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Thursday Schedule

Thursday Schedule

Select Criteria: Dates = 03/08/2018

Thursday, March 08
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Room:   Grand Plaza Stage
  • Thursday, March 08, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us on the Grand Plaza each morning for an early morning yoga session to start the day centered and rejuvenated.

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Thursday, March 08
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central
  • Thursday, March 08, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
The natural products industry is experience lots of growth and massive amounts of change. Whole Foods Market is now owned by Amazon, the availability of natural products in every channel is creating ubiquitous shoppers and consumers are demanding more from brands and retailers. How do you survive in such an...
Speaker(s)s
Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Keynote

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Keynote

Maryellen Molyneaux

President & Founding Partner
Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)
Keynote

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Thursday, March 08
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sponsored by:   Health Products Association
  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 5
  • Thursday, March 08, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
If you are doing business in China or interested in its potential as a new market for your natural health products, this is a must attend event. Health Products Association – China and its partners China Gate Consulting, NSF International and SF Express will provide an in-depth seminar exploring the following market aspects:  Regulatory Market Environment Consumer Trends Cross...
Speaker(s)s
Mr.  Jeffrey Crowther

Executive Director
U.S.China Health Products Association
Speaker

jiani Lai

Business Development Specialist, Asia
Informa
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Thursday, March 08, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Tracks: 
Consumer demand for organic has grown by double-digits nearly every year since the 1990’s. But can organic survive in the current era? Amid the Trump Administration’s failure to implement thoroughly vetted organic regulations, a marketplace replete with alternative labels, and ongoing challenges with supply chain integrity, learn what’s being done...

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Thursday, March 08
10:00 AM - 11:10 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 10:00 AM - 11:10 AM
  • Tracks: 
The 2017 Climate Collaborative programming survey showed that transportation is one of the two most challenging commitment area for companies to implement (alongside packaging). Companies have identified connections to partners and solutions providers, as well as case studies, as the most helpful resources in addressing these challenges.  To meet this need,...
Speaker(s)s
Chris Adams

Director of Transportation
Veritable Vegetable
Speaker

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2; Co-Founder, Climate Collaborative;
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Thursday, March 08, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The retail and distribution landscape is changing extraordinarily fast, quickly exposing brands to new challenges and also many exciting new opportunities to get healthy products into the hands of consumers.  To better understand changing consumer purchasing habits and opportunities at retail and online, we've enlisted the help of natural and organic...
Speaker(s)s
Andrew Pittz

Farmer-in-Chief
Sawmill Hollow Family Farm
Speaker

Ben Friedland

Vice President of Marketing
Lucky's Market
Speaker

Betsy McGinn

Founder
McGinn eCommConsulting
Moderator

Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Master of Ceremonies

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Speaker

Danielle Vogel

Founder & Owner
Glen's Garden Market
Speaker

Eric Carl

Merchandising Wellness Strategy Lead
Target
Speaker

Eric Ryan

Co-Founder & CEO
Olly
Speaker

Jamie Lomas

Director, Global Emerging Account Sales
Amazon.com
Speaker

Jim Nielsen

President & Chief Operating Officer
Sprouts Farmers Market
Speaker

John Raiche

SVP Marketing & Supplier Relationships
UNFI
Speaker

Josh Tabin

Co-Founder
Wild Zora Foods, LLC
Speaker

Madeline Haydon

Founder & CEO
nutpods
Speaker

Mark Eisenacher

Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Pyure Brands
Speaker

Moiz Ali

Founder & CEO
Native
Speaker

Rick Polito

Editor in Chief, Nutrition Business Journal
New Hope Network
Speaker

Walter Robb

Former Co-CEO
Whole Foods Market
Keynote

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Thursday, March 08
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Thursday, March 08, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
New to the industry? Don't miss Organic 101 where you'll 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 the world around.
Speaker(s)s
Gwendolyn Wyard

Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs
Organic Trade Association
Moderator

