Twice a year, the NEXTY Award trophies are bestowed on those companies that demonstrate what's next for the natural products industry. Here’s everything you need to know about the NEXTY Awards.
What are the NEXTY Awards?
The NEXTY Awards are a twice-annual awards program in which New Hope Network recognizes the most innovative, inspirational and integrity-driven products in the natural products industry. The awards are connected to New Hope Network’s largest annual natural product expos: Natural Products Expo West in March and Natural Products Expo East in September.
The NEXTY Awards first launched as a joint partnership between New Hope Network and the Sterling-Rice Group to recognize products that aligned with trends and growth opportunities in that year’s NEXT Forecast Report, an annual insider’s guide to where the natural products market is now and where it’s headed. Since then, the NEXTY Awards have grown to become the premiere award bestowed upon companies in the natural products industry. See the past winners.
How do we win a NEXTY Award?
In the past, NEXTY Awards have typically only been open to exhibitors at Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East. The nomination period and judging for NEXTY Awards is completed in the two months prior to Expo West or Expo East. Currently, any CPG brand in the natural products industry with a finished product can nominate.
Companies nominate their product by filling out a form and questionnaire on the NEXTY Award website. Additionally, they send samples of their product to the New Hope Network office in Boulder, Colorado, to be evaluated during a series of judging rounds. The judges, who are members of the New Hope content, standards and data and insights teams, whittle the full pool of nominees down to a range of two to six finalists in each category, depending on how many entries are in each category.
From there, the NEXTY finalists move on to the final round of judging. The judges for the final round are members of the New Hope content, standards and data and insights teams, as well as a rotating panel of expert industry judges. For the final round of judging, the judges converse, debate and in some cases even argue until they decide on the single winning product in each category.
The winners of the NEXTY Awards are kept secret until they are revealed during a virtual event held on the Natural Products Expo Virtual platform, prior to the in-person Expo (West or East) event.
What is NEXTY Gold?
The NEXTY Gold Award recognizes one or two companies (not products) who continue to innovate and impress us with their NEXTY nominations year after year. The award is not necessarily given at every expo—it is reserved for just those companies that hit high marks on the criteria of innovation, inspiration and integrity when we consider their product offerings and their company and mission as a whole.
The NEXTY Gold is awarded during a special celebration held at Expo West only.
More about the NEXTY Awards
- How are the NEXTY Awards winners decided?
- New Hope Network announces inaugural NEXTY Gold Award winners
When will the winners be announced?
The NEXTY Awards winners will be announced during a virtual event on the Natural Products Expo Virtual platform prior to the in-person Expo, and on newhope.com.
What are the criteria products are judged on?
The editors and judges use these criteria to determine whether a product is worthy of a coveted NEXTY award:
Innovation: The product or company shows truly creative thinking and execution (not a "me too" approach); uses a newly discovered or rediscovered ingredient, flavor profile, technique or process; fills a legitimate (though perhaps not yet recognized) natural products market need or niche; and/or is predicted to have longer-term impact in the industry.
Inspiration: The product or company adheres to an unusual or new mission targeting an issue or problem not yet widely addressed; its message/mission is clearly communicated, focused and effective, with real, wide-reaching potential or already proven positive social or environmental impact.
Integrity: The product or company takes a creative, next-gen approach to clean ingredient(s), sustainability, transparency, traceability and safety/security.
Additionally, all products must meet New Hope Network's Ingredient Standards & Guidelines, which are the same standards and guidelines in place for all exhibitors at Natural Products Expos.
What are the benefits of winning a NEXTY Award?
NEXTY Award finalists and winners receive a lot of industry recognition before and after the natural product expos.
All finalists will be featured in a special showcase at Expos East and West, as well as on the Natural Products Expo Virtual platform. They will also receive a print feature in Natural Foods Merchandiser and inclusion in a number of special features on newhope.com.
The NEXTY winners receive all the benefits of the finalists as well as a NEXTY trophy, exclusive rights to use the NEXTY Awards winner logo in promotions and packaging, access to the winner’s toolkit to maximize their award and more.
Read a few success stories of past NEXTY winners:
How do I nominate for Expo West 2022?
The call for nominations for the NEXTY Awards at Expo West open on December 8, 2021. The call for nominations for the NEXTY Awards at Expo East open in June.
Exhibitors should look for notifications in your inbox as well as on nextyawards.com and in newhope.com newsletters.
Where can I learn more about the NEXTY Awards?
The NEXTY Awards website is your go-to resource for all NEXTY Awards details, ranging from the nomination form, the categories, past winners, the benefits of winning, the rotating industry judging panel and more! The NEXTY Awards Nomination Guide will equip you with the information you need to successfully nominate your product.
Past NEXTY Awards winners
- Spark Change 2020 NEXTY Awards winners
- Natural Products Expo West 2019 NEXTY Awards winners
- Natural Products Expo East 2019 NEXTY Awards winners
- Natural Products Expo East 2018 NEXTY Awards winners
- Natural Products Expo West 2018 NEXTY Awards winners
- Natural Products Expo East 2017 NEXTY Awards winners
- Natural Products Expo East 2016 NEXTY Awards winners
- Natural Products Expo West 2016 NEXTY Editors' Choice Awards
Past NEXTY Awards finalists
- Spark Change 2020 NEXTY Awards finalists
- Natural Products Expo West 2020 NEXTY Awards finalists
- Natural Products Expo East 2019 NEXTY Awards finalists
- Natural Products Expo West 2019 NEXTY Awards finalists
- Natural Products Expo West 2018 NEXTY Awards finalists
- Natural Products Expo East 2018 NEXTY Awards finalists
- Natural Products Expo West 2017 NEXTY Awards finalists
- Natural Products Expo East 2017 NEXTY Awards finalists
- Natural Products Expo West 2016 NEXTY Awards finalists
- Natural Products Expo East 2016 NEXTY Awards finalists