To make your experience at Natural Products Expo West as enjoyable as possible, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked show questions.

Jenna Fitch, Community & Conference Content Director

March 2, 2015

4 Min Read
Natural Products Expo West 2015 FAQs

Where do I need my badge at Expo West?
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To ease traffic going in and out of the exhibit halls, you need to present a badge and ID to enter the Convention Center, not the show floor. Look for the designated doors. Exhibitors and Super Pass holders have separate entrances.

I'm driving my car to the Anaheim Convention Center. Where is the best place to park?

It will be extremely congested near the Convention Center and parking will be limited. To avoid the chaos, we recommend parking for free at nearby Angel Stadium. Free shuttles are available throughout the day from the Stadium to the Convention Center and back. To take the shuttle from the Convention Center to Angel Stadium, load near Katella Avenue (by the Arena). Bonus: Avoid on-site registration lines by printing your badge at Angel Stadium after you've parked.

Can I register additional teammates in Anaheim?

Yes. Full-service registration will be available at the Hilton, Lower Level, Tour Lounge. While this service is available, expo organizers recommend registering your staff before arriving at the show to avoid lines. If you do need to register someone on-site, don’t forget to bring valid business proof and identification.

The show floor is expansive, so it’s best to plan your route in advance. The Exhibitor List on the Expo West website is helpful as are show maps available on-site. With all of the new exhibitors, though, you might need reading glasses to navigate by map. For ease, we recommend downloading the Natural Products Expo West/Engredea app for your phone or tablet. With the app, you can access the Exhibitor List, education schedule, events and campus map, all while on the go. Get the app.

Is it hard to find places to eat while at Expo West?

There are restaurants nearby (think Cheesecake Factory, Anaheim Brewery, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Joe’s Crabshack) but they fill up quickly. If you’re planning a dinner outing or team meal, call ahead and reserve space. If you need a quick bite to eat, someplace such as the Hilton Food Court across from the convention center might satisfy your need.

I brought my children so we could go to amusement parks after the show. What options do I have for child care while I’m at the show?

Children 16 and younger are allowed to attend Natural Products Expo West but they require a children’s badge and adult supervision. The cost for a badge is $25. If you need child care on-site, this is also available for $25 a day. To register, print badges or check children in to child care, go to the Hilton, Lower Level, Catalina 5 and 7.

Registration and badge pickup lines have been difficult in the past. Will it be easier this year?

Yes! Lots of new registration areas have been added across the Expo West campus. Three examples are the Arena Box Office, the Marriott and Angel Stadium. Additionally, keep an eye out for mobile registration carts. If badge pickup lines get busy, we’ll roll these your way and scan your confirmation barcode to print your badge.

I love collecting product samples and bringing them home to try. How many am I allowed to take?

Attendees are limited to one sample bag per day. If you find that you’re getting too many samples to fit in one bag, encourage exhibitors to ship the samples to you. This way, you don’t have to lug bags of food on the airplane and you’ll make sure to have the exhibitor’s contact information if you plan to place an order post-show. If you still have more than one bag at the end of the day, don’t worry! We’ll donate the food to local food banks and charities so it will go to a good cause. 

What are Expo West essentials?

Water! Business cards. Expo West/Engredea App. Comfortable shoes. Snacks. NFM.

Is there anything new for Expo West 2015 I should know about?

Yes! One exciting change is that there is now a Hot Products pavilion in the Hilton. These exhibits will open a day before others and run from March 5 through March 7. If you see an “H” listed as a booth location, it means the exhibitor can be found in the Hilton. Additionally, there is also something called the Super Pass. Even if you’ve already purchased a badge, you can upgrade and get access to things like education sessions and a VIP Lounge. 

About the Author(s)

Jenna Fitch

Community & Conference Content Director, New Hope Network

Jenna is the Community and Conference Content Director at New Hope Network. In this role she is passionate about using education and relationship building to connect and empower stakeholders in the natural and organic products industry. Prior to serving in this role at New Hope, Jenna led digital content production for the NEXT Accelerator, an educational platform for entrepreneurs, as well as supported exhibitors and attendees as customer and exhibitor service representative for shows such as NBJ Summit and Natural Products Expos East and West.

An avid outdoorsperson, environmentalist and conscious leadership aficionado, Jenna committed her time before New Hope to working with organizations such as the Outdoor Industry Association, Restorative Leadership Institute, CU Leeds Professional Mentorship Program and the Lake Champlain Committee.  She earned an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business, as well as an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies with a certificate from the Program in Community Action and Public Policy from Connecticut College.  

When not obsessing about climate change, sustainable packaging, politics, or regenerative agriculture, you’ll likely find her hiking in Colorado with Oscar the Black Lab, playing beach volleyball or laughing out loud to Wait Wait…Don’t Tell me!  

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