More than 100 natural product brands are representing New Jersey this week at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, Calif., including food brands, packaging brands, personal care brands, and more.
Some brands are introducing new products at the expo, also known as Expo West.
Red Bank-based Explore Cuisine, which makes plant-based pastas, is rolling out a high-protein rice alternative line called Risoni, including two single-ingredient rice alternatives: one made out of chick peas; the other, red lentils.
“As Explore Cuisine looks to continue to broaden its product line, our goal is to provide our consumers with the widest variety of organic and gluten-free, healthy options. Our Better-For-You Rice alternative is our latest innovation,” said CEO Greg Forbes via email. “We’re excited about our Risoni because it is made from just one single, 100-percent organic ingredient, a benefit we know our consumers put a high value on.”
Plant-based baby and toddler food maker Sprout Foods debuted 12 new purees and snacks at the expo, including bone broth purees and quick-dissolve teething wafers Teetherz. According to CEO Rick Klauser in a statement, when the company released its line of plant-based baby food in 2018, the goal was to address a gap in infant nutrition.
“Nearly one-third of babies were not eating a vegetable on a given day,” Klauser said in his statement. “We’ve continued to innovate within the baby food category to make sure that children are given access to the nutrition that’s right for their age and stage of development, with recipes made only from the cleanest, high-quality ingredients.”
Sprout, which is based in Montvale, was made to appeal to millennial parents.
Bridgewater’s Applegate Farms is also there with its new Great Organic Blend Burger, a blend of organic meats and mushrooms designed to, as the brand’s slogan touts, “change the meat we eat.”