Also featured were gluten-free products, paleo and other special diet groups, all focusing on better, healthier and cleaner living. The amount of information was unsurpassed and this event allowed you to meet organic buyers, vendors, and industry professionals face-to-face.
By Ulrike Maria, Owner of MODERN THOUGHT THEORIES
An amazing variety of natural products were exhibited this weekend March 6 - 9, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center. It was a strong indication that the Natural Products marketplace is growing in leaps and bounds. In 2013 the nationwide sales of all organic and natural products, including dietary products, reached an astounding $ 91 billion with an expectancy of even larger gains in 2014. Of course this growth has an impact on the Natural Products EXPO West and its attendance.
The trend of a healthier America through natural, organic, and other healthy-living supplements, are changing the way consumers are judging products they are buying for themselves and their families.
What stood out this year was the ratio of vegetarian/vegan inspired products compared to the lesser presence of meat products. From Ziggy Marley’s cold-pressed coconut oil to Farmhouse Culture organic kraut, and Wildwood Tofu meatless crumbles to Sophie’s Kitchen vegan fish sticks, the creativity of the vegan culture was to be applauded. And what about gluten free black bean spaghetti or mung bean fettuccine?
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