The Case for Independence in the Organic Trade: Creating and Sustaining Business Enterprises that Provide Vision, Leadership and a Path to Succession

Business Management

Thursday, February 2


Intensive flyer PDF

As the organic foods trade has experienced consolidation, publicly traded companies accountable to the markets, and enterprises funded with venture capital, we witness the disappearance of the visionaries who played critical roles in the creation of the trade from payrolls, and a silencing of progressive voices that are now required to adhere to parent-companies concerned primarily for their conventional holdings. 

The continued evolution of the organic foods trade can best be accomplished with a strong presence of privately held businesses in the mix, capable of participating unfettered in dialogue about how to maintain and express the values of embraced complexity, wholeness, transparency, and ethical behavior that brought us this far.

This day long intensive will focus on the experiences of organic trading companies that have both held onto and surrendered their private ownership, with guidance on how to walk the path of independence, from creating your business to sustaining it and passing the torch to those who follow.

Speakers: Tony Bedard, CEO, Frontier Natural Products Co-op; David Bronner, Cosmic Engagement Officer, Dr. Bronner’s; David Lively, VP of Sales & Marketing, Organically Grown Company; George Siemon, CEIEIO, Organic Valley; Keely Wachs, Communications Director, Clif Bar; Stacy Kraker, Director of Communications & Marketing, Organically Grown Company; Denise Trepanier, President, Denise Trepanier Consulting, Inc.; Bená Burda, Founder and CEO, Maggie’s Organics/Clean Clothes Inc.; Nature's Path Organic & others TBA