Expo West, the largest natural products trade show in the United States, takes place annually at the Anaheim Convention Center, and 2019 saw many innovative products, with an emphasis on organic food.
The natural products industry is exploding with products that emphasize sustainability, transparency and convenience. Hemp, shots to drink for health, organic food and eco-friendly packaging were trending at the show this year.
We ate our way through the Expo West floors, which boasted a mix of small mom-and-pop startups and massive industry players. Here are our favorite new products from Expo West 2019.
1. Evo Hemp Fruit and Nut Hemp Bar
The Cherry Walnut Hemp Bar is tasty and full of the good stuff: dates walnuts, cherries, almonds, hemp seeds, banana flakes and coconut nectar. It’s vegan and non-GMO, and each bar provides three to four hours of energy without added sugars, fillers, oils or sulfates. Buy them here.
2. GloryBee Brown Butter Honey Ghee
This ghee is slightly sweet and salty, with a caramel-like flavor. The texture is smooth and creamy, making the spread ideal for toast, bagels, pancakes or waffles or a seasoning for popcorn, roasting vegetables, nuts and meats. The versatile product is made of grass-fed brown butter ghee and pure domestic honey and is paleo friendly. Buy them here.
3. Temple Vitality Superboost
Expo West had plenty of health shots, and this Pure Prana Fire Shot stood out. It contains Hawaiian whole-root turmeric, plus honey, ginger, apple cider vinegar, ghost pepper and other organic ingredients that help the drink pop. Buy them here.
4. Schar Gluten-Free Twin Bar
The crispy wafer covered in smooth milk chocolate is reminiscent of a familiar popular chocolate bar, but this one is wheat free. Each one is a great size to throw in your bag and the bars have a beautiful wafer texture covered by quality chocolate. Buy them here.
5. Bitter Love Sparkling Drinking Bitters
These drinking bitters are tart and refreshing, with no added sugar and only 40 calories in each bottle. The beverage can be enjoyed straight or mixed with booze, but either way, it’s a unique drink that will certainly grow on you. Buy them here.