Expo East 2016
Natural food investment keeps growing and the opportunity to meet a potential growth business is one of the biggest opportunities drawing private equity and strategics to events like Natural Products Expo East, which concluded last week. At the Baltimore show, Editor-in-Chief Jeff Klineman and Wellvest Capital’s David Thibodeau sat down at the show to discuss the progress of the natural and organic food business through the lens of decades, rather than years.
At this year’s Natural Products Expo East, there were salty, sweet, meat-based, plant-based, crunchy, creamy foods as far as the eye could see. Project NOSH walked the entire show floor, which included 1,450 exhibiting brands, and picked our favorite new products debuting at the show.
With the modern family constantly on-the-go, Wholesome! and Surf Sweets brands are introducing timesaving yet craveworthy items to their popular product lines.
The Maple Guild, the largest single source, United States producer of highest quality, organic maple, will begin distribution of its syrup with a debut at the Natural Products East Expo, September 22-24, at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Health Warrior, a food and movement brand that delivers nutrient-dense superfoods in convenient forms to power everything you do, will exhibit its newest Chia Bar and Superfood Protein Bar flavors at Natural Products Expo East at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Annie’s, Inc., pioneer of delicious, wholesome foods will showcase the newest additions to its growing organic portfolio at booth 225 at Expo East, with all scheduled Fiscal 2017 innovations and line extensions slotted to be Certified Organic. Annie’s will showcase a variety of over 90 SKUs made up of existing products as well as recent and upcoming innovations.
Perfect Bar, LLC, the first to bring refrigerated, whole-food nutrition bars to the grocery category, will be sampling its three new flavor innovations at booth #837 at this year’s Natural Products Expo East, September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.
With this year’s Natural Products Expo East less than a month away, brands have started to announce what they’ll be featuring on the show floor. While some trends (low fat) have started to fade away, and others (ketogenic foods) are just starting to rise, a few (protein, paleo and comfort foods) are clearly here to stay — at least a bit longer.