We’re gearing up for Anaheim to attend Natural Products Expo West 2023! As one of the top events of the natural and organic products sector, Expo West brings together more than 100,000 guests, from food startups and distributors to established CPGs and investors, and everything in between. We can’t wait to engage with the many partners in our ecosystem in attendance as well as make new connections and see the latest food innovations.
A number of our portfolio companies will be showcasing their products on the floor. We’re excited to see them in person, and we hope you can visit them, too!
Benson Hill is leveraging biology and AI to develop plant-based, nutritious, sustainable. ingredients and food products. Last year, the company announced a strategic partnership with ADM to scale innovative soy ingredients to meet the increasing consumer demand for plant-based proteins. Join the Benson Hill team who will be available to chat about all the benefits of their products.
Blue Sky Family Farms / Egg Innovations
Meet Egg Innovations’ CEO John Brunquell and members of the team to learn about how they are leading the way with pasture-raised egg production. The company’s flagship brand, Blue Sky Family Farms, was recently named #9 among Instacart’s 75 fastest-growing brands of 2022.
Brightseed will be on hand to discuss all things related to bioactives and its AI-based Forager discovery platform. Last fall the company introduced Brightseed Bio 01, a novel hemp hull-based dietary fiber that can support gut strength through food and beverage products and is the first of many Forager-discovered ingredients. Be sure to also see Alina Slotnik, Brightseed’s Vice President, Bioactives, on the panel “The State of Supplements,” on Wednesday March 8 at 10 a.m. in Marriott Grand Ballroom F.
Climax’s machine learning technology is uncovering new methods to produce plant-based alternatives to traditional animal-based products. The company kicked off the year by sampling its Blue, Brie, Feta and Chèvre cheeses to select audiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, and is building production facilities to scale its distribution more broadly.
Eat the Change
Booths F30 and N2134
CPG veteran Seth Goldman, renowned chef Spike Mendelsohn and others on the Eat the Change team will host two booths in the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace and Hot Products sections of the show. Launched last year, Eat the Change is on a mission to create nutrient-forward and environmentally and socially conscious snack foods. Stop by to sample the varieties of Just Ice Tea, mushroom jerky and NEXTY award finalist in the Best New Sweet Snack category, Cosmic Carrot Chews.
Led by a multi-generational farming family, Farmer Focus received a number of accolades and grew significantly in the past year, becoming the number-one fastest-growing organic chicken brand in grocery stores in 2022 and the number-two organic chicken brand overall. In January this year, the company introduced new flavors to its NEXTY award-winning pre-seasoned chicken line.
We’re looking forward to once again sampling Kuli Kuli’s variety of superfood items. The company’s Mood Magic Organic Uplifting Superfood Blend is a NEXTY award finalist in the Best New Plant-Forward Product category. Be sure to visit and try the power of moringa-based foods yourself.
Once Upon a Farm
Come meet with Once Upon a Farm Co-Founders Jennifer Garner, John Foraker and Cassandra Curtis, along with other senior leaders of the team to talk about baby food, children’s snacks and clean eating. The company continues to expand its presence on store shelves nationwide and build a strong community of kids and parents alike.
Big Bold Health
Big Bold Health’s Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat Super Nutrition Flour, an ancient superfood, is a NEXTY award finalist in the Best New Pantry Food Category. The company is not hosting a booth, but BBH team members will be in attendance to talk about science-based solutions for stronger immune systems and a healthier planet.
Will you be attending Expo West? If so, we would love to see you there. Join S2G’s Chuck Templeton, Walter Robb, Arthur Chow, Sumeeta Salvador, Mo Ghabrial and Kevin O'Shaughnessy. Please get in touch with us, and we can connect at Expo West!