Whew! I’m back from a whirlwind weekend in SoCal for the Natural Products Expo. It’s a business trade show – with more than 2700 exhibitors, 70,000+ attendees and a fun-loving, activist vibe unlike any other trade show or conference I’ve ever attended.
Obviously I wasn’t able to visit all 2700 booths in only 2 days but I did my best to search out the types of products I thought you would like. I especially love checking out the newer, smaller brands, oogling over the unusual products and looking for trends that we might see more of in the future. Over the next few days I’m going to share a few highlights and trends I noticed from the show. More to come, I promise!
See the photo at the top of this post? Everything in it has either the USDA Organic certification or the NonGMO Project Verified seal on it – or both! (FYI – a certified organic product can NOT contain GMOs but NonGMO verified does not mean the same as organic – an important distinction.)
Being certified clearly makes a difference – even in the snacks and sweets category. I was happily surprised to see the number of brands that decided to invest in these rigorous but important certifications to show consumers (that’s us!) their commitment to healthier, more sustainable products.
A few standout products:
Barnana – You won’t believe how good a dehydrated banana can taste. Coat it with peanut butter or chocolate and WOW – my favorite snack from Expo West!
Coconut Chips – Get your crunch fix with something other than standard chips. Two of my favs: Bare Simply Toasted and Go Raw Tangy Lime.
Pure Crispy Clusters – Perfect for lunchboxes or after school treats – these crunchy granola-like clusters come in Chocolate Pecan, Salted Caramel and Honey Peanut. Healthy decadence!
Bixby Bars – Vegan, NonGMO chocolate bars in crazy good combos like Sweet Current Hazelnut and Goji Berry Cardamom.
Have you noticed Organic or NonGMO certification on any snacks you buy?
(Disclosure: I attended the Natural Products Expo as a member of the press and was not paid to promote any of these brands.)