If you know me or have read my bio, you might be aware that I have had some addiction issues in the past.
Fortunately, those problems are behind me, and I have stayed on a positive path for many years now. One of the things that I attribute to my being to able avoid negative influences in my life has been my will power. Read More »
Last week, I attended the 2013 Fancy Food Show in NYC, North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event. With 180,000 products from 2,400 vendors, there was a tremendous amount to see.
Here are my Top 5 Organic Products from the 2013 Fancy Food Show, and look for them at a supermarket near you sometime this year.
BBERRI BLUEBERRY-MAQUI BERRY JUICE
Maqui berry powder is starting to gain significant traction in the marketplace because of its very high level of antioxidants.
Seeking to capitalize on the growing interest of this powerful berry from South America, a Chilean company called Bberri has introduced an organic blueberry-maqui berry juice, a product that I have never seen before. Read More »
In this video, I interview the founder of the company, Dr. Ayala, and she talks about how she came up with the product and why.
Ayala’s Herbal Water is leading a trend that I believe will only continue to grow — organic beverages made with unique, not-too-often used herbs and spices. I am currently seeing it in NYC (a video-blog post on this is forthcoming) and we see it here with Ayala’s Herbal Water.
When I went to Natural Products Expo West earlier this year, I was able to spend three full days there and take my time visiting each booth. I felt good about writing my Best of Show Awards since I was confident that I had seen everything.
At this year’s Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, my time was limited to three hours on one day. I did my best to see everything I could but there is no doubt that I missed some things.
A few key takeaways:
– I was stunned by all of the foreign food companies at the show. It seemed that every country from every continent had its own section.
– Organic food did not have its own designated area. I was curious if it would but was informed that with so many companies doing organic, it no longer made logistical sense.
– The energy was very different than at Expo West. This could be a result of Expo West being a smaller show and a unifying passion around organic/natural.
Now, for the most interesting and compelling products that I saw.
RUNA AMAZON GUAYUSA TEA
There seem to be hundreds of organic teas on the market and the first question that pops out of my mouth when I see a new one is “what makes this tea different from all of the other teas?”