2023 EXPO WEST TRENDS & INSIGHTS PRESENTED BY AMPLA
Tuesday, March 21st | 2-3 pm ET
What Did We Learn from Expo West 2023?
With Natural Products Expo West 2023 squarely in our rearview, we gathered experts from across the CPG ecosystem to discuss the biggest trends and key learnings coming out of this year's event. From new product innovation to emerging technologies, we'll recap what we learned and what you'll need to be aware of as you grow your business this year.
David Ackerman, CalNutri
From Ideation to Commercialization, the team at CalNutri empowers you to focus on building your brand & distribution, while we focus on your product development, manufacturing & supply chain operations.
Garry Michael, Farm2Me
Farm2Me is a pioneering online grocer distributor and mission-driven wholesale club service with a mission to grow the world's largest local food system database, worldwide. The US-based company is the only service that combines farm fresh local produce, fresh small-batch mission-driven, grocery staples, and fresh on-demand manufacturing on each order.
Kunal Kohli, Ampla Technologies
Ampla Technologies is a tech-enabled financial platform offering consumer brands access to digital banking and working capital solutions. Ampla's signature product - the Growth Line of Credit - was designed to support omnichannel brands at scale. Alongside this product, Ampla offers embedded banking, bill pay, analytics, and credit card solutions.
Director of Customer Success & Partnerships at Ampla
Kunal is the Director of Customer Success for Ampla, a tech-enabled, modern line of credit solution. In this capacity, he leads a team responsible for helping brands plan for their capital needs, access and deploy their growth line of credit, and implement other financial solutions into their business strategy. n 2016, Kunal co-founded and led BOU which grew into a national brand in just three months after launch and was sold into major retailers including Whole Foods, Kroger, Walmart, Target, Ahold, etc
Since graduating from UC Davis in 1997, David has gained vast experience in the food, beverage, dietary supplement, and natural product industries while providing product development and contract manufacturing services to numerous CPG Brands. He founded, operated, and successfully sold 2 California corporations, West Coast Ingredients and Alta Quality Nutrition. After being on the manufacturing side, David decided to jump over to the CPG Brand side by helping emerging Brands with their overall Operations. He held Executive Operations positions at cutting edge, rapid-growth food comp companies such as Soylent and Kettle & Fire.
While working with various CPG Brands, David realized that there is a major void with start-ups and emerging Brands being able to effectively develop and launch new products, as well as find the right manufacturing partner. In light of this, he founded CalNutri, Inc., a company that provides product development and optimization, supply chain management, and contract manufacturing to those Brands who experience these challenges. In essence, David and his company is the Ops Team for many of these Brands who primarily want to focus on branding, sales, and marketing.
Farm2Me launched in 2010; a wholesale marketplace for emerging food & bev brands. Join 34,000 brands, find co-packers, 3PL Logistics, and Independent Grocers worldwide. We grow local food systems, worldwide.
Ampla is a tech enabled, modern line of credit solution that helps brands to grow with quick access to capital and simplify business operations by centralizing finances on one intuitive platform. Ampla provides scalable funding, built-in accounting automation, and pricing transparency combined to allow customers to focus resources on growing their business.