BALTIMORE– The 35th annual Natural Products Expo East, the industry’s largest event on the east coast, hosted over 29,000 attendees with more than 1,550 brands. Exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations shaping the future of organic and natural food and beverage, personal care, and supplements at the Baltimore Convention Center (September 11-14, 2019)
The U.S. Natural Products Industry hit $219 Billion in sales in 2018
The U.S. natural products industry hit $219 billion in annual sales last year, and industry sales have been more than doubling since 2007, according to New Hope Network’s Nutrition Business Journal. Much of the growth in natural and organic products come from entrepreneurs. This includes an increasingly more diverse group of leaders who better represent changing demographics and tastes.
The Hemp Pavilion
This year’s Natural Products Expo introduced 537 new companies and 261 international brands to thousands of attendees. Guests did wander through the exhibits at the Organic Pavilion, the Hot Products Pavilions, and the inaugural Hemp Pavilion to find the newest products coming soon to store shelves.
“Every fall the exhibit halls at Natural Products Expo East are bursting with products that are increasing consumer awareness about the importance of organic and supporting trends within plant-based, hemp and agricultural innovation,” said Lacey Gautier, Group Show Director.
Education sessions and special events were held throughout the convention center. Nearby hotels were also industry gathering places to focus on changing the future for good. Natural Products Expo East educational highlights included a keynote by Shawn Achor, bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential.
The second annual Hemp & CBD Summit centered around increasing integrity by nurturing a responsible and transparent hemp industry, and breaking up the all-white and male Board, and examined why more women and diversity needs to be on natural products industry boards.
In the NBJ article NBJ Growth Award winners: Charlotte’s Web, Ritual, M2 Ingredients/OM reports:
Pioneering hemp CBD company Charlotte’s Web takes home the Large Company Growth Award, having notched 74 percent revenue growth in 2018 to hit $70 million. On August 29 of last year, the company went public, completing a $115 million IPO on the Canadian exchange. ( NBJ Awards: Growth worth celebrating)
The Medium Company Growth Award goes to Ritual, the category-disrupting, Instagrammable multivitamin brand that has raised over $40 million from venture capital and sold more than 1 million bottles since its October 2016 launch.
Finally, M2 Ingredients, more well known by its finished-products brand Om Mushroom Superfoods, earns the Small Company Growth Award, reserved for companies under $10 million in revenue, after a stellar year of new product launches and expanded distribution.
These three companies’ high-quality products and transparent practices have earned them consumers’ trust and dollars, translating to incredible sales growth and exemplifying all that our industry stands for.
About New Hope Network:
New Hope Network, by Informa Markets, is at the forefront of the healthy lifestyle products industry. The network offers a robust portfolio of content, events, data, research and consultative services.
New Hope Network helps businesses identify the people, products, partnerships, and trends that create better opportunities and connections.
Natural Products Expo East 2020:
In 2020, Natural Products Expo East will change locations to the Philadelphia Convention Center from September 23rd-26th. The event has called Baltimore home for over a decade. The 40th annual Natural Products Expo West will take place March 3rd-7th at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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