The 17th Natural Products Expo East takes place for the first time this year in Washington DC, where over 19,000 attendees are expected to attend the event at the Washington Convention Centre. Over 1400 companies will be exhibiting in 10 pavilions with a line-up of 800 new products on offer.
In addition, the show features an education conference and a series of social and networking events.
"The combination of education, exhibits and networking events is what buyers are looking for when they attend Expo," said Kay Gazaway, vice-president of trade shows, New Hope Natural Media. "That combination has attracted buyers from all over the world and we look forward to hosting them this year in the nation's capital, " she said.
New to Expo East this year is [email protected] and Organic [email protected], a business-to-business event for buyers and suppliers of raw materials, bulk ingredients, manufacturing, point of purchase equipment, fixtures and more.
Open before the show floor on Thursday morning, the tabletop setting provides the venue for networking, buying and selling the latest products and services. Specifically designed for the supply channel to meet manufacturers and for the first time this year, organic suppliers will be exhibiting in a special Organic [email protected]
Also new and immediately following the Supply event is Technology Transfer, the event for emerging technologies in functional foods and nutraceuticals.
The Technology Transfer Forum (TFF) was first successfully introduced at Nutracon in San Diego last July. TTF showcases technologies available for license, acquisition and strategic partnering. This new forum will feature inventors and licensors presenting their unique innovations. Delegates will learn how to integrate science-driven and intellectual property-protected technologies and see a preview of market-ready innovative products. The forum will also help them identify strategic allies and develop Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADAs).
Presentations will cover the following sectors:
- Food and beverage ingredients and compositions
- Utility patent applications
- Proprietary compositions with issued patents and proof of principle data
- Processing methods
- Unique and exclusive biomass
- Novel and exclusive food processing waste stream-derived bioactives
- Medical food and orphan drug candidates
- New botanical lead molecule and bioactivity screening libraries
Each technology will be presented in a 15-minute session with profiles from academia, industry, private inventors and foundations.
Quality standards and negative media coverage continue to be the current hot topics of industry debate and the education conference will highlight some of these issues in a series of seminars and workshops over four days.
In addition, the show's setting in the nation's capital offers the opportunity to meet up with legislators to discuss critical industry issues. A Congressional reception to benefit National Nutritional Food Association (NNFA) and Citizens For Health will take place at the Renaissance Hotel on Thursday 11 October at 5pm.
This event will enable visitors to network with members of Congress, their staff and industry colleagues about the political issues facing the dietary supplement sector of the natural products industry. The evening is designed to support the critically important congressional education efforts that have protected natural products as they have entered mainstream markets, while continuing to allow consumers access, information and choice.