SupplySide East, the East Coast’s leading ingredients and supply-chain solutions event, gathered more than 3,500 global industry professionals from 39 countries together with 250 exhibitors showcasing the newest and most innovative ingredients, products and services. Now in its 20th year, the show returned to the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ, April 10-11, 2018.
Produced by Informa Exhibitions, SupplySide East brought members of the industry together to provide an opportunity to identify top ingredients to fuel innovations, and facilitated networking in a tight-knit community setting to drive enhanced success. The two-day tradeshow featured a robust variety of exhibitors and networking opportunities to set attendees up for success in 2018.
”SupplySide East enabled top product developers, marketers, buyers and other leaders from the most innovative supplement, food, beverage and personal care brands to connect with the suppliers that help them bring these products to market,” said Jon Benninger, vice president of Informa’s Global Health & Nutrition Network. “It was a great two days of networking and business.”
“SupplySide East’s return to Secaucus was a success for us,” said Gregory Ris, vice president of sales for Indena USA Inc. “The high concentration of Pharma, Nutrition and cosmetic companies in the area made it convenient for companies to send multiple representatives. The show was well attended and we made a number of new contacts and generated new product leads.”
In addition to new ingredients and services, attendees found education opportunities at this year’s event. Two training courses presented with NSF International offered training around key GMP (good manufacturing practice) issues, while the SupplySide East Presentation Theater showcased industry professionals addressing science, trends and market data.
“Education is a key component of the SupplySide experience,” said Heather Granato, vice president of content for Informa’s Global Health & Nutrition Network. “This year’s combination of sponsored presentations and invited speakers offered SupplySide East attendees the opportunity to enjoy short talks focused on new ingredient launches, regulatory issues facing the industry and much more.” Granato and Steve Myers, senior editor of Natural Products INSIDER, share their insights on the top trends of SupplySide East in a new Healthy INSIDER podcast featured on the Natural Products Insider website.
The Presentation Theater also featured demonstrations of the new SupplySide Connect website, which launched this spring and features detailed information about the offerings of more than 1,200 suppliers. This free tool is designed to help manufacturers find ingredients, services and suppliers both on and off the show floor.