NOPEX 2024 Speaker Spotlight: Mary Allen

In our Speaker Spotlight series, get to know our speakers before you see them. Find out what trends Mary Allen – President & Founder of Natural Brand Works, predicts this year, who they admire in the industry, and why you should attend their session at Natural & Organic Products Expo this April.

What one person or business in the natural & organic industry do you really admire and why?

Dr. Paul Stamets, I am crazy for mushrooms-:)

What do you see as key trends for natural & organic in the coming year?

Listen to my talk in the Natural Products Theatre to hear my view of the trends in natural & organic products.

Can you give us an example of what your business is doing to become even more sustainable

We care about the brands and companies we work with! Learn their story and business practices. Shop local when you can!

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your role and the most challenging?

Meeting founders and hearing their stories. It’s gratifying assisting brands launch internationally. The most challenging is convincing companies of the International opportunities.

Why should visitors attend your session at the show?

I have attended Natural Products Expo East and West in the U.S. and the Natural & Organic Products Shows in London and Malmö. I love spotting and exploring new brands and trends and especially watching brands grow.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given.

  1. Always look for the next BIG idea.
  2. Use new technology, constantly changing how you work.
  3. Have a mentor!
  4. Work as a team.
  5. Be observant and listen. See the world!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people don’t know:

I am a Yoga Teacher!

See Mary Allen’s session ‘10 trends to watch in 2024’ at 13:45 – 14:15 on Sunday 14 April.  Register for a trade ticket here.