Natexpo opens 23-24 September 2018 in Lyon with 650 organic stakeholders, from France and abroad showcasing the latest sustainable products. "This edition is already shaping up to be a huge success. Both upstream and downstream segments are represented in the city, situated close to the largest organic production zones in France," show organisers SPAS Organisation said.

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the first French region in terms of organic processors and the second in terms of farms and distributors, will be widely represented at Natexpo 2018 in Lyon.

The French organic market in 2017 continued its exceptional double-digit growth in sales through supermarkets and specialist stores and is forecast to reach EUR12 billion in two years, setting the scene for a vibrant NATEXPO show to be presented by Natexbio, the French Federation for the organic sector.

At the 2017 edition, 89 percent of visitors found new suppliers at the show and 89 percent discovered new products. Among the 10 show features and theme areas on offer at the show to assist organic professionals, whether visitors or exhibitors, Lyon will host two new initiatives:

  • Regional Focus: a seminar area open to inter-branch organisations, federations and regional clusters.
  • Retail Expert: a speed dating space for meetings between retail specialists and the future founders of organic shops in search of valuable advice.

The 2018 NATEXPO Awards Area is rewarding the best innovations of the year. The space is entirely dedicated to the winning products from the 2018 Natexpo Awards. These awards, open to all market players (whether exhibiting at the show or not), from manufacturing and production, acknowledge the most innovative, useful, practical and original products launched in 2018.

The New Product Gallery: a temple of innovation! The New Product Gallery is a strategic space located at the exhibition entrance. Visitors can enjoy an exclusive preview of exhibitors’ innovations, with a hundred products displayed there.

Dietary Supplement Forum In association with SYNADIET. This space will allow buyers and sellers to learn the latest news from the sector. Some of the Dietary Supplements Forum-Talks are: • Organic dietary supplements: at a regulatory crossroads • The Dietary Supplement market • Regulation of claims: on a pack, in an advert, in-store, what can we say about products? • Vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free: what dietary supplements for needs? • Stress, digestion, vitality, joints: what dietary supplements for what purpose?

The Cosmetic Innovations Forum: wellness and beauty centre stage! In association with Cosmébio, the trade association for eco-friendly and organic cosmetics, this space is dedicated to beauty and wellness. Sector professionals will be invited to attend talks conducted by Cosmébio® and its certification subsidiary COSMECERT and take part in workshops, test products and be pampered. COSMEBIO member brands will also present their innovations.

At the Organic Trends Forum, visitors can take advantage of this space for exclusive exchange with a large number of experts. Organized in association with BIOLINÉAIRES, a wide number of subjects will be addressed through talks and presentations. The Organic Trends Forum Feature programme includes:

*Consumer trends; Alternative consumption: ethical, organic, vegan. * Retail trends such as, The organic market tomorrow: what place for mass retail and for organic stores? *Product trends; New generation organic products for the 2020s: more fun, more committed, closer to us. *Society trends, such as, Organic 'made in somewhere': new proximity, for organic products pinpointed with roots.

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