More than Just a Crush (Expo West Faves 2016)

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Our biggest industry trade show of the year, Natural Products Expo West, was this past weekend in sunny (and slightly rainy) Anaheim, CA. It was a big year for us, as we launched our new line, C Botanicals, at the show. Aside from being a successful show, it was also super fun– our booth was set up as “Boochella,” a kombucha and music festival.

It was fun to catch up with friends from years past and to try new (and new to us) products! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite finds and you can read more about them below.

Vertical Water is a refreshing and delicious form of maple water that is captured from water flowing through maple trees. It’s naturally a tiny bit sweet and it’s sustainably sourced from farms in New York, which means it has a lower carbon footprint than importing ingredients and it also means the company has a positive impact on local farmers and communities. And, the company supports forest conservation so each sip is like hugging a tree.

Kalot Superfood makes fruit and nut spreads that are nothing short of dreamy. They are extremely low in sugar (no sugar added) and they’re high in vitamins, as well as gluten-free, dairy-free and free of palm oil. One of our favorites is their Almond Butter with Espresso Beans and Hazelnuts…. Insanely good.

Sir Kensington’s just released an exciting new product– a vegan mayo called  “Fabonaise,” named after its key ingredient, aquafaba, the liquid from cooking chickpeas that’s typically discarded. Apart from being delicious, this condiment is a pretty rad way to save water waste. And the Sir Kensington’s booth served their mayo with french fries so that was definitely a highlight.

La Colombe’s Pure Black Cold Brew is pretty much perfect. At the show, the company served it on draft, alongside their draft latte, which is now available in cans. It was the perfect trade show pick-me-up and East Coast friends, be sure to check out their freestanding cafes.

Forager Project’s organic vegetable chips: Forager Project, known for its juices and nut milks, has just released a line of chips that they’re calling the tortilla chip reimagined. The chips are made using their fresh pressed vegetables, ancient and sprouted grains and a touch of sea salt. They’re delicious and come in interesting flavors such as greens, roots, and beets and they’re nice and crunchy. And they’re organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, vegan, corn-free and contain no trans fats!

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