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Wednesday, March 07
7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom North
  • Wednesday, March 07, 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

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Wednesday, March 07
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom North
  • Wednesday, March 07, 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Natural Products Business School is a full day of learning and networking purpose-built for emerging brands. The Business School provides an opportunity to connect with an ecosystem of service providers and potential investors, as well as gain impactful insights from a fantastic line-up of industry experts on scaling your brand and...
Speaker(s)s
Adam Spriggs

Founder
Nucleus Maximus
Speaker

Adam Butler

Co-Founder & Collaboration Chief
The Butler Bros
Speaker

Adam Lowry

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Ripple Foods
Speaker

Alison Ryu

Managing Director
CircleUp
Speaker

Annie Herzig

Independent Illustrator
Annie Herzig Illustration
Graphic Recording

Chris Fenster

Founder & CEO
Propeller Industries
Master of Ceremonies

Fred Hart

Partner & Creative Director
Interact Boulder
Speaker

Jane Miller

Founder
Janeknows.com
Moderator

Luke Vernon

Managing Partner
Ridgeline Ventures
Speaker

Mark Rampolla

CEO
Beanfields
Featured Speaker

Matt Mayer

Conscious Business Catalyst
Conscious Brands
Discussion Leader

Mikaila Ulmer

CEO
Me & The Bees Lemonade
Featured Speaker

Norah Eddy

Co-Founder
Salty Girl Seafood, Inc.
Speaker

Perry Fields

Founder
Frau Fowler
Speaker

Rob Sinclair

Conscious Business Catalyst
Conscious Brands
Discussion Leader

Serafina Palandech

President & Co-Founder
Hip Chick Farms
Speaker

Shazi Visram

Founder & ChairMom
Happy Family Organics
Keynote

Walter Robb

Former Co-CEO
Whole Foods Market
Speaker

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Wednesday, March 07
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   Hilton, Pacific Ballroom C
  • Wednesday, March 07, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - Thursday, March 8, 2018  This two-day course is presented by NSF. A Natural Products Expo West & Engredea badge is required in addition to registering for this course. These guidelines are intended to be applicable to dietary supplements as defined and covered by 21 CFR 111, but may...

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  • Room:   Hilton, Pacific Ballroom C
  • Wednesday, March 07, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This course is presented by NSF. A Natural Products Expo West & Engredea badge is required in addition to registering for this course.  The Bottled Water Good Manufacturing Course is a comprehensive introduction to the technical and scientific aspects of bottled water manufacturing. Topics covered: Genesis and Origin of Water Bottled Water Regulation and...

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  • Room:   Hilton, Pacific Ballroom C
  • Wednesday, March 07, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This course is presented by NSF. A Natural Products Expo West & Engredea badge is required in addition to registering for this course. This unique, one-day course, will provide attendees with the tools necessary to bring their cosmetic products to market, while ensuring compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements. Hot topics such...

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Wednesday, March 07
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central
  • Wednesday, March 07, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Concerned about climate change but not sure what your company can do? Already taking action but seeking to make new commitments and a larger impact? Join industry leaders at Climate Day 2018 for inspirational keynotes, breakout sessions, networking, a rockin' reception, film screening and more! Get the tools, information, and inspiration...
Speaker(s)s
Albert Straus

Founder & CEO, Organic Dairy Farmer
Straus Family Creamery
Speaker

Amy Kirtland

Senior Vice President Natural
KeHE Distributors
Speaker

Bonnie Hawthorne

Director, Dreaming of a Vetter World
MightyCanoe
Speaker

Brenna Davis

Vice President, Social & Environmental Responsibility
PCC Community Markets
Speaker

Britt Lundgren

Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Stonyfield
Speaker

Carla Vernon

President, Natural & Organic Operating Unit
General Mills
Keynote

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Speaker

Corinne Shindelar

CEO / President
Independent Natural Food Retailers Association
Speaker

Daniella Malin

Senior Program Director, Sustainable Food Lab
Deputy General Manager, Cool Farm Alliance
Speaker

Danielle Vogel

Founder & Owner
Glen's Garden Market
Speaker

David Bronner

Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO)
Dr. Bronner's
Speaker

David Vetter

President
Grain Place Foods, Inc.
Speaker

Deanna Bratter

Director, Sustainable Development Strategy
DanoneWave
Speaker

Elysa Hammond

Vice President, Environmental Stewardship
Clif Bar & Company
Speaker

Erin Callahan

Director
The Climate Collaborative
Speaker

Gero Leson

Vice President of Special Operations
Dr. Bronner's
Speaker

Gina McCarthy

Former EPA Administrator
Director, Center for Health & the Global Environment; Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Keynote

Jane Franch

Director of Quality, Sourcing & Sustainability
Numi Organic Tea
Speaker

Jerry Lynch

Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer
General Mills
Speaker

Joel Makower

Chairman & Executive Editor
GreenBiz Group Inc.
Master of Ceremonies

Jostein Solheim

Executive Vice President & CEO
Ben & Jerry's
Speaker

Katharine Hayhoe

Co-Director, Climate Science Center
Texas Tech University
Keynote

Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Speaker

Katie Clark

Director of Sustainability
Happy Family Brands
Speaker

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2; Co-Founder, Climate Collaborative;
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Speaker

Laura McCord

Executive Director Category Management
KeHE Distributors
Speaker

Mark Squire

Owner
Good Earth Natural Foods
Speaker

Melissa Elkins

Sustainability Coordinator & Administrative Assistant
Community Food Co-op
Speaker

