With dynamic speakers, unique programming, expert panel discussions and workshops, and a vibrant exhibit hall, SupplySide West is the go-to event for natural products professionals. The creative collaborations and innovative ingredients that are a hallmark of the event are also the driving force behind the thriving marketplace. Now in its 6th year, the SupplySide CPG Editor's Choice Awards recognizes some of the coolest new launches of consumer packaged goods (CPG) products across more than 20 categories.
Animal nutrition trends have firmly followed those in the human nutrition arena, with innovative product launches in recent years largely occupying the pet food space. High protein and grain free formulations are becoming much more common. Still on the rise is touting the use of ingredients that are organic, non-genetically modified organism (GMO) or feature premium—or more humane—positioning such as free-range chicken or grass-fed beef. Supplement innovation has stalled a bit, with the main offerings still coming out of the probiotics category. White space exists for healthy treats and pet foods addressing weight issues. One potentially hot area to keep an eye on will be personalized nutrition; now just catching on in human nutrition, no doubt pet owners will be anxious to see the trend crossover to companion animals.
One winner in each category will be announced on the SupplySide Central Stage at SupplySide West 2017, held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The supplement winners will be revealed Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 1:30 to 2 p.m., followed by the food and beverage winners—presented by Cargill—on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Click the following link to learn more about the networking event or to register for SupplySide West.
A display case showcasing all the finalists’ products will be available in the Expo Hall.