Innovation Expo

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Natural Health Products NZ’s Innovation Expo (previously Suppliers’ Day) provides an outstanding opportunity for our sector to showcase new products, ingredients or processing capability.

Our annual day of innovation is a day of ‘show and tell’ where suppliers, manufacturers, brand owners come together to network and gain new knowledge.

Make sure you join us at Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre at the Due Drop Events Centre, Manukau, Auckland. The Events Centre is a short drive from Auckland Airport.

Draft programme outline:

   8.30am – 9.00amRegistration, MCC Coffee Cart 
   9.00am – 12.30pmPresentations
 12.30pm – 1.30pmDSM-Firmenich Networking Lunch
   1.30pm – 4.30pmPresentations
   4.30pm – 6.00pmIMCD Networking Event


Registration includes:

  • Entry to the plenary session
  • Entry to the IMCD Networking Function
  • All meal / networking breaks.

Registration fees:

  • Members’ Registration: $161.00 (plus GST & booking fees)
  • Non-Members’ Registration: $247.00 (plus GST & booking fees)

If you’re purchasing 4 or more registrations (for one company), you will be eligible to receive a 10% discount at checkout.  Please use promo code 4ORMORE.

A late fee of $25.00 + GST will be applied to all registrations purchased after Wednesday 8 November 2023.

Calling for Expressions of Interest to Present

This is your opportunity to take a leading role in this very popular event and present your product, service, or company to the natural health products industry.

The presentation opportunity

We have a limited number of 20-minute presentation slots available. The topic could include information about a new ingredient, new processing capability, innovative packaging, etc. Presentations must be newsworthy and of genuine interest to delegates.

Members: $920.00 + GST
Non-members: $1,495.00 + GST

Presenter fees include one complimentary registration.

Next steps

If you would like to be considered as a presenter then please submit a brief (250-word maximum) abstract to Natural Health Products NZ. Your abstract should include the following information:

  • Presentation title
  • The topic explained in one sentence
  • What is new, different or significant about the information provided
  • What challenge and/or opportunity does it address

Send your abstract or any questions to Kerry.


Joe Davis

Master of Ceremonies
Proudly supported by Keraplast

Joe Davis

Joe Davis is a leader, innovator and author with a deep passion for bringing teams together around big challenges with real purpose. Co-Founder & CEO of Nanogirl Labs with wife and business partner Dr Michelle Dickinson, Joe’s current mission is to democratise access to world class education, working across technology, education and entertainment to inspire, educate and empower learners.

Saskia van der Geest

Specialist New Product Design
Fast Track NPD
Keynote Speaker

Saskia van der Geest

Saskia helps organisations to design better products (and services) faster. She specialises in improving productivity to help your team deliver a consistent flow of new products ‘faster, better, more profitable’ and with more fun! Saskia has worked with over 70 NZ manufacturers and launched over a hundred products and some businesses. She is driven to help people to deliver great work. She loves seeing teams be in control, delivering their craft together beautifully. Saskia has a very practical approach, with a people lens. She makes the complex easy. Saskia will share the basics and latest thinking in NPD.

Amanda Archibald

The Genomic Kitchen

Presenting for Hawkins Watts

Amanda Archibald

Amanda Archibald is widely recognised as an early adopter in translational genomics, connecting nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics to the kitchen and to health. She founded The Genomic Kitchen, is the author of two books, a clinician, an educator and a consultant.

Amanda teaches and mentors clinicians around the world in her efforts to make nutritional and culinary genomics more widely understood and accessible. Her cutting-edge work in nutritional and culinary genomics resulted in consulting for a variety of entities including Hawkins Watts (NZ), Healthy America and Sodexo (France/USA).

Amanda’s work in culinary genomics is foundational to the first nutrigenomically-informed menu in the world offered to patients and staff at Sharp Healthcare, San Diego.

Ryan Gorman

Brand Director
Network Nutrition
(an IMCD Company)

Ryan Gorman

Ryan has over 20 years practical experience in the botanical extracts industry in the Oceanic, EU, Asia and Americas regions, with extensive real-world experience in the following quality assurance, quality control, technical and commercial areas.