Nancy Hirshberg

Chief Catalyst
Hirshberg Strategic
Speaker

Prashant Jagtap

President & CEO
Trayak
Speaker

Robynn Shrader

CEO
National Co+op Grocers
Speaker

Sheila Ongie

Sustainability Manager
National Co+op Grocers
Speaker

Taylor Lee

Customer Marketing Manager
Clif Bar & Company
Speaker

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Wednesday, March 07
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Wednesday, March 07, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The CBD Summit is your chance to better understand the opportunities and challenges that exist for the hemp-derived cannabidiol market in the United States.  With a better understanding of the regulatory, supply, scientific, labeling, retail and standards issues surrounding the hemp-derived CBD market, you will leave the CBD Summit with new...
Speaker(s)s
Bob Hoban

Managing Partner
Hoban Law Group
Speaker

Brad Gruno

Founder
Unna Goods
Speaker

Jason Mitchell

Co-Founder & President
HempFusion
Speaker

Jim Hamilton

CEO
Neptune Wellness Solutions
Speaker

Jordan Fink CPT

Store Manager
Adele's Naturally
Speaker

Josh Hendrix

Director of Business Development - Domestic Production
CV Sciences, Inc.
Speaker

Justin Prochnow

Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
Speaker

Dr.  Michael Murray N.D.

Natural Medicine, Health & Nutrition Expert
DoctorMurray.com
Speaker

Michelle Zerbib

Standards Director
New Hope Network
Speaker

Sean Murphy

Founder & Publisher
Hemp Business Journal
Speaker

Todd Runestad

Ingredients & Supplements Editor
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

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Wednesday, March 07
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom North
  • Wednesday, March 07, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Pitch-Slam Semi-Finals Competition offers the chance for companies to pitch to experts and investors for the chance to win a valuable prize package, including a free booth at Expo West 2019! Join eight semi-finalists as they compete to advance to the Pitch-Slam Finals on Thursday night.      Pitch-Slam Applications are now open....
Speaker(s)s
Arno Hesse

Co-Leader & Investor
Slow Money Northern California
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Betsy McGinn

Founder
McGinn eCommConsulting
Pitch-Slam Judge

Carla Vernon

President, Natural & Organic Operating Unit
General Mills
Pitch-Slam Judge

Daniel Lohman

Organic & CPG Industry Strategic Advisor
Category Management Solutions
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Debbie Wildrick

Chief Advisory Officer
MetaBrand Corporation
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Greg Fleishman

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Foodstirs
Pitch-Slam Judge

Jane Miller

Founder
Janeknows.com
Master of Ceremonies

Jon Sebastiani

Founder
Sonoma Brands
Pitch-Slam Judge

Lauren Clardy

Founder and CEO
NUTRIMARKETING
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Renske Lynde

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Food System 6
Pitch-Slam Judge

Sergey Grigoryan

Owner/Designer
TNKR Design
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Shari Leidich

Founder & CEO
Know Brainer
Pitch-Slam Featured Speaker

Tera Johnson

Director
Food Finance Institute
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

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Wednesday, March 07
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central
  • Wednesday, March 07, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Wednesday, March 07
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central
  • Wednesday, March 07, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Donald Vetter grew up in Nebraska, farming 800 acres with horses. It was hard work. So when Don came back from WWII and learned about the new agricultural uses for wartime chemicals, he jumped into the Chemical Age with both feet. He had one of the first pesticide sprayers in...
Speaker(s)s
Birgit Cameron

Senior Director
Patagonia Provisions
Speaker

Bonnie Hawthorne

Director, Dreaming of a Vetter World
MightyCanoe
Speaker

David Bronner

Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO)
Dr. Bronner's
Speaker

David Vetter

President
Grain Place Foods, Inc.
Speaker

Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Moderator

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Thursday, March 08
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Room:   Grand Plaza Stage
  • Thursday, March 08, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us on the Grand Plaza each morning for an early morning yoga session to start the day centered and rejuvenated.

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Thursday, March 08
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central
  • Thursday, March 08, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
The natural products industry is experience lots of growth and massive amounts of change. Whole Foods Market is now owned by Amazon, the availability of natural products in every channel is creating ubiquitous shoppers and consumers are demanding more from brands and retailers. How do you survive in such an...
Speaker(s)s
Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Keynote

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Keynote

Maryellen Molyneaux

President & Founding Partner
Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)
Keynote

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Thursday, March 08
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 5
  • Thursday, March 08, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
If you are doing business in China or interested in its potential as a new market for your natural health products, this is a must attend event. Health Products Association – China and its partners China Gate Consulting, NSF International and SF Express will provide an in-depth seminar exploring the following market aspects:  Regulatory Market Environment Consumer Trends Cross...

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Thursday, March 08
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Thursday, March 08, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Consumer demand for organic has grown by double-digits nearly every year since the 1990’s. But can organic survive in the current era? Amid the Trump Administration’s failure to implement thoroughly vetted organic regulations, a marketplace replete with alternative labels, and ongoing challenges with supply chain integrity, learn what’s being done...

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Thursday, March 08
10:00 AM - 11:10 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 10:00 AM - 11:10 AM
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Speaker(s)s
Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2; Co-Founder, Climate Collaborative;
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Speaker

Thomas Howard

Fleet Director
Veritable Vegetable
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Thursday, March 08, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The retail and distribution landscape is changing extraordinarily fast, quickly exposing brands to new challenges and also many exciting new opportunities to get healthy products into the hands of consumers.  To better understand changing consumer purchasing habits and opportunities at retail and online, we've enlisted the help of natural and organic...
Speaker(s)s
Ben Friedland

