BOULDER, Colo., Jul 23, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- This September, retailers, manufacturers and leaders in the natural, organic and healthy products industries will converge on the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland to unveil new products and showcase emerging trends at the 23rd annual Natural Products Expo East ( www.expoeast.com) trade show and conference, Sept. 26-29.
One of the top 200 trade shows in the country, according to Tradeshow Week magazine, Natural Products Expo East is expected to attract more than 24,000 industry members. Produced by New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media, the show will feature more than 1700 exhibits in the areas of natural, organic and specialty foods, supplements, and pet, health & beauty and natural living products.
Keynote speaker Paul Hawken, noted environmentalist, entrepreneur and journalist dedicated to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment, will address attendees on Saturday at 9:00 am.
Consumer interest in natural and organic products is at an all-time high. Natural products sales in the United States grew 9.7 percent across all retail and direct-to-consumer sales channels in 2006, topping more than $56 billion, according to The Natural Foods Merchandiser's 2007 Market Overview.
"More mainstream consumers are demanding natural, organic and healthy products than ever before, and Natural Products Expo East is where the industry comes together to showcase what's new, what's hot and what's next," said Fred Linder, president of New Hope Natural Media.
New products will be a hot topic at Natural Products Expo East. The show's New Products Pavilion, a venue for thousands of new products and the 5th Annual New Products Showcase Awards, will play host to events, educational seminars and product launches.
Natural Products Expo East is co-located with the Healthy Foods Conference; the Healthy Customers, Healthy Profits Seminar; and the Healthy Baking Seminar. For more information on all events and features of the show, go to www.expoeast.com
Editorial staff meeting press guidelines may attend the show free of charge. Register online at www.expoeast.com/press. This show is open to a professional audience of manufacturers, buyers, retailers, media and service providers. It is NOT open to the general public.
New Hope Natural Media ( www.newhope.com), a division of the Penton Media, Inc., is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry with print, in-person/event, and e-business products and services. Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., serving more than six million business professionals every month. The company's market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 Web sites, 150 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. Headquartered in New York City, the privately held company is owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its coinvestors. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.