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Venue

Anaheim Convention Center 800 W Katella Avenue Anaheim , California 92802
Tel: (714) 765-8950
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Natural Products Expo West

80,000 3,094 $ $75 - $995

Overview

Event Overview:

Natural Products Expo West & Engredea continues to be the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, attracting over 80,000 industry professionals and 3,100 exhibits to the Anaheim Convention Center.

Exhibition:

Product Pavilions Include:

Engredea

Health & Beauty

Natural & Specialty Food

Natural Living

Business Solutions

NEXT

Organic

Pet Products

Supplements

Hilton Hot Products

Exhibitor Information:

Now's the Time. Exhibit at Expo West.

The Natural Products industry continues to grow and as result, Natural Products Expo West is growing too! More retail buyers are walking the show floor at Expo West than ever before, looking for the newest quality products to bring back to their stores. This means even greater opportunities to expose your brand to the right audience.

Now is the time to exhibit at Expo West. Contact an Account Manager today.

As an Expo West Exhibitor, you will:

Meet in-person with buyers of natural, organic, and healthy lifestyle products

Highlight new products and/or build brand awareness

Network with the natural products community

Keep up-to-date on new trends and innovative ideas

Interact with trade and consumer press

Boost your presence in the industry

Strengthen relationships with existing buyers, brokers, and distributors

Build new business connections

Co-located with Engredea & Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace

Agenda

Mar 7   

Wednesday, March 07
7:00 am - 8:15 am

Natural Products Business School Networking Breakfast

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom North

Wednesday, March 07
7:00 am - 4:30 pm

Natural Products Business School

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom North

The Natural Products Business School is a full day of learning and networking purpose-built for emerging brands. The Business School provides an opportunity to connect with an ecosystem of service providers and potential investors, as well as gain impactful insights from a fantastic line-up of industry experts on scaling your brand and...

Speakers

Adam Spriggs

Founder 
Nucleus Maximus
Speaker

Adam Butler

Co-Founder & Collaboration Chief
The Butler Bros
Speaker

Adam Lowry

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Ripple Foods
Speaker

Alison Ryu

Managing Director
CircleUp
Speaker

Annie Herzig

Independent Illustrator
Annie Herzig Illustration 
Graphic Recording

Chris Fenster

Founder & CEO
Propeller Industries
Master of Ceremonies

Fred Hart

Partner & Creative Director
Interact Boulder
Speaker

Jane Miller

Founder
Janeknows.com
Moderator

Luke Vernon

Managing Partner 
Ridgeline Ventures
Speaker

Mark Rampolla

CEO
Beanfields
Featured Speaker

Matt Mayer

Conscious Business Catalyst
Conscious Brands 
Discussion Leader

Mikaila Ulmer

CEO
Me & The Bees Lemonade
Featured Speaker

Norah Eddy

Co-Founder
Salty Girl Seafood, Inc.
Speaker

Perry Fields

Founder
Frau Fowler 
Speaker

Rob Sinclair

Conscious Business Catalyst
Conscious Brands 
Discussion Leader

Serafina Palandech

President & Co-Founder 
Hip Chick Farms
Speaker

Shazi Visram

Founder & ChairMom
Happy Family Organics
Keynote

Walter Robb

Former Co-CEO
Whole Foods Market
Speaker

Wednesday, March 07
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

NSF Training: 21 CFR 111 Dietary Supplement GMP Overview

Room:   Hilton, Pacific Ballroom C

Tracks: 

NSF Training

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - Thursday, March 8, 2018  This two-day course is presented by NSF. A Natural Products Expo West & Engredea badge is required in addition to registering for this course. These guidelines are intended to be applicable to dietary supplements as defined and covered by 21 CFR 111, but may...

Session details

NSF Training: GMPs for Beverage Quality

Room:   Hilton, Pacific Ballroom C

Tracks: 

NSF Training

This course is presented by NSF. A Natural Products Expo West & Engredea badge is required in addition to registering for this course.  The Bottled Water Good Manufacturing Course is a comprehensive introduction to the technical and scientific aspects of bottled water manufacturing. Topics covered: Genesis and Origin of Water Bottled Water Regulation and...

Session details

NSF Training: Regulatory Requirements for Cosmetics

Room:   Hilton, Pacific Ballroom C

Tracks: 

NSF Training

This course is presented by NSF. A Natural Products Expo West & Engredea badge is required in addition to registering for this course. This unique, one-day course, will provide attendees with the tools necessary to bring their cosmetic products to market, while ensuring compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements. Hot topics such...

Session details

NSF Training: Vendor Qualification & Audit Training

Room:   Hilton, Pacific Ballroom C

Tracks: 

NSF Training

This course is presented by NSF. A Natural Products Expo West & Engredea badge is required in addition to registering for this course. The FDA does not provide much guidance on how to qualify vendors. This class is designed to give people who want to improve quality in their facility and...

Wednesday, March 07
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Climate Day

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central

Tracks: 

Climate Day

Concerned about climate change but not sure what your company can do? Already taking action but seeking to make new commitments and a larger impact? Join industry leaders at Climate Day 2018 for inspirational keynotes, breakout sessions, networking, a rockin' reception, film screening and more! Get the tools, information and inspiration you need to...

Speakers

Amy Kirtland

Senior Vice President Natural
KeHE Distributors
Speaker

Bonnie Hawthorne

Director, Dreaming of a Vetter World
MightyCanoe
Speaker

Britt Lundgren

Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Stonyfield
Speaker

Carla Vernon

President, Natural & Organic Operating Unit
General Mills 
Keynote

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Speaker

Corinne Shindelar

CEO / President
Independent Natural Food Retailers Association
Speaker

Danielle Vogel

Founder & Owner
Glen's Garden Market
Speaker

David Bronner

Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) 
Dr. Bronner's
Speaker

David Vetter

President 
Grain Place Foods, Inc.
Speaker

Deanna Bratter

Director, Sustainable Development Strategy
DanoneWave
Speaker

Erin Callahan

Director 
The Climate Collaborative
Speaker

Gero Leson

Vice President of Special Operations
Dr. Bronner's
Speaker

Jerry Lynch

Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer
General Mills
Speaker

Joel Makower

Chairman & Executive Editor
GreenBiz Group Inc. 
Master of Ceremonies

Katharine Hayhoe

Co-Director, Climate Science Center
Texas Tech University
Keynote

Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Speaker

Katie Clark

Director of Sustainability
Happy Family Brands
Speaker

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2 
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Speaker