Jessica Walden

Senior Reviewer/ Policy Specialist
Quality Assurance International (QAI)
Speaker

Logan Peterman

Farm Resources Manager
Organic Valley
Speaker

Mike Dill

Food Safety & Compliance Manager, Organic Trade Policy Analyst
Organically Grown Company
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Emissions related to food waste from farm to landfill are a significant contributor to climate change. However, food waste is a tricky problem— one where collaborations through the supply chain must be leveraged to obtain impactful results. Join the Climate Collaborative, Dana Gunders and leading brands and retailers to discuss...
Speaker(s)s
Carlos Rojas

Vice President - Legal, Risk & Sustainability
Sprouts Farmers Market
Speaker

Carly Smolak

VP of Innovation
Forager Project
Speaker

Dana Gunders

Food Systems Efficienado
Author, Waste Free Kitchen Handbook
Speaker

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2; Co-Founder, Climate Collaborative;
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Moderator

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Thursday, March 08
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Sponsored by:   Organic Farming Research Foundation
  • Room:   The City National Grove of Anaheim
  • Thursday, March 08, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
You are Invited Kick-off Expo West with the 21st Annual OFRF Benefit Luncheon, the delicious all-organic feast prepared by celebrity chefs Donna Prizgintas and Chris Blobaum, and chef Beth Miller. Keynote Speaker We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, Debra Eschmeyer, Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs, Danone North America. As Executive...
Speaker(s)
Debra Eschmeyer

Food Entrepreneur
Former Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” Initiative & Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Join James Bledsoe of the U.S. Commercial Service as he helps your company to navigate the ecosystem of e-commerce marketplace service providers in the EU to find balance in your digital sales strategy.
Speaker(s)
James Bledsoe

Director, eCommerce Innovation Lab
U.S. Department of Commerce
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Thursday, March 08, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
New this year: The Hot Products Pavilion will be located in the beautiful new North Hall of the recently expanded Anaheim Convention Center. This new space features two levels of the hottest natural and organic products, and is accessible via skybridge.

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Thursday, March 08
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Big White Tent
  • Thursday, March 08, 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Network and meet the leading organic producers and manufacturers in a lively outdoor setting. Enjoy a wide range of certified organic products.

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Thursday, March 08
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Have you been mystified by seeing other companies’ carbon footprints shrink while yours remains the same? Would you like to reduce your company’s climate impacts, but have constrained resources or are not sure where to start?  SFTA’s Climate 101 session is designed to provide attendees with a strong foundational understanding of...
Speaker(s)s
Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Moderator

Lisa Spicka

Associate Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Speaker

Renaud des Rosiers

Sustainability Manager
Amy's Kitchen
Speaker

Tiffany Tran

Senior Sustainability Analyst
Annie's, Inc.
Speaker

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Speaker(s)
Tawnee Steinke

Business Development
iGlobal Stores
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Thursday, March 08, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
As the organic industry stretches to meet consumer demand, the global organic supply chain has become more complex. With increasing complexity comes the need for enhanced attention to organic integrity. Fraud cannot be tolerated in the organic system, because fraud takes value out of the organic chain, and hurts organic...

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Thursday, March 08
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1
  • Thursday, March 08, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Approaches to Enhance Stability, Delivery and Antimicrobial Activity of Natural Bioactives The significance of this work is the development of natural antimicrobial systems that will preserve self life of natural products without the use of artificial preservatives.  Because natural products have not be able to use effective preservatives they faces shorter...
Speaker(s)s
Alyson Mitchell Ph.D.

Professor & Food Chemist
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

Carl Winter Ph.D.

Specialist
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Moderator

Christopher Simmons Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

Juliana Maria Leite Nobrega de Moura Bell Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

Nitin Nitin Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored by:   AHPA
  • Room:   Meet at the Hilton - Outside Bus Loading Zone
  • Thursday, March 08, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Herb Walk will visit the nearby Fullerton Arboretum for a guided tour of this beautiful 26-acre botanical garden on the campus of California State University. Hop on the bus and join a faculty of renowned herbalists to learn about culinary and medicinal herbs and their traditional uses...

