Thursday, September 29, 2011

Natural Products Expo East

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Natural Products Expo East -- a huge tradeshow at which 1,300 natural product manufacturers exhibited their products and met with retailers and distributors.  There is also one held on the west coast earlier in the year, which is supposed to be bigger and better, but since this one was in Baltimore, I thought I'd check it out.

It was divided into three areas: new products, all food manufacturers, and all other manufacturers such as health & beauty and cleaning products. I spent 6 hours in the food products area tasting more food than any one person should ever be allowed to eat in one day! Instead of writing about all of the products here, I thought I'd share just a few of my top picks.  They are as follows:

  • Divvies -- Choco-Lot Brownie Cookies. These cookies are meant for sharing, but I'm not so sure I'd share mine.  
  • Earthsource Organics: Righteously Raw -- amazing raw chocolate bars! I tried the caramel bar made of cacao butter, cacao powder, dates, lucuma fruit, agave nectar, vanilla bean, and salt and I loved it! 
  • Go Raw -- Pizza Flax Snax are loaded with all organic ingredients and spices and are spectacular!
  • Peanut Butter & Co. -- Heat is On hot peanut butter. I love a little kick in anything and who would've expected it in their peanut butter?! What a great idea!
  • Sukhi's -- Vegan Chili Chicken frozen meal. Need I say more?

As I mentioned, there were too many great products to mention in one story so just stay tuned as I am planning to write about my favorites over the coming months! So much good food, so little time. Now, I want to go to the Expo West too!

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