Natural Product Expo West: Spotlight on climate education

Natural Products Expo West kicks off with Climate Day, a day-long event focused on how brands and retailers can mitigate climate change. See the agenda.

New Hope Network staff

February 5, 2024

3 Min Read
Natural Product Expo West: Spotlight on climate education

Climate change affects us all. But few industries face as many climate consequences as the natural and organic products industry, which revolves around the stuff of soil, precipitation, temperature and seasons—otherwise known as agriculture.

At the same time, this industry offers myriad pathways for climate mitigation through foundational industry movements such as organic and regenerative agriculture, sustainable packaging and much more. Climate Day at Natural Products Expo West takes place 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, in the Marriott Marquis Ballroom. But the show also devotes important programming to the environment, climate and sustainability beyond Climate Day.

The Time is Now: Building a Climate Action Movement

Date | Time: March 12, 8—8:45 a.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis Ballroom

This panel discussion dives deep into how the natural and organic products industry can address climate issues with even more urgency—and cooperation. Panelists include Eric Levine with Count Us In; Danielle Nierenberg, president at Food Tank; Courtney Pineau, Climate Collaborative Executive Director; Arohi Sharma, deputy director, regenerative agriculture, Natural Resources Defense Council; and Corinne Shindelar, principal at All Natural Strategies.

Date | Time: March 12, 12:40-1:20 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis Ballroom

This practical and data-driven conversation sheds light on trends affecting and informing climate decision-making. Speakers include Sherry Frey, VP of Total Wellness at NielsenIQ; Paul Guidice, CEO of CoMetrics; and Corinne Shindelar, principal at All Natural Strategies.

Patagonia Provisions Case Study: Building a Revolutionary Brand and Supporting Climate in the Process

Date | Time: March 12, 2:25-2:45 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis Ballroom

Learn from Patagonia Provisions General Manager Paul Lightfoot how visionary industry leader and brand Patagonia built the food arm of its historically apparel business in a way that simultaneously served both customers and the climate.

Lessons from the C-Suite on Trailblazing a Future Food System

Date | Time: March 12, 4:10-4:55 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis Ballroom

The natural and organic food system today is experiencing immense evolution, offering brands myriad challenges and new opportunities. This panel of industry leaders will dive deep into how they are navigating a volatile and exciting marketplace. Speakers include Karen Colberg, CEO of King Arthur Baking; Sarela Herrada, co-founder at SIMPLi; and Katlin Smith, founder and CEO at Simple Mills.

Climate Day Reception and Community Resource Fair

Date | Time: March 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis Ballroom

Networking and education are the stars of this event, which gathers passionate stakeholders across the natural and organic products industry for cold drinks, apps and an abundance of opportunity to talk climate and business, and to encounter people and efforts fixed on climate.

Beyond Climate Day

Driving Positive Change: Exploring the Role of Regenerative Agriculture in Shaping Responsible Brands

Date | Time: March 13, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Location: Marriott Platinum Ballroom 5

In this urgent discussion, industry leaders from the Dr. Bronner’s, the Regenerative Organic Alliance and Daabon discuss the role of regenerative agriculture in shaping responsible brands.

Date |Time: March 13, 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Location: Marriott Grand Ballroom F

Join HowGood, the world's largest sustainable ingredient database, and New Hope's MarketReady Insights for a pragmatic exploration into measuring product sustainability and crafting impactful claims. Uncover strategies to promote your brand responsibly, avoiding potential regulatory pitfalls while riding the wave of consumer interest in eco-friendly products.


Natural Products Expo West, the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, begins March 12 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Click through for the agenda, registration, travel information and more.

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