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Thursday, March 08
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

​Join the Organic Trade Association for an overview of the U.S. organic market, including industry size, trending consumer categories, resources for international buyers and more.  The session will share the latest industry stats and consumer insights and provide tools on how to access more information and connect with suppliers.
Speaker(s)
Monique Marez

Director of International Trade
Organic Trade Association
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Thursday, March 08, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tracks: 

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Thursday, March 08
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Lawrence Fink, CEO of BlackRock and one of the most influential investors on Wall Street, recently called out corporations to be more socially responsible. Our industry has the opportunity to take it one step further, and that is building the movement for regenerative food and agriculture. How businesses contribute to...
Speaker(s)s
Andrew Kimbrell

Executive Director
Center for Food Safety
Discussion Leader

Birgit Cameron

Senior Director
Patagonia Provisions
Discussion Leader

Chris Kerston

Director of Public Outreach & Events
The Savory Institute
Discussion Leader

Elizabeth Candelario

President
Demeter
Discussion Leader

Greg Fleishman

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Foodstirs
Discussion Leader

Gregory Landua

CEO
Terra-Genesis International
Discussion Leader

Gunnar Lovelace

Founder
Thrive Market
Discussion Leader

Kate Dillon Levin

VP of Marketing - North America
Ecosphere+
Discussion Leader

Lauren Tucker

Executive Director
Kiss the Ground
Discussion Leader

Marci Zaroff

Founder & CEO, Metawear
Co-Founder, Good Catch & BeyondBrands
Discussion Leader

Ryan Zinn

Organic & Fair Trade Coordinator
Dr. Bronner's
Discussion Leader

Seleyn DeYarus

Co-founder & Executive Director
At the Epicenter
Facilitator

Shauna Sadowski

VP of Sustainability & Industry Relations
Annie's Inc.
Discussion Leader

Sheryl O'Loughlin

CEO
REBBL
Discussion Leader

Tina Owens

Director, Sustainability & Strategic Sourcing
Kashi Company
Discussion Leader

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Thursday, March 08
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sponsored by:   Natrol
  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Do you worry you're not getting enough sleep? Putting on weight? Not as sharp as you'd like to be? Did you know that these things are likely connected? Join Natrol and four leading scientists in sleep and brain health who will uncover the complex interactions between sleep, food choice and...
Speaker(s)s
Dr.  Aron Barbey

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Speaker

Dr.  Helen Burgess

Director of the Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory
Rush University Medical Center
Speaker

Dr.  Martha Clare Morris

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Rush University Medical Center
Speaker

Dr.   Michael Grandner

Director of Sleep and Health Research Program
University of Arizona
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sponsored by:   BulletProof
  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 5
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Join Bulletproof CEO and Founder Dave Asprey for a look into a brand that helped change the way people think about food. Dave shares his personal journey from overweight and sick to lean and strong and how dietary fat helped him heal. Healthy fats and real, unprocessed foods are taking...
Speaker(s)
Dave Asprey

Founder & CEO
Bulletproof
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Canadian market is the number one market for U.S. exporters when it comes to value added products, including natural and organic food products and vitamins/supplements. Canada continues to be a stable economy and is leading the way among the G7 countries with an estimated growth rate of 2.9% for 2017. ...
Speaker(s)s
Helen Long

President
Canadian Health Food Association
Speaker

Maria Arbulu

Senior Marketing Specialist
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Toronto
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has taken center stage as a disruptive analytical tool in public health and safety.  In this seminar, learn about what NGS is, its applications and its importance in supply chain management and food safety.
Speaker(s)
Jesse Miller Ph.D.

Director of Applied Research Center
NSF International
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Room:   Arena Plaza Stage
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Construction is done and we are ready to unveil the NEW North Halls and Arena Plaza in 2018! Each day to celebrate the new space, we’ll be hosting a happy hour featuring live music, appetizers and drinks. Come experience this amazing space as we bring it to life for the...

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Thursday, March 08
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Thursday, March 08, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)
Asa Bradman PhD

Associate Director, Center for Environmental Research & Children’s Health; Associate Adjunct Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room:   Sheraton, Plaza D
  • Thursday, March 08, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The natural and organic industry's best are coming together to give job seekers and employers an opportunity to meet and network. Come chat with the hiring teams of more than two dozen of the country’s leading natural products companies – Annie’s, Pacific Foods, Daiya, KIND Snacks, Organic Valley, Stonyfield, Nutiva, Honest...

