Thursday 21st October 3:00 – 5:00pm Online

As we slowly begin to emerge from the Covid-19 rubble, there isn’t a minute to waste.

It’s time to refocus our efforts and respond to the unfolding crisis ahead of us: the climate emergency. As we race towards the 2030 deadline, this year’s annual Soil Association Certification Trade Conference will ask how organic can play its role in lowering the human impact on our planet.

Our exciting line-up features Henry Dimbleby, author of the National Food Strategy, as our keynote speaker, alongside branding experts at The Crow Flies presenting our newly commissioned shopper research exploring the influences driving the organic shopper and how to maximise them, as well as the latest UK organic market figures from NielsenIQ.

9 years to go

Back in 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report stating we only had 12 years left to limit global warming to below 1.5°C. Miss this target, they warned, and the domino effect caused by our changing climate will be irreversible. With now just 9 years to go, citizens are more concerned by the impact their lifestyle choices have on the planet than ever before. At our 2021 Virtual Trade Conference, we'll be exploring how we can all cement organic as the best sustainable choice in shopper’s minds.

Join us on Thursday 21st October for a virtual live broadcast of expert presentations, panel discussions and Q&As to explore the future of organic in a post-Covid and Brexit world.

Attend and you can expect to: 

  • Benefit from our latest consumer research - get actionable insights into how the organic shopper has changed post-pandemic.
  • Understand how the organic market has developed since we reported annual growth of 12.6% in February 2021.
  • Hear from brands across the industry to learn how to put your organic business at the centre of the sustainability conversation. 
  • Explore how you can take advantage of new channels and markets for organic. 
  • Learn about the ambitions of the National Food Strategy, and how it could impact trade and the organic industry.

Keynote Speaker: Henry Dimbleby

Author of the National Food Strategy

We’re thrilled to announce that Henry Dimbleby will be joining us exclusively as our Keynote Speaker for Organic on the Road to 2030, to discuss the National Food Strategy and answer your questions LIVE!

Henry has dedicated his life's work to sustainable and fair food for all: including as co-founder of the Leon restaurant chain and the Sustainable Restaurant Association, co-author of The School Food Plan (2013) which led, among other things, to the introduction of mandatory food education for all children up to the age of 14 and Universal Infant Free School Meals, and being appointed as lead non-executive board member of DEFRA in March 2018. Most recently, Henry has been the lead author for the National Food Strategy, the government-commissioned independent review into the UK food system.

Conference Agenda

After our first successful virtual conference last year, we can't wait to bring our 2021 Virtual Trade Conference to you. Free to attend for those who register online.

  • Keynote speech: The National Food Strategy: How to create a food system that is good for us and good for the planet: Henry Dimbleby, Author of the National Food Strategy
  • UK Organic Market Update: The latest UK organic market figures and performance: Mike Watkins, Head of Retailer and Business Insight, NielsenIQ
  • Sustainability and Organic: joining the… dots: Launching our 2021 shopper insight on the influences driving the organic shopper and how to maximise them: Gael Laurie, Brand Building Director, The Crow Flies
  • Hear from Thain Coventry, Head of Strategic Buying, Milk & More and Catriona Mantle, Senior Category & Brand Manager – Organic, Arla Foods on how their businesses have adapted to the changing organic environment. The presentations will be followed by an audience Q&A, hosted by Rebecca Smithers.

What happened last year?

Take a look at last year's agenda and our stellar speaker line-up to find out what Organic 2020: The Time is Now was all about.

"Organic as a solution for nature, climate and health"

– Helen Browning OBE, organic farmer and Soil Association CEO

2020 Keynote Speech

Watch Helen Browning's keynote speech to find out why now, more than ever, this is the time to come together and change the way we eat, farm and care for the natural world. 

Book your ticket today

Join us for Organic on the Road to 2030. Register online now to reserve your free place at the 2021 Soil Association Certification Virtual Trade Conference.

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