The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual conference (Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo; FNCE for short) takes place October 21 – 24.
One of our long-standing recommendations has been to enact stringent guidelines to help define appropriate and relevant exhibitors at the conference’s expo hall.
For example, we think Nestlé clinical nutrition products (i.e.: tube feed formulas) have a place at the expo. Its SweeTarts candies (which were a main attraction at their FNCE booth last year due to the removal of artificial flavorings and colorings)? Not so much.
We also, for example, think the presence of The Sugar Association, McDonald’s, and The National Confectioners Association (AKA: the candy lobby) is problematic from an optics — and ethics — standpoint.
On a positive note, it has come to our attention that FNCE attendees are now — for the first time, that we know of — polled as to what types of products they want to see on the expo floor (see screenshot here).
While we still would like to see Academy leadership draft official exhibitor guidelines, we consider this progress. We believe FNCE’s expo hall has the potential to be the epitome of forward-thinking, health-focused, nutrition-aligned information.
We can’t imagine these poll results would have an effect on this year’s expo (booths have, by and large, already been reserved and confirmed), but hopefully it can lead to improvements in future years.