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Expo West

Open Letter to Natural Products Expo West Attendees

Open Letter to Natural Products Expo West Attendees

Once again we reprint an NBN classic. ‘Confessions of a Booth Babe’ first appeared in March, 2006. Submitted by An Anonymous Body Care Booth Babe: Dear Retailers and Expo West Attendees, I had the dubious pleasure of working in a booth in the Personal Care Pavilion at Expo West earlier this year. Initially I was […]

The Ginger People Spice Up Expo West

Let’s begin with an editorial disclaimer. NBN loves this brand. The Ginger People make honest products and unlike so many manufacturers today, aren’t peddling their wares based on some mildly truthful health claims. What they do peddle is good tasting products wrapped up in playfully creative packaging.  We bee lined to the booth to see if […]

New Hope Greens Up Expo West and Celebrates 30 Years

New Hope Media’s Natural Products Expo West the nation’s largest show for natural and organic products celebrates it’s 30th year next week. In addition Expo West has implemented new protocols that will not only lessen the load on Orange County, California’s waste disposal system but also on attendees shoulders, too. New Hope has the Buyer’s Guide with […]

Interview with Nasoya Founder John Paino of Paino Foods

Time and time again we’ve seen industry pioneers return to the game after a long absence, recovering from burning the natural and organic candle seven days a week. Add John Paino co-founder of Nasoya Foods to the growing list. If you don’t know Nasoya you aren’t eating tofu. Paino and his partner founded the tofu […]

Natural Products Expo West Blooms Amid Economic Collapse

Well every March hope springs eternal in Anaheim. No, NBN isn’t talking about some Disneyland parking lot attendant hoping that this season he’ll get promoted to wearing a Mickey costume, we’re talking about the big organic kahuna New Hope’s Natural Products Expo West. We’ll have reports from the show, including what we hope is some […]

United Natural Foods Conference Call—Will Wall Street See Roses in the Warehouse?

For a long time we’ve been wondering when Wall Street would wake up and smell the roses lurking in the forklifts, warehouses and trucks emblazoned with the United Natural Foods logo.  UNFI’s recent conference call shows us more reasons why we wonder. The call suggests what we’ve said all along, that the company’s acquisition of […]

Kellogg’s Gardenburger or A Cautionary Tale For Expo Entrepreneurs

A Tale of Flying Too High in The Freezer Aisle  Once upon a time, there was a product that everyone loved and its sales showed. But like many kings, they grew too proud, stopped paying attention to their kingdom, and left the business of veggie burgers to others.  When they announced to the world, “we’re […]

Hollywood Miracle Diet-Anyone Wanna Buy the GW Bridge, too?

Walking through the supplement section I noticed the folks selling the Hollywood 24 Hour Miracle Diet had a floor display loaded with this product that is basically a $25 bottle of juice. The header card on the display proclaimed “LOSE UP TO 5 POUNDS IN 24 HOURS.” Last year NBN heard rumors that FDA agents […]

Overheard at Expo West—A Small Compilation of the Humurous and Inane

Overheard at the Expo  At a leading personal care booth: “Why should I give you a sample for your girlfriend? She isn’t my bitch.” Note: We think this was a joke. At the Clif Bar booth: “Everybody tells me I have a really great ass?” At the Kettle Chips booth: “Tastes like potato chips.” At […]

Do Natural Products Expo Attendees Drink More Booze

A little known fact, or should we say rumor, came our way last week. Turns out that the staff at the Anaheim Marriott stated that they serve more alcohol at the hotel bars during Expo West than any other convention.”Bartender, I’ll have a double Maker’s Mark and a some carob coated rice cakes, please.” For […]