Laura McCord

Executive Director Category Management
KeHE Distributors
Speaker

Nancy Hirshberg

Chief Catalyst
Hirshberg Strategic
Speaker

Robynn Shrader

CEO
National Co+op Grocers
Speaker

Sheila Ongie

Sustainability Manager
National Co+op Grocers
Speaker

Wednesday, March 07
8:30 am - 9:50 am

Climate Day Commitment Track: It's a Wrap - Reducing the Climate Impact of Your Packaging

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central

Tracks: 

Climate Day

Speakers

Deanna Bratter

Director, Sustainable Development Strategy
DanoneWave
Speaker

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2 
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Moderator

Climate Day Retailer Track: All Aboard! How to Get Your Vendors on the Climate Train

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

Climate Day

Speakers

Amy Kirtland

Senior Vice President Natural
KeHE Distributors
Speaker

Corinne Shindelar

CEO / President
Independent Natural Food Retailers Association
Moderator

Wednesday, March 07
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

The CBD Summit

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

The CBD Summit is your chance to better understand the opportunities and challenges that exist for the hemp-derived cannabidiol market in the United States.  With a better understanding of the regulatory, supply, scientific, labeling, retail and standards issues surrounding the hemp-derived CBD market, you will leave the CBD Summit with new...

Speakers

Bob Hoban

Managing Partner
Hoban Law Group
Speaker

Brad Gruno

Founder
Unna Goods
Speaker

Jason Mitchell N.D.

Co-Founder & President
HempFusion
Speaker

Jim Hamilton

CEO
Neptune Wellness Solutions
Speaker

Jordan Fink CPT

Store Manager
Adele's Naturally
Speaker

Josh Hendrix

Director of Business Development - Domestic Production 
CV Sciences, Inc.
Speaker

Justin Prochnow

Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig 
Speaker

Dr.  Michael Murray N.D.

Natural Medicine, Health & Nutrition Expert
DoctorMurray.com
Speaker

Michelle Zerbib

Standards Director
New Hope Network
Speaker

Sean Murphy

Founder & Publisher
Hemp Business Journal
Speaker

Todd Runestad

Ingredients & Supplements Editor
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

Wednesday, March 07
10:05 am - 11:30 am

Climate Day Commitment Track: Digging into Carbon Farming

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central

Tracks: 

Climate Day

Speakers

Britt Lundgren

Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Stonyfield
Moderator

Gero Leson

Vice President of Special Operations
Dr. Bronner's
Speaker

Session details

Climate Day Retailer Track: A Tale of Three Retailers

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

Climate Day

Speakers

Danielle Vogel

Founder & Owner
Glen's Garden Market
Speaker

Sheila Ongie

Sustainability Manager
National Co+op Grocers
Moderator

Wednesday, March 07
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Natural Products Expo West Pitch-Slam Semi-Finals

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom North

The Pitch-Slam Semi-Finals Competition offers the chance for companies to pitch to experts and investors for the chance to win a valuable prize package, including a free booth at Expo West 2019! Join eight semi-finalists as they compete to advance to the Pitch-Slam Finals on Thursday night. The Pitch-Slam Submission Window has now closed.  Expo...

Speakers

Arno Hesse

Co-Leader & Investor
Slow Money Northern California
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Betsy McGinn

Founder
McGinn eCommConsulting
Pitch-Slam Judge

Carla Vernon

President, Natural & Organic Operating Unit
General Mills 
Pitch-Slam Judge

Daniel Lohman

Organic & CPG Industry Strategic Advisor
Category Management Solutions
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Debbie Wildrick

Chief Advisory Officer
MetaBrand Corporation
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Greg Fleishman

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Foodstirs
Pitch-Slam Judge

Jane Miller

Founder
Janeknows.com
Master of Ceremonies

Jon Sebastiani

Founder
Sonoma Brands
Pitch-Slam Judge

Lauren Clardy

Founder and CEO
NUTRIMARKETING
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Renske Lynde

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Food System 6
Pitch-Slam Judge

Sergey Grigoryan

Owner/Designer
TNKR Design
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Shari Leidich

Founder & CEO
Know Brainer
Pitch-Slam Featured Speaker

 

Tera Johnson

Director 
Food Finance Institute
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Wednesday, March 07
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Climate Day Reception

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central

Tracks: 

Climate Day

Wednesday, March 07
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Climate Day Film Screening & Q&A: Dreaming of a Vetter World

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central

Tracks: 

Climate Day

Donald Vetter grew up in Nebraska, farming 800 acres with horses. It was hard work. So when Don came back from WWII and learned about the new agricultural uses for wartime chemicals, he jumped into the Chemical Age with both feet. He had one of the first pesticide sprayers in...

Speakers

Birgit Cameron

Senior Director
Patagonia Provisions
Speaker

Bonnie Hawthorne

Director, Dreaming of a Vetter World
MightyCanoe
Speaker

David Bronner

Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) 
Dr. Bronner's
Speaker

David Vetter

President 
Grain Place Foods, Inc.
Speaker

Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Moderator

Mar 8   

Thursday, March 08
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Early Morning Yoga | Sponsored by: Lifeway

Room:   Grand Plaza

Join us on the Grand Plaza each morning for an early morning yoga session to start the day centered and rejuvenated.

Thursday, March 08
8:45 am - 10:00 am

The State of the Natural Industry

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central

The natural products industry is experiencing growth and massive amounts of change. Whole Foods Market is now owned by Amazon, the availability of natural products in every channel is creating ubiquitous shoppers and consumers are demanding more from brands and retailers. How do you survive in such an environment; or better...

