Last year, (included) CPG, a collective of BIPOC founders and executives in consumer packaged goods, launched (included) ACCESS, a retail growth accelerator that prepares BIPOC food and beverage founders for trade shows.
Ten emerging brands were chosen for the first cohort; their founders include Asian Americans, African immigrants, an Afghan-American family and more.
New Hope Network, as part of its mission to create health, joy and justice for all people while regenerating the planet, has been a partner in this accelerator, providing sponsored exhibitions and programming at Natural Products Expo West in March.
As New Hope's writers interviewed the founders of these 10 brands, we discovered women motivated by their own health conditions; men sharing childhood favorites with their own children; and couples developing healthier versions of favorite treats. They all have fascinating stories that we have shared with our readers since Feb. 1.
But what would Natural Products Expo West be without the trade show floor, where buyers can taste, smell and feel each brand's products, meet the founders and hear their stories? While we can't give you those exact sensory experiences, we can, finally, show what the (included) ACCESS booths looked like in this gallery from the show floor.