March 12-16, 2024

Anaheim, CA USA

NEXTY Awards

The NEXTY Awards recognize the most progressive, innovative, inspiring and trustworthy products in the natural products industry. Entering your product for a NEXTY Award gives you unprecedented exposure to New Hope Network’s editorial team and unique recognition at Expo West 2024.

Categories Open to Food, Beverage, Supplement or Other Products

People-Forward Product: These brands put people first, whether through their transparent, fair or direct-trade sourcing practices, support of local or global communities, vertical integration, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion practices; support of food access, living wages, employee care, etc.

Planet-Forward Product: These brands have demonstrable commitments to sustainable environmental practices (alternative energy, zero waste, regenerative agriculture, circular economies, environmentally responsible packaging, food waste, upcycling…) and exhibit an exemplary level of transparency and understanding of how their practices impact the planet.

Certified Organic Product: This category is for brands that are doing more by engaging in policy to strengthen organic standards, converting or expanding acreage or showcasing a deep understanding of the ecological journey to their organic efforts. Nominating brands must be Certified Organic (USDA NOP standards or equivalent.

Certified Regenerative Product: This category is for brands that are doing more by engaging in policy to strengthen regenerative standards, converting or expanding acreage or showcasing a deep understanding of the ecological journey to their regenerative efforts. Nominating brands must be certified by a third-party accredited program.

Plant Party! These products help promote and educate about the benefits of putting plants at the forefront and answer a growing consumer demand for plant-focused products that support climate, health and/or animal welfare issues. Products do not need to be strictly 100% plant-based or vegan (i.e. honey may be used as a sweetener) but rather celebrate the plants at center stage.

Natural Living Product: Includes natural products for the home, such as cleaning supplies, apparel, pet products, clothing, gear, etc.

Natural Kid’s Product: Gear, supplements, foods or beverages designed with the youngest consumers in mind.

Packaging: These products have packaging that stands out for its sustainability, messaging, branding, design or innovation.

Supplement Categories

Sustainable Supplement: These products put sustainability front and center, whether through the use of regenerative or organic ingredients, good sourcing practices, renewable energy, innovative packaging or other exemplary practices.

Supplement Trailblazer: These products are industry trailblazers, answering the question “what’s next?” in supplements. They might exhibit strong scientific rigor, the use of cutting-edge technology, inventive delivery formats or address conditions not yet widely known or understood.

Supplement for the Mind: These products are formulated for and positioned to address conditions of the mind including stress, mood, sleep, relaxation, mood, focus, concentration, etc.

Supplement for the Body: These products are formulated for and positioned to address conditions of the body including skin, bones, performance, weight management, joint and heart health, digestion, microbiome, etc.

Personal Care and Beauty Categories

Personal Care Product: This includes products such as oral care, personal hygiene, soaps and shampoos, deodorant, etc.

Beauty and/or Skincare Product: This includes cosmetics, serums, oils, lotions, skincare, hair styling products, makeup, etc.

Food and Beverage Categories

Functional Food or Beverage: These products seek to support wellness by harnessing functional ingredients such as botanicals, adaptogens, nootropics, etc. Brands are strongly encouraged to include amounts per serving information for the functional ingredients in their nomination application, particularly in support of any wellness claims made about the product on the packaging.

Meat, Dairy or Animal-Based Product

Meat Alternative

Dairy Alternative

Special Diet Food: Keto, vegetarian, Paleo, FODMAP, Whole 30.

Gluten-Free Product

Vegan Product

Pantry Canned Goods, Jars and Pouches: Pasta sauces, tinned fish, vegetable or fruit preserves, soups, heat-and-eat grains, beans and other meals, etc.

Pantry Pastas, Grains, Beans and Rice (uncooked): Center-aisle foods such as breakfast items, dry goods, baking mixes, whole grains, meal helpers, pastas, etc.

Spices and Condiments (herbs, salts, traditional condiments, slaws, relishes, pickles…)

Dips and Spreads

Breads and Bakery (refrigerated, frozen or shelf-stable)

Packaged Produce (dehydrated, fresh and frozen): Salad kits, sprouts, prepared beets, frozen smoothie fruit and acai bowls, packaged mushrooms, etc.

Savory or Salty Snack

Sweet Snack and Desserts: Chocolate, cookies, gummies, fruit snacks and other sweet treats.

Frozen Desserts: Ice cream, popsicles and novelties.

Prepared Frozen Products: Pizza, frozen dinners and other savory frozen products. NOT sweet.

Beverage: This includes all RTD beverages, drink mixes, juices and mixers that are labeled with the appropriate supplement or nutrition facts panel where required.

Coffee or Tea: RTD, cold brew, loose leaf, bagged, whole grain or ground.

Adult Non-Alcoholic Beverages: Alcohol-free beer, wine, cocktails and other drinks.

Alcoholic Beverages: Beer, wine, spirits and other alcoholic drinks.Like categories may be combined as needed if minimum nomination numbers are not met.

Additional Categories:

Editors' Choice Award: Will be decided on site at Expo West

People's Choice Award: Will be decided on site at Expo West

Preliminary Judging: The first round of judging takes place in the New Hope Network office in Boulder, Colorado. Conducted by members of the New Hope Network content team, standards team, marketing team and Nutrition Business Journal team, our-in-house expert judges review hundreds of nominated products using these criteria to select 3-7 finalists in each category.

Final Judging: The final round of judging is conducted by a panel of invited industry experts, spanning specialties such as investment, retail, brokerage, social media influence, sustainability and more. These judges join the New Hope Network content team, standards team, marketing team and NEXT Data & Insights team to select the single winners within each category!

2024 Judges Panel will be announced soon!

 

Join us for a prom-inspired celebration of the future of CPG with our 2024 NEXTY Award winners and finalists! Buyers, ask your favorite brand to dance or offer up a fanciful corsage or boutonniere, as you sip, taste and network with companies leading the way in integrity, innovation, and inspiration (throwback dresses and suits encouraged!)

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