Speakers

Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Keynote

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Keynote

Maryellen Molyneaux

President & Founding Partner
Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)
Keynote

Thursday, March 08
10:00 am - 11:00 am

The State of the Organic Industry

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Organic's New Future

Consumer demand for organic has grown by double-digits nearly every year since the 1990’s. But can organic survive in the current era? Amid the Trump Administration’s failure to implement thoroughly vetted organic regulations, a marketplace replete with alternative labels, and ongoing challenges with supply chain integrity, learn what’s being done...

Thursday, March 08
10:00 am - 11:15 am

Revving Up: How to Save Big & Reduce Your Transportation Impact

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 3

Tracks: 

Climate Action Workshop

Thursday, March 08
10:30 am - 2:45 pm

The Disrupted Retail Summit

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

The retail and distribution landscape is changing extraordinarily fast, quickly exposing brands to new challenges and also many exciting new opportunities to get healthy products into the hands of consumers.  To better understand changing consumer purchasing habits and opportunities at retail and online, we've enlisted the help of natural and organic...

Speakers

Ben Friedland

Vice President of Marketing
Lucky's Market
Speaker

Betsy McGinn

Founder
McGinn eCommConsulting
Moderator

Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Master of Ceremonies

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Speaker

Danielle Vogel

Founder & Owner
Glen's Garden Market
Speaker

Eric Carl

Merchandising Wellness Strategy Lead
Target
Speaker

Eric Ryan

Co-Founder & CEO 
Olly
Speaker

Jim Nielsen

President & Chief Operating Officer
Sprouts Farmers Market
Speaker

John Raiche

SVP Marketing & Supplier Relationships
UNFI
Speaker

Josh Tabin

Co-Founder
Wild Zora Foods, LLC
Speaker

Madeline Haydon

Founder & CEO 
nutpods
Speaker

Moiz Ali

Founder & CEO
Native 
Speaker

Rick Polito

Editor in Chief, Nutrition Business Journal
New Hope Network 
Speaker

Walter Robb

Former Co-CEO
Whole Foods Market
Keynote

Thursday, March 08
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Organic 101

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Organic's New Future

New to the industry? Don't miss Organic 101 where you'll learn the basics of what the organic label does (and doesn’t) mean, how it is enforced, and why it is the gold standard for food the world around.

Waste Not, Want not: Tackling Food Waste in Your Company

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 3

Tracks: 

Climate Action Workshop

Emissions related to food waste from farm to landfill are a significant contributor to climate change. However, food waste is a tricky problem— one where collaborations through the supply chain must be leveraged to obtain impactful results. Join the Climate Collaborative, Dana Gunders and leading brands and retailers to discuss...

Speakers

Dana Gunders

Food Systems Efficienado 
Author, Waste Free Kitchen Handbook
Speaker

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2 
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Moderator

Thursday, March 08
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Organic Farming Research Foundation's 21st Annual Benefit Luncheon

Room:   The City National Grove of Anaheim

You are Invited Kick-off Expo West with the 21st Annual OFRF Benefit Luncheon, the delicious all-organic feast prepared by celebrity chefs Donna Prizgintas and Chris Blobaum, and chef Beth Miller. Keynote Speaker We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, Debra Eschmeyer, Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs, Danone North America. As Executive...

Speaker

Debra Eschmeyer

Food Entrepreneur
Former Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” Initiative & Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition
Speaker

Thursday, March 08
11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Global Export Series: EU eCommerce Marketplaces & Strategies for Success

Room:   ACC, Room 204C

Tracks: 

Global Export Series

Speaker

James Bledsoe

Director, eCommerce Innovation Lab
U.S. Department of Commerce
Speaker

Thursday, March 08
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

ACC North Halls (Hot Products) Exhibits

New this year: The Hot Products Pavilion will be located in the beautiful new North Hall of the recently expanded Anaheim Convention Center. This new space features two levels of the hottest natural and organic products, and is accessible via skybridge.

Thursday, March 08
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Fresh Ideas | Sponsored by: KeHE - Cadia

Room:   Marriott, Big White Tent

Network and meet the leading organic producers and manufacturers in a lively outdoor setting. Enjoy a wide range of certified organic products.

Thursday, March 08
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Climate 101: The Building Blocks of Climate Action for Your Company

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 3

Tracks: 

Climate Action Workshop

Speaker

Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Moderator

Global Export Series: Facilitating Cross-Border eCommerce Transactions

Room:   ACC, Room 204C

Tracks: 

Global Export Series

Speaker

Tawnee Steinke

Business Development
iGlobal Stores
Speaker

Growing Organic: Supply Chain Solutions for Organic's New Future

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Organic's New Future

Speaker

Beth Robertson-Martin

Sourcing Lead - Organic, Natural & Non-GMO Ingredients 
General Mills
Speaker

Thursday, March 08
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

UC Davis Education Track

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Approaches to Enhance Stability, Delivery and Antimicrobial Activity of Natural Bioactives The significance of this work is the development of natural antimicrobial systems that will preserve self life of natural products without the use of artificial preservatives.  Because natural products have not be able to use effective preservatives they faces shorter...

Speakers

Alyson Mitchell Ph.D.

Professor & Food Chemist
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

Carl Winter Ph.D.

Specialist
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Moderator

Christopher Simmons Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

Juliana Maria Leite Nobrega de Moura Bell Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

Nitin Nitin Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

Thursday, March 08
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Herb Walk** ($75)

Room:   Meet at the Hilton - Outside Bus Loading Zone

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Herb Walk will visit the nearby Fullerton Arboretum for a guided tour of this beautiful 26-acre botanical garden on the campus of California State University. Hop on the bus and join a faculty of renowned herbalists to learn about culinary and medicinal herbs and their traditional uses...

Thursday, March 08
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Global Export Series: U.S. Organic Market Briefing

Room:   ACC, Room 204C

Tracks: 

Global Export Series

Speaker

Monique Marez

Director of International Trade
Organic Trade Association
Speaker

Thursday, March 08
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Food Safety Update: Tools & Resources for Organic Operations

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Organic's New Future

Thursday, March 08
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Regenerative Earth Interactive Workshop

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 3

Lawrence Fink, CEO of BlackRock and one of the most influential investors on Wall Street, recently called out corporations to be more socially responsible. Our industry has the opportunity to take it one step further, and that is building the movement for regenerative food and agriculture. How businesses contribute to...

