Natural Products Expo West
March 9-13, Anaheim Hilton & Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif., www.expowest.com
The 36th Annual Natural Products Expo West is set for another record-breaking show. Based on the success of the 2015 introduction of exhibitors at the Anaheim Hilton, the space at the Hilton has been doubled this year, with 400 companies scheduled to exhibit there, says Adam Andersen, group show director at New Hope Natural Media, which produces Expo West. He says more than 2,000 exhibitors will be displaying their products at the show, which co-locates Expo West and Engredea. Last year there were 70,000+ attendees and Andersen predicts at least that many this March.
In addition to all the access provided by the Exhibit Hall Pass, the popular Super Pass includes dedicated kiosks for badge pick-up, dedicated entrance to the show floor, the Education Sessions, access to the VIP Lounge, free Wi-Fi, charging stations and much more.
Andersen stresses the utility of the Expo West mobile app that enhances planning, enables scheduling meetings, and makes it easier for attendees to connect and meet up.
Three keynote speakers, one each day of the show, will provide unique insights into topics of interest. On Thursday, Martha Rogers will talk about transparency and trust in the health food and supplements arena. Friday’s keynote speaker will be Samuel Kass, personal chef in the Obama White House from 2009 to 2014. The tone switches to inspirational on Saturday when Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person in history to climb Mount Everest, takes the stage.
Tulsi Turmeric Ginger Tea
|Nutritional Booster Protein Powders with Probiotics
Bob’s Red Mill has launched a new line of plantbased Nutritional Booster Protein Powders. Each contains 20 grams of protein per serving, along with beneficial probiotics, prebiotic fiber and heart-healthy Omega- 3s. Vegan, glutenfree, soy-free, and an excellent source of iron. Available in four flavors: Protein and Fiber, Chai, Chocolate and Vanilla. Vanilla, Chocolate and Chai are naturally sweetened with monk fruit extract. Unflavored, unsweetened Protein & Fiber gets an additional dose of fiber from psyllium fiber powder. The entire line makes use of a powerful blend of pea protein, chia seeds and chicory root fiber. Can be mixed with water for a quick protein shake, or blended with fruit and milk or yogurt in a smoothie. Produced in a 100 percent dedicated gluten-free facility. 16-ounce bag. SRP $29.99.
Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Milwaukie, Ore.,800-553-2258, www.bobsredmill.com, Expo West 3538
|Vega Sport Performance Protein
Made from pea, pumpkin seed, organic sunflower seed, and alfalfa protein, the new Vega Sport Performance Protein shake boasts 30 grams of multisource plant-based protein, 6 grams of BCAAs and 6 grams of glutamine, along with added performance ingredients like turmeric, tart cherry and probiotics. Designed to help athletes build and repair strong muscles and reduce recovery time, this shake is available in Vanilla, Chocolate, Mocha, and Berry flavors, and is best consumed 45 to 90 minutes after a workout — either shaken with water or a non-dairy beverage, or blended in a smoothie. Vega Sport Performance Protein is certified vegan, non-GMO and gluten-free.
Vega, Burnaby, B.C., Canada, 866-839-8863, www.myvega.com, Expo West 2077
|New Yoghurt Flavors
Noosa Yoghurt, a unique combination of sweet and tart taste plus a thick, velvety texture, has introduced several new flavors. Blood Orange is a seasonal spring flavor; made with tangy fruit purée and freshly grated zest. Key Lime tastes like a spoonful of key lime pie. Salted Caramel is salty and sweet. All three flavors are available in 8-ounce containers. SRP: $2.49 each. Salted Caramel is also available in a 4-ounce 4-pack. SRP: $4.99.
Noosa Yoghurt LLC, Bellevue, Colo., 970-493-0949, www.noosayoghurt.com, Expo West 5639
|Non-GMO Extra Virgin Canola Oil
Grown by a group of Canadian prairie farmers on family farms located within a 150-mile radius of their own local cold-pressing plant in Saskatoon, minimally processed North Prairie Gold is cold-pressed according to traditional European standards. Because its temperature never exceeds 50 degrees C during cold pressing, the oil’s natural color and abundant nutrients are preserved. A good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant, with 1.5 grams of Omega-3 in each 500 ml bottle, North Prairie Gold is distinguished by its rich golden color and natural nutty flavor. An ideal choice for salads, pasta, vegetable dishes, seafood and baking. Currently the company has a U.S. introductory offer: $8.99 for a 16-ounce bottle.
