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Is it just us, or does the future of natural products just seem to be getting brighter and brighter? Check out these stories to see what we mean:  If you'd like news like this as it happens, follow us on Twitter. And if you have comments or questions, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you.
Presenter at NCN-NPC Investor Meeting Strikes Deal with DSM Mixfit, who presented at the 2017 edition of the NCN-NPC Investor Meeting has partnered with DSM to help take their personalized nutrition offering to market. This union combines DSM’s expertise in essential micronutrients with Mixfit's technology to analyze health data in real-time. Congrats to both on taking this strategic step into the growing personalized nutrition arena. READ MORE >>

Canadian experts weigh in on the intersection of food and natural health products Shelley King, CEO of Natural Products Canada, was one of four Canadians interviewed by leading industry publication, NutraIngredients. The article focuses on the quickly disappearing line between food and NHPs, and what that means for future innovations in the industry. The article featured speakers from the upcoming Natural Health Products Research Society conference described later in this issue. LEARN MORE>>

Canada's support system for natural product commercialization If you're still wondering if Canada is the place to invest in your natural product company, just ask these guys. Ben Lightburn from Mazza Innovation and Karn Manhas from TerraMera have built highly successful and innovative companies with lots of help, support, and insights from Canada's rich ecosystem of public and private capital and commercialization programs. 

On April 26th, Ben and Karn will talk to Nutrition Capital Network about the Canadian landscape, and why local and international companies and investors should take notice. READ MORE >>
Maple Leaf bets on the (insect) farm  Canada's largest food processor is building its alternative protein portfolio with an investment in Entomo, the Ontario company that is the North American leader in cricket farming for human consumption.   READ MORE>>  

NACO brings its education roadshow to Atlantic Canada  NPC is very proud to partner with the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) to bring their investor and entrepreneur training program to Atlantic Canada.

NACO Academy delivers in-depth information from highly experienced investors about the investment process, and how to access capital. Entrepreneurs will learn what angels are looking for, how to prepare, and how to navigate the range of options for capital. Investors will learn the in's and out's of structuring deals and term sheets.

The five-day tour runs from April 30 - May 4, and includes St. John's, Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton and Fredericton. As part of our support, friends of NPC can use promo code NACOMember for a reduced registration of $30.  LEARN MORE OR REGISTER HERE >>

FoodBytes Montreal announces finalists  NPC is very proud to partner with Rabobank and their FoodBytes event in Montreal on May 16th. This event celebrates the best in innovative food and agritech from around the world.

We are particularly excited to see a few familiar faces in the list of companies selected to present, including AmazStev from Montreal. AmazStev is a food ingredient company focused on the development, production and commercialization AmazStev® UltraDulce™, a portfolio of novel, natural, calorie-free and bitter-free Stevia extract sweeteners that enable food and beverage manufacturers to develop clean-label, great-tasting, sugar-free products for health conscious consumers.
LEARN MORE OR REGISTER HERE >>

National meet-up of NHP research and innovation experts We are very proud to support the annual gathering of Canada's thought leaders in research, development and commercialization (RD&C) of natural products. This event will include insights from key government and industry associations, including Health Canada’s Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate and Food Directorate; the American Botanical Council; the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH); the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); NutraIngredients.com; the National Research Council of Canada; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; and the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding. LEARN MORE>>

Events Worth Noting
There are a number of strategic events in the coming months. Whether you're an entrepreneur, researcher, investor, or someone who works with one of these groups, you may want to consider attending. We'll be at most so please reach out if you'd like to connect.
Join us at The Food Edge Summit - there's still a few spots left!
May 1-2, Boston Design Centre, Boston MA

https://www.foodedge.co/
 
Join us in Boston for the Food Edge Summit. A two-day summit exploring the future of food and a great opportunity to meet food industry innovators from all over the US!
 
The Consulate General of Canada – Boston is partnering with the Boston Globe and Branchfood (the largest community of food innovators in New England) to take advantage of this forward-thinking program, a two-day seminar event with participants from leading US food businesses, service providers and start-ups.

The conference will feature some of the most innovative minds in the food industry. Topics will range from consumer insights to food product innovation and retail. Panel discussions include: Digital Innovation for your Food Company; Redefining Growth: The Rise of Small Brands and Personalized Nutrition. Companies like Amazon, Campbell’s and Chew Labs will be participating.
 
Canadian companies and entrepreneurs are invited to participate. This is a great opportunity for you to connect, develop partnerships and find out about the latest trends. On the margins of the conference, the Consulate General of Canada – Boston will organize AgTech/FoodTech visits in Boston, targeted B2B meetings and networking opportunities.
 
To participate in this program, contact Colette Lekborg.
Colette Lekborg, Consulate General of Canada at Colette.lekborg@international.gc.ca or 617-247-5172.
Note that space is limited and travel-related expenses are your responsibility.
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