Speakers

Andrew Kimbrell

Executive Director
Center for Food Safety
Discussion Leader

Elizabeth Candelario

Managing Director
Demeter
Discussion Leader

Greg Fleishman

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Foodstirs
Discussion Leader

Gunnar Lovelace

Founder
Thrive Market
Discussion Leader

Kate Dillon Levin

VP of Marketing - North America
Ecosphere+
Discussion Leader

Lauren Tucker

Executive Director 
Kiss the Ground
Discussion Leader

Seleyn DeYarus

Co-founder & Executive Director
At the Epicenter
Facilitator

Shauna Sadowski

VP of Sustainability & Industry Relations
Annie's Inc. 
Discussion Leader

Timothy LaSalle Ph.D.

International Coordinator, Alternatives to Agricultural Burning, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative
Co-Founder & Co-Director, Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, Chico State University
Discussion Leader

Thursday, March 08
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Intricate Relationship Between Sleep, Nutrition, and Cognitive Health

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3

Thursday, March 08
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Bulletproof: You. Only Better

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 5

Speaker

Dave Asprey

Founder & CEO
Bulletproof
Speaker

Thursday, March 08
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Global Export Series: Canada's Natural Products Market

Room:   ACC, Room 204C

Tracks: 

Global Export Series

Speaker

Maria Arbulu

Senior Marketing Specialist
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Toronto
Speaker

Next Generation Sequencing: How this Disruptive Technology is Changing Food Safety

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has taken center stage as a disruptive analytical tool in public health and safety.  In this seminar, learn about what NGS is, its applications and its importance in supply chain management and food safety.

Speaker

Jesse Miller Ph.D.

Director of Applied Research Center
NSF International
Speaker

Thursday, March 08
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Happy Hour at the Arena Plaza Stage

Room:   Arena Plaza

Construction is done and we are ready to unveil the NEW North Halls and Arena Plaza in 2018! Each day to celebrate the new space, we’ll be hosting a happy hour featuring live music, appetizers and drinks. Come experience this amazing space as we bring it to life for the...

Thursday, March 08
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm

MBArk Natural Talent Career Fair

Room:   Sheraton, Plaza D

The natural and organic industry's best are coming together to give job seekers and employers an opportunity to meet and network. Come chat with the hiring teams of more than two dozen of the country’s leading natural products companies – Annie’s, Pacific Foods, Daiya, KIND Snacks, and many more – to...

Thursday, March 08
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sharing the Organic Story

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Organic's New Future

Thursday, March 08
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The new BOCA and the Future of Plant Based Food

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2

Thursday, March 08
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Stock to Sell: How to Be a Better Buyer

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 3

Speaker

Christine Kapperman

Editor in Chief, Natural Foods Merchandiser
New Hope Natural Media
Moderator

Thursday, March 08
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Natural Products Expo West Pitch-Slam Finals & Party

 

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

Enjoy the Pitch-Slam Finals and a networking nirvana of investors, successful brands and service providers. Come for the pitch; stay for the celebration. Together, we’ll toast to the grand innovations in our industry!   The Pitch-Slam Submission Window has now closed.  Expo West 2018 Semi-Finalists will be notified in February 2018.  

Speakers

Arno Hesse

Co-Leader & Investor
Slow Money Northern California
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Betsy McGinn

Founder
McGinn eCommConsulting
Pitch-Slam Judge

Carla Vernon

President, Natural & Organic Operating Unit
General Mills 
Pitch-Slam Judge

Debbie Wildrick

Chief Advisory Officer
MetaBrand Corporation
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Greg Fleishman

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Foodstirs
Pitch-Slam Judge

Jane Miller

Founder
Janeknows.com
Master of Ceremonies

Jon Sebastiani

Founder
Sonoma Brands
Pitch-Slam Judge

Lauren Clardy

Founder and CEO
NUTRIMARKETING
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Renske Lynde

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Food System 6
Pitch-Slam Judge

Sergey Grigoryan

Owner/Designer
TNKR Design
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Shari Leidich

Founder & CEO
Know Brainer
Pitch-Slam Featured Speaker

Tera Johnson

Director 
Food Finance Institute
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Thursday, March 08
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Global Export Series: Export Shipping Documentation & Compliance for U.S. Exporters

Room:   ACC, Room 204C

Tracks: 

Global Export Series

Speaker

Allan Christian

Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service/U.S. Department of Commerce
Speaker

Thursday, March 08
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

NutrAward Reception

Room:   Hilton, Sunset Deck

Please join us to celebrate this year's winners of the NutrAward. At this event we will recognize the winners of the 2018 Best Functional Ingredient category and Best Finished Product category. Click To RSVP For Reception!  

Thursday, March 08
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Evening on the Plaza | Sponsored by: Lifeway

Room:   Grand Plaza

Any veteran of Expo West & Engredea knows that you come to Anaheim for great work AND play. If this is your first time, consider yourself warned. Pack your dancing shoes.  Musical guest: Pimps of Joytime An intersection of Brooklyn’s indie music scene, New Orleans funk and San Francisco soul, the Pimps...

Thursday, March 08
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

League of Angels

Room:   Angel Stadium

Join key influencers and colleagues from the Natural Products Industry for the 8th Annual League of Angels reception benefitting Vitamin Angels. Guests will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers, great music, and a moving presentation from Vitamin Angels’ president and founder, Howard Schiffer. Unique, stadium-only activities will provide attendees a fun way...

Thursday, March 08
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Organic Center's Annual Benefit Dinner

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom

Jennifer Garner, award-winning actress, philanthropist, and organic entrepreneur will keynote this favorite Expo fundraiser! The benefit dinner will bring together hundreds of organic visionaries, activists and businesses to enjoy an organic feast and spotlight the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming. You’ll want to say you...

Mar 9   

Friday, March 09
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Early Morning Yoga | Sponsored by: Honest Tea

Room:   Grand Plaza

Join us on the Grand Plaza each morning for an early morning yoga session to start the day centered and rejuvenated.