North Prairie Family Farms, Saskatoon, Canada, 908-879-8660, www.northprairiefamilyfarms.com, Expo West 8921
|Sweet Barbeque Popcorn
Angie’s Boomchickapop Sweet Barbeque variety is a sweetly spicy snack. Savory popcorn is very much on trend, and this variety helps meet that need. The popcorn is popped with sunflower oil and then dried cane sugar and spices like paprika, sea salt and garlic powder are added for the barbeque flavor. 7-ounce package. SRP: $3.49.
Angie’s Boomchickapop, Mankato, Minn., 866-972-6879, www.boomchickapop.com, Expo West 4659
Klean Kanteen introduces new reusable solutions, including the Leakproof Café Cap 2.0 lid. Klean’s new product line also features the 8- and 20-ounce Vacuum Insulated Tumblers and a single wall, 20-ounce Pint Cup. The Leakproof Café Cap 2.0, to be included with all Insulated Wide Kanteens, fully seals and is easy to drink from. The BPA-free lid features a silicone seal. It is also available separately. SRP: $5.95. Klean’s new 8- and 20-ounce tumblers are ideal for hot and cold beverages on the go. The full line of Tumblers, including the 8-, 16- and 20-ounce versions will be available in June. SRP: TBA. The new 20-ounce Imperial Pint, pictured, is the latest addition to the single-wall pint line. Specifically designed with beer drinkers in mind, it features interior 1-pint and 0.5-liter markings for accurate pouring. SRP: $14.99.
Klean Kanteen, Chico, Calif., 800-767-3173, www.kleankanteen.com, Expo West 3478
Carrington Farms Toasted Quinoa is ready-to-eat; no cooking is required. Quinoa is high in fiber and contains almost twice as much fiber as most grains. It’s a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids, Perfect on salads, soups, yogurt, cereals or added to favorite recipes. Naturally gluten-free. 10-ounce package. SRP: $6.99.
Carrington Farms, Closter, N.J., 800-505-9546, www.carringtonfarms.com, Expo West 2883
|Granola Snack Packs
Viki’s 1.5-ounce Granola Snack Packs are available in two varieties. Apple Cinnamon soft-baked granola is a blend of gluten-free oats, organic honey, and unsweetened coconut, mixed with dried sweetened apples, raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Banana Walnut soft-baked granola is a blend of gluten-free oats, organic honey, and unsweetened coconut, enhanced with banana chips and walnuts. Available spring 2016. SRP: $11.99 for 10 1.5-ounce bags.
Viki’s Granola, Bethpage, N.Y., 516-767-8700, www.vikisfoods.com, Expo West 5825
|Farmhouse Stripe Table Linens
In fresh white cotton crisscrossed with yarn-dyed color, this runner (18 X 108 inches) will brighten the table on its own, paired with the matching napkins (20 X 20 inches), or mixed with solid linens. The fabric is soft, absorbent and sturdy enough for everyday use. Made in a factory that recycles 98 percent of its waste-water. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified, 100 percent organic cotton is grown and woven in India. SRPs: Runner $58; set of 4 napkins $38.
Coyuchi, Berkeley, Calif., 510-903-0418, www.coyuchi.com, Expo West H906
|Probiotic Buttery Spread
Probiotic Melt Buttery Spread is a luscious butter substitute that is good for digestive health. Made with virgin coconut, hi-oleic sunflower and flaxseed oils, this spread is blended with the highly stable probiotic GanedenBC30. Probiotic Melt supports digestive health and a healthy immune system when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. According to the company, Probiotic Melt delivers active cultures more effectively than yogurt. Two servings deliver 1 billion CFUs of probiotic GanedenBC30. 10-ounce square package. SRP: $4.99.
