An Inside Look at Expo East 2018

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Independent grocers hold their ground against national retailers; Once upon a bunny: John Foraker on his journey in the organic food space; 'Radical collaboration' will grow natural/organic market, say Expo East panelists; Makers of healthier chocolate look to challenge the industry


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An Inside Look at Expo East 2018


 
Conference Edition
| Sept.​ 21,​ 2018
 


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Editor's Note


  
Last week, the Food Dive team traveled to Baltimore to explore the latest trends in the organic and natural food industry at Natural Products Expo East.
After speaking with dozens of exhibitors and attending panels where brand and retail executives spoke, we're excited to share our coverage. This year, we saw a variety of trends across the show floor, including pickle juice and ayurvedic herbs. We also talked to industry leaders about the future of organic, radical collaboration and the rise of healthier chocolate brands. We also examined how independent grocers are faring in a retail landscape where consumers can buy organic products anywhere.
Since this was my first trade show, it was great to talk with people about everything from innovations in packaging to labeling, and to taste some of the newest products in the market. I look forward to bringing you coverage at more conferences in the future.
As always, thanks for reading!
Lillianna Byington
Associate Editor, Food Dive
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Overheard at the show


 
“...we’re going to be on Amazon soon"
"It’s got high MCT and is keto-friendly.”
 – Virtually every exhibitor
 


Event coverage


 
 


Puffs, protein and pickle juice: 5 (not so crazy) trends at Expo East


 

Snacking on spicy taco crickets with a swig of pickle juice is no longer off the wall as innovation leads to popular and interesting new foods on the show floor.


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Independent grocers hold their ground against national retailers


 

Small-scale specialty stores are feeling the pressure on pricing, but say they offer higher standards and a better overall experience for shoppers.


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Q&A


Once upon a bunny: John Foraker on his journey in the organic food space


 

The CEO of Once Upon a Farm, who helped take the category mainstream, talks about why the brand became successful, where organic is going next and tomorrow's powerhouse brands.


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'Radical collaboration' will grow natural/organic market, say Expo East panelists


 

Conference presenters said Thursday that small players should leverage the robust supply chains and expertise of conventional legacy brands. 


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Makers of healthier chocolate look to challenge the industry


 

At Expo East, founders at organic chocolate companies said their better-for-you treats are beginning to take a bite out of the traditional market.


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Parting thought


 
“The power brands of the future, many of them are being hatched right here. Twenty years from now, we'll be talking about a brand that probably was started at this show that's changing the world. And it might not even be in 10 to 20 years. It might be five. That's so exciting, you know?”
 – John Foraker, CEO of Once Upon a Farm; former CEO of Annie’s
 
 
 


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