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Natural Products

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Natural Products Expo West—Ah, Anaheim

NBN will have plenty more on the show of shows (with apologies to Ed Sullivan) but an early look tell us that they’re are more new products here than we’ve seen in years. Additionally we;ve noticed lots of folks crowding the floor who we’re sure don’t know the difference between barley malt and Birkenstocks. In […]

Natural Products Expo West 2006: The Hall Was Alive

Dateline: Anaheim, home of Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, tons of cursing parents toting kids and of course every March, the good old Natural Products Expo. This year the show broke record attendance with more than 40,000 attendees according to New Hope’s PR person). On Friday the show floor was so packed it seemed more like Macy’s the day after Thanksgiving. […]

Crown Princess Wins FDA Contest As Andrea Linton’s Wit Works Wonders

Andrea Linton, Natural Products Manager for Crown Prince, emailed me from up the road in Petaluma (once the chicken capital of the west coast and now more precious and pricier than platinum) with this sterling entry to our contest to name the real meaning behind the initials FDA. Here regal answer was: FIRMLY DEMENTED ATAGONISTS. […]