Melt Organic, Boise, Idaho, 208-429-9800, www.meltorganic.com, Expo West 2598A
|Organic Kids Bread
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Kids Bread comes in white and wheat varieties and has small, thin slices, making it the ideal size for kids. The recipe was developed to appeal to kids as well as parents, which means that it’s soft and fluffy and made with only simple, organic ingredients like organic wheat flour, organic oat flour and organic sunflower oil. SRP: $4.29.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Inc., Boulder, Colo., 877-293-0876, www.rudisbakery.com, Expo West 2736
|Oils, Blends and Sprays
La Tourangelle introduces Basil, Garlic and Herb de Provence fresh infused oils with fresh herbs from a family-owned farm in France. 250-ml. SRP: $6.99. Non propellant Sun Coco Spray has a high smoke point suitable for grilling. 8 fluid ounces. SRP: $6.99. Amazonian Nutriblend oil with sacha inchi oil, high in vitamin E and omega 3s. 500 ml. SRP: $14.99. Sweet Almond Oil has cooking and body care applications. 500 ml. SRP: $11.99.
La Tourangelle Inc., Berkeley, Calif, www.latourangelle.com, 510-970-9960, Expo West 5619
Follow Your Heart has introduced VeganEgg, a plantbased egg substitute made from algae. This scrambles, bakes and cooks like a chicken egg. Sustainable. 100 VeganEggs can be produced with the same amount of water used to make one chicken egg. SRP: $6.99-$7.99.
Follow Your Heart, Los Angeles, 888-394-3949, www.followyourheart.com, Expo West 2494
|Organic Baby Food
Clearly Crafted is Happy Family’s new line of transparent pouches filled with premium, organic recipes for babies. Each recipe is made with wholesome fruit and vegetable purées for vibrant flavor that can be seen and tasted. Stage 1 flavors include Prunes and Mangos. Stage 2 flavors include: Apples, Blueberries and Oats; Apples, Guavas and Beets; Apples, Kate and Avocados; Apples, Pumpkin and Carrots; Bananas, Raspberries and Oats; Bananas, Sweet Potatoes and Papayas; Pears, Kale and Spinach; Pears, Pumpkin and Passion Fruit; Pears, Squash and Blackberries; and Pears, Zucchini and Peas. SRP: $1.69-$1.89 per pouch.
Happy Family, New York, N.Y., 855-64-HAPPY, www.happyfamilybrands.com, Expo West 3217
|Baked Lentil Chips
Saffron Road unlocks the power of lentils, naturally nutritional powerhouses dense in protein, high in fiber and low in fat. The lentil chips are made with three varieties from around the world — Red Fako (Greece/Turkey), Chana Dal (India) and Puy (France) — which are carefully baked. Varieties: Sea Salt, Moroccan Barbecue, Garlic Parmesan and Cucumber Dill. 4-ounce package. SRP: $3.89 Other new items include: Lentil Crackers in Sea Salt and Rosemary Herb; 4.5-ounce package; SRP: $3.89. Sea Salt Crunchy Chickpeas; Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Halal. 6-ounce package. SRP: $4.49.
Saffron Road Foods, Stamford, Conn., 203-961-1954, www.saffronroadfood.com, Expo West 3195
Tolerant Foods introduces their Energy Blend variety of Certified USDA Organic, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, low sodium, kosher single-ingredient legume-based product in the shape of pasta. Varieties include Red Lentil & Pea Spaghetti, Green Lentil & Pea Spaghetti and Black Bean & Pea Spaghetti. Manufactured in Chicago. 8-ounce packages. SRP. $4.99.
Tolerant Foods, Mount Royal, Quebec, Canada, 888-653-7268 ext. 103, www.tolerantfoods.com, Expo West 5893
|Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oils
Vranas PGI extra virgin olive oil comes from the island of Lesvos and is made from the unique variety called Agrielia. Grown on ancient trees dating back 80-100 years that are exposed to the sun for more than 3,000 hours per year, allowing olives to acquire a distinctive, warm aroma and taste. Classified Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) by the EU. The EU PGI symbol guarantees the superior quality and total integrity of the product. Kritsa extra virgin olive oil is produced in Kritsa, in one of Crete’s oldest olive groves dating back 4,500 years from ancient trees dating back 80-100 years. 17 fluid ounces. SRP: $14.99 each. Also new are Gaea Balsamic & Honey Glaze and Natural Grape Glaze. Both have no artificial ingredients and no sugar added. 6.8-fluid ounces. SRP: $8.99 each.
