UK: Natural & Organic Products Europe a full success
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The 17th annual Natural & Organic Products Europe trade event, organised by Diversified UK, has announced record breaking attendance figures for its 2013 edition, which took place at London’s Olympia on 7 - 8 April 2013. With 8,810 industry professionals from 76 different countries packing the aisles over the two days, the show enjoyed an 20% increase in unique attendees (excluding revisits) compared to 7,352 in 2012. (Picture: the aisles were packed with visitors)
The significant surge in visitor numbers – which included buyers from Boots, Amazon, John Bell & Croyden, Waitrose, Ocado, NBTY Europe, Harrods, Abel & Cole, Superdrug, Planet Organic, Whole Foods Market, Tesco, Spar, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, Asda, Fenwick, Graze, Harvey Nichols, and Feelunique.com, plus thousands of independent retailers and foodservice buyers, distributors, wholesalers and exporters – has led many exhibiting companies to rightly hail the 2013 show as its most successful ever. As a result, over 50% of exhibitors have already rebooked for next year, when Natural & Organic Products Europe returns to Olympia’s Grand Hall on 13-14 April 2014.
As ever, the show’s New Product Showcase was a hive of activity. The show’s sessions in the Natural Food Kitchen, Natural Beauty & Spa Theatre (sponsored by Kinetic Natural Products Distributors) and Natural Products Live! were all well attended. Notable highlights included top chef Raymond Blanc, who explained the provenance of his Pertwood Organic products and took the time to meet and greet many members of the audience; plus Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher, who was revealing the philosophy behind his new Intelligent Nutrients range. “We’re finally realising we have to change our lifestyle, change our consumer habits and change our manufacturing habits. Time is running out,” Rechelbacher said, “Organic is one of the best economic models of the future. Consumers are realising that it is better for everyone.” (Picture by Toby Stokes: Raymond Blanc)
More Information on Natural & Organic Products Europe is available from www.naturalproducts.co.uk.
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