Schedule

Check back often for a comprehensive schedule of all education sessions, workshops and events happening at Expo East.

Wednesday, September 13
7:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
Natural Products Business School is a full-day of learning and networking designed to provide entrepreneurs with targeted, in-depth solutions to common business challenges and an opportunity to connect with a diverse ecosystem of service providers. Cost: $195 Exhibitors / $295 Attendees (Not included with Super Pass Upgrade.) Agenda Tackle the intricacies of raising capital while maintaining a...
Speakers
Andy Whitman

Managing Partner
2x Consumer Products Growth Partners
Pitch-Slam Judge

Betsy McGinn

Founder
McGinn eCommConsulting
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Pitch-Slam Judge

Carole Buyers

Co–Founder and Managing Partner
Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR)
Speaker

Cheryl Clements

Founder + CEO
PieShell
Speaker

Debra Stark

Owner
Debra's Natural Gourmet
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Diana Propper de Callejon

Managing Director
Cranemere
Speaker

Duane Primozich

Co–Founder and Managing Partner
Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR)
Speaker

Gina Asoudegan

Senior Director of Mission
Applegate
Speaker

Haile Thomas

Founder + CEO
The HAPPY Organization
Speaker

Jackie Miller

Incubator Director
Chobani
Speaker

Jacqueline Claudia

CEO
Love Wild Fish Co.
Pitch-Slam Featured Speaker

James Faison

President
Milton's Local
Pitch-Slam Featured Speaker

Jane Miller

Founder
Janeknows.com
Speaker

Jay Golden

Chief Storyteller, Story Coach
Retellable
Featured Speaker

Jenelle Cobb

Founder and CEO
The Food + Health Collective, Jenellecobb.com
Speaker

Jennifer Rosenthal

Corporate Partner
KO Firm
Speaker

Jessica Bates

Director of Business Development
Dwight Funding
Speaker

Kara Goldin

Founder + CEO
hint, Inc.
Keynote

Katlin Smith

CEO
Simple Mills
Speaker

Koel Thomae

Co-Founder
Noosa Yoghurt
Pitch-Slam Judge

Mr.  Michael Movitz

Founder & Managing Partner
The Movitz Group
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Nancy Rosenzweig

Director of Mergers and Acquisitions
Big Path Capital
Speaker

Rachael Shayne

Culture Architect & Brand Strategist
Former CEO, Cubspot
Moderator

Ross Davisson

VP of Business Operations
CircleUp
Speaker

Tera Johnson

Director
Food Finance Institute
Speaker

Terry Frishman

Principal
Culinest
Speaker

Wayne Wu

Managing Director
VMG Partners
Speaker

Zoe Feldman

Managing Partner, CPG Ventures and Investments
Cleveland Avenue
Speaker

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Wednesday, September 13, 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
The Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) Health & Wellness Investor Forum is a one-day event dedicated to investors and strategic players in the nutrition, natural products and health & wellness industries. Perspective will be provided on market growth, new product trends, transaction activity in both M&A and equity financing. Discussion panels will...

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Wednesday, September 13
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Wednesday, September 13, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Series: 
Relevant New Hope Content "Seriously, What Business Are You In?"
Speaker
Justin Prochnow

Shareholder
Greenberg Traugrig
Speaker

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Wednesday, September 13
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

If you're a retailer, we invite you to join us for three hours of action-packed, retail-specific education at Expo East! Grab some lunch, pull up a chair, and prepare to engage! We've packed this Retail Summit with a fast-paced agenda that includes retail-specific presentations, an eye-opening keynote, and a team-based working session...
Speakers
Cara Mangini

Founder & Chef
Little Eater
Speaker

Christine Kapperman

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

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Wednesday, September 13
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Peale A-C
  • Wednesday, September 13, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of New Hope Network’s premier Influencer Summit!  Your voice is special, your opinions matter, and you have the power to use your influence as a force for good in the world!  Apply to attend If you would like to be considered to participate at this year's Expo East Influencer...
Speakers
Edward Maibach PhD

Professor & Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University
Keynote

Haile Thomas

Founder + CEO
The HAPPY Organization
Keynote

Jessie Shafer

Editor in Chief, Delicious Living
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

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Wednesday, September 13
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Wednesday, September 13, 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Series: 
Markets are being disrupted and so are consumer purchasing habits. Join us as we review proprietary Nutrition Business Journal research on changing consumer perceptions of and engagement in the nutrition marketplace. We will explore the marketplace shift between Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials and work together to identify implications for...
Speakers
Eric Pierce

Director, Strategy & Insights, NEXT
New Hope Network
Speaker

Katherine Greiner

Director of Marketing
Ora Organic
Speaker

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Wednesday, September 13
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Meet at Charles Street Lobby
  • Wednesday, September 13, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Learn about plant species from around the world! Hop on the bus and join a faculty of renowned herbalists to learn about culinary and medicinal herbs and their traditional usues. Cost: $60 (Not included with Super Pass Upgrade.)

