Natural Products Expo West/SupplyExpo ( www.expowest.com) will feature more than 1900 exhibiting companies and 300,000 square feet of natural, organic and specialty foods, supplements, and health and beauty, natural living, organic, and pet products. The trade show, produced by New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media, will be held March 5-8, 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Last year's event attracted a record-setting 52,000 attendees.
This year's show will feature more than 250 new, first-time exhibitors. Other highlights include an interactive keynote presentation hosted by Peter Sagal of National Public Radio's "Wait...Wait...Don't Tell Me", in which a panel of industry leaders will have their natural knowledge put to the test.
For the first time ever, Natural Products Expo West, in its 29th year, will feature a direct sale event open to attendees. The Eco-Bazaar, an open-air market featuring top eco-fashions and green products, will be held Thursday, March 5 from 2:00-7:00 pm.
Other co-locations include:
-- SupplyExpo ( www.supplyexpo.com): A tradeshow featuring the latest ingredients, technologies, and manufacturing services for the healthy products industry. Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8
-- Nutracon ( www.nutraconference.com): The premier event for ingredient and technology innovation in the health and nutrition industry. Wednesday, March 4 - Thursday, March 5 - Hilton Anaheim
-- Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace: An outdoor tabletop event for buyers and manufacturers of certified organic products. Thursday, March 5, 12:30 - 5:30 pm
-- Healthy Baking Seminar: An event for bakers and food manufacturers featuring in-depth presentations on formulating healthful bakery foods. Thursday, March, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Natural Products Expo West/SupplyExpo, which was honored by Tradeshow Week as one of the "Top 50 Fastest Growing Shows" and awarded a prestigious Gold Standard Award by Trade Show Executive magazine as a "Leader in Green Initiatives," is tracking ahead of last year, despite a flagging overall economy.
"Even in these difficult economic times, natural and organic product sales show steady growth," said Adam Andersen, recently appointed Show Manager for Natural Products Expo West. "I look forward to creating new ways for retail buyers and manufacturers to connect and meet the challenges they face in the current business climate."
Editorial staff meeting press guidelines may register online at www.expowest.com/media. Natural Products Expo West/SupplyExpo is open to a professional audience of manufacturers, buyers, and industry members. 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 is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., serving more than 6 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 co-investors. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.