Vice President of Marketing
Lucky's Market
Speaker

Betsy McGinn

Founder
McGinn eCommConsulting
Moderator

Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Master of Ceremonies

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Speaker

Danielle Vogel

Founder & Owner
Glen's Garden Market
Speaker

Eric Carl

Merchandising Wellness Strategy Lead
Target
Speaker

Eric Ryan

Co-Founder & CEO
Olly
Speaker

Jim Nielsen

President & Chief Operating Officer
Sprouts Farmers Market
Speaker

John Raiche

SVP Marketing & Supplier Relationships
UNFI
Speaker

Josh Tabin

Co-Founder
Wild Zora Foods, LLC
Speaker

Madeline Haydon

Founder & CEO
nutpods
Speaker

Mark Eisenacher

Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Pyure Brands
Speaker

Moiz Ali

Founder & CEO
Native
Speaker

Rick Polito

Editor in Chief, Nutrition Business Journal
New Hope Network
Speaker

Walter Robb

Former Co-CEO
Whole Foods Market
Keynote

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Thursday, March 08
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Thursday, March 08, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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New to the industry? Don't miss Organic 101 where you'll learn the basics of what the organic label does (and doesn’t) mean, how it is enforced, and why it is the gold standard for food the world around.
Speaker(s)s
Gwendolyn Wyard

Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs
Organic Trade Association
Moderator

Jessica Walden

Senior Reviewer/ Policy Specialist
Quality Assurance International (QAI)
Speaker

Logan Peterman

Farm Resources Manager
Organic Valley
Speaker

Mike Dill

Food Safety & Compliance Manager
Organically Grown Company
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Emissions related to food waste from farm to landfill are a significant contributor to climate change. However, food waste is a tricky problem— one where collaborations through the supply chain must be leveraged to obtain impactful results. Join the Climate Collaborative, Dana Gunders and leading brands and retailers to discuss...
Speaker(s)s
Carlos Rojas

Vice President - Legal, Risk & Sustainability
Sprouts Farmers Market
Speaker

Carly Smolak

VP of Innovation
Forager Project
Speaker

Dana Gunders

Food Systems Efficienado
Author, Waste Free Kitchen Handbook
Speaker

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2; Co-Founder, Climate Collaborative;
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Moderator

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Thursday, March 08
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Room:   The City National Grove of Anaheim
  • Thursday, March 08, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
You are Invited Kick-off Expo West with the 21st Annual OFRF Benefit Luncheon, the delicious all-organic feast prepared by celebrity chefs Donna Prizgintas and Chris Blobaum, and chef Beth Miller. Keynote Speaker We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, Debra Eschmeyer, Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs, Danone North America. As Executive...
Speaker(s)
Debra Eschmeyer

Food Entrepreneur
Former Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” Initiative & Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Join James Bledsoe of the U.S. Commercial Service as he helps your company to navigate the ecosystem of e-commerce marketplace service providers in the EU to find balance in your digital sales strategy.
Speaker(s)
James Bledsoe

Director, eCommerce Innovation Lab
U.S. Department of Commerce
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Thursday, March 08, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
New this year: The Hot Products Pavilion will be located in the beautiful new North Hall of the recently expanded Anaheim Convention Center. This new space features two levels of the hottest natural and organic products, and is accessible via skybridge.

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Thursday, March 08
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Big White Tent
  • Thursday, March 08, 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Network and meet the leading organic producers and manufacturers in a lively outdoor setting. Enjoy a wide range of certified organic products.

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Thursday, March 08
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Have you been mystified by seeing other companies’ carbon footprints shrink while yours remains the same? Would you like to reduce your company’s climate impacts, but have constrained resources or are not sure where to start?  SFTA’s Climate 101 session is designed to provide attendees with a strong foundational understanding of...
Speaker(s)s
Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Moderator

Lisa Spicka

Associate Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Speaker

Renaud des Rosiers

Sustainability Manager
Amy's Kitchen
Speaker

Tiffany Tran

Senior Sustainability Analyst
Annie's, Inc.
Speaker

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Speaker(s)
Tawnee Steinke

Business Development
iGlobal Stores
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Thursday, March 08, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
As the organic industry stretches to meet consumer demand, the global organic supply chain has become more complex. With increasing complexity comes the need for enhanced attention to organic integrity. Fraud cannot be tolerated in the organic system, because fraud takes value out of the organic chain, and hurts organic...

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Thursday, March 08
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1
  • Thursday, March 08, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Approaches to Enhance Stability, Delivery and Antimicrobial Activity of Natural Bioactives The significance of this work is the development of natural antimicrobial systems that will preserve self life of natural products without the use of artificial preservatives.  Because natural products have not be able to use effective preservatives they faces shorter...
Speaker(s)s
Alyson Mitchell Ph.D.

Professor & Food Chemist
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

Carl Winter Ph.D.

Specialist
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Moderator

Christopher Simmons Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

Juliana Maria Leite Nobrega de Moura Bell Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

Nitin Nitin Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Food Science & Technology, UC Davis
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   Meet at the Hilton - Outside Bus Loading Zone
  • Thursday, March 08, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Herb Walk will visit the nearby Fullerton Arboretum for a guided tour of this beautiful 26-acre botanical garden on the campus of California State University. Hop on the bus and join a faculty of renowned herbalists to learn about culinary and medicinal herbs and their traditional uses...

