. Organic program is an essential resource for U.S. organic producers seeking to develop and increase international exports and sales.

Sponsored by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the program provides an array of year-round opportunities for U.S. producers of all sizes to connect with qualified global buyers – online and in-person – who are seeking to meet their customers’ growing demand for USDA Organic products. 

Activities include:

  • Sales-driving pavilions at international trade shows, including:
    • BioFach, Germany 
    • Foodex, Japan 
    • Anuga Food Show, Germany 
    • SIAL Food Show, France
  • In-person connections with global buyers at U.S. trade shows and gatherings
  • Export educational programs such as newsletters and market reports
  • Free listings on OTA’s Online Export Directory www.USOrganicProducts.com

Why should organizations participate?

According to the USDA, agriculture exports are expected to reach $140 billion in 2013 – sustaining momentum U.S. producers have realized for much of the past decade. At the same time, global consumption of organic products is increasing 8% annually.

International demand for U.S. food and organic products is not only connected to rising standards of living worldwide, but increased international appreciation and demand for safe, traceable foods and products.

OTA’s Connect with U.S. Organic program provides U.S. producers immediate access to this thriving, growing international marketplace. Sponsored by the Organic Trade Association, the Connect with U.S. Organic program gives producers and global buyers high-value opportunities to connect online and in-person – and gain real-time access to global market trends.

Who sponsors this program?

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based association to promote and protect the organic trade in North America. Visit www.ota.com for more information.

The OTA’s Organic Export Program is funded through the Market Access Program of the Foreign Agricultural Service of USDA.

The Organic Trade Association does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, national origin or ancestry, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation or military status. Persons with disabili­ties who require alternate means for communication of program information can contact us at info@ota.com.

Where can I get more information?

For more information on these programs, contact OTA's Senior International Trade Manager, Jessica Poingt at (202) 403-8515 or JPoingt@ota.com