Information Classification: General Natural Products Expo West Returns to In-Person with a Successful Week of Face-to- Face Connections and Discovery of the Hottest New Natural & Organic Products

Informa Markets’ Natural Products Expo West, part of the New Hope Network family of brands, safely and successfully hosted the inperson return of the industry’s largest trade show March 812 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Celebrating its 41st occurrence, the event gathered over 2,700 exhibitors and over 57,000 registered attendees to experience the newest innovations in natural and organic foods and beverages; clean beauty and home products; and supplements and ingredients.

Expo West drew retailers from stores such as Albertson’s, Kroger, Aldi, 7Eleven,
Sprouts, Whole Foods Market, GNC, Costco, Cambridge Naturals, PCC Markets, Earth
Fare, Natural Grocers, Healthy Edge, Medly, Jimbo’s Naturally, Natural Grocers, Fresh
Thyme and more who sought out the hottest new products coming soon to store

“Expo West is a good place to understand what’s coming up next and find emerging
brands that are just starting out. 7Eleven has been trying hard to branch out in organic
and specialty, to bring in some new brands and find items that our customers wouldn’t
be expecting. Expo West is a great place for that, it makes me feel energized and
invigorated to be here and ignite ideas, said Adam Franks, Director of Emerging Brands,

Known as the best venue to spot innovations, the exhibit halls were filled with
companies that are shaping the future of food and wellness, including 625 upand
coming brands making their event debut. According to New Hope Network’s Nutrition
Business Journal, the natural and organic industry grew 7.7% to $274 billion in 2021 and
is forecast to surpass $300 billion in sales by 2024 and $400 billion by 2030, driven by
the lasting ways the pandemic changed consumer behaviors and the new customers
who entered natural and organic.

“This is our first time at Expo West, so it was a big eyeopener and really exciting to be
surrounded by this group of people. As a new brand that’s just launched, it makes you
feel a little more welcome and supported by the natural foods community. Meeting
buyers and distributors was great, and I also found some excellent suppliers and co
packers, said Cindy Convery, Founder, Pure Wild Co.

A team of New Hope Network content experts and trend forecasters tracked the
natural product trends at Expo West
, including “hot now” ingredients as well as complex
ideas challenging the CPG industry. The team’s 2022 natural products industry trend

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predictions reveal a shift from merely surviving today’s problems to creating solutions
for a brighter future. For additional details and examples of companies at the forefront,
read more
online. Consumer behaviors are changing, and with that comes the
opportunity for the natural products industry not just to meet consumers where they
are, but also to predict where they’re heading,” said Jessica Rubino, Executive Director,
Content at Informa Markets’ New Hope Network.

A gallery featuring winners of the prestigious NEXTY Awards, representing what
tomorrow’s healthy living landscape will look like, can be viewed
online. The winner of
Pitch Slam was Tanka Bars, part of Native American Natural Foods. The Rising Star
award went to Navy veteran Thereasa Black, founder of Bon AppeSweet. New for 2022,
the New Hope Community Purpose & Impact Awards celebrated individuals and
organizations that help cultivate a prosperous highintegrity CPR and retail ecosystem
that creates health, joy and justice for all people while regenerating the planet. Winners
can be found
Event attendees participated in four full days of education sessions including the
keynote Raising the Standard: Clean, Healthy Nutrition for All Kids, featuring a
discussion with actress and Once Upon a Farm CoFounder Jennifer Garner; the keynote
The Joy of PlantBased Eating with influencer Tabitha Brown; and the keynote The Color
of Food: Navigating Cultural Appropriation, Ownership and Heritage in the Food
Industry. Additional highlights included the informationpacked
The State (and Future)
of the Natural & Organic Industry
session that examined what’s next in product
innovation that will drive positive change within the natural and organic products

Gathering the community again for Expo West is an important milestone as we move
forward to shape the future of health and wellness together. Being in the same space
allows for the important conversations and meaningful connections that are catalysts
for increasing inclusivity and igniting the joy and passion that has fueled this industry
into what it is today,” said Carlotta Mast, Senior Vice President and Market Leader at
Informa Markets’ New Hope Network.

New Hope Network, in partnership with
(included), a membership collective for BIPOC
executives in the CPG space, hosted a J.E.D.I. (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
Community Happy Hour to help breakdown some of the barriers in place for under
represented groups in the industry.

The turnout we’ve seen this week is a strong indication that the industry prioritizes
facetoface connection and product discovery and recognizes inperson events as the
most effective means of conducting business. The energy at this show was palpable and
we are really excited to be back in Anaheim with our incredible clients, community and
vendor partners,” said Lacey Gautier, Vice President of Events, Informa Markets’ New
Hope Network.

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Expo West, the largest B2B trade show to take place in the U.S. in over two years, was
pleased to return to the vibrant city that has hosted the event since its first occurrence.
This year’s expo brought nearly 45,000 room nights to local hotels and supported more
that 23,000 local jobs. In total, Expo West brought an estimated economic impact of
$145 million and an estimated $2.3 million in tourism occupancy tax (TOT) revenue for
the city.

“With the return of Natural Products Expo West, we can truly say Anaheim is back,”
Mayor Harry Sidhu said. “After a difficult two years for all of us, this shows the resilience
of our city and the natural products community. We once again were able to gather
safely and celebrate natural, organic and healthy living. The return of Natural Products
means so much, helping Anaheim support more than 346,000 residents, 20,000
businesses and 25 million visitors.”

In addition to bestinclass health and safety protocols, New Hope Network increased
the event’s
sustainability commitment with enhanced efforts around waste diversion,
including donations of 171,000 pounds of leftover food to Second Harvest as well as
materials to Habitat for Humanity. Event organizers also steppedup efforts to increase
renewable energy sources, carbon offsetting and mindful procurement.

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Natural Products Expo West and their
parent company Informa, have donated $100,000 to World Central Kitchen, and are
welcoming event attendees to get involved by visiting their
fundraiser page. These
donations will provide vital nutrition, hope and support for refugees fleeing the Ukraine
conflict, as well as those in food poverty in other places.

Industry members who participated virtually accessed livestreamed content throughout
the week via the
Natural Products Expo Virtual Community platform. These sessions will
be archived for viewing following the inperson show alongside prior virtual
programming, including a keynote with actress and Goodles CoFounder Gal Gadot, as
well as future sessions to be added throughout the year. Virtual Booths are open
throughout March for product discovery and meeting requests.

Natural Products Expo West is produced by Informa Markets’
New Hope Network and is
colocated with Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace. Natural Products Expo East 2022 will
be held September 28October 1 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Natural Products Expo West 2023 will take place March 711 at the Anaheim Convention

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About New Hope Network
New Hope Network is at the forefront of the healthy lifestyle products industry. With
solutions for the complete supply chain from manufacturers, retailers/distributors,
service providers and ingredient suppliers, the network offers a robust portfolio of
content, events, data, research and consultative services. Through all its actions, New
Hope Network aims to cultivate a prosperous highintegrity CPG and retail ecosystem
that creates health, joy and justice for all people and regenerates the planet. For more
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About Informa Markets

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade,
innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with
opportunities to engage, experience and do business through facetoface exhibitions,
targeted digital services and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers
across more than a dozen global verticals, including Pharmaceuticals, Food, Medical
Technology and Infrastructure. As the world’s leading marketmaking company, we
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