Winter Fancy Food Show 2019 Recap

Long time no convention! I am absolutely stoked to be formulating my recap of this marvelous day. Back in 2016, I treated myself to a trip at Natural Products Expo West and it still is one of the best conventions I have ever attended. My fellow colleagues and I were fortunate enough to attend the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show of 2019, as sponsored by our school for the Food Science club.

Let’s just say I had a marvelous time wandering around nearly every booth, exploring the new innovations in product development, technology, health, fitness, nutrition, and research for the food industry. The entire trip included taking heaps of photos, enjoying every vegan sample under the sun, and chit-chatting with my friends as well as all the vendors about how passionate they are about their businesses. Below are my personal favorite vendors that I came across–I don’t even think this post would do justice of how many vegan-friendly and plant-based companies there are because so many have attended!

VENDORS

  • Believe in Bambara: sustainable supplier of bambara beans, noted for its nutrient density, environmental friendliness in regards to growth and carbon footprint, crop rotation and farming, and versatility
  • Kuna Pops: Mexican-based company whose snacks and cereals are completely made from quinoa and chia seeds
  • SoulMuch: brand that specializes in vegan cookies made from dehydrated vegetables and grains that end up being wasted by large retail
  • Abbot’s Butcher: new plant-based (specifically soy and pea protein!) meat wholesale and retail manufacturer
  • Happy Planet: ethical, all-natural food and juice company from Canada that develops creamers, soups, energy bites, juices, lemonade, smoothies, and most famously, their oat milk
  • Pan’s Mushroom Jerky: shiitake mushroom jerky that originated from a family recipe in Malaysia and blossomed into a vegan-friendly brand
  • Barnana: sweet snacks completely manufactured from bananas that are safe for consumption but unsuitable for retail
  • KaKookies: breakfast and snack cookies (all of which are vegan, gluten free, soy free, kosher, and free of corn and palm oil) that served well to substitute for donuts and fast food that fueled racers
  • Follow Your Heart: vegan company that creates plant-based cheese, sauces, salad dressings, condiments, and yogurt
  • Miyoko’s Kitchen: line of organic plant-based cheese and butter that is just a haven for cheese addicts (visited twice!)
  • Gelateria Naia: gelato line from Berkeley utilizing only authentic and local ingredients (their dark chocolate sorbet stick is the best!)
  • Tolerant Organic: legume-based pasta focused on creating organic, gluten free, non-GMO, and allergen-friendly bean products that are also high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals

VENDORS

  • Lakanto: an absolute favorite brand of mine–yes, the best company for monkfruit-sweetened products such as sweeteners, brownie mix, matcha powder, pancake mix, chocolate, and syrups
  • GrandyOats: Maine-based brand that creates sustainable, small batch, solar-powered, and organic products such as trail mix, grain free granola, hot cereal, and roasted nuts
  • Kween and Co.: wholesome community of self-love and body positivity that has just released two varieties of a granola-based spread
  • AtheenOats: handcrafted and small-batch award-winning granola (yes, they won the People’s Choice Award for Specialty Food at the 2018 Taste of Yuba Sutter!) that contains only fresh and high-quality ingredients
  • Gourmet Treats: Torrance-based snack food business mainly known for their delicious vegan, non-GMO, affordable, and kosher cookies
  • Just Bagels: wholesale bagel distributor in NYC, sourcing wholesome kettle-boiled bagels (oil free, fat free, cholesterol free, preservative free, and void of artificial flavors, colors, and high fructose corn syrup) for countless stores, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, schools, airlines, and more
  • Engage Organics: salt free blends of herbs, spices, and hemp CBD–all organic from this company in Kelseyville!
  • Hu Kitchen: Paleo-based company that manufactures primal-friendly chocolate and coffee for retail as well as their exclusive restaurant in NYC
  • Boulder Bake: family of food innovation that bakes plant-based, Paleo, diabetic-friendly, and gluten free cookies and dry baking mixes
  • Coracao Confections: Oakland-based confection company concocting vegan, raw, organic, minimally processed, and sustainably sourced chocolate truffles and bars that are open for wholesale, online ordering, weddings, and other events
  • Lee’s Sandwiches: originally a trucking business, now a company that has developed countless stores and Vietnamese food products
  • Rebbl: sustainable business aiming to combat human trafficking in Peru, manufacturing reishi-based elixirs and protein shakes that contain numerous superfoods

