New Products from Virtual Expo West 2020
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that Expo West is one of my favorite events of the year. I was a featured blogger for the show for five years in a row, and this year I wrote an article for New Hope (the company that puts on Expo West) on how brands can optimize their social media for the show. Sadly, the show was postponed days before it was supposed to launch in response to the global COVID-19 situation. I was (and still am) so heartbroken about the show being postponed. It is truly one of my favorite events of the year. I feel awful for the brands that had been setting up in the convention center only to find out the show was postponed. There were supposed to be over 100,000 attendees at Natural Products Expo West. I know this was a difficult decision for New Hope to make, and I applaud them for prioritizing everyone’s health and safety. After all, the natural products industry is an industry that’s focused on health and well-being.
I know this decision has impacted everyone from startup founders, investors, buyers, retailers, distributors, bloggers, influencers, press, and more. My heart especially goes out to new and emerging brands who were planning to debut their products at the show. Learning about new brands is always one of my favorite parts about Expo West. I love meeting founders, hearing their stories about their “aha” moment or why they decided to start their business, and sampling their products. I’ve put together this “Virtual Expo West 2020” list of brands who were planning to be at Expo West this year with their awesome new products.
Normally I sample brands before I write about them, but in this case I only have tried or sampled a few of the products listed below. I hope to try them all soon. I’ve broken down the list by category. If the products are for sale on their website or Amazon, I’ve listed it below as well. Enjoy!
I met Nick and Zach, the founders of Quevos, at Idea World back in 2018. They launched this product while they were in college! I was so impressed with them. This year was supposed to be Quevos’ first year debuting their product at Expo West. Quevos are high-protein, low-carb, gluten-free, lactose-free chips made from egg whites that provide the nutrition of an omelette on the go. Quevos has a fresh packaging design and new mainstream + keto flavors, including Cheddar, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, Sweet BBQ, Quevos Rancheros and Sour Cream & Onion. You can find Quevos on their website here on Amazon. [affiliate link].
I tried the Bright Foods Carrot and Pineapple fruit and veggie bar last year at Expo West and it was one of my favorite products from the show. This year, Bright Foods announced a new 100% Plant-Based, complete protein bar with great overall macros, not a lot of sugar, and clean ingredients. Each bar offers 12-13 grams of plant-based protein from pea, pumpkin, and brown rice with made with less sugar. The Clean Protein Bar line offer three flavors in: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Sea Salt, and Peanut Butter Chocolate. All flavors are non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, dairy free, and free of egg, soy, gluten, sugar alternatives, and other binders. I have not tried these bars yet but I am really looking forward to tasting them. They are just rolling out into Whole Foods now and will be in Sprouts this May.
TeaSquares Focus Bites are crunchy energy bites crafted with ingredients to help support mental energy, focus, and clarity, so you can work to achieve your ambitions. They are infused with our focus blend of tea, ashwagandha root, and coconut oil. They also have a social mission of employing young adults from underserved neighborhoods in Chicago to help achieve their life ambitions. I have not tried TeaSquares, but I look forward to checking them out. You can check them out on Amazon [affiliate link] or their website here.
Mezcla is a vegan, gluten free protein bar that celebrates the world’s diversity through food and art. They were set to debut at Expo West and put so much time and effort into making the week of a show a huge success. Their founder was also You can check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
South Bay locals represent! I was so happy to learn about Spicy Mo’s because they are located in the South Bay of Los Angeles just like I am. It’s always nice to connect with local business owners. Spicy Mo’s makes artisanal cheese spreads. They are natural, preservative-free, gluten free, and keto friendly. They import premium gouda cheese from Europe and blend it with fresh locally sourced produce, herbs and peppers. Their products use very minimal fillers and can be found at Whole Foods in the Southern Pacific Region and select Pavilions throughout Los Angeles.
Lil Bucks is the first dedicated sprouted buckwheat brand in the USA. Their plant-based protein is a good topper for smoothies, ice cream and gluten-free toasts. You can also use it to add some crunch to your oatmeal, salad, sweet potato and scrambled eggs. Lil Bucks is gluten-free, vegan and paleo & has 10x more antioxidants than quinoa. It has 5g of fiber and 6g of plant-based protein per serving. I am looking forward to trying this! You can find them on their website here or on Amazon [affiliate link].
