Insights for Retailers sessions focus on sustainability, merchandising

In natural and organic retail, sustained success requires embracing diversity, innovation and sustainability and conscious consumerism. Learn more about the Newtopia Now agenda.

Heather Carter, Associate Editor

June 11, 2024

4 Min Read
Insights for Retailers sessions focus on sustainability, merchandising

Today’s consumers are driven by values, seeking out products that reflect their desire for a more equitable and sustainable world. Newtopia Now tackles these evolving customer demands head-on, equipping retailers with the tools they need to thrive in the “Insights for Retailers” sessions.

Industry experts will explore how to champion diversity in the supply chain, navigate the ever-changing retail landscape, and effectively merchandise products that prioritize both social responsibility and environmental well-being. From building partnerships with diverse-owned brands to promoting sustainable agriculture practices, these four sessions will guide retailers and CPGs in creating a winning retail strategy for the future.

Why Supporting Diverse-Owned Brands and Multicultural Products is Critical to Retail Success

Have you ever wondered how retailers can benefit from supporting diverse-owned brands and sustainable products? If so, this is the session for you.

UNFI's Supplier Diversity Manager will discuss the transformative impact of supporting diverse-owned brands and implementing robust supplier diversity goals, demonstrating that inclusivity is not only ethical but also advantageous for business. He brings his background in healthcare advocacy and public policy to the Newtopia Now stage, as well as his passion and experience with creating a more equitable CPG industry.

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Learn more about how retailers can create and foster true partnerships to help diverse-owned brands get on shelf and stay there. Bagal will share insights and retail case studies about what works (and what doesn’t) in this arena.

Date | Time: Monday, August 26, 10:30-11 a.m.
Location: Represent Stage

From left, Danelle Rydel and Angela Bozo of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association

Modern Category Management: Room for Innovation and Success with INFRA

Retail strategists Danelle Rydel and Angela Bozo of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) delve into innovative category management techniques that drive growth in a dynamic marketplace, as well as strategies for managing categories with new trends and innovations.

Through real-world case studies and inspiring brand examples, you’ll discover breakthrough opportunities and practical strategies to propel your success with smart category management.

Date | Time: Monday, August 26, 1-1:45 p.m.
Location: Thrive Stage

The scheduled speakers for Cultivating Change are, from left, Anthony Corsaro, Managing Director, Outlaw Ventures and Creator / Co-Host, ReGen Brands; Courtney Pineau, Executive Director, The Climate Collaborative; Ryan Pintado-Vertner, Founder, Smoketown LLC; Elizabeth Whitlow, Executive Director, Regenerative Organic Alliance; Matthew Dillon, Co-CEO, Organic Trade Association; and Elizabeth Candelario, Chief Strategy Officer, Mad Agriculture.

Cultivating Change: Retail Practices for Supporting Sustainable Brands & Agriculture

Learn more about the best practices for promoting sustainable agriculture and informing customers about these practices. This engaging session will focus on sustainable retail practices, advocating for partnerships with brands that support regenerative agriculture and sustainable packaging, and how these practices can resonate with customers.

Gain valuable insights into how to translate these practices into clear messaging that resonates with your customers and moves mission-aligned products off your store shelves. Discover the leading retail initiatives focused on fostering a more sustainable food system—and learn how to apply these practices to your store.

Date | Time: Monday, August 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Regenerate Stage

Catie Wiggy, CEO, Creative Beauty Collective

Conscious Beauty’s Glow Up: Merchandising for Values & Results-Driven Shoppers

As clean beauty becomes increasingly prevalent across all retail channels, buyers, category managers and store owners require actionable strategies for building out a competitive HBA set and growing their bottom line.

From developing the right store standards and innovative education initiatives to understanding growth categories and areas of opportunity, retail experts will provide insights on how to succeed in the growing clean beauty market and ensure a competitive and value-driven health and beauty strategy.

Date | Time: Monday, August 26, 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Location: Glow Stage

Newtopia Now, New Hope Network's new trade show, is set for Aug. 25-28 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. For more information and to register, visit

About the Author(s)

Heather Carter

Associate Editor, Food & Beverage Insider

Heather Carter is the associate editor of Food & Beverage Insider at Informa Markets. She has worked in trade publishing for nearly a decade, covering a variety of topics, from tile to bedding. Reach her at [email protected].

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