Gaea North America, Hollywood, Fla., 732-966-6234, www.gaeaus.com, Expo West H1015
Whether it’s their strikingly rich color, antioxidant properties or numerous health benefits, there’s no question that the beet has become a go-to vegetable for natural foods consumers. With these attributes in mind, Crunchies introduces this essential superfood to its line of freeze-dried snacks. Available in April. SRPs: 1.2-ounce resealable pouch, $4.99; .42-ounce single-serve pack, $1.69.
Crunchies Natural Food Co., Westlake Village, Calif., 888-997-1866, www.crunchiesfood.com, Expo West 4078
Explore Cuisine’s newest line is made from organic lentils and organic chickpeas. High in protein and a good source of fiber, vegan and gluten-free, it’s a perfect dish for everyone. In just minutes a family can enjoy fresh pastas made in Italy. Varieties include: Red Lentil Penne, Green Lentil Penne, Chickpea Fusilli, Red Lentil Spaghetti, Chickpea Spaghetti, Green Lentil Lasagne Sheets. 8-ounce package. SRP: $4.99.
Explore Cuisine, Red Bank, 732-747-8800, www.explorecuisine.com, Expo West 5628
Pereg introduces unique multi-purpose flours made from Quinoa, Banana, Coconut, Buckwheat, Almond and Farro. Packaged in stand-up resealable pouches with easy onehanded stay-fresh zip-top. All Non-GMO Project Verified, Whole Grain Council Approved, Gluten Free Certified (excluding Farro), kosher, low in sodium, all natural ingredients, no MSG, and made in USA. SRP: $3.99-$6.99.
Also new are Pre-Seasoned Quinoa Mixes available in 6-ounce boxes and 10.58-ounce packages. Three prewashed premium quinoa bases — Red Grain, White Grain, & Tri-Color Blend; six unique flavor combinations including Quinoa with Spinach, Quinoa with Mushrooms, Quinoa All’ Italiana, Quinoa Southern Smoked, Quinoa Lemon & Herbs, and Quinoa with Vegetables. All Non-GMO Project Verified, Whole Grain Council Approved, Gluten Free Certified, kosher, low in sodium, all natural ingredients, no MSG, and made in USA. SRP: $3.99-$6.99.
Pereg Natural Foods, Clifton, N.J., 718-261-6767, www.pereg.us, Expo West 5543
Sugar Bowl Bakery’s new Flavored Madeleines are available in lemon, orange, pumpkin spice and tuxedo flavors. The first ingredient in these cookies is 100 percent real butter; naturally flavored with ingredients such as Meyer lemon or Valencia orange zests and oils, real pumpkin purée and high-quality cocoa. Each serving has only 90 calories. No artificial flavors, artificial colors, trans fat or preservatives. Packaged in clear plastic boxes and available in Regular Size (12 count/8.4-ounce), Family Size (24 count/16.8- ounce) and IW (20 count/14- ounce). SRP: $4.99-$7.99.
Sugar Bowl Bakery, Hayward, Calif., 510-782-2118 ext. 824, www.sugarbowlbakery.com, Expo West: 8623
|Garden Fresh Soups
Boulder Organic Foods has expanded its line of soups to include two new hearty, nutritious soups featuring organic chicken. Made with the finest certified organic, gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients. Chicken Quinoa & Kale Soup includes crisp kale, carrots, navy beans and golden quinoa simmered with pieces of organic chicken. Chicken Vegetable Chili is a blend of pinto, kidney and garbanzo beans, organic chicken and plenty of veggies like tomatoes, corn, carrots and zucchini. 16-ounce tubs. SRP: $4.49.
Boulder Organic Foods LLC, Niwot, Colo., 303-530-0470, www.boulderorganicfoods.com, Expo West 5646
The producers of Texmati rice are introducing the first Pearl Couscous ever produced in the USA, made from the highest quality non-GMO U.S. wheat. Even more exciting is the introduction of Organic Pearl Couscous, an industry first. Both organic and conventional versions are available in Plain and Tri-Color.