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Thursday, March 08
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

​Join the Organic Trade Association for an overview of the U.S. organic market, including industry size, trending consumer categories, resources for international buyers and more.  The session will share the latest industry stats and consumer insights and provide tools on how to access more information and connect with suppliers.
Speaker(s)
Monique Marez

Director of International Trade
Organic Trade Association
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Thursday, March 08, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tracks: 

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Thursday, March 08
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Lawrence Fink, CEO of BlackRock and one of the most influential investors on Wall Street, recently called out corporations to be more socially responsible. Our industry has the opportunity to take it one step further, and that is building the movement for regenerative food and agriculture. How businesses contribute to...
Speaker(s)s
Andrew Kimbrell

Executive Director
Center for Food Safety
Discussion Leader

Birgit Cameron

Senior Director
Patagonia Provisions
Discussion Leader

Chris Kerston

Director of Public Outreach & Events
The Savory Institute
Discussion Leader

Elizabeth Candelario

President
Demeter
Discussion Leader

Greg Fleishman

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Foodstirs
Discussion Leader

Gunnar Lovelace

Founder
Thrive Market
Discussion Leader

Kate Dillon Levin

VP of Marketing - North America
Ecosphere+
Discussion Leader

Lauren Tucker

Executive Director
Kiss the Ground
Discussion Leader

Marci Zaroff

Founder & CEO, Metawear
Co-Founder, Good Catch & BeyondBrands
Discussion Leader

Seleyn DeYarus

Co-founder & Executive Director
At the Epicenter
Facilitator

Shauna Sadowski

VP of Sustainability & Industry Relations
Annie's Inc.
Discussion Leader

Sheryl O'Loughlin

CEO
REBBL
Discussion Leader

Timothy LaSalle Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Co-Director, Regenerative Agriculture Initiative
Chico State University
Discussion Leader

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Thursday, March 08
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Thursday, March 08
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 5
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker(s)
Dave Asprey

Founder & CEO
Bulletproof
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Canadian market is the number one market for U.S. exporters when it comes to value added products, including natural and organic food products and vitamins/supplements. Canada continues to be a stable economy and is leading the way among the G7 countries with an estimated growth rate of 2.9% for 2017. ...
Speaker(s)s
Helen Long

President
Canadian Health Food Association
Speaker

Maria Arbulu

Senior Marketing Specialist
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Toronto
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has taken center stage as a disruptive analytical tool in public health and safety.  In this seminar, learn about what NGS is, its applications and its importance in supply chain management and food safety.
Speaker(s)
Jesse Miller Ph.D.

Director of Applied Research Center
NSF International
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Room:   Arena Plaza Stage
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Construction is done and we are ready to unveil the NEW North Halls and Arena Plaza in 2018! Each day to celebrate the new space, we’ll be hosting a happy hour featuring live music, appetizers and drinks. Come experience this amazing space as we bring it to life for the...

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Thursday, March 08
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Thursday, March 08, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)
Asa Bradman PhD

Associate Director, Center for Environmental Research & Children’s Health; Associate Adjunct Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room:   Sheraton, Plaza D
  • Thursday, March 08, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The natural and organic industry's best are coming together to give job seekers and employers an opportunity to meet and network. Come chat with the hiring teams of more than two dozen of the country’s leading natural products companies – Annie’s, Pacific Foods, Daiya, KIND Snacks, Organic Valley, Stonyfield, Nutiva, Honest...

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Thursday, March 08
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2
  • Thursday, March 08, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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Thursday, March 08
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Thursday, March 08, 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Speaker(s)
Christine Kapperman

Editor in Chief, Natural Foods Merchandiser
New Hope Natural Media
Moderator

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Thursday, March 08
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Thursday, March 08, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Enjoy the Pitch-Slam Finals and a networking nirvana of investors, successful brands and service providers. Come for the pitch; stay for the celebration. Together, we’ll toast to the grand innovations in our industry!     Pitch-Slam Applications are now open. Apply here! Expo West 2018 Semi-Finalists will be announced in February 2018. If you have...
Speaker(s)s
Arno Hesse

Co-Leader & Investor
Slow Money Northern California
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Betsy McGinn

Founder
McGinn eCommConsulting
Pitch-Slam Judge

Carla Vernon

President, Natural & Organic Operating Unit
General Mills
Pitch-Slam Judge

Debbie Wildrick

Chief Advisory Officer
MetaBrand Corporation
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Greg Fleishman

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Foodstirs
Pitch-Slam Judge

Jane Miller

Founder
Janeknows.com
Master of Ceremonies

Jon Sebastiani

Founder
Sonoma Brands
Pitch-Slam Judge

Lauren Clardy

Founder and CEO
NUTRIMARKETING
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Renske Lynde

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Food System 6
Pitch-Slam Judge

Sergey Grigoryan

Owner/Designer
TNKR Design
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Shari Leidich

Founder & CEO
Know Brainer
Pitch-Slam Featured Speaker

Tera Johnson

Director
Food Finance Institute
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

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Thursday, March 08
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Join Allan Christian of the U.S. Commercial Service as he explains export shipping options, the Incoterms that define the risks and obligations U.S. exporters assume in export transactions, common export documents and the resources to help you correctly complete these documents. By attending, you will also learn the basic export...
Speaker(s)
Allan Christian

Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service/U.S. Department of Commerce
Speaker

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Thursday, March 08
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room:   Hilton, Sunset Deck
  • Thursday, March 08, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Please join us to celebrate this year's winners of the NutrAward. At this event we will recognize the winners of the 2018 Best Functional Ingredient category and Best Finished Product category. Click To RSVP For Reception!

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Thursday, March 08
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Room:   Grand Plaza Stage
  • Thursday, March 08, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Any veteran of Expo West & Engredea knows that you come to Anaheim for great work AND play. If this is your first time, consider yourself warned. Pack your dancing shoes.  Musical guest: Pimps of Joytime An intersection of Brooklyn’s indie music scene, New Orleans funk and San Francisco soul, the Pimps...

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Thursday, March 08
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Room:   Angel Stadium
  • Thursday, March 08, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join key influencers and colleagues from the Natural Products Industry for the 8th Annual League of Angels reception benefitting Vitamin Angels. Guests will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers, great music, and a moving presentation from Vitamin Angels’ president and founder, Howard Schiffer. Unique, stadium-only activities will provide attendees a fun way to spend...