VENDORS

  • Bobo’s Oat Bars: bakery that develops small batch, handmade, and whole grain oat-based products such as bars, toaster pastries, and mini snack bites that are perfect for kids and on-the-go lifestyles
  • McConnell’s Fine Frozen Desserts: 70 year-old responsibly and sustainably-produced line of ice creams that has sold frozen desserts all around California in retail, ice cream shops, and serves for catering and events
  • Wheat Montana Farms: an Southwest Montana-based family farm company that harvests numerous bakery goods, breads, flours, pancake mixes, superfoods such as chia seeds, and more cereal-based products
  • Purely Elizabeth: environmentally-friendly and healthy company born out of a vigilant passion for baking, developing wholesome and allergen-friendly granola, hot cereals, bars, and home decorations
  • Dandies Marshmallows: successfully launched at Natural Products Expo West, this company creates the best all-natural, allergen friendly, vegan, gluten free, and corn free marshmallows that come in several flavors!
  • Ozery Bakery: Canadian family-owned bakery that manufactures various bakery products such as breads and crackers created from handpicked and wholesome ingredients
  • Bada Bean Snacks: fava bean snack brand focused on providing vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, soy free, nut free, flavorful, high fiber, and protein-packed fuel that has been originally manufactured by the Enlightened community
  • Enlightened: health-oriented company established to give consumers low calorie, high protein, high fiber, and low sugar ice cream desserts (comes in pints and bars!)
  • Noosh: almond-oriented brand developed to provide kid-friendly and nutrient-dense on-the-go snacks such as almond butter, almond oil, and almond-based protein
  • Oat My Goodness: mother-daughter created and family run business baking granola of original flavors and high-quality, wholesome ingredients (note they have only one vegan option, which is their bad monkey granola)
  • Tarazi: Mediterranean-focused production company supplying tip-top-quality food products centered around Mediterranean food such as tahini, falafel mix, and veggie burger mix
  • Tosi Snacks: wellness company founded by physicians, research gurus, and others passionate about health and fitness to research into common health claims and develop foods that are suitable for improving health, fitness, and weight loss

VENDORS

  • Yoconut Dairy Free: creative company that works with food scientists to develop allergen-friendly and healthy coconut yogurt of countless flavors
  • Bermuda’s Ginger Beer: 145 year-old ginger beer company serving non-alcoholic (and some non-nutritive) soft drinks that are also gluten free and versatile
  • The Cookie Dough Cafe: gourmet edible cookie dough line that bloomed into a line of high-quality and innovative cookie doughs that are sold in retail worldwide and in various scoop shops of their own
  • Nutiva: vegan and superfood-centered brand that has created all types of coconut oils, baking products, MCT oil, protein powder, spreads, and body oil
  • Samurai Ramen: Japanese vegan ramen brand that aims to spread their national culture of Japanese food that is also free of fish, MSG, meat, and alcohol to the world
  • Fuji Oil Holdings Inc.: innovative and prosperous Japanese management system that seizes to invest into research and development for sustainability and health in regards to food and networking
  • Legendary Foods: nut butter brand that blends biochemistry, nature, and nutrition to deliver healthy snacks such as nut butters and nut mixes in innovative flavors
  • Revive Kombucha: expansive and passionate brand distributing organic, raw, vegan, and old-fashionedly fermented kombucha that are only produced through ethical practices

Hope you’ve enjoyed my recap of the event!


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