I was really excited to learn about these plant-based pastas. They are certified gluten-free, vegan, kosher, dairy free, and non-GMO. They are made with three simple ingredients: cauliflower flour, lentil flour, and pea flour. I am receiving samples soon and can’t wait to try these out. They are available now at 2.8K+ stores nationwide, including Albertsons Companies grocers, Walmart, Sprouts, Wegmans and Hy-Vee stores, as well as online at veggiecraftfarms.com and Amazon.
This is a functional food and beverage company that places beauty nutrients into foods and beverages that fit seamlessly into a women’s daily life The Beauty Gourmet Sparkling Tea Collection was scheduled to launch at Expo West. This is a collection of lightly flavored and lightly sweetened refreshing sparkling teas that are Ayurvedic, Adaptogenic and Antioxidant as well as low sugar, low calorie, low caffeine and designed specifically for women’s needs and taste preferences. They are 20 calories and have less than one gram of sugar. I have not tried these yet but it sounds like this beverage could be my new sparkling drink of choice. Visit their website at beautygourmet.com.
Fatso is an all natural peanut butter enriched with plant-based super fats such as organic coconut oil, avocado oil, MCT oil, chia seeds, flax and prebiotic fiber. They currently have three flavors: Classic, Cocoa, and Crunchy Salted Caramel. Their products are gluten-free, vegan, keto friendly, certified Kosher, and non-GMO). They are also the only flavored nut butter on the market that does not use palm oil and/or sugar to enhance flavor or texture which is a pretty big deal. Fatso is a Canadian company and they are currently sold in Canada and in Whole Foods in the Pacific Northwest. They’re also available on Amazon. I just bought the variety pack and can’t wait to try it.
I’ve been a fan of Chosen Foods’ Avocado Oil for awhile now. At Expo West this year they planned to debut their new branding that “highlights the company’s roots in coastal California and central Mexico and celebrates the Baja Med lifestyle.” Chosen Foods also has launched a new line of salad dressings. Inspired by traditional Goddess dressings, these dressings are tahini-based, vegan, and made with pure avocado oil. There are five flavors of dressing: Baja Goddess, Greek Goddess, Garden Goddess, Earth Goddess, and Golden Goddess. I can’t wait to try them out!
Flora is a new plant-based butter that was developed to cook, bake, and taste like butter. It’s non-GMO, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and contains no artificial ingredients. My husband is predominantly plant-based now and this is a product I have not tried yet, but I am looking forward to sampling and reporting back on how we like it.
Instant Bone Broth? Sign me up. The folks at Parks & Nash have created an instant bone broth that features all of the convenience of instant soup coupled with the health of a home cooked meal. Bone broth is all the rage right now because it is known to decrease inflammation, improve gut health, boost immunity and strengthen hair, skin and nails. I love the idea of being able to pack this soup on the go and might need to stash some in my drawer at work to eat when I break my fast. You can find them on Amazon here.
Elmhurst 1925 has launched ready-to-drink oat lattes in four varieties, Cacao Oat Milk Latte, Flash Brew Oat Milk Latte, Matcha Oat Milk Latte and Golden Oat Milk Latte. These Oat Lattes are made with 100% Whole Grain Oats, giving you 26g of Whole Grains per carton! They’re an excellent source of Omega-3s and each carton has 95mg of caffeine- that’s as much caffeine as an average cup of coffee. You can check them out at Elmhurst1925.com.
Wholly Veggie is a small start up. I met them last year at Expo West. They were recommended to me by my friend and fellow blogger Erica at Celiac and the Beast. Wholly Veggie’s mission, is to make the world a more sustainable place. They plan to do this by encouraging consumers to eat more vegetables. They offer a number of veggie focused products that make eating healthy easier. From patties that cook in the toaster to better for you pizza, and their new Cauliflower and Broccoli Wings. I have tried their patties and really like them and can’t wait to try their cauliflower and broccoli wing goodness.
