NEW YORK, Sep 17, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Penton's Supermarket News(R), the leading information source for the $566 billion U.S. food retailing sector, and New Hope Natural Media, a leading information provider to the natural, organic and healthy products industry, today announced the launch of the Healthy Foods International Exposition and Conference, slated to take place June 18-19, 2008 in Dallas. The event will provide a business platform for exchange of information about "healthier-for-you" foods and bring together grocery and supermarket executives, buyers and managers with manufacturers, suppliers and distributors from this rapidly growing product segment.
In 2006, the mass market saw double digit growth of natural products sales at 10.5%, according to The Natural Foods Merchandiser's market overview. Increasingly, supermarket and mass market chains are offering and aggressively marketing a wide array of healthy, natural and organic products for consumers.
The event marks the first major partnership between Supermarket News, the award-winning, nationally circulated weekly trade magazine for the food distribution industry, and New Hope Natural Media, which produces the two largest and longest-running natural and organic products tradeshows.
"With sales of healthier products rising dramatically, and consumer attitudes indicating a desire for healthier food choices, our organizations are uniquely positioned to provide a new marketplace specifically designed for interchange between the supermarket and healthy products industries," said Dan Bagan, senior vice president of the Food Retail Group for Penton Media, publisher of Supermarket News.
"For more than 25 years, New Hope Natural Media has been providing the highest quality information and data about natural and organic products, in addition to hosting the world's leading shows where ideas and expertise can be shared in person," said Alan Peterson, senior vice president of New Hope's Tradeshow Group. "We're excited to be working with Supermarket News to bring together qualified buyers, marketers and sellers of healthier products."
Healthy Foods International will feature conference sessions centered on exclusive research outlining consumer attitudes and buying triggers related to healthy foods and products. The research will be presented by the editors of the Nutrition Business Journal, a leading market research group for the food, personal care, dietary supplement and alternative health care industries.
For more information, please contact Adam Andersen, National Sales Manager, at 1-(303) 998-9091 or e-mail [email protected].
Founded in 1952, Supermarket News is the preferred weekly news magazine of senior executives and decision makers in the food retailing industry. It provides coverage of news, events, trends and topics across the industry, including management, productivity, pricing and marketing issues related to fresh foods, grocery items and home health. The news magazine also produces its polybagged Supermarket News Whole Health(TM) supplement, focused on the organic, whole health and wellness markets, five times a year. The magazine's Web site, www.SupermarketNews.com , is the industry's leading online destination, providing original content, e-newsletters and online seminars for visitors.
New Hope Natural Media ( www.newhope.com) 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.
Both are owned by Penton Media, Inc., 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.