Tasting the Goodness at #ExpoEast


Sustainably grown and ethically-produced caffeine is fueling a healthy buzz on the show floor at Natural Products Expo East this morning, and we’re finding lots of new products on the market from companies that have exercised their ingenuity with simple ingredients and careful processing. There’ll be more news on what we’re seeing and tasting in Tuesday’s Gourmet Newswire, of course, but for now, here are a few samples.

Louis Lombardi’s face smiles out from the labels on his just-released line of sauces, oils and pastas in the Madoro USA booth. Madoro is producing the line for Lombardi from ingredients imported from Italy. The website for the line is now live at www.lombardiusa.com.

Chia is here and making lots of friends, even boasting, as it does, that it’s a superfood. Salba Chia even boasts that it’s “smarter than your average chia,” with a label on its deed packets that claims more than 3,000 milligrams of Omega-3s per serving. Chia is high in fiber and a good source of calcium, magnesium and copper. In addition to packets of the whole seeds, Salba is offering Salba Smart Organic Tortilla Chips in 100-calorie packs.

Blue Horizon Wild is offering four varieties of prepared seafood entrees steam-cooked en papillote and frozen to be microwaved in the paper pouch for a chef-crafted meal in minutes. All four varieties, Seafood Enchiladas, Sweet & Spicy Filet of Sole, Mediterranean Salmon and Seafood Cioppino, feature premium wild-caught seafood. More information is available at www.bluehorizonwild.com. Blue Horizon Wild is a brand of Elevation Brands, which also produces Ian’s Natural Foods, which is introducing two new flavors of the kids line, Smokin’ Sweet breaded Chicken Nuggets, which are gluten-free and whole grain and Southwest breaded Chicken Tenders, also gluten-free and whole grain. Both exclude common allergies, including wheat, eggs, nuts and soy. More information on these products is available at iansnaturalfoods.com.

mysuperfoods has a line of granola bars targeted for children. Made with whole-grain oats, flaxseed for o-3 and low sugar content. Co-founder Kate Jesionowski and her bisiness partner Silvia Gianni have five kids between them and vouch for the fact that kids actually like these. The company launched at last year’s Expo East and its products are already being sold in more than 200 stores. More information is available at www.mysuperfoodscompany.com.

Gold Mine Natural Food Co. had its silver sofi statuette in the booth behind samples of the Organic Kimchee that brought home the finalist award at this summer’s Fancy Food Show. The kimchee is riding that wave of success along with a trend for fermented foods that responds to an awareness of the value of probiotics for healthy intestinal flora, says Brad Bowers, wholesale sales representative for the company.


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