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Thursday, March 08
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom
  • Thursday, March 08, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Jennifer Garner, award-winning actress, philanthropist, and organic entrepreneur will keynote this favorite Expo fundraiser! The benefit dinner will bring together hundreds of organic visionaries, activists and businesses to enjoy an organic feast and spotlight the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming. You’ll want to say you...

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Friday, March 09
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Room:   Grand Plaza Stage
  • Friday, March 09, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us on the Grand Plaza each morning for an early morning yoga session to start the day centered and rejuvenated.

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Friday, March 09
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Big White Tent
  • Friday, March 09, 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Come and get your fuel for the day and connect with your peers as well as clients at the Boulder Brands Breakfast! This is a free breakfast open to all attendees and exhibitors of the show! Many vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

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Friday, March 09
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Friday, March 09, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
RSVP and let us know you're attending! NCN's annual Expo West Investor Orientation is a 2-hour session that highlights the biggest M&A and financing transactions in the health & wellness, nutrition and natural products industries in the past year. In addition to this transaction summary, investors will also hear an in-depth panel discussion that...
Speaker(s)s
Bill Tuohig

Sr. Vice President & Market Leader, NEXT Data & Insights
New Hope Network
Speaker

Grant Ferrier

Managing Director
Nutrition Capital Network
Speaker

Tom Aarts

Principal, Nutrition Capital Network
Co-Founder, Nutrition Business Journal
Speaker

William Hood

Managing Director & Founder
William Hood & Company
Speaker

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Friday, March 09
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3
  • Friday, March 09, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Ashwagandha has been used for millennia as a rasayana—or adaptogen—to help fight stress and improve life balance. In today’s challenging world, consumers are seeking products that can help address their health concerns, avoiding pill fatigue and delivering a solution with style. It is time to discover the Ashwagandha Advantage. Get...

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Friday, March 09
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Experience an education session focused on growth opportunities in the plant-based sector.  Join a panel of experts as they: Explore white spaces in the market and plant-based ingredient trends Discuss ways that plant protein products can achieve price parity Determine if having a “clean” label matters Dive into how to approach the naming of new plant-based products
Speaker(s)s
Alison Rabschnuk

Director of Corporate Engagement
The Good Food Institute
Speaker

Carlos Barroso

Senior Vice President, Global Research & Development & Quality
Campbell Soup Company
Speaker

Chad Sarno

VP of Culinary
Good Catch
Speaker

Ethan Brown

President & CEO
Beyond Meat
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4
  • Friday, March 09, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Over 70% of the population is magnesium deficient which can be caused by various stresses. Magnesium is involved with hundreds of activities within our bodies. Cellular magnesium deficiency can also express itself as fatigue and low energy; inability to sleep; muscle tension, spasms and cramps; anxiousness and nervousness; headaches; constipation and...

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  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2
  • Friday, March 09, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Friday, March 09, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Tracks: 
The Business Case for Leading a Regenerative Movement panel will explore what it takes to follow through on a company’s decision to source regeneratively with price AND planet on the forefront of each choice in procurement, packaging and team development. Come be inspired about how your brand can drive change...
Speaker(s)s
Errol Schweizer

Co-Founder
Good Catch
Speaker

Kyle Garner

CEO
Organic India USA
Speaker

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress, Entrepreneur, Author
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer Foodstirs
Speaker

Seleyn DeYarus

Co-founder & Executive Director
At the Epicenter
Moderator

Sheryl O'Loughlin

CEO
REBBL
Speaker

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Friday, March 09
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 5
  • Friday, March 09, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Friday, March 09
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Friday, March 09, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
New this year: The Hot Products Pavilion will be located in the beautiful new North Hall of the recently expanded Anaheim Convention Center. This new space features two levels of the hottest natural and organic products, and is accessible via skybridge.

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Friday, March 09
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Friday, March 09, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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Friday, March 09
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Friday, March 09
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4
  • Friday, March 09, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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Speaker(s)
Bo Burlingham

Editor-at-Large, Inc. Magazine
Author, Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big
Featured Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Friday, March 09, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)s
Casey Bailey

Farmer
Clearlake Organic Farm
Speaker

Elizabeth Candelario

President
Demeter
Moderator

Erin Sojourner Agostinelli

Director of Business Development
Demeter USA
Speaker

Nate Powell-Palm

President
Cold Springs Organics
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3
  • Friday, March 09, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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Friday, March 09
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2
  • Friday, March 09, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Friday, March 09
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central
  • Friday, March 09, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Once Upon a Farm was founded with the dream of providing nutritious “farm-to- family” foods to kids of all ages. Soon after the company’s launch, award-winning actress, social advocate & mom of three, Jennifer Garner, and organic industry pioneer, John Foraker, came on-board as co-founders alongside Cassandra Curtis and Ari...
Speaker(s)s
Jennifer Garner

Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer
Once Upon a Farm
Keynote

John Foraker

Co- Founder & CEO
Once Upon A Farm
Keynote

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Friday, March 09
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Friday, March 09, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
In this session we will explore the principles and practices of Authentic Leadership and Regenerative Leadership and their practical relevance to the natural products industry.  Participants will have an opportunity to apply their learning to their own organizations and leadership challenges.
Speaker(s)s
Sheldon Romer

Executive Consultant/Coach
Speaker

Susan Skjei

Director, Authentic Leadership Center
Naropa University
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3
  • Friday, March 09, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
When stevia first came into the market in 2008, it was considered the holy grail of natural sweeteners as it was plant-based, had zero-calories and believed to match the taste of sugar. However, the conventional leaf varieties of stevia had taste challenges. Years of agronomic and sensory has led to...
Speaker(s)
Faith Son

