The fitth Natural Products Expo Asia returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong 27-29 June as the largest trade show of its kind in Asia. Firmly established as the gateway to Asia, the show will host more than 400 exhibitors from around the world, thanks to the burgeoning growth of the natural and organic sector in the region.
It will be the first world-class, truly international forum for the nutrition industry ever hosted in Asia.
The Asian trend
According to Datamonitor, the Asia-Pacific food market is experiencing high growth rates for safer and more eco-friendly organic processed foods. The region makes up 25.5 per cent of the global organic food market while the US accounts for 34 per cent. Encouragingly, China showed a 49.4 per cent growth in this sector between 1999 and 2003. The entire market is on the upswing, forecast to reach $18.28 billion by 2008. In the Asia-Pacific region, this is reflected in an annual growth rate of 12.4 per cent from 2003 to 2008.
An international perspective
Now firmly established as a truly international event, Natural Products Expo Asia 2007 attracts global exhibitors with new national pavilions from China, New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan. There are also pavilions from Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and the US. United Natural Foods is making its first-ever appearance at the show, indicating America's largest natural food distributor's upbeat assessment of Asia's natural and organic sector.
The event is supported by international trade associations and other important organizations including the US Department of Commerce, the Organic Food Development Centre, State Environmental Protection Administration China (China's first and largest specialized organic research, inspection and certification organization) and Korea Health Supplement Association (the industry's watchdog, part of Korea's Ministry of Health & Welfare).
New co-located conferences
Running concurrently is a high-level conference Asia HealthyFoods Conference where international industry experts and leaders will address the latest regulatory issues, market trends and other hot topics on the worldwide natural-products market. Government representatives and nonprofit organizations will discuss health-improvement solutions, and leading food and beverage companies will exchange innovative ideas and practices.
- understand the rapidly changing regulatory environment for nutraceuticals in Asia
- learn how to comply with regulations for nutritional products in overseas markets
- capitalize on underserved sectors, the latest growth trends, and the drivers of future consumer needs through up-to-the minute market research presented by industry experts
Leading experts from China, US, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong will provide an overview of the changing regulatory and business framework for supplements, ingredients, functional foods, and nutraceuticals throughout this event.
For more information and online attendee registration, www.naturalproductsasia.com