If one word could sum up NATEXPO, it would be “successful” with nine out of ten visitors saying the exhibition is the essential must-attend event in France for France's EUR7 billion organic sector, according to a visitor survey. Now that the show has become a truly reference event for all organic market players, with its 2017 show having set a new record of 850 exhibitors (+50 percent vs 2015) and 14,800 visitors (+23 percent), NATEXPO is now inviting professionals to come together on an annual basis. 

NATEXPO will hold its 2018 edition in Lyon, a major European city at the heart of a leading organic region. Both upstream and downstream segments are represented in the city, situated close to the largest organic production zones in France. Through the Eurexpo exhibition centre, Lyon also offers all the top‐level infrastructure required for the organisation of an international trade show such as NATEXPO.

Offering market players the opportunity to get up-to-date with the latest organic trends in France and around the world, the next show will be held on 23 and 24 September 2018 in Lyon Eurexpo, hall 4, and is shaping up to be a huge success. 

"With 9 months to go before it opens, NATEXPO Lyon has already received the registrations of more than 350 exhibitors from all market sectors. A huge contingent of French and international organic players, whether regular exhibitors or first-timers, have planned to make the trip to the third largest city in France," the show organiser SPAS Organisation said.

"All the areas of the organic market will be covered at this Lyon meeting: food, ingredients and raw materials, health food, dietary supplements, cosmetics and hygiene, household and personal products and services, services and equipment for retail. In 2018, NATEXPO will be the definitive organic trend scout!"

By adopting its new annual frequency, NATEXPO is responding to the exceptional development of the organic market (+21 percent growth in 2016 on the organic food market) by giving professionals the chance to keep track of changes and developments in market offerings and discover new trends and a wide range of innovations.

The organic food product market in France has more than quadrupled in size between 2005 and 2016, rising from approximately 1.5 billion euros to more than 7 billion, while sales of organic products for the first half of 2017 increased by 500 million euros on the same period in 2016. Today, more than seven French people out of ten consume organic at least once a month, and more than eight out of ten believe that it is important to continue to develop this mode of production (Source: Agence BIO).

A wide range of French companies of all sizes, from small businesses and start‐ups to major corporations and leading brands, have already committed to taking part in the Lyon edition of NATEXPO from all regions of France:  Centre‐Val de Loire, Brittany, Occitanie, Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes, PACA, Nouvelle‐Aquitaine, etc.

Today, NATEXPO’s success as an essential meeting place for the organic sector has spread beyond French borders to new countries. The Paris edition in 2017 hosted 24 percent of international firms among its exhibitors, from 75 countries.

The 2018 edition will also illustrate the exhibition’s international standing, with a great many firms already registered from countries such as Belgium, Germany, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Lithuania, Peru and South Korea.

The show organisers said that nine out of ten visitors think that NATEXPO is the unmissable exhibition in France for the organic sector, while 91 percent believe that the show is a good way of sourcing information and viewing market trends.

"With its extensive programme of special features and talks, NATEXPO offers the advantage of bringing together all sectors dealing with organic products, from food to hygiene products or ingredients. It attracts the biggest names on the French and worldwide organic marketplace and draws newcomers. In 2017, 89 percent of visitors found new suppliers and 89 percent discovered new products, while eight out of ten said that the exhibition is an ideal place to launch new products," the organisers said.

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