Vice President, Global Marketing and Innovation at PureCircle
PureCircle
Speaker

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Speaker(s)s
Andrew Falcon

CEO
Full Cycle Bioplastics
Speaker

Brian Durkee

Chief Operating Officer
Numi Organic Tea
Speaker

Elzaphan Hotam

VP Sales, North America
TIPA
Speaker

Jeanne Cloutier

Director of Sustainability Projects
Elk Packaging
Speaker

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2; Co-Founder, Climate Collaborative;
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Moderator

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Friday, March 09
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 3
  • Friday, March 09, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some lunch, pull up a chair, and prepare to engage! We've packed this Retail Lunch & Learn with a fast-paced agenda that includes a networking lunch and interactive workshop designed to help local community retailers succeed in a changing market.  As a retailer, you are the backbone of the natural products...
Speaker(s)s
Abraham Nabors

Owner, Director of Education & Standards
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
Speaker

Dr.  Bill Crawford PhD(c), MS

Founder & Principal Consultant
Crawford.Solutions
Speaker

Christine Kapperman

Editor in Chief, Natural Foods Merchandiser
New Hope Natural Media
Master of Ceremonies

Diana Hicks

Owner
Mama Jean's Natural Market
Speaker

Doug Greene

Founder
New Hope Natural Media
Speaker

Gabe Nabors

Owner
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
Speaker

Mark Retzloff

Co-Founder
Horizon Organic Dairy, Aurora Organic Dairy & Alfalfa’s Markets
Speaker

Shannon Hoffmann

Owner
GreenAcres Market
Speaker

Susie Farbin

Owner
Mama Jean's Natural Market
Speaker

Zach Mercurio

Author, The Invisible Leader
Founder, ZachMercurio.com & ZM Consulting & Speaking
Speaker

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Friday, March 09
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4
  • Friday, March 09, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Friday, March 09
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The natural products industry is becoming increasingly competitive and brands must find new ways to creatively differentiate in the marketplace.  This panel will discuss tips to gain traction in the industry and build a successful brand from the ground up. Join industry founders to learn how to successfully complete a journey from small beginnings...
Speaker(s)s
Chris Campbell

President & CEO
Chameleon Cold Brew
Speaker

Deanna Pogorelc

Senior Content Producer
New Hope Network
Moderator

Justin Gold

Founder
Justin's
Speaker

Katie Forrest

Founder/Chief
Epic Provisions
Speaker

Lizzi Ackerman

Co-founder & CMO
Birch Benders
Speaker

Siggi Hilmarsson

Founder
siggi's
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Friday, March 09, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)
Donna Morton

CEO
Change Finance
Speaker

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Friday, March 09
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2
  • Friday, March 09, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Friday, March 09
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3
  • Friday, March 09, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Exciting new research reveals you actually have THREE brains – your HEAD brain, HEART brain, and GUT brain – which influence each other in profound ways. Research suggests that microbial imbalances in the gut profoundly affect the brain and mental health. Gut bacteria also influence the heart and regulate blood...
Speaker(s)

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Friday, March 09
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4
  • Friday, March 09, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Friday, March 09
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom G
  • Friday, March 09, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)s
David Haynes

Managing Director
Greenmont Capital Partners
Speaker

Gary Groff

EVP, Director of Business Development
New Resource Bank
Speaker

Phil Graves

Managing Director, Tin Shed Ventures
Patagonia
Speaker

Robyn O'Brien

Founder
AllergyKids Foundation
Speaker

Tina Owens

Director, Sustainability & Strategic Sourcing
Kashi Company
Speaker

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Research shows that advancing women to leadership roles is not just the right thing to do, it’s competitively advantageous. But societal expectations, corporate culture and women’s individual choices combine to hold women back in ways that may sometimes feel insurmountable.  In this panel discussion, industry leaders will discuss the career hurdles...
Speaker(s)s
Carla Vernon

President, Natural & Organic Operating Unit
General Mills
Speaker

Debbie Wildrick

Chief Advisory Officer
MetaBrand Corporation
Moderator

Jill McIntosh

Vice President Merchandising, Natural Foods
The Kroger Company
Speaker

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Friday, March 09
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Room:   Arena Plaza Stage
  • Friday, March 09, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Construction is done and we are ready to unveil the NEW North Halls and Arena Plaza in 2018! Each day to celebrate the new space, we’ll be hosting a happy hour featuring live music, appetizers and drinks. Come experience this amazing space as we bring it to life for the first of many...

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Friday, March 09
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Friday, March 09, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Trends provide important context to the ever-changing Natural Products landscape, and Investment makes the world go ‘round. Join the New Hope Network NEXT Data and Insights team for a unique view into both as they share recently completed proprietary survey research conducted with natural products investors. In this session you...
Speaker(s)s
Bill Tuohig

Sr. Vice President & Market Leader, NEXT Data & Insights
New Hope Network
Speaker

Eric Pierce

Director, Strategy & Insights, NEXT
New Hope Network
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3
  • Friday, March 09, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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Friday, March 09
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Room:   New Hope Network Lounge (202B)
  • Friday, March 09, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Ever wanted to be a part of one of the fastest-growing beverage categories in the world?  World Tea Expo is the leading tradeshow and conference focused 100% on premium teas and related products. Blending fresh ideas, the latest trends and new distribution channels with three days of focused buying, selling and...

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Friday, March 09
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central
  • Friday, March 09, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Join us for the fifth annual Hall of Legends ceremony where we’ll celebrate and honor the individuals who have made significant contributions to the natural products industry. 

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Friday, March 09
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Room:   Grand Plaza Stage
  • Friday, March 09, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Any veteran of Expo West & Engredea knows that you come to Anaheim for great work AND play. If this is your first time, consider yourself warned. Pack your dancing shoes.  Musical guest: Antibalas Since their humble beginnings, the massive musical family known as Antibalas has performed nearly 2000 shows in 35...

