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Natural Products Expo East 2014: Social media yearbook
Whether you were with us in Baltimore or missed this year's Natural Products Expo East, you'll want to see what caught buzz on social media.
Welcome to Expo East 2014 



Prepare to meet in Baltimore. The annual Natural Products Expo East greets autumn with great business inspiration, education, special events and new products among the excitement of the show floor. Natural Foods Merchandiser offers you this guide to prepare a plan to make the most of your time on the floor and off.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 17, through Saturday, Sept. 20

Where: Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Secret Shopper: What snack sweeteners are paleo-friendly? 
Our secret shopper sought out paleo-friendly snacks but was concerned about the sweeteners used. Read on for paleo expert Loren Cordain's view of paleo munchies.
Parents willing to pay for organic food 
Parents are willing to pay the premium for organic food, survey shows
Retailer Roundtable: What trend, product or movement do you wish would get more attention? 
From labeling laws to up-and-coming products, retailers weigh in on what they hope will become important to consumers.
Secret Shopper: Are pouches recyclable? 
Pouched foods are popping up in every grocery aisle. Are they the earth-friendly choice for consumers?
Retailer Roundtable: Advice for introducing new ingredients to shoppers 
Glean new ingredient marketing ideas from successful retailers.
Secret Shopper: Should I buy products close to their sell-by date? 
Our secret shopper heads to a supermarket in the south to test an employee's knowledge of expiration dates.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
By the numbers: Encourage customers to make sustainable buying decisions 
Know these statistics about your sustainability-driven customer base.
Mark Bittman to keynote Expo West 2015! 1
A leading food writer and New York Times columnist, Mark Bittman will speak at Natural Products Expo West 2015 in Anaheim, Calif.
Secret Shopper: Any advice regarding iodine supplementation? 
Our secret shopper checks out how a retailer responds to questions about iodine supplementation.
NFM 2014 Market Overview data charts and graphics  7
These data show just how the nearly $110 billion natural products industry adds up on the retail front. These charts and graphics report the results of Natural Foods Merchandiser's 2014 Market Overview survey of 400 natural products retailers.
Retailer Roundtable: What was your most successful local promotion? 
Four retailers share their most successful local promotion.
Secret Shopper: How can I ensure I am buying a safe gluten-free granola? 
Each month, Natural Foods Merchandiser's secret shopper heads incognito into a natural products store with a question. The employee’s answer—and our expert’s evaluation of the response—is reported here. Our aim: to help you improve your store’s customer service.
By the numbers: Hemp gets its due 
As natural foods retailers and hemp industry supporters prepare for the fifth annual Hemp History Week June 2-8, know these numbers.
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