With dynamic speakers, unique educational summits, expert panel discussions and a vibrant exhibit hall, SupplySide West is the go-to event for natural products professionals. The creative collaborations and innovative ingredients that are a hallmark of the event are also the driving force behind the thriving marketplace. As such, the 2015 gathering marks the 4th annual celebration of the SupplySide CPG Editor's Choice Awards—recognizing some of the coolest new launches of consumer packaged goods (CPG) products across 18 categories.
The functional foods market is burgeoning. According to a 2014 report from Leatherhead Food Research, the global market for foods and beverages with a specific health claim was valued at US $43.2 billion in 2013, representing a 26.7-percent increase compared to 2009. As consumers increasingly seek the benefits of fortification, product developers are afforded the opportunity to innovate by providing functional benefits to a growing range of food and beverage products. Dozens of innovative functional food products were submitted as contenders for the Editor’s Choice Award; this Image Gallery showcases the five finalists remaining.