Archive: Jul 2014

Getting Ready for the Natural Products Expo East

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Star Label is once again looking forward to the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland taking place from September 17-20. Sponsored by companies like Earth Balance, Brad’s Raw Foods and Evol Foods, just to name a few, the Natural Products Expo is the world’s largest tradeshow for the natural, organic, and healthy products industry while providing valuable business-to-business opportunities for those in the natural or organic product market.

In 2013, over 1,200 companies representing 95 different countries held exhibits at the expo and more are expected to take part in this year’s show. Open to companies in the food and beverage, supplements, beauty, household and pet products industries, the Natural Products Expo will have a focus on healthier lifestyles, natural, organic, and otherwise healthy products.

According to the show’s official press release, the natural products industry is expected to grow to become a $226 billion dollar industry by 2018, growing by 8.6 percent annually. The Natural Products Expo will celebrate the five growing trends in this industry: health and wellness concerned consumers, convenience, transparency in labeling, food communities or tribes such a gluten-free, vegan, paleo and others, and personalized, customized health for consumers.

The event will consist of over 1,000 exhibits, five main events as well as exhibitor hosted events, a keynote speech by Chef Ann Cooper on women in the natural products industry, and the presentation of the Expo East Retailer of the Year award.

The Natural Products Expo allows for companies to learn from each other and work to bring consumers healthier, innovative, and genuinely helpful products. It is events like this that benefit the American economy through mutual communication and benefit by those in attendance with learning and networking opportunities. See how we contribute to the natural products industry by visiting our website and Liking us on Facebook.

Highlights from the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show

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From June 29th to July1st, professionals working in all facets of the food industry came together for the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. Hundreds of thousands of food products were on display, with thousands of exhibitors from 80 different countries in attendance.

fancy-food-show-225x300The Show included a keynote address and awards ceremony, and new this year, featured a Specialty Food Association News & Solution Center. The Solution Center provided advice and mentoring to business owners who could use some direction in effectively running their businesses. The show also brought together new brands and gave them the opportunity to showcase their unique offerings.

There were also a number of educational sessions to appeal to any audience member. From growing your food product business, to better understanding food labeling trends and requirements, there were sessions to suit all attendees. We particularly appreciated the session, “Labeling and Marketing Claims: Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say.”

But back to the awards – with 32 sofi Award categories ranging from Baked Goods to bottled Vinegars, 34 products came away winners, thanks to two categories that came out in a tie. Of those who came out on top, we’re most looking forward to trying the Orange, Jasmine, and Nutmeg flavored Joia All Natural Soda, which was selected as the best cold beverage. We’re also very interested in trying Coop’s MicroCreamery: Handmade Hot Fudge, which won the Innovation in Packaging Design or Function award.

All in all, we had a great experience attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, and we look forward to seeing what the next installment has in store for us.

To learn more about how Star Label assists specialty food and beverage producers, please contact us online. We look forward to speaking with you.