THE OFFICIAL ANNUAL EVENT OF
THE NATURAL PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS. GROWING THE INDUSTRY.

ADVISORY BOARD:

Chair Emeritus

Dr. Daniel Fabricant

Executive Director and CEO

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Corey Hilmas

SVP, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Board Members

Bill Crawford

Founder, Principal Consultant

Crawford.Solutions

Jim Emme

Chief Executive Officer

Michael DiMaggio

General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer

Dadrion A. Gaston

Senior Director, Corporate Ethics & Compliance, Health & Wellness Product Safety & Compliance

Frank Jaksch

CEO, and Co-Founder

J. Patricia Kim

GC & Vice President of Regulatory Affairs

Mark A. LeDoux

Chairman and CEO

Lee Mayberry

Global Legal Regulatory Coordinator

Jeremiah McElwee

SVP Merchandising + Private Label

Ken Strick

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

John Venardos

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Joe Weiss

President

Peter Zambetti

Sr. Director Global Business Development and Regulatory Strategy, Consumer Health and Nutrition

SPEAKERS

Dr. Daniel Fabricant

Executive Director and CEO

John Venardos

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Mark A. LeDoux

Chairman and CEO

Ronie Schmelz

Counsel

EVENT OVERVIEW:

Offering 2 days of industry-driven educational sessions, including 4 hours of extended workshop programming, 4 Keynote and Spotlight Addresses, case studies and interactive discussions plus ample time for networking and benchmarking, The Big Natural will bring together industry leaders and innovators who will share insights that will educate, empower and spark innovative ideas to drive the industry forward.

INCLUDED AS PART OF YOUR EVENT EXPERIENCE :

  • Complimentary attendance to the main conference session
  • Complimentary access to Momentum’s portfolio of webinars and podcasts
  • Advance access to the attendee list so your time on-site can be maximized
  • 5+ hours of built-in time for networking and making one-to-one connections

AN INDUSTRY EVENT UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE ATTENDED BEFORE. THE BIG NATURAL WILL OFFER :

  • Industry-specific educational sessions developed by you to address your most pressing business and regulatory concerns as an industry
  • Executive-level speakers who will provide in-depth discussion of real-world challenges/issues as well as practical lessons you can take back to your company and implement across your operations
  • Focus on business innovation, finance, investment and global market opportunities relevant to the natural products space
  • Breakout sessions that will explore discrete issues faced by business unit and department heads spanning regulatory, compliance, legal, marketing and business functions

LIMITED TIME OFFER: SAVE HUNDREDS. MEMBER TICKETS START AT JUST $95.

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Open to both NPA Members and Non-Members, The Big Natural will attract a diverse cross-section of senior executives spanning the C-suite as well as department leadership within the Retail, CPG, Natural, Health Foods, Supplements and Investment sectors with budget and/or human capital responsibility in the following areas:

  • Strategy & Product Development
  • Legal, Regulatory & Compliance
  • Digital Initiatives, Branding, Marketing and Advertising
  • Merchandising, Distribution & E-Commerce
  • Analytics and Big Data
  • Customer Experience and Customer Service
  • Business Development & Finance
  • Quality & Scientific Affairs

PARTNERS

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PROGRAM

*subject to change

Networking Breakfast & Registration for Workshop Attendees Only

60mins

Concurrent Workshops Begin

  • Workshop 1: The Supplement Safety & Compliance Initiative – From Harvest to Retailer Shelf – An Update on the Current Focus of the Initiative, Ongoing Projects & the Future of Supplement Safety
  • Workshop 2: Legally Compliant Marketing & Business Approaches for Going from a Store to Online and Vice Versa – Insights for Tackling Product Quality and Marketing Compliance in an Era of the Digitally-Driven Consumer

150mins

Workshops Conclude & Networking Luncheon for Workshop Attendees Only

75mins

Registration for the Main Conference Opens

75mins

The Big Natural Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Mark A. LeDoux, Chairman and CEO, Natural Alternatives International, Inc.

15mins

Keynote Session: A View from the Hill

30mins

Government Spotlight Address

45mins

Government Spotlight Address

45mins

Networking Break & Product Demo Break

30mins

Spotlight Session – Perspectives from State Attorneys General on Targets for Enforcement and Best Practice Recommendations for Natural Products Manufacturers & Retailers

  • During this time hear from state Attorneys General representing key jurisdictions in the natural products market. Benefit from a discussion that will explore the various state regulatory schemes and enforcement history of dietary supplements and other natural products in each region. Additional topics to be explored during this panel will include:
    • Best practices and recommendations for retailers and manufacturers to ensure the integrity of dietary supplements and natural products sold in your state?
    • How state regulations have evolved in response to feedback from the industry? What do you foresee in the horizon for dietary supplement and natural product regulation in your state?
Time will be allotted for Q&A at the conclusion of the session.

45mins

Case Study: Ingredient Innovation – Guidance for Natural Product Manufacturers

What does true ingredient innovation look like? As consumers with an eye for natural products maintain a top line focus on transparency, demanding to know the origin and contents of each ingredient included on a product label, manufacturers must decide how far they are willing to go to be a market leader. In today’s increasingly health-conscious market, ingredient innovators have figured out that it is not just about a catchy advertising or capitalizing on the mention of a popular ingredient, but rather the history and use of the ingredients themselves – where they come from, how they’ve been harvested and most importantly, how that ingredient makes a given product a unique or special standing in a crowded marketplace. During this session benefit from a case study exploration of ingredient innovation – from ideation to end result – as you are provided with an inside view into how one company successfully established itself as a true ingredient innovator.

