Useful Industry Organisations

International trade fairs are very important for growers and exporters, not only to display their produce but also to get to know more about their potential markets and competitors. As some markets can be very difficult to access without some help from within (agents, freight forwarders, wholesalers, etc.), fairs serve as an excellent meeting place to make contacts and business links. This section lists some of the more important trade fairs from around the world.

  

Name

Description

Contact Details

All Things Organic

Chicago, Illinois, USA

April 27-29, 2008

Only event in North America focused exclusively on organic products and has more organic companies exhibiting than any other show in North America.

http://www.organicexpo.com/07/public/content.

aspx?Id=6491&nav=3010

Biofach America

Baltimore, MD USA

September

Exhibition's 20th year , with over 3,000 exhibitors and tens of thousands of products on display, expo is North America's premiere venue for selling to the healthy products industry.

http://www.organicproductexpo.com/register.cfm

tradeshows@newhope.com

Middle East Natural and Organic Products Expo

Dubai World Trade centre

Dubai, UAE

December

Over 300 exhibitors from 35 countries, spread out over two halls covering 8,000 square metres of exhibition space.

http://www.eventseye.com/fairs/trade_fair_event_7919.html#

http://www.globallinksdubai.com/

Phone: +971 4 3321000

fax: +971 4 3312173

Vitafoods International

Geneva, Switzerland

May

Over 300 potential suppliers, and attend the free seminar sessions to see innovations in the industry.

http://www.vitafoods.eu.com/

http://www.vitafoods.eu.com/page.cfm/Link=29/t=m/goSection=9

Exhibitions Administrator: +44 (0)20 701 77019

Natural Market Place

Sands expo and convention center

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

July

Now in its 70th year, natural market Place 2007 is the natural products industry's longest-running convention and trade show and is produced by the natural Products Association-the leading trade association for the natural products industry.

http://www.naturalproductsassoc.org/site/

PageServer?pagename=ts_fAQs

Tel (800) 966-6632 or (714) 460-7732, ext. 230,

fax: (714) 460-7444

kgillmore@naturalproductsassoc.org

Biofach America Latina

Transamerica expo center

Sao Paulo, Brazil

October

Biofach América Latina has grown to be the leading and only pure organic trade event in Brazil. 157 companies from nine countries participated in 2005 and 200 are expected in 2006.

http://www.biofach-americalatina.com/main/Page.html

Natural Trade Show

Harrogate, UK

September

The Natural Trade Shows are recognised as the best events for exhibitors to meet serious buyers and for buyers to meet the leading manufacturers and suppliers.

info@naturaltradeshow.com

http://www.naturaltradeshow.com/h07_why.htm

 

For more information about trade shows, visit:

www.biztradeshows.com/trade-events/the-natural-trade.html http://www.ifoam.org/events/fairs.php

 

Industry contacts in South Africa:

Crop production:

  • Kirklington Organic Farm: Herbs, grains, deciduous fruit
  • Lorraine Trust: Deciduous fruit
  • Emerald Acres: Citrus fruit
  • Modderfontein Farm: Citrus fruit, indigenous crops (specifically rooibos tea)
  • Datan Boerdery: Berries (specifically strawberries)
  • A.M. Muller and Sons: Subtropical fruit (specifically avocados)
  • Blue Sky Organics: Stone fruit (specifically olive products)

Processors:

  • Allganix: Cider vinegar, coffee, flour, fruit juices, olive oil, sugar, sunflower oil, vegetables, whole grains
  • Blue Sky Organics: Olives (specifically oil, pickled olives and other olive products).
  • Cape Natural Tea Products: Rooibos tea
  • Kirklington Organic Farm: Grains, sunflower oil
  • Vital Health Foods: Rooibos tea
 

Organisation

Contact

E-mail Address

Data Boerdery Pierre Du Toit   Tel: 014 736 3827   Cell: 082 413 2406 datan@telkomsa.net
Emerald Acres Annemarie Wenning   Tel: 034 995 9904   Cell: 082 495 0405 emeraldacres@intekom.co.za
Kirklington Organic Farm James Moffett   Tel: 051 933 3959   Cell: 082 375 8382 jcmoffett@telkom.co.za
A.M. Muller & Seuns Michael Muller   Tel: 015 305 3330   Cell: 083 449 3810 miegrosi@telkomsa.net  
Cape Natural Tea Products Dawie de Villiers   Tel: 021 982 5030 info@rooibostea.co.za
Allganix Foods (Pty) Ltd Leonard Mead   Tel: 021 845 4260   Cell: 082 854 0927 leonard@allganix.com
Vital Health Foods (Pty) Ltd Bruce Dennison   Tel: 021 900 2500 bruce@vhf.co.za
Blue Sky Organics Liz Eglington   Tel: 021 715 5247 lizeglington@netconnect.co.za
Lorraine Trust Mike and Gay Prevost   Tel: 021 849 8663 info@elginorganics.com
Modderfontein Farm  Willie Odendaal   Tel: 022 921 2379 willie@lando.co.za