NCGA Hosts "Sustainability in the Produce Supply Chain Forum" at Natural Products Expo West

Feb 21, 2007

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services co-op with more than 100 independent food co-op members nationwide, is hosting “Sustainability in the Produce Supply Chain Forum” at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif. on Friday, March 9 from 10 am until 3 pm.

The forum, which is part of the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Initiative organized by the University of Oregon’s Resource Innovations, will bring together various parties in the produce supply chain to discuss how these parties and cooperative grocers can transition toward a more sustainable food distribution model. The event will be held at the Anaheim Hilton, 777 Convention Way, in the San Simeon Room A/B.

“As pioneers in the natural and organic food industry, food cooperatives are always striving to innovate ways of doing business that raise the bar for the entire organic marketplace,” said Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. “We expect the forum to generate lively, thought-provoking and productive conversation that drives forward this essential initiative.”

The Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Initiative seeks to expand understanding of sustainability in the organic and natural food trade. It focuses on three areas: researching and sharing information about successful sustainable business strategies and practices in the food trade; training practitioners to implement, measure and report sustainable business practices; and providing collaboration and networking opportunities across the organic and natural food trade supply chain.

Media Note: Media drop-bys welcome. R.S.V.P. by contacting Natalie Reitman-White, Resource Innovations, University of Oregon at 541-346-1609 or nwhite@uoregon.edu.