Susan Canales, president of Organic Produce Summit ( Photo courtesy Organic Produce Summit )

The 2020 Organic Produce Summit, scheduled for July 8-9 in Monterey, Calif., is canceled due to the impact of COVID-19. 

“Based on the ongoing monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the governor of California related to large gatherings, we have determined in order to  protect the health, safety and wellbeing of all Organic Produce Summit attendees, that we cancel this year’s event,” Susan Canales, conference president, said in a news release. 

Canales said the next conference is July 14-15, 2021, in Monterey.

The fifth annual summit was slated to feature a sold-out exhibition of 152 organic produce growers, shippers and processors exhibiting products to more than 250 retailers and buyers, according to the release.

Exhibitors, sponsors and attendees have the option of rolling over their participation in the show to the new 2021 date or to request a refund.

Canales said in the release that she and other organizers are “disappointed,” but they “know it’s the right decision.”

“Our thoughts are with those individuals and families who are suffering during this pandemic. We are so proud of how our industry has reacted during this unprecedented time and look forward to coming together next year,” Canales said in the release.

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