SupplySide West and Food ingredients North America (FiNA), produced by Informa Markets, celebrated its 25th anniversary as the premier gathering of buyers and suppliers in dietary supplements, food and beverage, personal care and animal nutrition. More than 1,100 exhibitors and 15,850 registered attendees gathered October 31-November 4 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to focus on what’s next in the industry.
The 2022 show reflected the fast growth and global reach of the industry with more than 40% of registered attendees experiencing their first SupplySide West and 19% of registrations from outside the United States and Canada. Overall registration was up more than 40% from 2021 as travel restrictions have lifted and in-person business rebounds.
“The energy on the floor was amazing! SupplySide West helped us create buzz around our Mexico-grown organic hibiscus, which we offer in everything from dried flowers to extracts from a traceable source. I am already excited about exhibiting next year,” said Wilson Lau, VP at Nuherbs.
SupplySide West curated new show features and events to facilitate productive networking, efficient discovery of the latest product innovations, and ample opportunities to see the hottest trends driving the future of the industry. A special 25th Anniversary reception on the show floor gave thanks to industry members who continue to innovate and whose support makes the show possible, including Title Sponsor KSM-66. New for 2022 was a Satellite Showroom allowing attendees to engage with companies that are part of the SupplySide Community but unable to make it in person. Attendees also saw the return of popular show features including a chance to discover exciting new products at the Tasting Bar and hear from leading experts on the SupplySide Stage.
Attendees filled seats for the show’s robust education programming spanning important topics from sports nutrition’s rebound and regrowth, healthy aging driving the personalized nutrition market, plant-based food technology, supply chain strain, entering the food & beverage market, and more.
“The SupplySide team is proud to support the health and nutrition industry’s success for 25 years,” said Danica Cullins, SVP, SupplySide at Informa Markets. “Seeing so many first-time attendees and new brands at this year’s show makes us all excited about what is coming for this growing industry. One thing we know for certain is SupplySide will continue to bring together visionaries at the forefront of innovation.”
SupplySide West 2022 continued its commitment to sustainability through several initiatives. New this year, the event pursued CarbonNeutral Event Certification, meaning it will continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible and compensate for the remaining carbon emissions from the show through the purchase of high-quality ICROA-approved carbon offsets. SupplySide West also made the switch to 100% renewable electricity so that its electricity use is carbon neutral. Attendees were able to access water stations throughout the event to refill water bottles and dropped their used badges and lanyards in recycling bins through a partnership with Terracycle. Also new in 2022, SupplySide West lined the show floor with trees that were later donated to the City of Las Vegas Tree Initiative that aims to plant 60,000 trees by 2050.
“The industry brought great energy to this year’s SupplySide West, demonstrating once again how good it feels to gather in person to facilitate business and learn together,” said Marisa Finnegan, event director, SupplySide at Informa Markets. “We are mindful of the energy resources such a large event uses and are excited to host an event that maximizes the investment of our exhibitors and attendees while minimizing our climate impact through enhanced sustainability efforts.”
Accessibility, diversity and inclusion also remained at the forefront when planning SupplySide West. A SupplySide justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) advisory council was carefully composed for the 2022 show to ensure an expanded working viewpoint on equity and inclusion in the health and nutrition industry. The SupplySide West educational program featured speakers of diverse ethnicity, industry role, age and background.
SupplySide West continued its partnerships with several organizations including Naturally Proud Network, a group that promotes the importance of creating an industry that is inviting and supportive of LGBTQ+ individuals; the Organic & Natural Health Association, which supports students of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) who are interested in natural health careers at SupplySide West; Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit organization that provides lifesaving vitamins to mothers and children at risk of malnutrition; and Women in Nutraceuticals, which empowers women in nutraceuticals to unlock their personal and professional potential.
Industry members unable to attend the show learned from industry experts and discovered the newest trends through the SupplySide Network 365 platform. Participants were able to search who was onsite, network virtually, search show features, and engage with show content including 12 on-demand education sessions.
SupplySide focuses on the exploration, discovery, innovation and marketing strategy around the development of finished consumer goods that drive the global business economy. The SupplySide East 2023 show will be held April 18-19 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. SupplySide West 2023 will take place October 23-27 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
SupplySide Network 365 (SSN365) empowers people and companies in the health and nutrition industry to Discover, Connect, Meet, Learn and Source. The SSN365 platform enables members of the Health & Nutrition community to interact in 1:1 video calls, source ingredients & services based on intelligent matchmaking, and participate in industry content & insightful virtual events.
About Informa Markets
Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers across more than a dozen global verticals, including pharmaceuticals, food, medical technology and infrastructure. As the world's leading market-making company, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com.
About Fi Global
Food ingredients Global was launched in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1986. Its portfolio of live events, extensive data, digital solutions and high-level conferences is now established throughout the world and provides regional and global platforms for all stakeholders in the food ingredients industry. Over 500,000 people have attended our shows over the years, with billions of Euros worth of business created as a result. With more than 30 years of excellence, the events, digital solutions and supporting products deliver a proven route to market, with a truly global audience. Since 2018, Food ingredients Global has been part of the Informa Markets portfolio. For more information, please visit www.figlobal.com.