1. Plant-Based Dairy Deluge
New plant-based milk and creamer
substitutes were featured by numerous exhibitors, including Elmhurst of Elma,
N. Y., which launched a hemp-based creamer.
Made with real hemp seeds and real hemp
cream, the creamer contains just four ingredients and 350 milligrams of omega-3s.
Houston-based Malk Organics’ nut milks
are lactose-, dairy- and gluten-free, and
they contain no binders or fillers. Malk also
launched a Sprouted Oat Milk and a line of
oat-based creamers at the expo.
Los Angeles-based Califia Farms’ Almond-milk Creamer and Better Half Creamers
(made with coconut cream and almond milk)
are non-GMO, kosher, vegan, gluten-free,
soy-free and carrageenan-free. Meanwhile,
the Swedish company Oatly featured its line
of oat milks in ambient packaging.
2. CBD/Hemp Hoopla
Hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) is a
fast-growing category. New Hope
points to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill
and CBD curiosity as category drivers.
From lemonade to tinctures to edible oils
and more, CBD/hemp products were all the
rage at this year’s Expo West. RE Botanicals
of Boulder, Colo., took home New Hope’s
Nexty Award for Best New Hemp/CBD Product for its CBD tinctures.
Bluebird Botanicals of Louisville, Colo.,
spotlighted its Hemp CBD Oil, Concentrated CBD Oil and CBD pet products. Blue-
Gluten-free has been
around a long time; the
real story is grain-free.”
—Brian Togubat, Eat My Waffles
This year’s Natural Products Expo featured an
aromatic array of products, from global spices
to seasonings with nutritional and functional
benefits, crafted to help consumers make
more flavorful and healthful dishes at home.
Global Goodness: “The trend in global spices
is just phenomenal,” said Ellen Bouchard,
director of marketing for Frontier Co-op, at
the company’s booth. “People want to emulate
at home what they are enjoying eating out.
Cooking is now fun.”
Norway, Iowa-based Frontier Co-op
showcased its Simply Organic Spicy Curry
Powder and Organic Harissa Seasoning, as
well as Frontier Co-op Za’atar, a traditional
Middle Eastern herb and spice blend made
with sumac and hyssop.
“Thanks to social media, the popularity of
globally inspired street food and a rise in the
number of Americans traveling internationally,
consumers are eager to try authentic, regionally
specific dishes and cuisines,” said a press
release from exhibitor Woodland Foods of
Woodland Foods recently debuted three
additions to its line of Manitou Trading
Company Global Spice Blends. Based on iconic
African dishes, the line extension includes Suya
Spice (modeled after a classic Nigerian rub
for kebabs); Chakalaka Spice (inspired by the
classic South African bean relish of the same
name); and Tunisian Couscous Seasoning, an
aromatic blend of turmeric, cumin, coriander,
cardamom, chile, garlic and onion.
Also new from Manitou Trading are four
Mexican Mole Sauce Starters. The gluten-and dairy-free sauce starters can be made
in minutes and require only water to prepare.
The four varieties are Oaxacan Mole Negro,
Oaxacan Mole Amarillo, Pipian Mole Verde and
Manchamanteles Chile-Fruit Mole.
More international flavors were on display
from Lahtt Sauce. The Los Angeles-based
company makes four all-purpose Chili Oil
Sauces featuring a savory umami blend of
sunflower oil, organic tamari soy sauce and
authentic spices. All four are gluten-free
and non-GMO, and they contain no MSG or
Plant-Based: Delicious seasonings made
entirely from plants was another hot trend.
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bird conducts third-party lab testing on every
product batch and has received certification
from the U.S. Hemp Authority for also being
New York-based Honeydrop Beverages
has partnered with Boulder, Colo.-based
Evo Hemp to make Cold-Pressed CBD Lemonades. Made with 20 milligrams of CBD
sourced by Evo Hemp and a teaspoon of raw
honey, the new CBD lemonades are offered
in three flavors: Revive (matcha), Relax
(lemon) and Rehab (turmeric).
CBDistillery of Denver showcased its CBD
oils, capsules, creams and isolates. Its products are made with natural CBD oils derived
from non-GMO and pesticide-free industrial
A recent New Hope survey of more than
2,700 U.S. consumers found that 47% have
some familiarity with CBD. Of those familiar, 57% have considered purchasing a CBD
product and 30% have purchased a product
While a New Hope survey of 230 natural
Malk Organics introduced oat-based creamers at the expo.