The world’s largest trade show gathering ingredient suppliers and finished product manufacturers attracted nearly 13,000 participants in Las Vegas. SupplySide West was held Oct. 6 to 10 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
SupplySide West has been the industry gathering point where science and strategy intersect in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) world for over 15 years. The show offered cutting-edge scientific innovation and strategic educational opportunities, plus crucial networking opportunities that helped form mutually beneficial business relationships.
There were nearly 13,000 suppliers and buyers in attendance from the dietary supplement, food, beverage, animal nutrition, personal care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, packaging and sports nutrition marketplace.
Show highlights include:
- 7 percent increase in overall attendance from SupplySide West 2013.
- Nearly 1,100 companies exhibiting on the show floor.
- More than 60 countries were represented including Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Australia.
C-level executives, procurement buyers, and other professionals from the following companies were in attendance: Anheuser Busch, Amway, Aubrey Organics, Bayer Health Care, Beachbody LLC, B&G Foods, Campbell Soup Co, Chobani, The Clorox Company, Costco Wholesale, Diamond Nutrition Inc., GNC, Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Jamba Juice, Jarrow Formulas, The J.M. Smucker Company, Keurig Green Mountain, Mary Kay, National Beverage Corp, Pepsi Co, Procter & Gamble, Perricone MD, Prestige Brands Inc., Reckitt Benckiser, Shiseido, Twinlab, Valeant Pharmaceuticals and many more.
“SupplySide West was an incredible hit this year. We had new exhibitors, dynamic education and we created so many opportunities for CPG manufacturers to work with ingredient suppliers that I am confident we built some very solid bonds that will springboard a lot of marketplace success,” said Jon Benninger, vice president of Informa’s Health and Nutrition Network.
BASF Nutrition & Health sponsored SupplySide West’s education program, which explored some of the most important topics affecting the dietary supplement, food and beverage marketplace. The education tracks were organized under industry-leading brands serving each of these markets: Natural Products INSIDER for dietary supplements, and Food Product Design for food and beverages.
Additionally, SupplySide Central, sponsored by KGK Synergize and Venable LLP, was centrally located on the Expo Hall floor and offered a variety of interactive, quick-paced programming, designed to delve into some of the hot topics facing the industry.
“At Informa Exhibitions, we say that everything we do starts with content, and SupplySide West certainly proved that in this industry, content drives innovation,” said Heather Granato, vice president of content, Informa Health & Nutrition Network. “Our enhanced content programming ranged from the SupplySide Education Day; to eight different three-hour workshops/summits delving into specific areas of interest such as omega-3s, agricultural hemp and probiotics; to SupplySide Central in the expo hall, featuring rock star speakers, documentary screenings, talk shows and more. This level of customized, targeted programming resonated with our attendees and exhibitors alike, allowing us to really deliver more information that will help drive product development and market opportunities throughout the supply chain.”
Winners of the third annual “SupplySide CPG Editor’s Choice Awards” were announced, recognizing the most innovative launches from CPG companies in more than 20 categories. The list of winners is available here.
SupplySide West capped off its successful show with a $15,000 donation to Vitamin Angels; this year’s “SupplySide Cares” program donated $3 from every registration to support this impactful non-profit that has been helping at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five.