Natural & Organic Products Europe 2023 launches major new initiative for independent retailers 

Natural & Organic Products Europe has announced a new initiative to help reward and celebrate the work that independent health stores do for communities around the country. 
Mon 27/02/2023 by Richard Wilkinson

 Sunday 16th April (the first day of the show) will be known as ‘Independent Day’ at Natural & Organic Products Europe – the leading business event for natural and sustainable products. Supporting independent retailers since 1997, this day will offer a carefully curated programme, plus exclusive rewards and benefits for independent retail professionals who attend the show.  

As well as special show offers, discounted travel, hundreds of unique brands, and entry into the Independent Retailer of the Year award, the Sunday is packed full of inspirational sessions. From understanding consumer habits to implementing in-store branding, these talks promise to arm independent retailers with an effective sales growth strategy for 2023.   

Here are a few sessions confirmed in the Natural TALKS Theatre:  

Designing for a natural consumer

A career designer and entrepreneur, David Worthington is former chairman of Holmes & Marchant and managing director of the Conran Design Group, where his clients included Sainsbury’s, First Choice and Nationwide Building Society. 

In an exclusive session, David Worthington will cover how independent retailers can take advantage of design and branding and how they can apply it to their own stores. Areas covered will include shop frontage, windows and layouts, and instore and online communications – essential for the smaller operator to face up to larger competitors. 

Natural Products News, Health Food Retailing Survey 2022 

Health Check is back with its annual survey, as Natural Products News (NPN) seeks to find out how independent retailers have fared during the past year, providing important insights and a snapshot of the industry.  

What does the public really think of indie health food stores?

Presented by Cheryl Thallon, Founder & MD at Viridian Nutrition and co-owner of Sheaf Street Health Store, this session will explore the questions: What percentage of the public are super-users of indie health food stores? And why don’t some people choose to shop with us? How can you convert store ‘users’ into ‘super-users’, and how can you reduce alienation of the detractors? Thallon will also present key learnings from the first-ever ‘Viridian Independent Health Store Survey 2023’ exclusively at the show. 

PANEL SESSION: Did you know you can save the planet? How to let customers know the difference that they can make. 

This exciting panel session will explore how brands and retailers can really engage with customers in areas where they typically pay less attention, but as an industry can have a greater impact. Al Overton from Wonderland Ventures will host the session, and will be joined by industry professionals Sophie Davies, Senior Fresh Foods Buyer at Plant Organic; Phil Haughton, founder of Better Food; and Nick Saltmarsh, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Hodmedods.

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