From non-alcoholic beverages to sports nutrition and weight management, this episode details the hottest need-to-know nuggets for Expo West attendees. Give a listen.

It’s that time of year! Natural Products Expo West—the Super Bowl of the natural products industry—kicks off today! 

In this special Expo West edition of The Natural List, hosts Jessica Rubino and Adrienne Smith welcome Market Insights Director of SPINS Scott Dicker back to the podcast to unearth the top emerging trends before the show floor opens Wednesday. From innovative attributes and careful botanical formulations to back to "back-to-basics," these trends reflect the shift in consumer mindsets and foretell the “next big thing” in CPG. 

 In this episode:   

  • 0:40 – Our guest, Scott Dicker, market insights director at SPINS, gears up for Natural Products Expo West.

  • 7:25 – Tons of teas in the NEXTY Awards. 

  • 12:05 – Scott looks forward to seeing mature innovations and the evolution of product attributes at Expo West. 

  • 14:05 – Non-alcoholic beverages: predictions, opportunities and exciting formulations. 

  • 18:50 – Is caffeine-free the new NA? 

  • 22:00 – What's happening in sports nutrition and weight management? 

  • 26:24 – Nostalgic products package joy and indulgence for consumers. 

  • 28:55 – Rapid-fire hot nuggets: What we’re excited to see at Expo West. 

  • 36:35 – Our final thoughts for the week ahead.

Don’t miss The NEXTY Awards Ceremony and Celebration at 6-7:30 p.m. PDT Thursday, March 14, in the Marquis Ballroom at The Marriott Hotel. 

Enjoy this new episode here and wherever you listen to your podcasts, including Spotify, Apple and Google podcasts.   

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Our guests

Scott Dicker 
Market Insights Director, SPINS 


Scott Dicker is a market insights director for SPINS, a leading wellness-focused data company and advocate for the natural products industry. With a background in nutrition, he believes in the importance of making wellness options more accessible to everyone and that demystifying data can make that happen. By delving into omnichannel comprehensive market wide data, he identifies emerging trends and explores shifting consumer behavior that helps retailers and brands better understand the market and their audience. Dicker has spoken at many leading industry organizations and shows, including New Hope Natural Products Expo, Supply Side, Plant Based World and many more and been published in top industry resources, such as Natural Products Insider, Nutritional Outlook, and Whole Foods Magazine. He has a long-standing involvement in nutrition and wellness, working as a sports nutritionist and starting multiple entrepreneurial businesses in the field. 

Your hosts 

About Jessica Rubino  


Jessica Rubino is a natural products industry expert and content strategist with more than 15 years experience in media, events and natural products. As New Hope Network’s vice president of content, Jessica oversees digital and print content, conference programming and branded content for CPGs, retailers, investors and service providers. Jessica is passionate about using innovation as a force for good and leveraging content to spark the changes we want to see in the world.  

About Adrienne Smith  


Adrienne Smith is the director of content for and the editor-in-chief of Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine where she helps ideate and produce content for natural products retailers, brands and entrepreneurs. Before coming to New Hope Network, she spent nearly two decades writing about food and beverage products and trends for the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Trade in Madrid, Spain, as well as for publications including the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and El País. 

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