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

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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

Chris Fenster

Founder & CEO
Propeller Industries
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Chuck Holt

Vice President
InvestEco Capital Corp.
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

Edward Hauck


Nutrition Capital Network
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

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

Jeff Hilton

Partner & Co-founder
BrandHive
Pitch-Slam Judge

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

Jon Marshall

Vice President
VMG Partners
Speaker

Katlin Smith

CEO
Simple Mills
Speaker

Koel Thomae

Co-Founder & Chief Aussie Officer
noosa yoghurt
Pitch-Slam Judge

Krista Morgan

CEO and Co-Founder
P2Binvestor
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Mark Haas

Senior Partner
The Helmsman Group
Speaker

Mark Shaw

President & CEO
Avocado Studios
Speaker

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

Shari Wynne Ressler

Founder/President
SKU
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Tera Johnson

Director
Food Finance Institute
Speaker

Terry Frishman

Principal
Culinest
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...
Speakers
Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Speaker

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Speaker

Grant Ferrier

CEO & Principal
Nutrition Capital Network
Speaker

Greg Horn

President & CEO
Specialty Nutrition Group
Speaker

Jeff Hilton

Partner & Co-founder
BrandHive
Speaker

Matthew Clifford

Co-Founder & COO
Barnana
Speaker

Mike Burgmaier

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Whipstitch Capital
Speaker

Nicolas McCoy

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Whipstitch Capital
Speaker

Rachael Shayne

Culture Architect & Brand Strategist
Former CEO, Cubspot
Moderator

Tim Avila

Founder & CEO
Systems Bioscience, Inc.
Speaker

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Wednesday, September 13
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Location:   Real Food Farm
  • Wednesday, September 13, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Real Food Farm is Civic Works’ innovative urban agricultural enterprise engaged in growing fresh produce on eight acres in and around Clifton Park in northeast Baltimore. Real Food Farm works toward a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education, and developing an economically...

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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: 
Join us as we discuss the differences in how conventional foods and beverages are regulated compared with dietary supplements, including the regulation of ingredients, manufacturing requirements and claims. Justin Prochnow of Greenberg Traurig will discuss the FDA Guidance distinguishing liquid supplements from beverages and how the FDA has applied the criteria in...
Speaker
Justin Prochnow

Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
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 lunch, eye-opening data and retail-specific presentations, as well as...
Speakers
Ashley Statter

Community Outreach Chair
Food and Nutrition Club, University of Maryland Dietetics Program
Speaker

Cara Mangini

Founder & Chef
Little Eater
Speaker

Christine Kapperman

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

Dean Nelson

Owner
Dean's Natural Food Market
Speaker

Emma Slattery

President
Food and Nutrition Club, University of Maryland Dietetics Program
Speaker

Kim Bryden

CEO & Founder
Cureate
Speaker

Mo Payette

CEO
Mother's Market & Kitchen
Speaker

Susan Szymanski

Vice President of Marketing
SPINS
Speaker

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

Sponsored by:  
  • 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
Ashley Koff RD

Nutrition Expert & Health Advocate
Ashley Koff RD LLC
Featured Speaker

Beth Manos Brickey NTP

Founder
Tasty Yummies
Featured Speaker

Davida Kugelmass

Creator
The Healthy Maven
Featured Speaker

Denise Lambertson

Chief Connector
LMS
Featured Speaker

Edward Maibach PhD

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

George Bryant

Head Caveman
Hugs & Bacon
Featured Speaker

Haile Thomas

Founder + CEO
The HAPPY Organization
Keynote

Jessie Shafer

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

Kate Geagan

Food & Nutrition Consultant
Kate Geagan Nutrition
Featured Speaker

Kim-Julie Hansen

CEO
Brussels Vegan
Featured Speaker

Leah Segedie

Creator
ShiftCon, Mamavation
Featured Speaker

Michelle Smith


The Whole Smiths
Featured Speaker

Nancy Hirshberg

Chief Catalyst
Hirshberg Strategic
Introducer

Rachel Begun MS, RDN

Food & Nutrition Advocate
Featured Speaker

Robyn O'Brien

Founder
AllergyKids Foundation
Keynote

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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
Angela Hein

