Organic and Natural Products Expo Africa returns with exciting additions

After a successful debut in 2022, the Organic and Natural Products Expo Africa is back with a bang, bringing together industry professionals, exhibitors, and consumers in a celebration of sustainable living and health.

South African Trade Promotions (SATP), having invested over R1mn in the 2022 launch, witnessed remarkable growth and industry engagement during the inaugural expo. The response from exhibitors, industry professionals and consumers spurred the organisers to expand and enhance the event, to meet the growing demand for organic and natural products that align with consumers’ values of healthier living and a sustainable planet.

Distributors and consumers explore organic and natural products at the 2022 expo, which promoted healthier living and sustainable choices

After unveiling details of the 2023 show on social media, enquiries have been pouring in. Remarkably, organisers have received over 50 queries daily from potential exhibitors and visitors, pointing to a record turnout in 2023.

An exhibitor at last year’s show, Zanthe Burger, director of Own it Cosmetics, says: “The show provided us with exceptional business opportunities. We had the pleasure of connecting with numerous organisations for potential collaborations, while reaching out to an entirely new market segment previously unaware of our brand.”

According to event organiser, Warren Hickenbotham, this year’s expo will elevate these interactions to an unprecedented level with many innovative improvements.

Enhanced platform for organic and natural products

“The 2023 expo will revolutionise how people interact as we introduce a groundbreaking addition: the African Biotrade Festival,” he explains. “By incorporating this festival into the expo, attendees can expect a vibrant platform for collaboration and exchange.”

Describing the festival as a ‘game changer for the expo’, Hickenbotham says it will be hosted in collaboration with the German aid agency GIZ and supported by South Africa’s departments of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment, and Trade, Industry, and Competition. The festival will encompass various elements, including hosted overseas buyers, thought-provoking conferences, engaging workshops, productive matchmaking sessions, dynamic B2B forums, captivating demonstrations, and a plethora of investment and trade opportunities.

With the organic and natural products sector serviced primarily by SMEs, the expo, scheduled to run from 14 to 16 September at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, aims to provide valuable opportunities for companies to expand their markets.

Focusing on five critical natural market segments, namely food and beverages, health, beauty, living, and environment, it is the only exhibition of its kind on the continent. Click here for more details on the Organic and Natural Products Expo Africa. Visit this link for more information on the African Biotrade Festival.

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