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Saturday, March 10
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Room:   Grand Plaza Stage
  • Saturday, March 10, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us on the Grand Plaza each morning for an early morning yoga session to start the day centered and rejuvenated.

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Saturday, March 10
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3
  • Saturday, March 10, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The conventional wisdom is that meat consumption is killing the planet. At the same time, everyone’s talking regenerative agriculture and soil health.   But what is regenerative agriculture? And can you have it without animals? A panel of experts will discuss the newest (oldest) buzz in farming, how humanely raised and...

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  • Room:   Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central
  • Saturday, March 10, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Speaker(s)
Anna Lappé

Director, Real Food Media
Co-Founder, Small Planet Institute & Fund
Keynote

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  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2
  • Saturday, March 10, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The epidemic of non-communicable diseases (diabetes, heart disease, etc.) is a worldwide problem. We need to reallocate resources – but what are the best ways to tackle NCDs? There are three myths being promulgated by the food industry for their own purposes – they sound correct, but all three fall...
Speaker(s)

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Saturday, March 10
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Saturday, March 10, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
New this year: The Hot Products Pavilion will be located in the beautiful new North Hall of the recently expanded Anaheim Convention Center. This new space features two levels of the hottest natural and organic products, and is accessible via skybridge.

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Saturday, March 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4
  • Saturday, March 10, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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Saturday, March 10
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Saturday, March 10, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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Saturday, March 10
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Saturday, March 10, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)s
Arthur Sevilla

Vertical Strategy Lead CPG
Pinterest
Speaker

Brindusa Jimenez

Agency Development Manager
Google Marketing Solutions
Speaker

Jennifer Krupey

Sr. Vice President
Booyah Advertising
Speaker

Ted Ning

Executive Director, NatchCom
Principal, LOHAS Group
Moderator

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What is the Farm Bill, and how does it affect agriculture and food policy in the U.S.? Attend this session and hear from industry leaders about what’s at stake for farmers, eaters, and agriculture – especially organic. Learn how you can most effectively advocate for important policies that will have long-term...
Speaker(s)s
Helena Bottemiller Evich

Senior Food & Agriculture Reporter
POLITICO
Moderator

Mark Lipson

Senior Policy & Program Specialist
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Speaker

Megan DeBates

Director of Legislative Affairs & Coalitions
Organic Trade Association
Speaker

Michele Simon JD, MPH

Executive Director
Plant Based Foods Association
Speaker

Nina Ichikawa

Policy Director
Berkeley Food Institute
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1
  • Saturday, March 10, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)s
Claire Morton

Senior Industry Analyst
New Hope Network
Speaker

Josh Long

Legal & Regulatory Editor
Natural Products Insider
Speaker

Rick Polito

Editor in Chief, Nutrition Business Journal
New Hope Network
Moderator

William Hood

Managing Director & Founder
William Hood & Company
Speaker

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Saturday, March 10
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Saturday, March 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 2
  • Saturday, March 10, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 3
  • Saturday, March 10, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Americans are told they eat too much meat and experts from the American Medical Association to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are recommending more plant-based meals. From Meatless Mondays to Vegan Before 6 to flexitarian – a significant percentage of consumers – led by Millennials and GenZ — are...
Speaker(s)
David Grotto MS, RDN, LDN

Senior Nutrition Manager
Morningstar Farms®
All-Star Advocate

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Saturday, March 10
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 4
  • Saturday, March 10, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The relationship between agriculture and climate change is undeniable, but what are the comprehensive agricultural strategies to reversing our current climate trend? This panel will address climate strategies through the lens of newly released Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) standards. The ROC is a holistic agriculture certification encompassing robust and high-bar standards...
Speaker(s)s
Dana Geffner

Co-founder and Executive Director
Fair World Project (FWP)
Speaker

David Bronner

Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO)
Dr. Bronner's
Speaker

Jeff Moyer

Executive Director
The Rodale Institute
Speaker

Leah Garces

USA Executive Director
Compassion in World Farming
Speaker

Rose Marcario

President & CEO
Patagonia
Speaker

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The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law is scheduled to take effect this summer, the Whole Foods Market deadline for GMO labeling transparency is coming up in the fall, and non-GMO certification is rapidly going mainstream. Meanwhile, international regulations are struggling to keep pace with the swift emergence of new genetic...
Speaker(s)s
Andrew Kimbrell

Executive Director
Center for Food Safety
Speaker

Megan Westgate

Executive Director
Non-GMO Project
Speaker

Michael Hansen

Senior Staff Scientist
Consumers Union
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1
  • Saturday, March 10, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)s
Amanda Hartt

Market Research Manager
New Hope Network
Speaker

Todd Runestad

Ingredients & Supplements Editor
New Hope Network
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Saturday, March 10, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)s
Denise Lambertson

Founder & Chief Connector
LMS
Moderator

Gunnar Lovelace

Founder
Thrive Market
Speaker

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Saturday, March 10
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Room:   Arena Plaza Stage
  • Saturday, March 10, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Food is not going to fix itself. Let's rewrite the next decade together. Join us at the Arena Plaza Stage on Saturday afternoon to hear inspiring stories from a growing community of regenerative agriculturalists, conscious business leaders, disruptive entrepreneurs and dreamers. Together, we will create a new food landscape for suppliers, manufacturers,...
Speaker(s)s
Adam Butler

