Natural & Organic Products Europe 2020 has been cancelled following an announcement that the exhibition venue, ExCeL London, is to be converted into a temporary NHS-operated hospital – known as NHS Nightingale – to be able to treat up to 4,000 coronavirus patients.

Exhibitors were told of the decision earlier toCday in an email from the show’s event director, Carol Dunning. Commenting on the plans to repurpose the venue during the COVID-19 crisis, she said: “We applaud these initiatives in light of the pandemic we face, and the type of isolation care people will need.”

Natural & Organic Products Europe will return next year (Sunday 18 and Monday 19 April 2021). “This will be a significant year where we will celebrate coming together for the 25th anniversary of your trade show,” said Dunning.

Explaining the next steps and temporary operational changes within the show organizer Diversified Communications UK, Dunning added: “We are all now working from home and we ask you to bear with us while we organize the next steps. We understand that you will have questions and we will be contacting you directly over the coming days.

“We fully understand and appreciate the level of planning that is required to attend Natural & Organic Products Europe and would like to thank you, our exhibitors, visitors, partners and suppliers for your continued support and patience during this challenging time.

“On behalf of the team here at Natural & Organic Products Europe and Diversified, thank you again for your understanding.”

NPG will bring you more news as we have it.