Co-Founder
The Natural Citizen
Speaker

Annalea Krebs

Founder & CEO
Social Nature
Speaker

Eric Pierce

Director, Strategy & Insights, NEXT
New Hope Network
Speaker

Will Smelko

CEO
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
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and American Botanical Council (ABC) HerbWalk participants will visit James (Jim) Duke's Green Farmacy Garden for a guided tour of its botanical garden. Hop on the bus and join a faculty of renowned herbalists to learn about culinary and medicinal herbs and their traditional...
Speakers
David Winston

RH (AHG)
Tour Guides

Jane Hawley Stevens


Tour Guides

Roy Upton

RH
Tour Guides

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

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   BCC, 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: 
Creation of apersonalized nutrition program requires more than data. This case study conversation on the "Nutrient Power” campaign explores how a combination of education and data creates a unique, long-term value statement for consumers who are actively engaged in maximizing health status and reducing the risk of disease. Relevant New Hope...
Speakers
Alan Lewis

Government Affairs, Food & Agriculture Policy
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
Speaker

Karen Howard

CEO & Executive Director
Organic & Natural Health Association
Speaker

Michael Lelah Ph.D.

Chief Research Scientist
Dr. Mercola Premium Products
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: 
Hear from New Hope Network and Euromonitor International analysts as they present a detailed picture of the U.S. and global consumer markets for dietary supplements.   By attending, you'll learn about: Market performance & growth expectations New product development & trends Leading & emergent competitors in the dietary supplements market Please join us to experience in-depth...
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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Wednesday, September 13
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   American Visionary Art Museum
  • Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us to celebrate three trailblazers who've led the way for organic agriculture and trade, locally, nationally, and internationally. This year’s honorees are: Bob Anderson of Sustainable Strategies - Growing the Organic Industry; Peggy Sutton, of To Your Health Sprouted Flour - Rising Star; Phil LaRocca of LaRocca Vineyards - Organic...

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

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  • 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
The natural products industry is experience lots of growth and massive amounts of change. Whole Foods Market is now owned by Amazon, the availability of natural products in every channel is creating ubiquitous shoppers and consumers are demanding more from brands and retailers. How do you survive in such an...
Speakers
Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Keynote

Robert Craven

CEO
MegaFood
Keynote

Steve Williams

Vice President Strategic Consulting
Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)
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: 
Today more than ever the world needs women to lead. Over 20 studies (from VCs to Fortune 500) show that companies with women at the helm - on boards, as founders, in the C-Suite, and at top levels - are more profitable, innovative and overall successful than their counterparts. And...
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: 
Hear from an influencer marketing agency, a top nutritionist and a top social media influencer about what works—and what doesn’t—when it comes to influencer programs, partnerships and outreach. Discussion will include how brands can identify and find the right influencers, tips for reaching out to influencers with success and some...
Speakers
Denise Lambertson

Chief Connector
LMS
Speaker

Jessie Shafer

Editor in Chief, Delicious Living
New Hope Network
Moderator

Leah Segedie

Creator
ShiftCon, Mamavation
Speaker

Rachel Begun MS, RDN

Food & Nutrition Advocate
Speaker

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Speakers
Laura Batcha

CEO & Executive Director
Organic Trade Association
Moderator

Leslie Zuck

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Certified Organic
Speaker

Melissa Hughes

General Counsel
Organic Valley
Speaker

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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
Dr. Frank King empowers the audience to better understand the once complex science of homeopathy so they can explain it knowledgably to their customers. Through visuals and great storytelling, Dr. King helps attendees remember key points, such as how homeopathy differs from herbal and nutritional supplements. Dr. King’s enthusiasm and passion...
Speaker
Dr. Frank King

Founder, President
King Bio
Speaker

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Speakers
Gwendolyn Wyard

Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs
Organic Trade Association
Speaker

Katrina Heinze

Organic Ambassador
General Mills
Moderator

Miles McEvoy

Deputy Administrator
USDA National Organic Program
Speaker

Tom Chapman

Sr. Sourcing Manager, Ingredients
Clif Bar & Company
Speaker

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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: 
Your story is your brand … how are you telling it—and who are you most passionate narrators? During this session, we’ll explore the importance of content to the success of your natural products company and why/how to partner with influencers to communicate your message. We’ll highlight case studies and best...
Speakers
Jay Golden

