FAQs

NEXTY Awards

Yes, we will still be holding the NEXTY Awards! Finalists and winners will be recognized and celebrated at Expo East in Philadelphia, virtually on Natural Products Expo Virtual and on newhope.com. The nomination and judging process will remain the same.

Winning a NEXTY Award offers brands unprecedented recognition and validation in the natural products industry. Check out all the benefits here!

For the NEXTY Awards Expo East 2021 edition, ANY CPG brand in natural products industry with a finished product can nominate. You do not have to be an exhibitor, though we would encourage you to exhibit either at the in-person event or with a virtual booth to take full advantage of this program and the buzz that it creates.

Expo East and NPE Virtual Exhibitors: $95 per nomination.

Non-Exhibitors: $195 for the first nomination, $95 for each additional nomination.

One product in one category is a single nomination. Two products in a one category is two nominations, one product in two categories is two nominations and so on.

We do not define “new” in relation to the NEXTY Awards since we believe older products that have not yet gained general recognition in the natural products industry may still be worthy of this award. While filling out the nomination form, you will be asked to fill in the product's launch date, however, so this information will be available to the judges.

Learn about the NEXTY Awards judging process here!

Yes, send one product sample per category for judging analysis to arrive in the New Hope Network office (Attn: NEXTY Awards, 5541 Central Ave, Suite 150, Boulder, CO, 80301). For example, if you nominate the same product in four different categories, please send four samples of the same product so it can be represented in each of those four categories during judging.

In the case that your product is extremely large and too difficult to mail for judging, please send any relevant product photos and/or product sheets that will assist the judges in making their decisions.

You can nominate a product that has already launched or will launch by December 2021.

We often have nominations for brand-new products that are still in temporary packaging or final prototype stage. Please send the most finished product that you can along with any packaging mock-ups or notes that convey further attributes to the judges.

Yes, you can enter the same product/product line in more than one category. There is no limit on how many categories you can submit a product to, however, every new category requires a separate nomination.

For example: A company has a new line of organic vegan yogurt for kids. This product could be entered in any or all of the follow categories: Best New Organic Food, Best New Special Diet Food and Best New Natural Kid's Product.

You may choose to submit one or more products in a single line, but each flavor or variety submitted counts as a separate nomination.

For example: A company has a line of high-protein milk in five flavors. If they want to submit all five flavors, that would count as five nominations.  If they want to nominate only one product, they should choose their favorite/most representative/best selling flavor or variety from the line.

Please send only the flavors/varieties that have been nominated. Each additional flavor/variety must be nominated separately.

Your product cannot win a NEXTY Award in the same category that it has already won, however, it is eligible to be considered in different categories.

This category is for typical center-aisle foods that would not be considered a snack or beverage, such as whole grains, cereals, meal helpers, canned or packaged vegetables or beans, cheese or other dairy/non-dairy food products, soups, pastas and bread products.

We believe business can and should be used as a force for good. Nominated products in this category should encourage healthy living and industry growth through initiatives that support regeneration, farmers, employees, environment, organizations and/or communities in need. 

Products nominated in this category should highlight a strong partnership(s) between a brand and an ingredient producer(s)/supplier(s), as well as responsible and transparent sourcing of ingredients. In your nomination, explain how your partnership with a named supplier(s) have helped develop a healthier, better product and strengthens supply chain quality and transparency).

Yes, your product will need to meet New Hope Network's Ingredient Standards & Guidelines, which are the same standards and guidelines in place at Natural Products Expos. The New Hope Network Standards team will evaluate product prior to the judging process and remove any products that do not meet our standards for ingredients and efficacy.

MarketReady Insights makes regulatory compliance easy and accessible. We’ll ensure your brand is ready for the publicity and opportunity that NEXTY finalists and winners benefit from. Plus, we’ll make sure there aren’t any pesky regulatory compliance issues that might interfere with your chances of winning. All NEXTY applicants are eligible for 10% off any MarketReady regulatory package, enter MREADY10 at checkout.

The NEXTY Award categories are a reflection of the product categories that exhibit at our Natural Product Expos. While some categories have remained consistent throughout the history of the NEXTY Awards, such as Best New Beverage and Best New Supplement, other categories have been added, altered or eliminated to reflect changing patterns in the natural products industry.

For example, in recent years we've added the categories: Best New CBD Product, Best New Product Supporting a Healthy Microbiome and Best New Sports Nutrition Product because these are product categories where we have noticed a lot of movement and innovation. What was previously called the Best New Packaging Innovation has now been renamed the Best Environmentally Responsible Packaging to reflect the direction and integrity we would like those category nominees to represent.

Products nominated in the Best New Organic Beverage and Best New Organic Food categories for the NEXTY Awards must be certified organic. For all other categories, products are not required to be certified organic.

Click here to view label flat examples and here for dos and don'ts of images.
  • Submit photo on an all-white or transparent background - No color or photo background
  • Photo should contain only 1 flavor, not the full line
  • Photo should only show a package for a single serving - not the shelf packaging
  • Photo should not contain any text or logos

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