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Exciting new technologies emerge in natural products
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March 15, 2018

We attended the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim recently along with the team at Cutthroat Laboratories and Bearhat, Co. and we were very excited to see the wide array of technologies and products being introduced into the food and cosmetics industries.  As interested participants in the movement from synthetic products to natural replacements, we took the opportunity to attend the trade show and see what the landscape of the future looks like.

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Plant-Based Products

From almond milks to plant protein in energy bars to bratwurst made with peas, soy and fava beans, plant-based ingredients are making a big wave in the natural foods space. Perhaps it was Leo DiCaprio’s cry for help, but it seems that plant-based, or more flexitarian, diets are en vogue and the industry is responding by incorporating it into anything it can. Some of our favorites include the Italian sausage from Beyond Meat, and Elmhurst Milked Chocolate Peanut Milk.

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Kombucha and Wellness Shots

We are excited the delicious flavors of fermented beverages are becoming more popular.  Several kombucha manufacturers displayed  creative and delicious flavor combinations for attendees to sample, such as the Hopped Grapefruit from Humm Kombucha.  The trend of “wellness shots” has also taken off, as a wide variety of flavors were available to try.  Popular flavors included turmeric, ginger and apple cider vinegar.

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Bone Broths

Bone broth is leaving Grandma’s kitchen and the Paleo community and entering the mainstream. It may sound strange, but the benefits are the real deal. A variety of vendors for bone broth are available, such as Bare Bones Broth. These suppliers certify their products are organic, coming from grass-fed animals, with packaging materials created with sustainable materials and processes.

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Delicious Natural Snacks

The appeal of a cheese puff brings back nostalgic childhood days. A delightful light and airy burst of flavor; who could resist? These days, companies are adding a natural and healthy take on a traditional snack. Puffed chickpeas, edamame, giant cheese  puffs, peas, and natural pork rinds are taking the snack market by storm.  The theme seems to be, “If you can fit it into an extrusion machine, do it!” From the established Pirate Brands to newer treats like Peatos from World Peas, there are many delicious and healthy alternatives to choose from.

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Amazing Ice Cream

There are so many emerging brands of natural ice cream; this is fantastic news for dessert lovers! For vegan diets, there are plenty of organic dairy-free varieties such as Coconut Bliss. Low-sugar options, crafted with sweeteners such as stevia and erythritol, have also come into their own. Traditional ice cream producers have taken advantage of the larger availability of milk produced by grass-fed dairy animals. Ice cream suppliers continue to demonstrate creativity with flavor combinations while still remaining faithful to the ice cream lovers of the world.

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Amanda Slater is the Process Development Manager for Blue Marble Biomaterials, and an avid natural products enthusiast.

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