Mushrooms, mentorship and plant-based drive launches at 2019’s Expo West – podcast

Among the food, beverage and supplement launches at Expo West 2019, Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, and Karen Butler, senior editor, discuss trends such as mushrooms, mentorship and plant-based.

Karen Butler, Senior Managing Editor

March 15, 2019

Among the thousands of new products launched at Natural Products Expo West 2019, trends emerge. In this episode of the Healthy INSIDER Podcast, Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, and Karen Butler, senior editor, discuss which innovations caught their eye (and captivated their taste buds). Areas of interest span:

• The increased use of mushrooms—particularly lion’s mane or mushroom blends—appearing in food, beverage and supplements; as well as challenges faced by formulators.

• Incubator and accelerator programs from leading corporations looking to foster the next generation of food and beverage start-ups.

• Plant-based everything, and a move to encourage people to incorporate OMD (one meal a day) that’s plant-based, regardless of typical dietary preference.

• Reduced sugars and increased use of stevia, monk fruit and alternative sweetener blends.

• More prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics—including full-spectrum digestive health products incorporating all three.

The companies mentioned include: Gaia Herbs, Rowdy Mermaid, Shrooms Snacks, Mars Inc., Ingredion, Upriver Cacao, Brainiac, Origin Almond, Alter Eco, Sophie’s Kitchen, Mariani, Ganeden (Kerry), Unique Biotech, North Coast Organic, Probulin, Desert Essence, Wholesome, ASR Group, Healthy Brand Builders, Volvic, Flow, PATHWATER, TAZO, Tea Drops, 88 Acres, My Bite Vitamins, Glanbia,

Reach the editors at [email protected] or [email protected], or tweet us @NatProdInsider.

About the Author(s)

Karen Butler

Senior Managing Editor, Informa Markets

Karen Butler is a senior managing editor at Informa Markets. For nearly 25 years, she’s worked in a variety of editorial roles, covering topics such as animal nutrition, functional food & beverage, and dietary supplement ingredients and trends. She most enjoys working behind the scenes as a copyeditor, as well as building community and supporting a team. Reach her at [email protected].

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