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The Organic Trade Association will host its first buyers mission at the annual Organic Produce Summit July 10-11 in Monterey, Calif.

“Facilitating direct connections between the decision makers of major international retailers and the U.S. organic produce operations will undoubtedly grow the foreign market for the U.S. organic fresh produce,” Alexis Carey, manager of international trade for the Organic Trade Association, said in a news release.

The association will host six international buyers from Mexico and the Pacific Rim, which are among the largest U.S. trading partners for fresh produce, according to the release. They are:
> Mi Caja Fresca, Mexico
> Bio c’Bon, Japan
> EMART Inc. and SPC Co., South Korea
> Frutodor Ltd., Hong Kong
> Waltermart Supermarket Inc., The Philippines

The Organic Produce Summit includes retailer and buyer field tours, educational sessions with organic food experts, and an expo featuring 148 North American growers, shippers and processors.

For more information and registration, visit www.organicproducesummit.com/registration.

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