BOULDER, Colo., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural MarketPlace (www.naturalmarketplaceshow.com), co-located with World Tea Expo and the first-ever NutriCosmetic Summit, attracted 5,000 industry members and showcased over 25,000 square feet of natural and healthy lifestyle products last week at the 73rd official trade show of the Natural Products Association (NPA). Natural MarketPlace was held June 10-12, 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
A great mix of tried-and-true natural products companies and emerging new brands together in one place created a unique and valuable gathering place for businesses. Greg Hartle, vice president of Natural Edge said, "It's been a great show. Within the first half hour we wrote one of the biggest deals that we've done to date for our company. We had some great leads from all different markets and we will be back. Natural MarketPlace has been a great, great win for us."
As an industry, natural products grew 3.4% in the year of a U.S. recession to $33.85 billion (Natural Foods Merchandiser's 2010 Market Overview). Natural MarketPlace buyers demonstrated their confidence in the apparent opportunity to put natural on store shelves and educate consumers on its benefits. "This show and the partnership with New Hope Natural Media is an integral part of what the NPA is and what we are doing. I felt a lot of energy at this show and I am excited to continue to work together to advance the industry," said John Gay, executive director of the NPA. "We have fostered an environment for industry members to gather as thought leaders in support of the NPA's core principals, while providing the opportunity to place natural products on more store shelves," added Erica Stone, show manager for Natural MarketPlace.
Natural MarketPlace 2011 will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 23-25, 2011, and will continue to co-locate with World Tea Expo and the NutriCosmetic Summit. Registration is open now at www.naturalmarketplaceshow.com.
New Hope Natural Media (www.newhope.com), a division of the Penton Media, Inc., is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry, with print, in-person/event, and e-business products and services.
The Natural Products Association (www.naturalproductsassoc.org) is the nation's largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. The association represents more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. Association members meet annually in Las Vegas at the association's official tradeshow, Natural MarketPlace (www.naturalmarketplaceshow.com).
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