The annual Naturally Good expo kicks off next week, and includes a one-day Summit that will examine how healthy Australians’ shopping habits are, and how they compare to the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
Taking place on 5 June, the Naturally Good Summit is a one-day conference that forms part of the broader Naturally Good expo, an annual B2B trade show for the natural, organics and healthy product sectors.
At the Summit, industry leaders will share their insights on the trends, challenges and “macro factors” influencing product innovation, marketing and retail in 2023.
It will comprise a series of presentations and panel discussions, including a session titled ‘How Healthy Do We Really Shop? The Health of Our Nation & What It Means For You’.
This session will see Simone Austin, Chief Health Officer of Healthylife, the Woolworths-owned online retailer, reporting on how Australian food and drink purchases for at-home eating compare to the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
“Ms Austin presents a tailored snapshot exclusively for Naturally Good with analysis into the impacts for packaged goods manufacturers and retailers. She’ll reveal the gaps between what we say, feel and do; where we’re hungry for more information; and the key opportunities for businesses to break down our barriers for improving our health and wellbeing,” the Summit program reads.
The Summit will also welcome buyers from the supermarket duopoly, who will discuss the challenging retail landscape, their vision and strategies for the future and advice for suppliers.
The Retail Talk panel will comprise Melissa Matteo, head of buying, health and breakfast, at Coles, alongside Shruti Gupta, head of buying, heath and wellness, at Woolworths. Fellow retailers Healthylife and Ultra Beauty will also contribute, and the panel will be facilitated by Jessica Maree Gordoun, partner at Ranged.
“From supply chain disruptions, finding and keeping staff, margin pressure, cost of acquiring customers – there’s been a lot to contend with for both online and bricks and mortar stores,” the program reads, adding that the panellists will share details of their business’ “greatest challenges and how they’ve responded, their vision and strategies for the future, opportunities and key takeaways for suppliers for 2023 and beyond.”
The Naturally Good expo will run on 5 and 6 June at the ICC Sydney, and will see businesses spruiking their wares on the trade show floor, with a number of plant-based food manufacturers profiled, including:
- Off-Piste Provisions
- Compassion Creamery
- Mylk Made
- Hemp Foods Australia
- Powered by Plants and more