Having a passion for quality ingredients and the health outcomes they can provide, Ryan has dedicated himself to the pursuit of appropriate quality standards for the natural products industry in order to realise a fair competitive environment for all industry participants.

Stacey Fraser

Design Practice Teaching Fellow
University of Canterbury

Stacey Fraser

Experienced Product Designer Personal and Wellness industry.

Independant consultant Brand and Product Development, Trend & Marketing.

Ali Reza Nazmi

Senior Lecturer & Director of Studies of Chemical Formulation Design
University of Canterbury

Ali Reza Nazmi

Ali Reza has a passion for teaching and is inspired by the creativity and flexibility of product design students. Ali Reza coordinates and teaches multiple Formulation Science courses across the undergraduate and masters level. His background is in protein biochemistry and has worked across different universities and research institutes on projects concerning different aspects of protein science.

Ali Reza's ongoing research interest is multidisciplinary and revolves around biopolymers, enzymes and microbes involved in biopolymer synthesis, usage of these biopolymers in composite materials, material perception and formulation design.
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Abbie Harris

Regulatory Training Direct

Abbie Harris

Abbie is a veteran product developer and formulator. She co-founded Regulatory Training Direct (RTD) with her colleague Robert Forbes. RTD provides online training for the health industry, delivering courses focused on Australian and New Zealand regulations.

Abbie’s consultancy specialises in the development and commercialisation of nutraceuticals and other healthcare products.

Dr Brad McEwen

Head of Products, Innovation &
Regulatory Affairs

Presenting for Gnosis by Lesafrre

Dr Brad McEwen

Dr Brad McEwen PhD is a leader in preventive and personalised health, particularly in cardiometabolic health and mental and cognitive health. He is an award-winning naturopath, nutritionist, educator, and researcher. Dr Brad has a passion for education and research of natural medicine. He is Head of Products, Innovation, and Regulatory Affairs.

Michelle Bauer

Project Manager
Branching Out / Venture Taranaki

Presenting for Harvest Natural Health

Michelle Bauer

Michelle Bauer is the Project Manager of Branching Out, a project initiated and led by Venture Taranaki, and supported by local sponsors and MPI’s SFFF Fund. Branching Out aims to strengthen and diversify the Taranaki economy, by identifying and supporting innovative, commercially viable food and fibre value chain opportunities.

This supports the region’s strategy and long-term vision for a resilient, high-value, and low-emissions future as articulated by Taranaki 2050 – the guiding strategic document for the region, co-created with the people of Taranaki. Branching Out has gained significant momentum in the region, working collaboratively with a wide range of industry participants, from landowners to interested growers, manufacturers to food and fibre entrepreneurs, and potential investors.

Phil Rasmussen

Harvest Natural Health

Phil Rasmussen

Phil is a medical herbalist, pharmacist and researcher with 30 years of broad-ranging industry experience, He is a longstanding advocate for building the local raw material supply chain for New Zealand natural health products, and has written and presented extensively on herbal subjects for academic, practitioner and industry audiences in New Zealand and overseas.

Associate Professor
Alexander Tups

Department of Physiology
University of Otago

Presenting for Aroma (NZ) Ltd

Associate Professor Alexander Tups

Associate Professor Alexander Tups is an internationally recognised expert on the brain-mediated control of body weight and blood sugar regulation. His research focusses on nutrient sensing in the brain, i.e., the impact of certain nutrients on brain function and the regulation of metabolism with the aim to find state-of-the-art therapies for cognitive and metabolic health.

Gabrielle Webster

Distibution Manager & Market Development Manager

Gabrielle Webster

Gabrielle is a highly experienced communications executive who has worked in leadership teams in complex, global and fast paced organisations. As the Market Development Manager for Dietary Supplements and Market Ready Solutions for DSM-Firmenich, Gabby has collaborated with major international brands such as Danone Nutricia and Blackmores in the highly demanding innovation with sustainability.
More speakers to be announced . . .


Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to showcase your company. All networking sessions will be in the exhibitor hall, maximising your exposure to delegates. Secure your exhibition space today.

Members: $863.00 + GST
Non-Members: $1,438.00 + GST

Exhibition fees include one complimentary registration

For further details, contact Sheryl.

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