SILVER SPRING, MD, March 4, 2019 — Mercaris, a market data and auctions startup that is helping to grow organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., is pleased to announce that its director of sales, Alex Heilman, will speak on the five session panel — “Building Bridges Between Farmers and Brands” — at the 2019 Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Heilman will join five other market experts in the second session “Infrastructure to Meet Brand and Producer Supply Needs” as they discuss collaborative solutions for a regenerative food system.

“As consumers continue to evolve, our supply system needs to keep up with demands,” said Alex Heilman, director of sales at Mercaris. “I look forward to presenting alongside some of the industry’s most knowledgeable specialists, helping the natural market uncover a successful framework for the future of farming, manufacturing and beyond.”

Bringing together the natural, organic and healthy products industry, Natural Products Expo West explores trends and new solutions to help meet the needs of today’s fast-changing market. From understanding ingredients, packaging, marketing, distribution, advocacy and retail trends, the expo offers educational sessions to help drive profitability and sustainability for the future of natural products.

The educational five-session panel, “Building Bridges Between Farmers and Brands,” will aim to deconstruct today’s supply system that no longer meets consumer demands or supports the producers who are supplying food. Experts will outline new solutions to help both farmers and manufacturers interact, partner and collaborate to help create a better food system. Attendees are welcome to attend the full five-session panel or single sessions.

Where: Anaheim Convention Center, Marriot Room, Grand Ballroom F

When: Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Heilman is scheduled to speak in the second session, “Infrastructure to Meet Brand and Producer Supply Needs,” at 1:15 p.m. For the full session agenda, please visit

To speak with Mercaris experts at the expo or to learn more about the panel information, please contact Alex Heilman at [email protected] To learn more about Mercaris research and market insights, visit

About Mercaris

Since 2013, Mercaris has been helping its customers capitalize on growing demand for organic and non-GMO foods by providing market access and services tailored to the needs of the identity-preserved agriculture industry. Mercaris focuses its data and services on identity-preserved commodities, including organic and non-GMO corn, soybean, meal, and wheat markets across all regions of the United States and Canada, and recently launched an organic dairy initiative. Mercaris also maintains an online Auctions Platform, a pioneering tool that enables buyers and sellers to find new markets and more profitably trade organic and non-GMO commodities.

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