FIRST SHOW ATTRACTS WORLDWIDE ROSTER

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Organic Trade Association's first show, held at the Austin Convention Center here May 18 to 19, did not attract many retail food buyers, but the conference surrounding it brought people from all over the globe.Retailers such as Massachusetts-based Big Y and Star Market; Whole Foods, which has its headquarters here; and even Wal-Mart sent buyers. Kroger, which plans to expand its

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Organic Trade Association's first show, held at the Austin Convention Center here May 18 to 19, did not attract many retail food buyers, but the conference surrounding it brought people from all over the globe.

Retailers such as Massachusetts-based Big Y and Star Market; Whole Foods, which has its headquarters here; and even Wal-Mart sent buyers. Kroger, which plans to expand its natural and organic sets this year, according to a vendor, reportedly sent one senior

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