The Organic Trade Association (OTA) marks its 20th anniversary in 2005. The OTA reports that sales of organic products reached $12.7 billion in 2004, with a steady growth rate of nearly 20 percent per year over the past 12 years. Millions of consumers now purchase organic products regularly, and their choice is based largely on the success of the organic industry's ability to promote and guarantee the integrity of the organic label. OTA's leadership, promotion, educational initiatives and protection have been integral to establishing this trust.



Formed in 1985 as the Organic Foods Production Association of North America (OFPANA) by a group of individuals determined to build a trusted identity for organic products, the organization has grown into the nearly 1,600-member Organic Trade Association.



OTA is dedicated to encouraging global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade. As such, the association draws all segments of the organic industry to share information, create standards of excellence and promote organic products.



Source: Association Release