With increased numbers of international visitors and exhibitors at NATEXPO 2015 and sales of organically‐sourced products estimated at EUR6.9 billion in 2016, up by 20 percent in the first half of 2016, the scene is set for another successful bi-annual event for the organic trade when NATEXPO returns to celebrate its 24th edition in Hall 7 at Villepinte in Paris on 22-24 October 2017.

France is the second largest European market after Germany by value, and 24 percent of organic products consumed in the country are imported, Agence Bio said.

NATEXPO is the leading organic business to business event in France, stimulating sustained growth in this high‐potential market, show organizer Natexbio said.

The fair attracts every other year industry buyers and decision makers in all product categories: organic food and wine; cosmetics and hygiene; health food and dietary supplements; and goods and services for the home.

In 2017 the event will host two new areas, “Ingredients and raw materials” and “Services and equipment for retail,” to gather together an exhaustive organic offering under one roof.

Ingredient sourcing and supply is the major challenge faced by the organic sector in Europe. This new area aims to speed up business connections between processors of dietary supplements and food products and their suppliers. Meanwhile, the “Services and equipment for retail” area devoted to fittings and services for points of sale will focus on topics related to online retail, vending, farm shops and packaging‐free stores.

"New countries in 2017 to date include confirmations from Morocco, The Netherlands, and Canada (30 sqm Pavilion). China, Turkey and Spain, the Soil Association (UK) and the OTA (USA) have also expressed interest hosting pavilions, according to Emily Gambaro, the international manager at Spas Expo, the organizer.

For an easy‐to‐shop innovation experience, the show is divided into identifiable sectors such as Organic Food & Wines; Health Food & Dietary Supplements; Cosmetics & Personal care; Ingredients & Raw Materials; and Services & Equipment for retail.

In 2015 there were 590 business meetings between 106 buyers and 165 exhibitors from France and abroad. The business meetings are a free service to enhance the show participation and assist both, buyers and exhibitors to organize their agendas in advance.

Other show events include the Organic Trends Forum to examine the trends that will fuel the organic market in the 2020s, and the NATEXPO Products Awards, that recognize the most innovative organic products launched over the past 12 months.

The Economic Forum is a new event focused on the French market that offers economic and statistical analysis of the organic market and areas of potential.

Another new initiative in 2017 is the Organic Springboards. "NATEXPO launches the event that will distinguish the organic start-ups of the year. The Springboards will offer the selected firms and new concepts additional visibility and help them to finance their development," the organizers said.

The Organic Incubator provides space to young companies at preferential rates. It has been offered at previous NATEXPO events under the name "Le Village des Artisans/Food & Crafts Village" and is dedicated to start-ups. For a budget of EUR1,000 excl. Vat, selected companies will enjoy an equipped stand (3 sqm). To be considered companies must have maximum five employees, and an annual turnover in 2015 of 500,000 euros (excl. VAT) maximum the organizers explained.

"NATEXPO continues to expand geographically to support professionals in their development, whether in search of new export markets or new sourcing opportunities," the organizers said. This year NATEXPO expects 650 exhibitors from 25 countries and over 12,000 visitors.