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Wednesday, September 13
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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  • Location:   Level 300, Outside Terrace
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Part of Natural Products Expo East, the Harvest Festival tabletop event features an array of products in a festival-style atmosphere. This innovative outdoor event combines the lively appeal of a traditional farmers’ market, with the business-building power of an industry trade show. The Harvest Festival is included with your Exhibit Hall...

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Wednesday, September 13
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Series: 
Relevant New Hope Content "Diagnostic Test Kits Can Help Shoppers Design a Supplement Plan of Their Very Own"
Speaker
Karen Howard

CEO & Executive Director
Organic & Natural Health Association
Speaker

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Wednesday, September 13
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Wednesday, September 13, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Series: 
Relevant New Hope Content "2017 Supplement Business Report: The New (Not-So) Normal"
Speakers
Carolina Ordonez

Consumer Health Analyst
Euromonitor International
Speaker

Claire Morton

Senior Industry Analyst
New Hope Network
Speaker

Rick Polito

Editor in Chief, Nutrition Business Journal
New Hope Network
Speaker

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Wednesday, September 13
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Wednesday, September 13, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Just One Drop tells the little known story of homeopathy. Homeopathy is a specific form of medicine that uses minute doses of a highly diluted substance that stimulates the body to cure itself. To many, homeopathy seems implausible. Is it purely a placebo effect, or worse, a form of deception or quackery?  Despite controversy,...
Speaker
Laurel Chiten

Director, Just One Drop
Blind Dog Films
Discussion Leader

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Thursday, September 14
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Hilton Lawn
  • Thursday, September 14, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Come clear your brain and join us for a “how-to” run clinic! This clinic will incorporate some top technique tips with a nice easy run, culminating in a Q&A with Olympic silver and bronze medalist Nick Willis. Before, during and after the clinic, you’ll have a chance to appreciate the...

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Thursday, September 14
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 6
  • Thursday, September 14, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  Relevant New Hope Content "2016 NFM Market Overview Stories, Charts and Data"
Speakers
Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Keynote

Robert Craven

CEO
FoodState
Keynote

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Thursday, September 14
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Location:   (Levels 300/400)
  • Thursday, September 14, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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Thursday, September 14
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Thursday, September 14, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
  Relevant New Hope Content "No Transparency, No Confidence. Know Transparency, Know Confidence"
Speaker
Chantal Pierrat

Founder & CEO
Emerging Women
Speaker

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Thursday, September 14, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
Speaker
Denise Lambertson

Chief Connector
LMS
Speaker

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  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 316
  • Thursday, September 14, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
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Thursday, September 14
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Location:   Level 100
  • Thursday, September 14, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Thursday, September 14
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 321
  • Thursday, September 14, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 316
  • Thursday, September 14, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Thursday, September 14
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Thursday, September 14, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Series: 
Speaker
Jessica Rubino

Content Marketing Director
New Hope Natural Media
Moderator

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Thursday, September 14, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Series: 
  Relevant New Hope Content "Gender and the Business of Natural Products"
Speakers
Ann Yang

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Misfit Juicery
Speaker

Robyn O'Brien

Founder
Do Good & AllergyKids Foundation
Moderator

Sheldon Romer

Executive Consultant/Coach
Speaker

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Thursday, September 14
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 322
  • Thursday, September 14, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 317
  • Thursday, September 14, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Thursday, September 14
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 316
  • Thursday, September 14, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 6
  • Thursday, September 14, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Join New Hope Network’s Director of Business Insights and Senior Content Producer as they discuss the trends and products that are driving natural products innovation, and that have the highest probability of success with progressive natural channel consumers. You’ll learn:  The trends, products and early adopters driving industry innovation The results of a 4-year,...
Speakers
Deanna Pogorelc

Senior Content Producer
New Hope Network
Speaker

Eric Pierce

Director, Strategy & Insights, NEXT
New Hope Network
Speaker

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Thursday, September 14
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 317
  • Thursday, September 14, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Series: 

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Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 321
  • Thursday, September 14, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker
Douglas S. Kalman PhD RD FACN

Business Development – Nutrition and CPG Studies
QPS
Speaker

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Thursday, September 14
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 322
  • Thursday, September 14, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Join Dr. Tieraona Low Dog and Dr. Chris D’Adamo for an illuminating talk on the most common nutrient deficiency in the world and its prevalence among women in the U.S.  Dr. Low Dog will highlight research on this health crisis, citing specific shortfalls within certain population segments. She’ll also explain why...

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Thursday, September 14
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Thursday, September 14, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Series: 

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Thursday, September 14, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Series: 
  Relevant New Hope Content "Regenerative Agriculture Employs Livestock to Help Reverse Climate Change"
Speaker
Bill Giebler

Senior Editor
Nutrition Business Journal
Moderator

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Thursday, September 14
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 316
  • Thursday, September 14, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Series: 

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Thursday, September 14
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 322
  • Thursday, September 14, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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Thursday, September 14
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Thursday, September 14, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Series: 

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Thursday, September 14, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Series: 
  Relevant New Hope Content "Launching a Mission-Based Company Starts with Telling an Authentic Story"

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Thursday, September 14
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 316
  • Thursday, September 14, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Thursday, September 14
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 6
  • Thursday, September 14, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
The Natural Products Business School Pitch-Slam Competition offers the chance to pitch your company to experts and investors for the chance to win a valuable prize package, including a free booth at Expo East 2018! Even if your company isn't pitching, you'll see firsthand what investors are looking for and...

