The 21st edition of NATEXPO, the international leading biannual French trade fair for organic food, natural dietary supplements and ecological sectors, returns to Paris Nord Villepinte, October 15-17. Most of the floor space has been reserved by over 500 firms from France and abroad classified in four distinctive areas: Organic food and wines; health foods and dietary supplements; natural beauty; and other eco products. Although NATEXPO’s main target are the natural specialty health food stores, the past editions have attracted a growing number of French and international visitors from major retail groups , the institutional food services industry, and the personal care product and beauty market.

In spite of the world economic slowdown, the European dietary supplements market has been growing steadily with a turnover of around €45 billion (euro) last year. The European market for natural and organic certified cosmetics is also growing, led by Germany and closely followed by France, with new brands emerging on a regular basis. It is a sector worth some €1.5 billion and accounts for 3% of the overall cosmetics market in France. Demand for organic food products is particularly dynamic in Austria, Sweden and Italy, and is growing steadily in France, where the market was worth some €2.6 billion in 2009. New in 2011 is that the NATEXPO Trophies will be open to the entire market and no longer reserved exclusively for companies exhibiting at the show. The twelve Trophies will be given at NATEXPO on Saturday, October 15, with a gold, silver and bronze award for each of the trade show’s four areas.

Exhibitors with ecological headquarters at Natexpo

Featured recently in the NATEXPO website, four confirmed exhibitors this year operate in buildings that follow the principles of sustainability. Established 30 years ago, at Ecover product innovation and a sustainable production system are pillars of its business model. Ecover was the world’s first company to build a totally ecological factory. It currently operates two factories that respect the environment at every level - power, waste management, lighting, heating, construction materials.

Over 25 years ago Ballot-Flurin chose to install its honey processing plant in the middle of the countryside. It built a revolutionary bioclimatic building with photovoltaic panels and a natural sewerage system. In 2007 the company added a new wooden bioclimatic building, designed according to the principles of geobiology, based on equinoxes and solstices. This wooden building with its apparent simple architecture ensures a constant temperature throughout the year with openings that function according to the position of the sun.
French pioneer brand and retail chain La Vie Claire recently relocated to an eco-built, eco-managed complex with a HQE logistics platform and a low-energy head office. The firm expanded its office and operations space with a building that meets the most stringent environmental requirements currently in force. The complex has a footprint of 14,400 m², with 6,400 m² of photovoltaic panels on the roof, in a site of 47,000 m².
French supplier of frozen fruits and vegetables Relais Vert moved to one of the first ecological sites in the market, a complex and challenging project and a 5 million € investment, a reasonable sum considering the results obtained. The roof of the depot has been leased for 30 years to investors who mounted photovoltaic panels and equipment to sell the electric energy it generates, 840 to 860,000 kWh each year. Relais Vert only consumes 270,000 kWh. Excited with the project the employees were involved in the purchase of electric bikes, with the company supplying fuel free of charge. At NATEXPO there are other exhibitors with not only amazing products, but also willing to show and share their solutions to more sustainable business facilities, packaging, display and logistics, examples not always evident at other fairs. More information at www.natexpo.com