Friday, March 09
7:30 am - 10:00 am

Community Breakfast | Sponsored by: Boulder Brands & LaCroix

Room:   Marriott, Big White Tent

Come and get your fuel for the day and connect with your peers as well as clients at the Community Breakfast! This is a free breakfast open to all attendees and exhibitors of the show! Many vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

Friday, March 09
8:00 am - 10:00 am

Nutrition Capital Network Investor Orientation

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 3

RSVP and let us know you're attending! NCN's annual Expo West Investor Orientation is a 2-hour session that highlights the biggest M&A and financing transactions in the health & wellness, nutrition and natural products industries in the past year. In addition to this transaction summary, investors will also hear an in-depth panel discussion that...

Speakers

Grant Ferrier

Managing Director
Nutrition Capital Network
Speaker

Tom Aarts

Principal, Nutrition Capital Network
Co-Founder, Nutrition Business Journal
Speaker

William Hood

Managing Director & Founder 
William Hood & Company
Speaker

Friday, March 09
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Addressing Consumers’ Top Needs with Ashwagandha

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3

Ashwagandha has been used for millennia as a rasayana—or adaptogen—to help fight stress and improve life balance. In today’s challenging world, consumers are seeking products that can help address their health concerns, avoiding pill fatigue and delivering a solution with style. It is time to discover the Ashwagandha Advantage. Get...

Friday, March 09
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Hosted Education Session Presented by: DSM Nutritional Products

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2

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Innovating with Plants: How to Take Advantage of White Space in the Market

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

Growing a Healthy Business

Experience an education session focused on growth opportunities in the plant-based sector.  Join a panel of experts as they: Explore white spaces in the market and plant-based ingredient trends Discuss ways that plant protein products can achieve price parity Determine if having a “clean” label matters Dive into how to pproach the naming of new plant-based products

Speakers

Alison Rabschnuk

Director of Corporate Engagement
The Good Food Institute
Speaker

Carlos Barroso

Senior Vice President, Global Research & Development & Quality
Campbell Soup Company
Speaker

Ethan Brown

President & CEO
Beyond Meat
Speaker

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Magnesium Solutions to a Growing Stressed Population & How to Profit

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4

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The Business Case for Leading a Regenerative Movement

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Regenerative Business

The Business Case for Leading a Regenerative Movement panel will explore what it takes to follow through on a company’s decision to source regeneratively with price AND planet on the forefront of each choice in procurement, packaging and team development. Come be inspired about how your brand can drive change...

Speakers

Errol Schweizer

Co-Founder
Good Catch
Speaker

Kyle Garner

CEO
Organic India USA
Speaker

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress, Entrepreneur, Author
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer Foodstirs
Speaker

Seleyn DeYarus

Co-founder & Executive Director
At the Epicenter
Moderator

Sheryl O'Loughlin

CEO
REBBL
Speaker

Friday, March 09
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Beyond the Label: The Clean Good Revolution

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 5

Friday, March 09
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

ACC North Halls (Hot Products) Exhibits

New this year: The Hot Products Pavilion will be located in the beautiful new North Halls of the recently expanded Anaheim Convention Center. This new space features two levels of the hottest natural and organic products, and is accessible via skybridge.

Friday, March 09
9:30 am - 6:00 pm

ACC Ballroom, Arena, Arena Lobby Exhibits

Friday, March 09
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

ACC Main Floor (Including Hall E and Engredea) Exhibits

Friday, March 09
10:30 am - 11:30 am

From Seed to Oil: How Naturally Stable Oils Fit Your Brand

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4

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How to Finish Big & Exit Your Company on Top

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

Growing a Healthy Business

Speaker

Bo Burlingham

Editor-at-Large, Inc. Magazine
Author, Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big
Featured Speaker

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Supporting Farmers: Regenerative Practices for Agricultural Prosperity

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Regenerative Business

Speakers

Casey Bailey

Farmer
Clearlake Organic Farm
Speaker

Elizabeth Candelario

Managing Director
Demeter
Moderator

Nate Powell-Palm

President
Cold Springs Organics
Speaker

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The Art & Science of Future Proofing Access to Good Nutrition

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3

Friday, March 09
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Exhibitor Presented Seminar: Presented by Elmhhurst

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2

Friday, March 09
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Friday Keynote: Jennifer Garner & John Foraker

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central

Once Upon a Farm was founded with the dream of providing nutritious “farm-to- family” foods to kids of all ages. Soon after the company’s launch, award-winning actress, social advocate & mom of three, Jennifer Garner, and organic industry pioneer, John Foraker, came on-board as co-founders alongside Cassandra Curtis and Ari...

Speakers

Jennifer Garner

Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer
Once Upon a Farm 
Keynote

John Foraker

Co- Founder & CEO
Once Upon A Farm
Keynote

Friday, March 09
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Authentic Regenerative Leadership to Grow Your Business, Team & Community

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Regenerative Business

Speakers

Sheldon Romer

Executive Consultant/Coach
Speaker

Susan Skjei

Director, Authentic Leadership Center
Naropa University
Speaker

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Learnings from the Leaf – Stevia’s Journey to Great Taste

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3

When stevia first came into the market in 2008, it was considered the holy grail of natural sweeteners as it was plant-based, had zero-calories and believed to match the taste of sugar. However, the conventional leaf varieties of stevia had taste challenges. Years of agronomic and sensory has led to...

Speaker

Faith Son

Vice President, Global Marketing and Innovation at PureCircle
PureCircle
Speaker

Packaging Innovation: Understanding Emerging Technologies

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

Growing a Healthy Business

Speakers

Brian Durkee

Chief Operating Officer
Numi Organic Tea
Speaker

Elzaphan Hotam

VP Sales, North America 
TIPA
Speaker

Jeanne Cloutier

Director of Sustainability Projects
Elk Packaging
Speaker

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2 
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Moderator

Friday, March 09
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Local Community Retail Lunch & Learn

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 3

Grab some lunch, pull up a chair, and prepare to engage! We've packed this Retail Lunch & Learn with a fast-paced agenda that includes a networking lunch and interactive workshop designed to help you stock to sell.  As a local community retailer, you are the backbone of the natural products industry...

