Natural Products Expo West 2018 in Anaheim, California may be over … but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still reeling from all of the new plant-based products that debuted! With over 1,300 industry professionals from the natural and organic food sector, the event pulls in journalists who want in on the latest food trends and distributors looking to restock their shelves with the hottest new products.
Thanks to conventions such as Expo West, plant-based food is no longer equated with fringe items only found in the back of your local health food store. Plant-based food is taking center stage as many companies recognize the growing demand for healthier, sustainable, and cleaner food. Ready to see the hottest new products that were launched at Expo West? Check ’em out!
1. Good Planet Cheese
Haven’t heard of Good Planet Foods? That’s because they are a brand new vegan cheese company! Their cheese is all-vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free. “Our products provide a healthy alternative to dairy cheeses without having to compromise,” Good Planet Foods states on their website. Keep an eye on this company because you’ll start to see them in stores within the next year or two!
2. Yogurt Duets From Daiya
Daiya, why are you so good to us!? The dairy-free company known for their gooey cheese debuted yogurt duets at Expo West and we are so excited! The duets come in four flavors: chocolate coconut, cranberry harvest, salted caramel crunch, and key lime crumble … all with toppings that you can mix in!
3. Field Roast Chao Dressings
Field Roast, a plant-based company known for products such as tempeh, vegan sausages, burgers, and not to mention their delicious dairy-free Chao cheese slices, has introduced Chao salad dressings! The dressings come in three flavors: ranch, thousand island, and classic caesar. Yum!
4. Drinkable Yogurt by Califia Farms
Swoon! Plant-based milk company Califia Farms, has launched a new line of dairy-free and gut-healthy probiotic yogurt drinks. The drinks are available in single or multi-serve containers and come in four flavors: unsweetened plain, super berry, mango, and strawberry!
5. Aloha BBQ Quesadilla by Sweet Earth Foods
California-based company, Sweet Earth Foods, known for their vegan meals and snacks made from plant-based proteins, just introduced an Aloha BBQ quesadilla and we are so here for it! Sweet Earth Foods makes grab-and-go vegan options easier than ever – and this is especially exciting as it is the debut of vegan cheese in Sweet Earth lines.
6. Daiya Cheeze Sticks
Thought your string cheese days were over? Think again! Thanks to Daiya, you’ll soon be able to enjoy dairy-free string cheese in mozzarella and cheddar style flavors!
7. Veggie Lovers Pizza by Sweet Earth Foods
Sweet Earth Foods is once again making our mouths water with their new Veggie Lovers pizza with a corn, carrot, and chia crust! Perfect for movie night!
8. Vegan Burritos by Daiya
Not sure what to do for dinner? Daiya has you covered with their new dairy-free frozen burritos! The yummy burritos come in Santiago, Tex-Mex, Sante Fe, and Tuscan flavors! We can’t wait to try all four.
9. Vegan Feta by Violife
Greek brand, Violife, has introduced a dairy-free feta cheese and we are so excited! Violife has been a leader in innovation in the plant-based cheese industry in the U.K. and we are thrilled to see their delicious offerings here in the U.S.!
Expo West 2018 further confirms that the future of food is indeed plant-based. Many distributors were present at the event so we are certain that supermarket shelves near you will begin displaying even more vegan products within the coming months. Which item are you really excited to try? Leave a comment below and let us know!
To learn more about the environmental impact of our food choices as well as trends and developments in the plant-based food space, check out our podcast #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias.
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