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Recap from #ExpoWest!

Posted by on March 11, 2013

Hey guys, this past weekend I was out attending #ExpoWest, the largest natural foods and product Expo out there.  To me, it is absolute heaven.

Having the background in grocery retail for 13 years I was always excited to see the new products that would hit the stores shelves, and at ExpoWest, it is truly a look behind the scenes at all of the new products coming out that people are working so hard on.

So, enjoy these fun pics of my travels.   The next several weeks and months I will be doing a series on some of my favorite products from beverages to yogurt to healthy snacks, and more.  Also, hoping some fun giveaways will be happening so you can try out some of these fun new products.

Thursday afternoon I headed over to the Anaheim Convention Center to check in, and vote for Best of the West.  There were well over 30 products to choose from and we were only able to vote for our top 3.  The Best of the West winners this year were Justin’s Nut Butter, Zing Anything, INC with their citrus zinger, and NCulief.  Congrats WINNERS!

angelshat

Thursday evening was the Vitamin Angels 3rd Annual Event where they brought awareness to their cause, and raised funds for the organization.  Delicious meals were being served, people could try out the batting cages, and have fun in the photo booth.

Friday AM:

chobani

Friday AM started with a wonderful breakfast with some of the people working behind the scenes at Chobani.  I remember when Chobani first hit the store shelves.  I was a grocery manager at the time, and I’d ask, “what is greek yogurt, what does it taste like to others.”  Well, one day I finally tried it, and I’ve been hooked every since.  The creamier texture gets me every time.

So, meeting some of the social media team face to face made for a fun morning along with receiving their awesome Burlap bag:

chobanibag

And then the hall floor opened where I began my journey is discovering new products and making my lists as to some of my favorites.  And of course, had a bit of fun along the way:

frostingqueens

The Frosting Queens are an all natural, shelf stable Frosting!!! And it is very good.  The baker in me came out as I passed this booth, and must say the pink colors, the princess crowns instantly grabbed my attention!

zola

The Zola booth was having fun out front of the Expo Halls by bringing in two Olympian Ping Pong players to the show.  They were showcasing their skills throughout the show, and taking on others attending the show making for some really fun interaction.

sustyparty

Susty Party had fun little crowns and ware to play around with making it an instant party.  Susty Party has “sustainable” party ware for all of your party occasions.  Cups, Plates, Bowls, Straws, and more.

Tubulars

Tubular’s launched their new “Vitamin” Milk Straws this past weekend, and their milking station was a hit amongst many at the Expo.

alvitatea

Alvita had a tea party that I was lucky enough to be invited to.  Their Chamomile tea was quite excellent.  This is where we learned about the tea and the process that goes into it.  Will be talking about this further in a future post.

expowest

Saturday morning I arrived to the Expo pretty early so I made sure to check out the booths out front where samples were being handed out, and then went inside to check out all the display cases.  These display cases were super handy because this was a quick way to see the new products and write down ones that REALLY grabbed your eye.

greekrickland

Even got a Greek God to go all Stoic for me 😉

olagranola

This is the owner and founder of Ola Granola!  And this Granola is GREAT to snack on, add into your morning breakfasts or desserts.  Will be hearing more about this great product in the future.

pickle

I even made friends with a pickle while at the Expo!

alpinausa

On Saturday afternoon a group of us where shuttled away to the Happy Cooking Co. in Fullerton to learn about Alpina Yogurt, and how easy it is to cook with. Chef Laurie walked us through a few short recipes from Apple Muffins to Green Smoothies to Granola Coated Chicken Fingers to Strawberry Creamed Biscuits.  We also learned about Alpina Yogurt throughout the process.  I personally can’t wait to begin cooking and baking with it.  More on this excursion will be shared later.

woats

The founder of Woats.  This is a SOFT granola so those with braces can even enjoy.  The motivation to create the product.

gogosqueez

The Go Go Squeez booth had such a fun booth I had to get a picture.

mamachia

Hanging out with Mama Chia!

friends

This is FRESH Paper, which is made to keep your produce fresh even longer.

goodboyorganics

This was one of my favorite new products of #ExpoWest.  The Bops chips and the OrganicSaurus Cheddar Puffs.  The cheddar puffs are completely organic, and taste so good, you’d be surprised!  Look for a future review down the road.

In the end it was ton of fun, and there’s so much to talk about.  Hope you enjoyed this recap.

Some of the top trends seen from the show were: Chia Seeds, Quinoa, Squeezable Pouches, and Coconut!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 Responses to Recap from #ExpoWest!

  1. Ann

    Sounds like loads of fun! I can’t wait to hear more about some of those products you mentioned–they sound really interesting (and tasty too!)
    Ann recently posted..Five Things to do on a Road Trip

    • Jamie

      Yes!! I’m pretty excited about sharing some of my finds =) Love getting word out about these products too… healthy products that taste so good!

  2. Kasey

    Great recap Jamie!
    So glad I finally got to meet you! You had tons from Hall E and I never even made it out there, sure looks like I missed out! Next year! 🙂

    • Jamie

      It was GREAT to finally meet Kasey in person =) And you’re doing so well.. Hall E is definitely one of my favorite halls to visit.. I’m always on the search for the newest and latest products! =)

  3. Maribel Reyes

    Hmmm, I so wish I could’ve gone! Looks like so much fun and great products. Maybe next year I can make it a point to be in the area and go with you.

  4. Raquel @ Organized Island

    That looks like a fun event and so many new things to try! Thank you for sharing this recap – can’t wait to check out these products!
    Raquel @ Organized Island recently posted..Time Saving Tips to Get That Hour Back

    • Jamie

      The recap just scratched the surface =) Will be going more in depth with some of my favorite products and future reviews are in the works… so keep an eye out, but I know you will xoxo

  5. Ashley

    You go to such cool events!
    Ashley recently posted..Ipsy Glam Bag March 2013

    • Jamie

      It’s the exploration in me and the embracing of life =) I have fun, and love sharing my adventures with the world!

  6. TheFashionistachic

    Wow what an event! I hope you went with a bit of an appetite. BTW, I went to Sprouts and tried the Zevia, honestly it really wasn’t one of my favorites. I am trying to cut sugar out of my diet and stay away from process foods. I plan on blogging more about heath eating.
    TheFashionistachic recently posted..Girls 5 Favorite Fashion Films of the Season

    • Jamie

      Oh yes, I was there the entire weekend so was very hungry throughout the show =) Which flavor of Zevia did you try?? Some are better than others.

  7. Trianna

    You always go to the best events! Looks like lots of fun and I can’t wait to hear more about these products.
    Trianna recently posted..Insight or In-Sight

  8. Tom Holmberg

    It’s funny that we were at the same show, but saw completely different vendors!

    • Jamie

      That’s how big the show is, seriously! I was there 3 days and I’m still finding things I’ve missed that I would have loved to try out… more favorites will be shared soon!

  9. Cafe Pasadena

    this is one of your very best set of photos! and now, for some reason, i’m getting hungry.
    Cafe Pasadena recently posted..The Photographers Photographer

  10. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey

    That looks like so much fun, Jamie! I would be in heaven with you 🙂
    Bibi @ Bibi’s Culinary Journey recently posted..Spaghetti with Meat Sauce & Italian Meatballs

  11. Alexis Grace

    It looks like you had a blast. Love seeing the entrepreneurial spirit behind these products!!
    Alexis Grace recently posted..Singapore First Looks: Palawan Beach

  12. Modern Gypsy

    That looks like a fun expo! Some of the products sound excellent. Really like that burlap bag…very cool!
    Modern Gypsy recently posted..Bringing up the Teriyaki Boys

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