Speakers

Dr.  Bill Crawford PhD(c), MS

Founder & Principal Consultant
Crawford.Solutions
Speaker

Christine Kapperman

Editor in Chief, Natural Foods Merchandiser
New Hope Natural Media
Master of Ceremonies

Doug Greene

Founder
New Hope Natural Media
Speaker

Mark Retzloff

Co-founder
Horizon Organic Dairy & Alfalfa’s Markets
Speaker

Friday, March 09
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

If We Only Knew Then; Avoiding Our Companies' Legal Pitfalls.

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4

Friday, March 09
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

From Infancy to Category Leaders: Founders Share Secrets for Success

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

Growing a Healthy Business

The natural products industry is becoming increasingly competitive and brands must find new ways to creatively differentiate in the marketplace.  This panel will discuss tips to gain traction in the industry and build a successful brand from the ground up. Join industry founders to learn how to successfully complete a journey...

Speakers

Chris Campbell

President & CEO
Chameleon Cold Brew
Speaker

Deanna Pogorelc

Senior Content Producer
New Hope Network
Moderator

Justin Gold

Founder
Justin's 
Speaker

Katie Forrest

Founder/Chief
Epic Provisions
Speaker

Lizzi Ackerman

Co-founder & CMO
Birch Benders
Speaker

Siggi Hilmarsson

Founder
siggi's
Speaker

Impact Investing for the Natural Products Industry

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Regenerative Business

Speaker

Donna Morton

CEO
Change Finance
Speaker

Friday, March 09
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Venable Presents a Legal and Regulatory Outlook for the Natural Products Industry

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2

Friday, March 09
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn How Not One, but THREE Brains Influence Mental Health!

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3

Exciting new research reveals you actually have THREE brains – your HEAD brain, HEART brain, and GUT brain – which influence each other in profound ways. Research suggests that microbial imbalances in the gut profoundly affect the brain and mental health. Gut bacteria also influence the heart and regulate blood...

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Dr.  Karen Jensen ND


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Friday, March 09
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cooking with NeoCell Collagen

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4

Friday, March 09
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Regenerative Finance: How to Invest in the Future of Food

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Regenerative Business

Speakers

David Haynes

Managing Director
Greenmont Capital Partners 
Speaker

Gary Groff

EVP, Director of Business Development
New Resource Bank
Speaker

Phil Graves

Managing Director, Tin Shed Ventures
Patagonia
Speaker

Robyn O'Brien

Founder
AllergyKids Foundation
Speaker

Tina Owens

Director, Sustainability & Strategic Sourcing
Kashi Company
Speaker

The Road to Gender Parity: Supporting Women's Leadership for a Better Workplace

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

Growing a Healthy Business

Research shows that advancing women to leadership roles is not just the right thing to do, it’s competitively advantageous. But societal expectations, corporate culture and women’s individual choices combine to hold women back in ways that may sometimes feel insurmountable.  In this panel discussion, industry leaders will discuss the career hurdles...

Speaker

Debbie Wildrick

Chief Advisory Officer
MetaBrand Corporation
Moderator

Friday, March 09
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Happy Hour at the Arena Plaza Stage

Room:   Arena Plaza

Construction is done and we are ready to unveil the NEW North Halls and Arena Plaza in 2018! Each day to celebrate the new space, we’ll be hosting a happy hour featuring live music, appetizers and drinks. Come experience this amazing space as we bring it to life for the first of many...

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Friday, March 09
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Written in Blood. 
Got tested… Now what?

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3

Session details

Friday, March 09
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

World Tea Expo Welcome Reception

Room:   New Hope Network Lounge (202B)

Ever wanted to be a part of one of the fastest-growing beverage categories in the world?  World Tea Expo is the leading tradeshow and conference focused 100% on premium teas and related products. Blending fresh ideas, the latest trends and new distribution channels with three days of focused buying, selling and...

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Friday, March 09
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Hall of Legends Award Celebration

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central

Join us for the annual Hall of Legends ceremony where we’ll celebrate and honor the individuals who have made significant contributions to the natural products industry. Curious to see the winners from 2017? Simply click here.

Session details

Friday, March 09
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Evening on the Plaza | Sponsored by: Obrigado

Room:   Grand Plaza

Any veteran of Expo West & Engredea knows that you come to Anaheim for great work AND play. If this is your first time, consider yourself warned. Pack your dancing shoes.  Musical guest: Antibalas Since their humble beginnings, the massive musical family known as Antibalas has performed nearly 2000 shows in 35...

Mar 10   

Saturday, March 10
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Early Morning Yoga | Sponsored by: Kashi

Room:   Grand Plaza

Join us on the Grand Plaza each morning for an early morning yoga session to start the day centered and rejuvenated.

Session details

Saturday, March 10
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Healthy Soil Ain’t Sh!t Without Animals

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3

The conventional wisdom is that meat consumption is killing the planet. At the same time, everyone’s talking regenerative agriculture and soil health.   But what is regenerative agriculture? And can you have it without animals? A panel of experts will discuss the newest (oldest) buzz in farming, how humanely raised and...

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Saturday Morning Keynote: Anna Lappé

Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central

Speaker

Anna Lappé

Director, Real Food Media
Co-Founder, Small Planet Institute & Fund
Keynote

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The Three Myths of the Food Industry

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2

The epidemic of non-communicable diseases (diabetes, heart disease, etc.) is a worldwide problem. We need to reallocate resources – but what are the best ways to tackle NCDs? There are three myths being promulgated by the food industry for their own purposes – they sound correct, but all three fall...

Speaker

Dr. Robert Lustig


Speaker

Saturday, March 10
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

ACC North Halls (Hot Products) Exhibits

New this year: The Hot Products Pavilion will be located in the beautiful new North Halls of the recently expanded Anaheim Convention Center. This new space features two levels of the hottest natural and organic products, and is accessible via skybridge.

Saturday, March 10
9:30 am - 10:30 am

What's Your Beef? Consumer-Driven Innovations in Meat.