Chief Storyteller, Story Coach
Retellable
Speaker

Jessica Rubino

Content Marketing Director
New Hope Natural Media
Moderator

Kate Geagan

Food & Nutrition Consultant
Kate Geagan Nutrition
Speaker

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2
Partner, Pluot Consulting
Speaker

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Thursday, September 14, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Series: 
Embracing feminine values isn’t just a way to guide everyday life; it’s a proven way to guide everyday business, too. New leadership is about recognizing the ‘soft’ qualities that make a business stronger, richer, more connected, more honorable, and most of all – more profitable.  This panel of industry professionals will...
Speakers
Ann Yang

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Misfit Juicery
Speaker

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Speaker

Robyn O'Brien

Founder
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
NSF International and QAI have joined forces to provide your brand with a one-stop shop for food-safety certifications required by modern retailers. Join QAI and NSF International for a panel discussion on organic certifications. And, in-demand label claims such as Non-GMO, Gluten Free and Raised Without Antibiotics.  We’ve assembled a...
Speakers
Kim Dietz

Senior Manager, Environmental, Natural & Organic Policy
J.M. Smucker Company
Panelist

Lisa De Lima

VP of Grocery
MOM’s Organic Market
Panelist

Nova Sayers

Business Development Manager
NSF International
Moderator

Tracy Favre

Director
Quality Assurance International
Panelist

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Speakers
Becky Schilling

Editor-in-Chief
Supermarket News
Speaker

Jeff Yorzyk

Director of Sustainability
Green Chef
Speaker

Jeremiah McElwee

VP of Purchasing and Merchandising
Thrive Market
Speaker

Nancy Coulter-Parker

Principal
NCP Consulting
Speaker

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Thursday, September 14
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • 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

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 321
  • Thursday, September 14, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Achieving your best athletic performance relies on optimal cognitive function, not just optimal physical training.  This presentation will cover scientific developments in this exciting and emerging area of the role of brain health on mental and physical performance.  The presenter will describe the complex structure and physiology of the brain...
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...
Speakers
Chris D'Adamo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Speaker

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.

Physician, Author, and Educator
Speaker

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

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Thursday, September 14, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Series: 
Who's talking about your brand and how could they be doing better? Or who would be better? What is the role of the influencer in your marketing and business strategy? How do you navigate influencer selection, responsibilities and effectiveness better? Attendees will hear from Ashley Koff RD and Robyn O'Brien, co-hosts...
Speakers
Andreas Koch

Influencer Marketing & Partnerships
Wellnext Family of Brands
Speaker

Ashley Koff RD

Nutrition Expert & Health Advocate
Ashley Koff RD LLC
Speaker

Darren Mahaffy

Vice President of Marketing & UK General Manager
Nature's Path Foods
Speaker

Robyn O'Brien

Founder
AllergyKids Foundation
Speaker

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Thursday, September 14, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Series: 
The effects of livestock on the environment are well publicized. But that discussion, accurately focusing on input/output ratios and the water polluting and climate-changing byproducts of modern concentrated production, too rarely explores the positive role livestock play when managed holistically. Indeed, regenerative agriculture, by most accounts, depends on livestock for...
Speakers
Alan Lewis

Government Affairs, Food & Agriculture Policy
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
Speaker

Bill Giebler

Senior Editor
Nutrition Business Journal
Moderator

Jesse Laflamme

Co-owner
Pete & Gerry's Organics
Speaker

Mark Tilsen

President
Native American Natural Foods
Speaker

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

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  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 321
  • Thursday, September 14, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The presentation begins with a brief history of probiotic research and development, focusing on key discoveries that paved the way for current interests in bacteriophage technology, probiotic-gastrointestinal immunity, and the neurohormonal relationship between the gut flora and central nervous system. Bacteriophage Technology and Its Implementation into Probiotic Formulas Better understanding of the...
Speaker
Michael A. Smith, M.D.

