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The demand for natural products continues to drive all sorts of market opportunities. In this edition, we look at the rise of insect products, explore some regulatory shifts in Brazil, dive into the secrets of developing your next new product, and highlight some upcoming industry events: 
  • REMINDER National industrial bioproduct group wants input on access to capital
  • How Benefiq creates a bridge to Europe
  • Loblaws embraces bugs
  • Part 2 of webinar demystifies product development 
  • Brazil introduces regulations on supplements
  • Three bioproducts events to consider
  • Let's connect at these upcoming meetings
  • And our 3-second survey asks how you develop new products
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Access to Capital: The Situation for Canadian Industrial Bioproduct Companies and Investors

Natural Products Canada is part of the national Investment Readiness Working Group of the Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable, which has created a quick on-line survey to:
      *   Identify the needs of relevant Canadian companies striving to attract investment for commercialization of agricultural industrial bioproducts,
      *   Determine what resources are currently available and being utilized to support these companies, and
      *   Identify the barriers to success in attracting capital and means of addressing those barriers.

If you are an investor, support organization or a company involved in the production of industrial bioproducts, please complete the surveySurvey closes at 5pm EST March 14, 2018.  Thank you in advance for your participation in this important information-gathering initiative.
Courtesy: Benefiq
Benefiq presents unique networking opportunity Every two years, companies and researchers from across Canada and Europe gather in Quebec City to identify the latest and greatest in health ingredients. This year, Benefiq is conveniently partnering with Green Food Tech for sustainable processing, making it a must-attend event for anyone in the sector. Save October 2-4 in your calendars now! LEARN MORE >>
Courtesy: CBC
Bugs in the grocery aisle It doesn't seem like that long ago that the thought of eating bugs was resigned to exotic diets or ick-inducing reality shows. But in the last several years the idea of replacing more resource-intensive proteins with insects has become more, ahem, palatable. Loblaws is one of the latest mainstream retailers to catch the wave. READ MORE >>
Pearl Strategy and Innovation Design
Product Development Webinar: Part 2 Everyone can name a product they can't live without. But not everyone knows how to create one! Last week we started the product development conversation with Susan Weaver of Pearl Strategies and Innovation Design. She gave a great introduction to innovative companies and the strategic (yet very practical) exercises that can pave the way to creating something that customers will love. Join us for Part 2 of the two-part webinar on Tuesday, March 22nd at 2pm EST. READ MORE >>
'Regulation overhaul' expected for Brazil Brazil has one of the fastest growing populations with a growing demand for natural products such as nutraceuticals and functional foods. New thinking on the supplement category may present great opportunities for Canadian companies. READ MORE >>
Courtesy: BIC
Two bioproduct events are on our radar this week and next:
Bioproducts Agri-Science Cluster Conference Our friends at Bioindustrial Innovation Canada are hosting an ag-sci cluster conference tomorrow in Mississauga. LEARN MORE >>
Courtesy: General Mills
The latest on biogas and renewable natural gas  Looking for policy developments and  topics affecting biogas and RNG? Attend this conference and hear case studies for agricultural, municipal, and industrial projects. March 22-23 in Gatineau, QC.  READ MORE >>
Courtesy: BioNB
Looking further ahead to May...
BioCon 2018  Explore Atlantic Canada's cutting edge biorefining technologies and get up-to-date with the latest developments in bioenergy, biofuels, and biorefining. May 23-24 in Fredericton, NB.  READ MORE >>
Courtesy: Colin Hall/CBC
Looking for friends or money? Or friends with money? Join us at the Nutrition Capital Network - Natural Products Canada Investor Meeting (Toronto, June 27-28). Focused on the human health and wellness space, this invite-only gathering features 20 high-potential companies pitching to carefully selected Canadian and international investors, including those from titans of the natural product industry such as Nature's Way, Nestle and Campbell's. LEARN MORE>>
Discovery Days We are returning to the Ontario Centres of Excellence flagship event this year, after meeting so many new clients and partners at the event last year. If you will be attending, please reach out to us in advance so that we can be sure to connect. LEARN MORE>>
Closing the gut-brain health gap We are looking forward to NeuroConX, the annual international conference presented by our node partners at the PEI BioAlliance. This year's theme is all about the mind-gut connection and the microbes that can play a role in our mental and cognitive health. LEARN MORE>>
Our last survey asked if you were ready to pitch to investors. The results were pretty evenly spread between enthusiastic yes's, all out no's, and somewhere in between. Pitching to investors is a critical step for companies. If you're not 100% confident, please talk to us. We'd be happy to help.
Now we ask: What's your strategy for developing new products?
 We follow a solid process, including polling our customers.

 Watch our competitors, read industry reports, and talk to researchers.

 Strategy? We run with an idea when inspiration hits.

Need a refresh on the services NPC offers to help get natural products to market faster, cheaper, and more efficiently? Talk to us.
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