The French bi-annual event for organic and ecological products returns to Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre this October 18-20th. Natexpo is an excellent way of entering the French market, and it also provides French professionals with a window on the world for their exports.

The high-end event is expanding and expecting more professionals not only from French European speaking countries, but also from Germany, Spain and other parts of the continent and the rest of the world.

Over 550 exhibitors and 14,000 visitors are expected to attend Natexpo this year. At the last show, 12% of visitors came from abroad, representing 64 countries.

This year Natexpo has already recorded an increase in its international figures, with around a hundred non‐French exhibitors due to take part from over 20 different countries. Newcomers such as Peru, Turkey, Luxembourg, Romania, Madagascar and Mexico bolster the list of represented countries. Bioitalia (Italian association for organic producers), Certysis (a Belgian certification body), and Naturecrops (a specialist in organic quinoa from the Netherlands) are also among the registered exhibitors.

Besides France visitors will also be able to meet up again with exhibitors from the most traditionally represented countries: Germany, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, Spain and Switzerland. The show will also be welcoming foreign visitor delegations from countries including the Netherlands and Canada.

For the very first time at Natexpo, international food and dietary products will all be grouped together in a single dedicated sector. This International Zone will give enhanced visibility to international exhibitors; it also brings together the stands of suppliers of organic products, overseas certifying bodies and collective national pavilions.

This new international sector rounds out the four themed sectors which are easily identifiable to make for an efficient visitor experience.

* Organic & Tasty: foods and wines;

* Health & Fitness: health food and food supplements;

* Natural Beauty: cosmetics and personal hygiene;

* Eco‐friendly Solutions: personal accessories, household products, shop equipment.

 Natexpo has consequently become an essential trade event in the Fall season to learn the latest international developments in the fields of organic food, supplements, cosmetics and other products made under ecologically friendly methods and guidelines.

The show is a reflection of the booming French and international markets. France is the strongest organic market in Europe after Germany. For organic food alone it is estimated to be worth 5 billion euros at the end of 2014 across all distribution channels, a 10% rise on 2013. Nearly 9 French consumers out of 10 purchased organic at least once in 2014, and 6 out of 10 did so at least once a month.

Another first for Natexpo 2015 located within the Eco-friendly Solutions sector is a feature entirely devoted to the organic store of the future. The new space aims to provide support to specialist retail outlets faced with a host of developments observed in recent years.

Natexpo is an initiative of Natexbio, the Federation of the French organic sector, produced by the Spas Group. For further information, look up: www.natexpo.com