Natural Products Expo East Is Gone, Replaced by Newtopia Now

Oct. 3, 2023
Expo East never caught on like Expo West; new show will be a tabletop in Savannah, Ga., next August.

As Natural Products Expo East closed its doors in Philadelphia on Sept. 23, sponsor New Hope Network, part of Informa Markets, announced it will be replaced with a new event, Newtopia Now.

The new show, planned for Aug. 6-8, 2024, in Savannah, Ga., will have only tabletop exhibits, “designed to provide more opportunities for brands to meaningfully participate, regardless of where they are in their lifecycle,” the announcement said.

NPEE ends “after nearly four decades of serving the natural and organic CPG industry.” It was especially good at introducing new companies with novel products to the market. It tried to find a home further north on the Atlantic coast, staging the event in Washington DC, Boston, Baltimore and finally Philadelphia.

This year’s NPEE had an estimated 16,000 attendees, about where it’s stood for three years now, never catching on in the big way that its sister show, Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., has (last year’s attendance there was 65,000). NPEW will continue.

“Newtopia Now will offer curated matchmaking within a diverse community of buyers, brands and partners, increased avenues for new and emerging brands to participate, imaginative new product discovery opportunities, and the chance for industry leaders to co-create the future of the CPG industry alongside their fellow Newtopians,” the announcement said.

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Dave Fusaro | Editor in Chief

Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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