Safe Harvest Soup
I discovered Safe Harvest soups earlier this year and was so happy I did. Safe Harvest is a division of Safe Catch foods and their soups are a tasty, healthier twist on your favorite classics. Their soups are Whole30 Approved®, Paleo, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free—with no added sugar. I received a sample of their Chicken Oodle soup and the “oodles” are made with Hearts of Palm pasta. It’s so good! I also love the glass container the soups come in. Safe Harvest was planning to be at Expo West as well and I was hoping to try their three other flavors – Clam Chowder, Salmon Chowder, and Shrimp Bisque. I hope to try them soon! You can check them out at safeharvest.com/.
Every pint of Frönen is made with only 6 ingredients or less. They are paleo-friendly and preservative-free. Their Chocolate, Strawberry, Cinnamon, Banana Coconut and Madagascar Vanilla are all sweetened with honey – no refined sugars or gums hidden in there. You can find them online at EatFronen.com.
Mammoth Creameries is a new brand of keto and diabetic friendly ice cream. Their products have only 1-2 net carbs per serving. Every ounce of Mammoth ice cream is churned with grass-fed butter, cage free eggs and real ingredients. Tasty to people of all palates, each flavor is as unique as it is delicious. I want to get some of this for my low carb days.
This plant-based ice cream is packed with proteins, fibers, and antioxidants and it is vegan, paleo, dairy free, nut free, and gluten free. It is made from only fruits, seeds, and superfoods. Some of the flavors include Matcha Green Tea, Maple Cinnamon, Chocolate, and the new Chocolate Mint Chip. I have not tried this yet, but I look forward to checking it out when the weather warms up.
I am a mom of two and this product makes me really excited because I typically only give my kids water, milk, and the occasional juice to drink. KidsLuv is the first zero sugar vitamin , mineral, and hydrating beverage for kids. This drink is great for both kids and parents because it’s hydrating and has zero sugar. It’s Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Gluten-Free and sustainable (served in an 8oz 100% recyclable, straw-free drink carton.) KidsLuv also sources from the purest ingredients uses only organic fruits for their two flavors, Flying Fla-mango and Starstruck Coconut. They are also debuting their products on Shark Tank! Stay tuned. In the meantime you can find them on Amazon here.
I learned about Goddess Garden Organics several years ago at ShiftCon. They are known for their highly effective, award-winning, reef-safe mineral sunscreens. Garden Goddess has renovated mineral sunscreen with a powerful new SPF 50 line made with clear zinc. The new formulas are made with premium zinc and plant-powered ingredients, offering an enhanced sunscreen experience that is ultra-sheer on any skin tone. The Goddess Garden SPF 50 sunscreen formulations include zinc oxide, are fully compliant with the new reef-safe sunscreen legislation passed in Hawaii and Key West, and meet the FDA’s proposed rule on sunscreens generally recognized as safe and effective. You can check out their kids sunscreen on Amazon here [affiliate link].
Elaine is a local business owner here in Los Angeles and she just launched a new line of collagen powder supplements that nourish your radiance from the inside out. Elaine Wellness offers USA grass-fed, non-GMO, Kosher, bovine collagen in convenient 10-gram stick packs. Quality is super important to them and they conduct third party testing for allergens, heavy metals and glyphosate. I’m a fan. You can check them out at elainewellness.com.
FWD Floss is a new startup based out of the South Bay in Los Angeles. Love it! They make an all natural floss with activated charcoal for enhanced cleaning and stain removal. The packaging is also made with earth friendly recyclable materials. You can check them out at fwdfloss.com and order a sample.
RSP Nutrition was planning to launch their AvoCollagen at Expo West. This is a different type of collagen protein powder that is the first from a major nutrition company to use avocado oil powder as the primary fat source. The keto-friendly supplement combines 10g of protein from hydrolyzed collagen peptides with 5g of avocado oil powder. Together, these ingredients promote healthy skin, hair, and nails as well as support strong bones and joints, while packing in quality fats to help fuel a keto lifestyle. This product is available on Amazon. I’m looking forward to trying it out.
What about you? What were you looking forward to at Expo West this year? What products above would you like to try? Post in the comments and let me know.