By Stephanie Edson, MS, RDN, LD, LMNT, Wellness Specialist at SpartanNash
In sunny Anaheim, California, Expo West is THE destination for organic, natural, and specialty foods. From nutrition bars and wholesome snacks to chickpea 'rice,' watermelon seed butter, and ice cream that is really made with veggies, there is so much to explore.
At Expo West you will find well-known companies whose products we have in our stores as well as newer and/or niche companies who are gaining market share. Attending Expo West is a great way to connect with companies and learn about their products, and resources for retail. Many companies at Expo West, including Simple Mills, Siggi's, Caulipower, and La Croix have retail dietitian programs or toolkits available.
Trends spotted at Expo West this year include nutrition/health/wellness and social responsibility.
Unfortunately, 'organic', 'natural', and 'non-GMO' foods are promoted as 'healthier' at Expo West. It is important for dietitians work with their retailers to make sure we promote foods based on the science and remain evidence-based. Other trends included keto-friendly foods in all categories, ethnic foods, smoothie cubes, and of course CBD products.
Expo West is four packed days with exposure to the old favorites and new and trending. In addition to tasting and seeing the all the foods, the booths some companies put together are an experience in themselves and make for some fun social media posts. If you ever get the opportunity to attend Expo West, you will not be disappointed!