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NEW YORK -- Natural Products Expo East, the largest natural and organic products trade show and conference on the East Coast, posted 7 percent growth in overall attendance this year, with more than 25,000 attendees and 1,790 exhibits, according to the show's organizer, New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media, Inc.
With the natural and organic products industry growing at 9.7 percent annually and topping more than $56 billion in consumer sales, Natural Products Expo East benefited from national trends toward healthier lifestyle choices, from grocery store to pharmacy to home. The show, held Sept. 26 to Sept. 29 in Baltimore, is co-located with the Healthy Foods Conference.
After 23 years in the mid-Atlantic region, Natural Products Expo East will relocate to Boston in 2008. Scheduled for Oct. 15 to Oct. 18 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the move accommodates the industry's growth, according to New Hope Natural Media.