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More than 25,000 natural, organic, and healthy products retailers, buyers, and other execs are expected to congregate in Boston Oct. 15–18 for the 24th annual Natural Products Expo East/Organic Products Expo-BioFach America trade show.
Known as the East Coast’s largest natural and organic products trade show, Expo East features products from more than 1,200 exhibiting companies. This year the show is moving to Boston to accommodate growth, attendee preference, and environmentally friendly practices, according to the show’s organizers.
The growth of the trade show mirrors natural products industry sales, which reached $62.4 billion in 2007, according to the Natural Foods Merchandiser’s 2007 recently released Market Overview, with the Northeast leading the way in natural products retailers’ sales. Products from the region will be highlighted at the show with the introduction of the “New England’s Best” category, in the 6th annual New Products Showcase Awards.
For this year’s show, organizers are implementing a recognition program to encourage exhibiting companies to reduce their environmental impact at the show in the areas of waste reduction, travel offset, and sustainable booth design. In keeping with this theme, organizers are also introducing a green press room utilizing a paperless method of distributing exhibitor press kits.
This year’s keynote will be delivered by Frances Moore Lappe, author of the bestselling “Diet for a Small Planet” and co-founder of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) and the Center for Living Democracy. Lappe will discuss her most recent book, “Getting a Grip,” and address how food is a central issue through which to understand world politics.