Following three years in hibernation, the growing natural, organic and sustainable industry came out in force to attend the leading industry trade show, Natural & Organic Products Europe. Taking place at ExCeL London over the 3-4 April, the event attracted an attendance of 7,456 – who came to meet 800 exhibiting companies, covering the fastest growing sectors in retail, including organic, vegan, and free-from food, drink, supplements, personal care, and natural beauty.
“We have had an exhilarating couple of days, and it was amazing to see the show so successful after such a long time. The feedback was incredible, with buyers representing the full retail spectrum, from major multiples, to online, convenience, premium stores and the important independent health store sector. The event is also gaining an increasing international following, with over 1,000 major buyers representing some of the most important retailers from 73 countries, many of whom list this as one of the most important international events in the diary,” said Event Director, Carol Dunning.
She continued: “Incredibly, over 50% of stands already booked for next year during the show, so we can’t wait to start planning for an even better event next year. It’s so good to be back and to seeing our industry so positive, despite the many challenges facing the economy.”
Buzzing from start to finish, and the show-floor was full of glowing testimonials from professionals who were excited to get back to face-to-face events again.
“For me, this is probably one of the best UK shows. I think Natural & Organic Products Europe always has an outstanding quality of varied exhibitors (and buyers) and there is always a nice atmosphere here,” said Patrick Meehan, owner of Natural Health Store.
“I come to Natural & Organic Products Europe for innovation, new brands, and catching up with former colleagues, existing partners and suppliers. I work in vitamins, but it’s not all about vitamins, it’s about seeing what the existing industry trends are. We’ve not done this in a couple of years, so it’s nice to see everyone face to face again,” added Sarah Looms, Senior Category Manager – Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Supplements at Holland & Barrett.
She continued: “I think it’s good to see everything in the flesh, having face to face conversations is invaluable, especially because everything has been stuck on Teams for the past couple of years. Hearing people talk about stuff even if you’re not directly involved in the discussion is really good.”
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