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4

Saturday, March 10
9:30 am - 6:00 pm

ACC Ballroom, Arena, Arena Lobby Exhibits

Saturday, March 10
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Activating Your Web Strategy: How to Overcome Common Challenges & Changing Platforms

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

Tracks: 

Digital Marketing

Speakers

Arthur Sevilla

Vertical Strategy Lead CPG
Pinterest
Speaker

Brindusa Jimenez

Agency Development Manager
Google Marketing Solutions
Speaker

Jennifer Krupey

Sr. Vice President
Booyah Advertising
Speaker

Ted Ning

Executive Director, NatchCom
Principal, LOHAS Group
Moderator

Farm Bill 2018: What You Need to Know

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Supplying the Good Food Future

What is the Farm Bill, and how does it affect agriculture and food policy in the U.S.? Attend this session and hear from industry leaders about what’s at stake for farmers, eaters, and agriculture – especially organic. Learn how you can most effectively advocate for important policies that will have long-term...

Speaker

Michele Simon JD, MPH

Executive Director
Plant Based Foods Association
Speaker

The State of the Supplement Industry

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

The Supplement Story

Speakers

Claire Morton

Senior Industry Analyst
New Hope Network 
Speaker

Josh Long

Legal & Regulatory Editor
Natural Products Insider
Speaker

Rick Polito

Editor in Chief, Nutrition Business Journal
New Hope Network 
Moderator

William Hood

Managing Director & Founder 
William Hood & Company
Speaker

Saturday, March 10
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

ACC Main Floor (Including Hall E and Engredea) Exhibits

Saturday, March 10
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Carrageenan Free and Multi Layered Capsule Innovative Softgel Technology Experience

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2

Session details

Plant-Based Protein: Journey from “Meatless” to Elevated Cuisine

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3

Saturday, March 10
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Climate Strategies: The What, Why, How of Regenerative Organic Certification

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4

The relationship between agriculture and climate change is undeniable, but what are the comprehensive agricultural strategies to reversing our current climate trend? This panel will address climate strategies through the lens of newly released Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) standards. The ROC is a holistic agriculture certification encompassing robust and high-bar standards...

Speakers

Dana Geffner

Co-founder and Executive Director
Fair World Project (FWP)
Speaker

David Bronner

Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) 
Dr. Bronner's
Speaker

Jeff Moyer

Executive Director
The Rodale Institute 
Speaker

Leah Garces

USA Executive Director
Compassion in World Farming
Speaker

Rose Marcario

President and CEO
Patagonia 
Speaker

Collaborating to Create a Stand-out Influencer Marketing Program

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

Tracks: 

Digital Marketing

Speaker

Denise Lambertson

Founder & Chief Connector
LMS
Moderator

GMO Labeling: Regulations & Market Opportunities

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Supplying the Good Food Future

The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law is scheduled to take effect this summer, the Whole Foods Market deadline for GMO labeling transparency is coming up in the fall, and non-GMO certification is rapidly going mainstream. Meanwhile, international regulations are struggling to keep pace with the swift emergence of new genetic...

Speakers

Andrew Kimbrell

Executive Director
Center for Food Safety
Speaker

Joe Dickson

Global Quality Standards Coordinator
Whole Foods Market
Speaker

Megan Westgate

Executive Director
Non-GMO Project
Speaker

Michael Hansen

Senior Staff Scientist
Consumers Union
Speaker

Tomorrow's Ingredients: A Forecast for What's Next

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

The Supplement Story

Speaker

Todd Runestad

Ingredients & Supplements Editor
New Hope Network
Speaker

Saturday, March 10
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The Esca Bona Story Stage

Room:   Arena Plaza Stage

Food is not going to fix itself. Let's rewrite the next decade together. Join us at the Arena Plaza Stage on Saturday afternoon to hear inspiring stories from a growing community of regenerative agriculturalists, conscious business leaders, disruptive entrepreneurs and dreamers. Together, we will create a new food landscape for suppliers, manufacturers,...

Speakers

Adam Butler

Co-Founder & Collaboration Chief
The Butler Bros
Master of Ceremonies

Denis Ring

Founder
OCHO Candy
Speaker

Mark Rampolla

CEO
Beanfields
Speaker

Patrick Bultema

Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
FoodMaven
Speaker

Rachel Stroer

Chief Operating Officer 
The Land Institute
Speaker

Rose Marcario

President and CEO
Patagonia 
Keynote

Scott Kucirek

CEO
OCHO Candy
Speaker

Walter Robb

Former Co-CEO
Whole Foods Market
Speaker

Saturday, March 10
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Beyond An Idea: How to Implement Transparency in Your Business

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

The Supplement Story

Speakers

Bill Giebler

Senior Editor
Nutrition Business Journal
Moderator

Scott Steinford

CEO
Trust Transparency Consulting
Speaker

Yadim Medore

Founder & CEO
Pure Branding, Inc.
Speaker

Session details

Curiosity & the Ethics of Biotechnology

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Supplying the Good Food Future

Speaker

Tim Avila

Founder & CEO
Systems Bioscience, Inc.
Moderator

Session details

Digital Storytelling to Save the World: How Your Business Can Have True Impact

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

Tracks: 

Digital Marketing

Your story is as much a part of your brand as your products are. But how are you telling it? During this session, we’ll explore the best practices for tapping into and communicating an impactful brand story, ways to measure the results—from selling products to supporting a greater mission—and how to...

Speaker

Jessica Rubino

Content Marketing Director
New Hope Natural Media
Moderator

Saturday, March 10
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Hemp CBD: A Staple for the Practice of Radical Self Care

Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 5

Saturday, March 10
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

A New Frontier In Product Innovation: Whole Foods

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Supplying the Good Food Future

When it comes to new products, no longer is it enough for brands offer clean, recognizable ingredient labels. Consumers, in their search for authentic products with integrity, are demanding packaged foods made with whole ingredients. A new wave of brands and products has risen up to meet their desires. Join us...

