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In the month since Natural Products Expo West closed, food and beverage companies have announced millions of dollars’ worth of investment, from strategic investment in companies like Juicero and Body Armor to advanced funding rounds in brands like Perky Jerky and Health Ade.
Enjoy Life Foods, the leading brand in the growing Free-From category, is launching a dynamic new portfolio of delicious, allergy-friendly bite-size snacks, including a decadent line of plant-based protein-packed ProBurst Bites™ and smaller, snack-size versions of the company’s already beloved cookies: Soft-Baked Cookie Minis and Crunchy Cookie Minis.
While the news may be dominated with stories of bone broth, kale chips and avocado oil, after visiting Natural Products Expo West 2016, it seems that consumers are still saving room for dessert. Although that takes the form of more healthy options for some products, there are also still many indulgent products hitting retailer shelves this year.
While consumers may be trying to eat healthier then ever, snacking hasn’t gone anywhere. Chips, dips and cookies haven’t gone anywhere, they may just look a little different with the additions of superfoods, fermented products and yes, even crickets. The following slide show looks at many of the trends influencing the snack category.
Earlier this month, retailer Target detailed their continued plans to revamp their grocery department and focus on the perimeter of the store. One of the brands that has already seen the potential power of Target’s perimeter is yogurt brand Noosa. At Expo West, Noosa Co-Founder Koel Thomae talked with Project NOSH about the company’s history, the relationship with Target, and what’s next for the yogurt brand.
At this year’s Natural Products Expo West shortcuts for meal prep were seen across categories and day parts. Many of the products we spotted not only assisted with speed of preparation, but also provided an on-the-go option for busy consumers. While these options were fast and easy, the flavors were anything but basic, often pulling from global flavor profiles of dishes that take hours to cook (such as curries and slow simmered soups). Click through to view some of the highlights we featured on Instagram.
popchips inc., the innovative snack company which pioneered the popping process for potatoes, today announced one of the company’s boldest product innovations to date with the introduction of an entirely new product line called Ridges.
Although Natural Products Expo West, which ended on Sunday, has swelled to an amazing 3,000 exhibitors, Project NOSH spotted three macro trends (insect based protein, full-fat dairy and single origin products) that spanned numerous categories. In the following video, Project NOSH Editor Carol Ortenberg and BevNET Editor-in-Chief Jeff Klineman discuss these trends — and the brands and products that embody them.
At this year’s Natural Products Expo West, it was clear that plant-based proteins are becoming a key ingredient class across almost all categories. In the following video, Project NOSH Editor Carol Ortenberg speaks with one of the entrepreneurs behind Healthy Skoop, which produces plant-based nutritional blends.
At the Expo West, Healthy Skoop plans to showcase new branding and packaging, introduce new products and educate buyers and industry influencers about the company’s long-term commitment to giving back through Project Produce.