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Thursday, March 08
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Sponsored by:   Springboard Brands - Kraft
  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2
  • Thursday, March 08, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
BOCA was the original veggie burger that has been flying under the radar at your local grocery stores for years. The brand was first created to cater to non-meat occasions back in 1993, and now almost 40% of Americans have meatless meals at least once a week. In this packed...
Speaker(s)
Sergio Eleuterio


Kraft Heinz & Springboard Brands
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Doing Business with Data: Why and How It Works for Independent Retailers Join key leaders from INFRA and SPINS to learn why and how independent natural retailers are leveraging data for a competitive advantage, improving assortments and optimizing promotions. Get a better understanding of the visibility data provides across retail channels...
Speaker(s)s
Christina Chambers

Senior Director of Retail Development
SPINS
Speaker

Christine Kapperman

Editor in Chief, Natural Foods Merchandiser
New Hope Natural Media
Moderator

Matt Ryan

Retail Services Manager
Independent Natural Food Retailers Association
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Thursday, March 08, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Enjoy the Pitch-Slam Finals and a networking nirvana of investors, successful brands and service providers. Come for the pitch; stay for the celebration. Together, we’ll toast to the grand innovations in our industry!     Pitch-Slam Applications are now open. Apply here! Expo West 2018 Semi-Finalists will be announced in February 2018. If you have...
Speaker(s)s
Arno Hesse

Co-Leader & Investor
Slow Money Northern California
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Betsy McGinn

Founder
McGinn eCommConsulting
Pitch-Slam Judge

Carla Vernón

President, Natural & Organic Operating Unit
General Mills
Pitch-Slam Judge

Debbie Wildrick

Chief Strategy Officer
MetaBrand
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Greg Fleishman

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Foodstirs
Pitch-Slam Judge

Jane Miller

Founder
Janeknows.com
Master of Ceremonies

Jon Sebastiani

Founder
Sonoma Brands
Pitch-Slam Judge

Lauren Clardy

Founder and CEO
NUTRIMARKETING
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Renske Lynde

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Food System 6
Pitch-Slam Judge

Sergey Grigoryan

Owner/Designer
TNKR Design
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Shari Leidich

Founder & CEO
Know Brainer
Pitch-Slam Featured Speaker

Tera Johnson

Director
Food Finance Institute
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

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Thursday, March 08
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Join Allan Christian of the U.S. Commercial Service as he explains export shipping options, the Incoterms that define the risks and obligations U.S. exporters assume in export transactions, common export documents and the resources to help you correctly complete these documents. By attending, you will also learn the basic export...
Speaker(s)
Allan Christian

Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service/U.S. Department of Commerce
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room:   Hilton, Sunset Deck
  • Thursday, March 08, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Please join us to celebrate this year's winners of the NutrAward. At this event we will recognize the winners of the 2018 Best Functional Ingredient category and Best Finished Product category. Click To RSVP For Reception!

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Thursday, March 08
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Room:   Grand Plaza Stage
  • Thursday, March 08, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Any veteran of Expo West & Engredea knows that you come to Anaheim for great work AND play. If this is your first time, consider yourself warned. Pack your dancing shoes.  Musical guest: Pimps of Joytime An intersection of Brooklyn’s indie music scene, New Orleans funk and San Francisco soul, the Pimps...

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Thursday, March 08
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Sponsored by:   Vitamin Angels
  • Room:   Angel Stadium
  • Thursday, March 08, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join key influencers and colleagues from the Natural Products Industry for the 8th Annual League of Angels reception benefitting Vitamin Angels. Guests will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers, great music, and a moving presentation from Vitamin Angels’ president and founder, Howard Schiffer. Unique, stadium-only activities will provide attendees a fun way to spend...

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Thursday, March 08
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sponsored by:   The Organic Center
  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom
  • Thursday, March 08, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Jennifer Garner, award-winning actress, philanthropist, and organic entrepreneur will keynote this favorite Expo fundraiser! The benefit dinner will bring together hundreds of organic visionaries, activists and businesses to enjoy an organic feast and spotlight the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming. You’ll want to say you...

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