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‘It’s their Super Bowl’: As trade shows get canceled or delayed, CPG brands figure out how to cope

Melanie Kahn, founder of Illinois-based beverage brand Poppilu Antioxidant Lemonade, was relying on the annual Natural Products Expo West event to help move her business forward in a number of ways. She was hoping to meet with potential investors during the event, which was supposed to be held between March 3 and 7 and get her company in front of new retailers. Plus, she had a new product to promote, for kids. 

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  • FEB 20, 2020

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Modern Retail+ Talks: Direct to Consumer’s Future
Apr 9, 2020

Exclusively for Modern Retail+ members: Hear from Colin Darretta, CEO and Founder of Wellpath, on the future of direct to consumer business.