Co-Founder & Collaboration Chief
The Butler Bros
Master of Ceremonies

Denis Ring

Founder
OCHO Candy
Speaker

Judith Ackerman

Corporate Engagement
Metro Caring
Speaker

Justin Levy

Executive Director
Conscious Alliance
Speaker

Mark Rampolla

CEO
Beanfields
Speaker

Patrick Bultema

Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
FoodMaven
Speaker

Rachel Stroer

Chief Operating Officer
The Land Institute
Speaker

Rose Marcario

President & CEO
Patagonia
Keynote

Scott Kucirek

CEO
OCHO Candy
Speaker

Walter Robb

Former Co-CEO
Whole Foods Market
Speaker

Will Burke

Founder & CEO
Sol Simple
Speaker

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Saturday, March 10
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

When it comes to new products, no longer is it enough for brands offer clean, recognizable ingredient labels. Consumers, in their search for authentic products with integrity, are demanding packaged foods made with whole ingredients. A new wave of brands and products has risen up to meet their desires. Join us...
Speaker(s)s
Eric Pierce

Director, Strategy & Insights, NEXT
New Hope Network
Speaker

Heather Marvin

Principal
E2E Innovation
Speaker

Kazia Jankowski

Founder, Brand & Culinary Innovator
KJ Culinary
Speaker

Shae Whitney

Founder
Dram Apothecary
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1
  • Saturday, March 10, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)s
Bill Giebler

Managing Editor
Nutrition Business Journal
Moderator

Scott Steinford

CEO
Trust Transparency Consulting
Speaker

Yadim Medore

Founder & CEO
Pure Branding
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Saturday, March 10, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Your story is as much a part of your brand as your products are. But how are you telling it? During this session, we’ll explore the best practices for tapping into and communicating an impactful brand story, ways to measure the results—from selling products to supporting a greater mission—and how...
Speaker(s)s
Jessica Rubino

Content Marketing Director
New Hope Natural Media
Moderator

Leah Segedie

Creator
ShiftCon, Mamavation
Speaker

Susan Touchette Aust

Account Director
Vermilion
Speaker

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Saturday, March 10
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 5
  • Saturday, March 10, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Saturday, March 10
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Speaker(s)
Rose Marcario

President & CEO
Patagonia
Keynote

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Saturday, March 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Saturday, March 10, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
The path to purchase has changed with the rise of the connected generation, which is defined not by age, but rather by how consumers purchase and where they’re spending time. Studies show 42% of consumers research products online before going into stores and that 90% of consumers use smartphones while...
Speaker(s)
Annalea Krebs

Founder & CEO
Social Nature
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1
  • Saturday, March 10, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
What happens when 5 industry professionals are faced with a health crisis? They turn to the science, people and products they know so well. In this seminar, you will learn firsthand from the experiences of a food scientist, medical doctor, ethnobotanist, public-relations expert and investigative journalist about how the industry has served...
Speaker(s)s
Andrea Girman MD, MPH

Consultant
Communitas Consulting
Speaker

Dr.  Kantha Shelke

Principal
Corvus Blue
Speaker

Kimberly Stewart

Editor & Director of Content Development
Today's Practitioner
Speaker

Pamela Stewart

Founder & President
Essenza Communications
Speaker

Trish Flaster

Executive Director, Botanical Liaisons
Co-founder, ingedientID.com
Speaker

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Speaker(s)s
Andressa Lacerda Ph.D.

Chief Development Officer & Co-Founder
Noblegen
Speaker

Loren Israelsen

President
United Natural Products Alliance
Speaker

Shaheen Majeed

President
Sabinsa
Speaker

Tim Avila

Founder & CEO
Systems Bioscience, Inc.
Moderator

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Saturday, March 10
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Room:   Arena Plaza Stage
  • Saturday, March 10, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Construction is done and we are ready to unveil the NEW North Halls and Arena Plaza in 2018! Each day to celebrate the new space, we’ll be hosting a happy hour featuring live music, appetizers and drinks. Come experience this amazing space as we bring it to life for the first of many...

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Saturday, March 10
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker(s)s
Craig Lieberman

President & Founder
34 Degrees
Speaker

Judie Bizzozero

Editor
Natural Products INSIDER
Moderator

Liz Myslik

Chief Marketing Officer
Fresca Foods
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
  • Saturday, March 10, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Every year there are more ways to spend your time and money on digital marketing, but which areas deserve your focus and how much should you spend?  Join Kevin Weiss of Amplio Digital as he helps you learn and understand where natural products brands are gaining traction with end consumers. Through data-informed...
Speaker(s)
Kevin Weiss

VP, Growth & Strategy
Amplio Digital
Speaker

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  • Room:   Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1
  • Saturday, March 10, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speaker(s)s
Francine Schoenwetter

Director of Content Marketing, Engredea
New Hope Network
Moderator

Roberta Kline MD

Co-Founder & CEO
Genoma International
Speaker

Tom Aarts

Principal, Nutrition Capital Network
Co-Founder, Nutrition Business Journal
Speaker

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Saturday, March 10
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, March 10, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
The Women in Naturals Networking event is the coming together of women and men alike, dedicated to women in the natural products industry looking to network and learn from other professionals. Don’t miss this chance to be among a group of powerful women who are changing the world.

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Saturday, March 10
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Room:   Grand Plaza Stage
  • Saturday, March 10, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Any veteran of Expo West & Engredea knows that you come to Anaheim for great work AND play. If this is your first time, consider yourself warned. Pack your dancing shoes.  Musical guest: Moon Taxi Moon Taxi is a rock quintet hailing from Nashville, TN that has been described as a rock...

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Sunday, March 11
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Room:   Grand Plaza Stage
  • Sunday, March 11, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us on the Grand Plaza each morning for an early morning yoga session to start the day centered and rejuvenated.

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Sunday, March 11
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Sunday, March 11, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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Sunday, March 11
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM