BOULDER, Colo., March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The 37th annual Natural Products Expo West & Engredea, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, experienced another record-setting year playing host to more than 80,000 attendees including industry pioneers and a new generation of innovators shaping the future of healthy products. The show, produced by New Hope Network, was held March 9th-13th at the Anaheim Convention Center and brought together 3,100 exhibiting companies, including more than 500 first-time exhibitors.
New Hope Network again expanded the event’s footprint to encompass the entire Anaheim Convention Center campus expanding exhibits into the Anaheim Marriott Hotel for the first time. Producers look forward to hosting exhibits in the newly expanded North Hall at the 2018 event.
“Each year, longtime attendees band together with first-timers to push the natural products industry to new heights. We quickly see its impact as groundbreaking new healthy products show up on store shelves across the country,” said Adam Andersen, Managing Director, New Hope Network.
Natural Products Expo West & Engredea is the preeminent show for spotting trends in the food and CPG industry. The content and research team at New Hope Network tracked the following macro forces and consumer trends this year: 1) An Erosion of Trust, 2) A Climate of Change, 3) Prioritizing Health, and 4) Consciousness Rising. For examples of related trends and exciting new products that support each trend visit the online gallery at newhope.com.
The official Natural Products Expo West “Best of West: Press Award” went to SeaSnax for their SeaSnax Chomperz. Runners-up included Good Karma Foods and The Happy Egg Co. The winner of Natural Products Business School’s Pitch Slam was LoveTheWild. A full list of the winners of the 2017 Natural Products Expo West & Engredea NEXTY Awards, representing what tomorrow’s healthy living landscape will look like can be found online.
The conference featured a robust education program including keynote presentations by Denise Morrison, President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company and Doug Rauch, Founder and President of Daily Table and former President of Trader Joe’s. This year, Expo West & Engredea introduced the inaugural Climate Day event, hosted by New Hope Network and the Climate Collaborative, an initiative of leading organizations, brands, and retailers to raise our game in addressing climate change. Climate Day featured a keynote address by environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken, author of seven books including four New York Times bestsellers.