30mins

Spotlight on Sports Nutrition – A Discussion of Key Ingredients, Performance Enhancement Lists and Athlete Health

During this panel benefit from a discussion that will explore one of the most important and controversial issues in the natural products industry today – dietary supplements and their use by athletes. Featuring various perspectives on the issue, benefit from a discussion that will explore how the natural products industry is working to support the use of approved ingredients and products by athletes as well as steps that can be taken to ensure continued collaboration between athletes, professional associations, regulatory agencies and the industry itself

45mins

Closing Remarks

15mins

Networking Cocktail Reception

60mins

Networking Breakfast & NPA Awards Ceremony

45mins

Day Two Kickoff Remarks & Recap from Day One

  • Dr. Daniel Fabricant, Executive Director and CEO, Natural Products Association
  • John Venardos, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Bodybuilding.com

15mins

Opening Keynote Address

15mins

Focus on Proposition 65: Anticipating New Compliance Requirements for Clear and Reasonable Warnings & Best Practice Recommendations for the Natural Products Industry

During this session benefit from a discussion that will provide an overview of the requirements to meet Proposition 65’s Clear and Reasonable Warnings regulation taking effect on August 30, 2018. Take note as the panel provides best practice recommendations for natural products manufacturers and retailers as well as suggestions for litigation-proofing your product and store operations in anticipation of enforcement.

40mins

Spotlight Address: Adverse Event Reporting

30mins

Networking Break & Product Demo Break

30mins

Exploring Opportunities for Global Growth in the Natural Products Sector: A Step-by-Step Guide for Navigating Market Entry in Key Regions

Hear from a diverse panel representing legal, regulatory and business perspectives as you are provided with practical tips for successfully crafting a cross-border expansion strategy. Walk away with recommendations for ensuring regulatory compliance while extending your brand from local or regional markets to global markets and beyond.

40mins

Track Sessions Begin

Track A: Clicks & Bricks – Insights for Effectively Engaging with the Natural Products Consumer in an Omni-Channel World

During this panel benefit from a discussion that will explore top of mind eCommerce and digital strategy issues currently driving the natural products sector.  Walk away with insight into how to effectively craft a legally-compliant social engagement strategy across multiple platforms.

Track B: HACCP, Traceability & Recall – An Exploration of Real-Life Successes and Failures for Ensuring Product Safety from Farm to Fork

During this panel benefit from a discussion that will provide best practice recommendations and real-life lessons learned for ensuring your operations are best equipped to ensure the traceability and safety of your products throughout the supply chain. Whether you manufacture, distribute or sell products direct to consumer this is an area where your business cannot afford to fall short.

40mins

Networking Luncheon

75mins

Track Sessions Resume

Track A: Science & Substantiation – Spotlight on Health Benefits, Products Claims, Functional Ingredients and Transparency in Marketing

Science has never been a more important part of your marketing, advertising and product development strategy. As consumers seek more transparency into product claims and regulators hone in on the scientific evidence supporting the same, the R&D and dollars behind not only what you’re putting in your product, but also what goes on the label has never been more important. Benefit during this discussion from an examination of key trending health claims and functional ingredients that are driving natural product sales as you are provided with insight into how to ensure your claims are properly substantiated by science.

Track B: Offense is the Best Defense – An Insider’s View from the Plaintiff’s Bar on How to Close the Door to Liability Across Your Operations

During this session gain rare insight into how the plaintiff’s bar targets brands for consumer class action and false claims litigation. Take note as they share insight into the various facts that have resulted in success for their client as well as developing litigation trends they see on the horizon for the natural products industry.

40mins

Keynote Session

20mins

Networking Break & Product Demo Break

The Future of Investment, Consolidation and Acquisitions in the Natural Products Industry – Insights for Securing Funding, Prepping for Sale and Identifying Opportunities for Acquisition

30mins

Consumer 2020: From eCommerce and DTC Advertising to Home Delivery and the Future of the “Store” – Keeping Pace with the Expectations of the Natural Products Consumer

During this session, hear from a diverse panel representing various facets of the natural products industry as you are engaged in a discussion of the key trends and opportunities driving the natural products consumer and more importantly how your business can best position itself now to capitalize on those trends in the coming months and years.

40mins

The Future of Investment & Lessons Learned from Key Consolidations and Acquisitions in the Natural Products Industry

Featuring insights from investors, venture capitalists, deal makers and corporate executives who have survived acquisition in the natural products space, benefit from a discussion that will walk you through the current state of investment in the natural products industry as well as key lessons learned from industry M&A activity.

50mins

Closing Remarks & The Big Natural Concludes – See You in 2019!

“The Big Natural presents timely information that is highly relevant to our business, and directionally of use as we look to the future. Our attendees share their learnings with internal stakeholders to Bodybuilding.com can better capitalize on opportunities that will impact our top and bottom lines.”

 

JOHN VERDANOS, VICE PRESIDENT, REGULATORY AFFAIRS | BODYBUILDING.COM

VENUE

The Venetian Resort, Las Vegas
3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

A discounted room block has been secured for guests of The Big Natural. Reserve your room by Saturday, May 5, 2018 for savings.

  • Run of Hotel Bella Suite $219.00
  • Run of Hotel $189.00
  • Tier 1 Suite-Upgrade $189.00

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