Record attendance expected at UK’s biggest natural & organic trade event
With over 700 exhibitors now confirmed, Natural & Organic Products Europe is set to host the biggest showcase of natural and certified organic products the UK has ever seen at London ExCeL this weekend.
Doors open at the new time of 9am on Sunday, with over 10,500 food, health and beauty buyers preparing to attend over two days (22-23 April).
As Europe’s biggest natural and organic trade event of the year, the show may need little introduction to the industry it serves. This year’s visitor list is packed with senior buyers and decision makers from some of the UK’s biggest retailers, wholesalers and distributors – including Amazon, Boots, Holland & Barrett, Aldi, M&S, Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op, Debenhams, Superdrug, Nisa, Spar, TK Maxx, John Lewis, Whole Foods Market, Infinity Foods, Planet Organic, NBTY, CLF Distribution, The Health Store, Suma, Revital, Costco, BigGreenSmile, Abel & Cole, Feelunique, Lloyds Pharmacy, Victoria Health, Fenwick, Naturisimo, Sodexo, wagamama, Pizza Hut, Eurostar, British Airways, Pret A Manger, Whitbread, and more.
For them, and 1000s of independent stores, multiples, pharmacies, restaurants, cafes, contract caterers, hotels, salons and spas, it’s the ‘go-to’ show for keeping up-to-date with the latest natural and organic innovations and retail trends.
Nick Janda, Holland & Barrett’s head of trade, explains: “Natural & Organic Products Europe has always been a go-to for us for the best in innovation, niche products and ingredients we’ve never seen before. You’ll see by the sheer number of my team walking around the show that we rely on this chance to meet new brands and get a real understanding for the biggest new trends in the industry.”
“Newness is crucial to our business, and nowhere in the UK is there more innovation that is relevant to my business than this show,” says Al Overton, head of buying at Planet Organic.
“Natural & Organics Products Europe is the one event that has everything we need to plan the business for the year ahead: new product ideas from new and existing suppliers, merchandising and promotion ideas and education seminars,” says Joanne Hill, MD of Amaranth Wellbeing.
“This show is truly one of the best places to spot new talent, not least because the trends and NPD on offer are second to none. Whether it’s a new take on an established product you’re looking for, or something brand new to knock your socks off, you’ll find it here,” says Holly Shackleton, editor of Speciality Food.
Over 700 leading exhibitors
Thanks to a 15% increase in exhibitor numbers for 2018, the show will feature over 700 exhibiting companies from around the world.
Show features and pavilions include two New Product Showcases, Vegan World, The Organic Hub hosted by the Soil Association & Organic Trade Board, Soil Association’s Organic Beauty pavilion, Organic Peru, Demeter Biodynamic, Demeter Italy, Austria, Armenia, Ecuador, Thailand, Spain (Galicia region), Sri Lanka (speciality teas), Mezzogiorno – Southern Italian Food (including specialties from Campania, Calabria, Puglia and Sicily), Dio Greece, Epirus, and South Aegean.
Over 65 nations are participating at an individual level – bringing the finest ingredients, products and delicacies from around the world to London – including Australia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, and the USA.
The full exhibitor list is available at www.naturalproducts.co.uk/exhibitor-list.
Industry experts, insights & trends
Natural & Organic Products Europe will feature over 70 speakers in three dedicated theatres. Chief executives and senior managers from the Soil Association, Sustainable Food Trust, Organic Trade Board, Daylesford, Ocado, Ecovia Intelligence, CLF Distribution, Weleda, Beauty Kitchen, Allergy UK, Natural Balance Foods, Made for Life, Optiat, and Antipodes will be speaking at the show. As will Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, organic pioneer Craig Sams, NaturalProductsGlobal.com’s editor-in-chief Jim Manson, leading nutritionists Dr Marilyn Glenville and Patrick Holford, author Julian Baggini, Vogue’s former beauty editor Anna-Marie Solowij and Millie Kendall MBE.
The Innovation Pitch Live to Holland & Barrett, featuring the company’s CEO Peter Aldis and members of his senior executive buying team, is also back on the menu for a third year running (3pm, Monday 23 April).
Other highlights include the announcement of the Natural Beauty Retail & Product Awards, taking place at 2.15pm on Monday 23 April.
The full seminar schedule, including further details and timings, is available to view online at www.naturalproducts.co.uk/seminars.
Free advance trade registration ends soon
Natural & Organic Products Europe is open from Sunday 22 April to Monday 23 April at ExCeL London.
For further information about the free seminar line-up and the 700+ exhibiting companies for 2018, the Show Guide is now available to view online at www.naturalproducts.co.uk/show-guide-2018.
For more information, and to register for a free trade ticket in advance, please visit www.naturalproducts.co.uk (direct link: https://eventdata.uk/Visitor/NOPE2018.aspx?TrackingCode=PR1). Free advance registration closes at 5pm on Saturday 21 April, after which a £20 door charge may apply.