Speakers

David Berenson

Principal & Founder
E2E Innovation
Speaker

Eric Pierce

Director, Strategy & Insights, NEXT 
New Hope Network
Speaker

Kazia Jankowski

Founder, Brand & Culinary Innovator
KJ Culinary
Moderator

Shae Whitney

Founder
Dram Apothecary
Speaker

From Space to Place: Marketing to the Omni-Channel Shopper

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

Tracks: 

Digital Marketing

Optimizing Health Through Crisis with Supplements

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

The Supplement Story

Speakers

Andrea Girman MD, MPH

Consultant
Communitas Consulting
Speaker

Dr.  Kantha Shelke

Principal
Corvus Blue
Speaker

Kimberly Stewart

Editor & Director of Content Development
Today's Practitioner
Speaker

Pamela Stewart

Founder & President
Essenza Communications
Speaker

Trish Flaster

Executive Director, Botanical Liaisons
Co-founder, ingedientID.com
Speaker

Saturday, March 10
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Happy Hour at the Arena Plaza Stage

Room:   Arena Plaza

Construction is done and we are ready to unveil the NEW North Halls and Arena Plaza in 2018! Each day to celebrate the new space, we’ll be hosting a happy hour featuring live music, appetizers and drinks. Come experience this amazing space as we bring it to life for the first of many...

Saturday, March 10
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How to Develop a Strong Manufacturing Relationship & Why It's Important

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G

Tracks: 

Supplying the Good Food Future

Speakers

Craig Lieberman

President & Founder
34 Degrees
Speaker

Judie Bizzozero

Editor
Natural Products INSIDER
Moderator

Liz Myslik

Chief Marketing Officer
Fresca Foods
Speaker

Optimizing Your Digital Marketing Strategy with Data

Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

Tracks: 

Digital Marketing

Technologies & Discoveries Disrupting the Supplement Aisle

Room:   Marriott, Orange County 1

Tracks: 

The Supplement Story

Speakers

Francine Schoenwetter

Director of Content Marketing, Engredea
New Hope Network 
Moderator

Tom Aarts

Principal, Nutrition Capital Network
Co-Founder, Nutrition Business Journal
Speaker

Saturday, March 10
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Women in Naturals Networking Event

Room:   Hilton, Sunset Deck

The Women in Naturals Networking event is the coming together of women and men alike, dedicated to women in the natural products industry looking to network and learn from other professionals. Don’t miss this chance to be among a group of powerful women who are changing the world.

Saturday, March 10
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Evening on the Plaza | Sponsored by: Manitoba Harvest

Room:   Grand Plaza

Any veteran of Expo West & Engredea knows that you come to Anaheim for great work AND play. If this is your first time, consider yourself warned. Pack your dancing shoes.  Musical guest: Moon Taxi Moon Taxi is a rock quintet hailing from Nashville, TN that has been described as a rock...

Mar 11   

Sunday, March 11
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Early Morning Yoga | Sponsored by: Stash Tea

Room:   Grand Plaza

Join us on the Grand Plaza each morning for an early morning yoga session to start the day centered and rejuvenated.

Sunday, March 11
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

ACC Ballroom, Arena, Arena Lobby Exhibits

Sunday, March 11
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

ACC Main Floor (Including Hall E and Engredea) Exhibits

Keynote Speakers

Shazi Visram

Founder & ChairMom Happy Family Organics

Shazi Visram is Founder and ChairMom of Happy Family Organics, a mom operated premium organic food company that has changed the way we feed our children. As the founder and leader of one of the largest and fastest growing baby and toddler food brand, Happy Family continues to create innovative, englightened and transparent products parents can feel good about purchasing. Visram has been lauded by President Obama as an outstanding businesswoman, a rock star of the new economy, and a leader who has played an instrumental role in improving children’s nutrition and happiness around the world, that we should all emulate. 

A daughter of Tanzanian and Pakistani immigrants, who risked their lives in order to create a better world for their children, Visram made it her mission to create a progressive business that could positively impact the health of children and always give back to those in need, all while supporting sustainability. She also founded the Happy Family Foundation and built the first Happy Family Children’s Village in Tanzania for orphaned and abandoned children. She continues to guide the company with principles that advocate for organic food for all children, sustainable farming practices, and innovative solutions that leave our planet healthier. 

Her accomplishments have earned her the respect and admiration of peers and colleagues, including receiving a 2016 Silver Stevie Award for Innovator of the Year from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, recipient of Columbia Business School’s 2016 Distinguished Early Achievement Award, being named one of Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 in 2012, honored by Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the New York region in 2011, and nominated as one of Babble’s 2011 “Moms Who are Changing the World.”

Carla Vernon

President, Natural & Organic Operating Unit General Mills

As President of the General Mills Natural & Organic Operation Unit, Carla has overall financial and strategic responsibility for the largest portfolio of Natural and Organic brands in General Mills. The portfolio includes Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, EPIC, and Immaculate Baking. As a member of the North American Leadership team, Carla also provides long-term vision and strategic leadership to drive double-digit growth and environmental sustainability for the entire $1B General Mills portfolio of Natural and Organic foods. 

Prior to this role, Carla led the business strategy for a $1.5 Billion portfolio of snack brands including Nature Valley and Larabar. While in Snacks, Carla continued her track record of business turnarounds and growth acceleration by driving unprecedented results on Larabar, quadrupling growth from +16% to +70% in six months. She also restored growth to the $1 Billion Nature Valley brand (the world’s top selling granola bar brand) resulting in the highest level of unit sales in the brand’s history. Carla’s General Mills career has also included leadership on the Yogurt and Cereal Businesses, as well a role on the Corporate Strategy and Mergers and Acquisition team. 

Outside of General Mills, Carla recently served on the national Board of Directors for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Advisory Board for the Wisconsin School of Business’s Center for Brand and Product Management. Carla loves to coach people reach their goals on the Whole 30 food program. And she is also an active volunteer at her church and her children’s school. Prior to joining General Mills, Carla worked for U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun and The Nature Conservancy. Carla received her BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin (as a Consortium Fellow). And she is a member of CAA Amplify Class of 2017 and is a Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. 

Katharine Hayhoe

Co-Director, Climate Science Center Texas Tech University

Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator: in 2014, she was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the world and by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers; her work was featured on the Emmy award-winning documentary series, The Years of Living Dangerously; and she won the American Geophysical Union’s award for climate communication. In 2016, she was named to the POLITICO 50 list of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics while in 2017 she was named one of FORTUNE’s world’s greatest leaders. 

She is a lead author for the U.S. National Climate Assessments and has served on the panels for the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many other professional organizations devoted to understanding and communicating climate change. Katharine is currently a professor and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois.

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