Natural & Organic Products Europe—Europe’s leading annual trade show for the natural products, health food and organic sectors—opened Sunday, April 1 and runs through Monday, April 2. The two-day show features 600 leading manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting in the Natural Food Show, Natural Beauty & Spa Show, and the Health & Nutrition and Natural Living areas.
Visitors to Natural & Organic Products Europe 2012 at London’s Olympia will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sourcing an exclusive array of the best natural, organic, fair trade, free-from and eco-friendly products. The show is poised to connect over 7,500 professional trade buyers with 600 exhibitors from all around the world.
Reflecting the increased presence of new natural and organic companies for 2012—which totals around a third of all exhibitors—many of the last remaining stands at the show were recently booked by newcomers, including organic meat and dairy producer Laverstoke Park Farm; shea butter skin care supplier Monshea; beauty distributor Kent Cosmetics; drink importers Thirst Quenchers; Indian Snack manufacturer Cofresh; British health care company Stanningley Pharma; Irish functional foods supplier Aveena Phytotherapy; and Serbian Natural Foods, UK distributor of Foodland’s natural fruit juices, preserves and spreads.
Many returning exhibitors have also announced a host of new product launches across all categories, which will be introduced to UK and European retail market at the show. These include Pukka Herbs; The Redwood Wholefood Company; Natracare – Bodywise UK; Urtekram; Igennus; Earth Friendly Products; Nature's Path Foods; UAS Laboratories; Nutri; Essential Trading Co-operative; Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps; Sci-MX Nutrition; Quantum Nutrition Labs; Kara Dairy Free; UnBEElievable Health; NatOrigin; Amy's Kitchen; Protexin; Natur Boutique; teapigs; Primera Technology; Bentley Organic; Natural Balance Foods; Eterno Naturals; Pravera; Bio-D; organic and holistic pet food specialist Lily's Kitchen; and many more.
More show firsts include the introduction of two new show sections—Health & Nutrition and Natural Living, which join The Natural Food Show and the Natural Beauty & Spa area. Whilst recent additions to the international pavilions line-up include Indonesia and Australia (with exhibitors Cheeki Bottles, Jasmin Skincare, Natural Health Matters, Nutradry, and The Jojoba Company), joining Austria, the USA, France, Latvia, Organics Brasil, the Italian Food Village, Demeter, and the new Vegan Pavilion (hosted by the Vegan Society). Returning UK pavilions include the HFMA (with exhibitors Comvita UK, Heath & Heather, Anyone 4 Tea, Betteryou, Solaray Food Supplements & Aubrey Organics); the Organic Trade Board (OTB); FoodLovers Approved; West Country Food & Drink; and the Soil Association Organic Marketplace.
Lively kitchen demonstrations and expert-led seminars in the Keynote Theatre and Natural Beauty & Spa Theatre (sponsored by Kinetic Natural Products Distributor & Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps) will run alongside the central exhibition on both days of the show.
Monday’s packed-programme of seminars and demonstrations will also include sessions from Helen Browning OBE (chief executive, Soil Association); Tim Bouget (co-founder of ODE, Sustainable Restaurant Of The Year); Jason Church (Coeliac UK’s Gluten Free Chef Of The Year 2011); Susan Ma (founder of Tropic Skincare and star of the BBC’s The Apprentice); Sebastian Parsons (Dr Hauschka); and leading eco-chef Barny Haughton.