Excellent turnout for Natural & Organic Products Europe 2015
Over 9,200 natural and organic industry professionals visited Natural & Organic Products Europe that took place on 19-20 April 2015. Boasting a fresh new look to accompany its move to ExCeL London for 2015, Europe’s biggest trade show for natural, organic, fair trade, free-from, vegan, vegetarian, and eco-living brands combined a bustling 600-strong exhibition with a packed programme of focused seminars and live cooking demonstrations.
The show’s aisles were packed with a ‘who’s who’ of the sector – including well-known operators like Waitrose, Ocado, Aldi, Co-op, M&S, Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic, and Carrefour. They were joined by independent retailers and foodservice buyers, distributors, wholesalers, importers, and exporters, plus specialist and organic shop owners from all across the UK. As in previous years, the show also attracted a contingent of international buyers from 84 countries. The Hosted Buyer programme enjoyed a 75% increase in uptake. The show’s New Products Showcase was a hive of activity. Featuring a record total of 325 entries for 2015, showcase visitors voted for their favourites on Sunday 19 April. The winning exhibitors were presented with their trophies at the Natural and Organic Awards later that night.
A brilliant line-up of speakers and retailers made this year’s three theatre seminar programme its best to date. As well as experts from the natural and organic world, there were fast-paced business-focused sessions, panel discussions, and cooking demos. Highlights included two dedicated Soil Association sessions; the Natural Health Beauty Awards ceremony; Amarjit Sahota, director of Organic Monitor, revealing exclusive consumer insights into natural and organic beauty buying behaviour; and organic pioneer Craig Sams outlining why 2015 is the UN International Year of the Soils. For more information, please visit www.naturalproducts.co.uk.
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