Senior Health Scientist
Life Extension®
Speaker

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

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Thursday, September 14, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Series: 
What truly defines influence? Powerful partnerships across the industry are reimagining the relationship between brands and their promoters. In this session, we'll explore the emergent shift in targeted and authentic marketing through influence and examine the mechanics of modern collaboration. Topics we'll discuss: How to create a symbiotic relationship with influencers and...
Speakers
Beth Manos Brickey NTP

Founder
Tasty Yummies
Speaker

Constance Roark

Food & Nutrition Consultant
CMR Solutions
Moderator

Gina Asoudegan

Senior Director of Mission
Applegate
Speaker

Katlin Smith

CEO
Simple Mills
Speaker

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Thursday, September 14, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Series: 
Join us for a compelling discussion about how to build mission-driven principles into your brand, whether as a company planning to form around a mission, or a mature company hoping to incorporate a social, nutritional, or environmental mission. Three industry experts representing Runa - a beverage company, Thrive Market -...
Speakers
Amanda Hartt

Market Research Manager
New Hope Network
Moderator

Jeremiah McElwee

VP of Purchasing and Merchandising
Thrive Market
Speaker

Shaina Kandel

Business Development Manager
Fair Trade USA
Speaker

Tyler Gage

Co-founder & CEO
Runa
Speaker

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

Speakers
Andrew Mandzy

Director of Strategic Insights
Nielsen
Speaker

John Grubb

Managing Partner
Sterling-Rice Group
Moderator

Maxine Wolf

CEO
May Media Group
Speaker

Patrick Knight

Director of Consumer Insights
SPINS
Speaker

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Thursday, September 14
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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  • 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

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  • 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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Thursday, September 14
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 5
  • Thursday, September 14, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The kickoff for the MBArk program, which steers progressive MBA students into careers in the natural products industry.

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

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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 functional movements that are great for beginners but will challenge the fittest. Led by Josh Bridges (5x CrossFit Games athlete and Navy SEAL Veteran) and Ben Bergeron (coach of multiple CrossFit Games champions and...

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  • 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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Friday, September 15
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 5
  • Friday, September 15, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
CEOs from around the industry meet with the MBArk students and engage in two panel discussions about careers and brand-building in the natural products industry.

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

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 6
  • Friday, September 15, 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

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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 - 10:30 AM

Speakers
Ann Marie Hourigan

Director of Organic Integrity & Compliance Programs
Earthbound Farm
Speaker

Bob Kaake


ANNIE'S, INC
Speaker

Gwendolyn Wyard

Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs
Organic Trade Association
Moderator

Nate Powell-Palm

President
Cold Springs Organics (MT)
Speaker

Tracy Favre

Director
Quality Assurance International
Speaker

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  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 321
  • Friday, September 15, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Emerging brands are now a leading catalyst for growth in many CPG product categories, reflecting the fast-changing attitudes, needs and preferences of today’s consumers. Catalina’s shopper intelligence has observed tremendous turnover in the best-selling CPG brands in recent years. This panel discussion will focus on insights, best practices and power of...
Speakers
Gregory Mann

SVP and General Manager of Emerging Brands
Catalina
Speaker

Marta Cyhan

Head of Marketing
Catalina
Speaker

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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 - 11:00 AM

Speakers
Bob Anderson

Principal
Sustainable Strategies
Speaker

Brian Baker

President
IFOAM North America
Speaker

Kim Dietz

Senior Manager, Environmental, Natural & Organic Policy
J.M. Smucker Company
Speaker

Monique Marez

Director of International Trade
Organic Trade Association
Moderator

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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: 
Does your company understand the ins and outs of cosmetic labeling and claims? If you have any questions for your brand or marketing, don't miss this timely session with Jason Sapsin of Faegre Baker Daniels, and Michele Zerbib of the New Hope Network Standards Department. They'll take you through: The basics: What...
Speakers
Jason Sapsin

Counsel
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Speaker

Michelle Zerbib

Standards Director
New Hope Network
Speaker

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Friday, September 15, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Series: 
From improved health to lower environmental impact, both natural and conventional consumers are finding little reason not to eat more plant-based foods. Now, thanks to the explosion of tasty new meat and dairy analogs on store shelves, shoppers of all ilk can get their protein thrills without sacrificing flavor and...
Speakers
Barbara Brueckner Sphizner