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 6
  • Thursday, September 14, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Attendees of the event should expect to enjoy the final round of the Pitch-Slam competition and a networking nirvana of investors, successful brands, and service providers. This group can help you get to the next level and celebrate the grand innovations in our industry.   Relevant New Hope Content "Craft the Perfect Pitch...

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Thursday, September 14
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Hilton Lawn
  • Thursday, September 14, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Celebrate the close of day one by enjoying on outdoor party with fellow members of your natural products community. Musical guest: Joseph Joseph is a band of three sisters from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Choosing their name in deference to their grandfather Jo, and the tiny Oregon town of Joseph where he lived,...

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Friday, September 15
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Sponsored by:  
  • Friday, September 15, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
You know the old saying: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Join us on the outside terrace first thing Friday morning for an array of tasty food, networking and fresh air. .

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  • Location:   Hilton Lawn
  • Friday, September 15, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
New this year! Set the tone for the rest of your day. Workouts will include simple movements that can beat up the experts but are safe for beginners.

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Friday, September 15
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 6
  • Friday, September 15, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Over the course of 2006, Jonathan Safran Foer visited animal farms across the country "from small, family-run organic farms, to factory farms that produce more waste than Los Angeles " in an effort to get at the most fundamental question about food, which is not "Can this be eaten?" but...
Speaker
Jonathan Safran Foer

Author
Eating Animals, Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Keynote

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Friday, September 15
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Location:   Levels 300/400
  • Friday, September 15, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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Friday, September 15
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Location:   Level 100
  • Friday, September 15, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Friday, September 15
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Friday, September 15, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Series: 
Speaker
Jason Sapsin

Counsel
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Speaker

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Friday, September 15, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Series: 
Speaker
Jenna Blumenfeld

Senior Food Editor
New Hope Network
Speaker

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Friday, September 15
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 316
  • Friday, September 15, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Series: 

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Friday, September 15
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 321
  • Friday, September 15, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 317
  • Friday, September 15, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
Be "in the know" on how organic certification works for supplements and learn how to sell them in the aisle when talking to your customers.

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Friday, September 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 322
  • Friday, September 15, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Friday, September 15
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Friday, September 15, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Series: 

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Friday, September 15, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Series: 
When it comes to the products that people consume "Does this taste good?" isn't the only criteria that matters anymore. Consumers are more and more interested in whether products align with their dietary needs as well as with their value system. Is it ethically sourced? Does it contain hormones? Non-GMO?...
Speaker
Sam Slover

Founder & CEO
Sage Project
Speaker

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Friday, September 15
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 316
  • Friday, September 15, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Series: 
Why most eco-labels don’t go far enough to protect human and environmental health.  

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Friday, September 15
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 317
  • Friday, September 15, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Series: 
One generation helped found the organic industry. The other grew up with organic. Their needs are different, but both groups are finding their way to the label. Is your brand poised to answer the unique needs of these groups, which together make up a majority of the U.S. population? 

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Friday, September 15
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 321
  • Friday, September 15, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker

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Friday, September 15
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 322
  • Friday, September 15, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The world is changing and the organic sector is changing with it. The market for organic products remains strong, but there are concerns whether the supply can meet the growing demand. Transition of farmers and land to organic production is needed, but production barriers continue to discourage producers from entering...
Speaker
Dr.   Brian Baker


IFOAM - Organics International
Speaker

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Friday, September 15
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Friday, September 15, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Series: 
Join us as we unpack why there is growing pressure from current and potential investors on food, farming, and agriculture industries’ value chains to ramp up sustainability and responsible sourcing risk management.  Through the lens of investment and corporate experts, as well as recent research findings, we will discuss why there...

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Friday, September 15, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
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Friday, September 15
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 321
  • Friday, September 15, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Presenters Stuart Tomc and Josh Hendrix will cover the state of hemp-derived CBD in the United States marketplace, the importance of proper research steps in order to impact the future of hemp agriculture, and how CV Sciences demonstrates Full Traceability - From Seed to Shelf™.
Speakers
Josh Hendrix

Director of Business Development - Domestic Production
Speaker

Stuart Tomc

Vice President, Human Nutrition
CV Sciences
Speaker

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Friday, September 15
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Friday, September 15, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Friday, September 15, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
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Friday, September 15
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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  • Friday, September 15, 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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Friday, September 15
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton Lawn
  • Friday, September 15, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Celebrate the close of day two with an enjoyable evening of live music, dancing and all around fun! Between sets, we'll recognize the best in natural and organic retail, with our Retailer of the Year award ceremony. Musical guest: Galactic

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Saturday, September 16
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Location:   Levels 300/400
  • Saturday, September 16, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Saturday, September 16
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Location:   Level 100
  • Saturday, September 16, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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