RiceSelect, Houston, 888-993-7423, www.riceselect.com, Expo West 2982
Nonni’s Foods has introduced new packaging for its Originali, Salted Caramel, Cioccolati, Dark Chocolate Almond, Limone, Toffee Almond, Triple Chocolate and Turtle Pecan Biscotti. The new packaging design more prominently displays the biscotti through vibrant imagery. Calorie information and key ingredients are now located at the top of each box. The addition of transparent window cutouts to the front of each box is designed so consumers can see the individually wrapped, portion-controlled biscotti. Eight individually wrapped biscotti per box. SRP: $3.59.
Nonni’s Foods LLC, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., 877-295-9604, www.nonnis.com, Expo West H835
|Organic Tortilla Chips
Deep River Snacks introduces Honchos Organic Tortilla Chips made with 90-100 percent organic ingredients that are 100 percent non-GMO and Certified Gluten- Free. Honchos are made without artificial dyes, flavors and preservatives. Available in three varieties: Nacho Cheese, Ranch and Peach Habanero. Ranch and Peach Habanero are 100 percent organic and bear the USDA Organic Seal; Nacho Cheese is 90 percent organic. All flavors are offered in 1.5-ounce and 5-ounce sizes. SRPs: $1.49-$1.79 and $2.99-$3.49, respectively.
Deep River Snacks, Deep River, Conn., 860-434-7347, www.deepriversnacks.com, Expo West 5861
|Pourable Greek-Yogurt Based Dressing
Litehouse Foods’ OPA by Litehouse Pourable Salad Dressings contain zero trans fat, no MSG, no artificial preservatives, no high-fructose corn syrup and are gluten-free. Available in five new savory flavors: Avocado Cilantro is a creamy combination of avocado, cotija cheese, fresh cilantro and poblano chiles. Tzatziki Ranch tastes of cucumber and dill for Mediterranean food lovers. Roasted Garlic will zest up salads, sides or meals. Curry is an Indian-inspired combination of garlic, green onion and red pepper. Strawberry Poppyseed is a sweet combination of strawberries and poppy seeds. 11.25-ounce glass jars. SRP: $4.49.
Litehouse Foods Inc., Sandpoint, Idaho, 800-669-3169, www.litehousefoods.com, Expo West 9314
|Steel Cut Meals
Made with 100 percent whole grain steel-cut oats and certified gluten-free, non-GMO ingredients, Grainful’s frozen entrées are available in six varieties: Unstuffed Pepper, Vegetarian Chili, Thai Curry, Cheddar Broccoli, Porcini Mushroom, and Tuscan Bean & Kale. All meals are prepared in individual kettle batches and contain one to two whole grain servings with the Whole Grain Council’s stamp. Grainful meal trays are also 100 percent recyclable and 90 percent compostable. SRP: $4.99.
Grainful, Ithaca, N.Y., 607-319-5585, www.grainful.com, Expo West H435
|Organic Whole Milk Yogurt
Annie’s is offering a new line of Organic Whole Milk Yogurt in three varieties: Berry Patch, Summer Strawberry and Very Vanilla. Fills the need for parents in search of kid-friendly, whole milk yogurt options. Made with simple, real ingredients like organic whole milk and real fruit, but without GMOs, artificial flavors, synthetic colors, preservatives or highfructose corn syrup. Ideal for breakfast on-the-go, easy lunch-packing and snacking. 4-pack of 4-ounce singleserve cups. SRP: $3.29. Also available in Organic Grass Fed Whole Milk varieties. SRP: $3.99 4-pack.
Annie’s Inc., Berkeley, Calif., 510-558-7569, www.annies.com, Expo West 3846
Bare Snacks, creator of Snacks Gone Simple, has a fresh new look that highlights the brand’s dedication to simple, clean ingredients. Featuring a modern interpretation of a slate board background coupled with a stylized new logo made from its baked fruit chips, the new packaging was developed to create an iconic brand block on-shelf while putting the simplicity of the snacks front and center. SRPs: 99 cents -$4.99.
Bare Snacks, San Francisco, 509-554-5550, www.baresnacks.com, Expo West 5079