Vice President Innovation Manager
Mattson & Co.
Speaker

Jenna Blumenfeld

Senior Food Editor
New Hope Network
Speaker

Michele Simon JD, MPH

Executive Director
Plant Based Foods Association
Speaker

Minh Tsai

Founder
Hodo Soy
Speaker

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

Speakers
Elizabeth Reaves

Program Director, Agriculture & Environment
Sustainable Food Lab
Speaker

Jerry Lynch

Chief Sustainability Officer
General Mills
Moderator

Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Speaker

Tracy Misiewicz

Associate Director of Science Programs
The Organic Center
Speaker

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

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  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 321
  • Friday, September 15, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The first 1000 days is the critical transformative window from conception to an infant’s second birthday.  Proper nutrition for both mother and child during this important period sets the stage for optimizing a child’s cognitive function, achieving desired physical development targets, developing a strong immune system, influencing an infant’s food...
Speaker
Nicole Avena Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Speaker

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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.
Speakers
Ashley Koff RD

Nutrition Expert & Health Advocate
Ashley Koff RD LLC
Speaker

Bethany Davis

Director of Regulatory Affairs
FoodState
Speaker

Graham Rigby

Chief Innovation Officer
Organic India
Speaker

Gwendolyn Wyard

Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs
Organic Trade Association
Speaker

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

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  • Location:   Baltimore Convention Center, Room 322
  • Friday, September 15, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
One of the most important medical achievements in recent history has been the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) - an intricate network of a cannabinoid receptors and signaling molecules (endocannabinoids) found in the brain, immune system and all organs throughout the entire body.  From a global perspective, the ECS...
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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: 
In this new era of conscientious eating along with changing nutrition and health needs, thoughtful food consumers are seeking more healty, great tasting, plant-based options. Increasingly, plant-based dairy alternatives are lining the fridge at retail; however, with this shift comes additional need for consumer education, political action and an understanding...
Speakers
Dr.   Cheryl Mitchell

Sr. VP Ingredient Manufacturing
Elmhurst Milked
Speaker

Doug Radi

CEO
Good Karma Foods
Speaker

Michele Simon JD, MPH

Executive Director
Plant Based Foods Association
Moderator

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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?...
Speakers
Meaghan Sparkman

Manager, Corporate Strategy
Campbell Soup Company
Speaker

Sam Slover

Founder & CEO
Sage Project
Speaker

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

Why most eco-labels don’t go far enough to protect human and environmental health.  
Speakers
Cynthia Barstow

Marketing Faculty, University Of Massachusetts Isenberg School Of Management
Founder & Executive Director, Protect Our Breasts
Moderator

Gary Hirshberg

Chairman
Stonyfield Farm
Speaker

Mark Lipson

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor
USDA-OSEC-MRP
Speaker

Tracy Misiewicz

Associate Director of Science Programs
The Organic Center
Speaker

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

Sponsored by:  
  • 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

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  • 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...
Speakers
Gabriel Thoumi CFA, FRM

Director Capital Markets
Climate Advisers
Speaker

Meredith Reisfield

Senior Project Manager
NSF Sustainability
Speaker

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1
  • Friday, September 15, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Series: 
Plant-based foods are finding enormous success with consumers, with many reasons contributing to this success. Join us for a lively discussion in which we'll dig into the best ways to educate and connect with consumers about eating plant-based products. We'll discuss topics such as: Best practices in merchandising, promoting, and advocating for...
Speakers
David Benzaquen

CEO
PlantBased Solutions
Speaker

Jackie Day JD

Author
The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier, Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You
Speaker

Mo Payette

CEO
Mother's Market & Kitchen
Speaker

Rachel Hauser

Community Manager
REBBL
Speaker

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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
  • Series: 
Like it or not, money can make or break any company or idea, and the good food movement relies on access to the right capital to fuel its entrepreneurs and change agents. This panel brings together a variety of voices in plant-based foods and identifies targeted strategies for brands to...
Speakers
August Vega

CEO
MALK Organics
Speaker

Chris Kerr

Partner
New Crop Capital
Speaker

Jaime Athos

President & CEO
The Tofurky Company
Speaker

Miyoko Schinner

Founder & CEO
Miyoko's Kitchen
Speaker

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  • Location:   Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 2
  • Friday, September 15, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Series: 
In this interactive session we'll explore four key drivers of a strong digital presence: brand alignment, excellence in content development, the power of partnerships, and actionable measurement.  Laser focused on small CPG brands and DIY tactics and tools, you'll walk away better equipped to manage your brand online, convert followers...
Speaker
Trish Thomas

CEO
TEEM
Speaker

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Friday, September 15
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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  • Location:   Level 300, Outside Terrace
  • 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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