Natural Foods Merchandiser

Expo Briefs

Election 2004: Make Your Vote Count for the New Product Awards
Retailers scouting the Expo East floor for the top new products should stop by the New Product Showcase Awards exhibit to check out 30 finalists deemed best in show and vote for their favorites. New Hope Natural Media?s second annual New Product Showcase Awards will feature a new category for environmentally friendly products and an expert panel of judges.

On Friday, Oct. 15, 50 preselected retailers will judge the preliminary round, which is open to all exhibitors that are featuring a new product, new ingredients or new labeling. This year, the judges will be selected for their knowledge of the category being judged and will judge only in that category, instead of being expected to evaluate hundreds of products in different categories. Since more than 400 products were entered last year, this could make the awards easier to narrow down, said Sandy Voss, New Hope?s trade show director.

?We?re selecting retailers who are specialists in each area, so it?s not so overwhelming,? said Voss.

The new green products category will be added to last year?s categories of food, personal care, supplements, packaging and innovation.

After the judges have narrowed down the entries to the top five in each category, the voting will be opened to all retailer attendees on Saturday and Sunday in booth 4241 in Hall A. At 1 p.m. Sunday, voting will close, and winners will be announced at 3 p.m.


24 Hours of Expo
Can?t spare four days away from your store to head to Washington, D.C., for Natural Products Expo East/Organic Products Expo-Biofach America? Expo East has a solution with new one-night packages for East Coast retailers.

Retailers can arrive either the morning of Friday, Oct. 15, or Saturday, Oct. 16, for two full days to accomplish everything: seminars, networking and buying. To plan your itinerary, use the online Expo Planner at Preview the show floor layout, request specific vendor appointments, check out new products and get a preliminary look at show specials.

For more details on the packages or to plan a personalized itinerary with an Expo customer service rep, call 866.458.4935.

If you?re also trying to keep travel costs down, take advantage of Expo East?s new ride-share program. Visit to find other retailers traveling to Washington, D.C. Retailers from Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore also may ride a free chartered bus to and from the show each day.

Another way to save money is to register free for Expo by Sept. 17 at After Sept. 17, registration is $25, and beginning Oct. 2, the fee goes up to $55.


Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 9/p. 20

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