Awards

Nexty Awards Honor The Most Innovative Items from Natural Products Expo West 2023

March 28, 2023
18 new products were named Nexty Awards winners during this year's show, which took place March 7-11 in Anaheim, Calif

Natural Products Expo West, a huge trade show focused on not just natural but innovative new products, was March 7-11 in Anaheim, Calif. Every year, a panel of judges recognizes the most remarkable products with the Nexty Awards, what they considered the most innovative, inspiring and all-around best products in several categories.

See our NPEW roundup story here. This year’s winners (only in the food & beverage categories):

  • Best New Beverage: Maka Wheatgrass Superfood Hibiscus Passionfruit energy beverage
  • Best New Condiment, Sauce and/or Dip: Great Eastern Sun Miso Mustard
  • Best New Dessert: Alec’s Ice Cream made with gut-friendly A2 dairy
  • Best New Frozen Product: Konscious Foods Plant-Based California Rolls
  • Best New Functional Food or Beverage: All Real Nutrition Cashew Cookie Dough Protein Bar
  • Best New Meat Alternative: Meati Foods Classic Steaks made of mushroom root
  • Best New Dairy Alternative: Spread 'Em Kitchen Meadow Herb and Garlic Cashew Cheese
  • Best New Meat, Dairy or Animal-Based: Alexandre Family Farm Certified Regenerative Grassfed Whole Milk Kefir
  • Best New Organic or Regenerative Organic Certified Product: New Barn Organics Regenerative Organic Almond Milk
  • Best New Pantry Food: Heyday Canning Co. Coconut Curry Chickpeas
  • Best New People-Forward Product: Amazi Foods Moringa Hibiscus Dried Pineapple (supporting Ugandan farmers)
  • Best New Plant-Forward Product: Solely Green Banana Pasta
  • Best New Savory or Salty Snack: Top Seedz 6-Seed Crackers
  • Best New Special Diet Food: King Arthur Baking Co. Gluten-Free Bread Flour
  • Best New Sweet Snack: JonnyPops Organic Rainbow Fruit Stacks
  • Award for Innovation: Jinka Plant-Based Calamari
  • Award for Innovation: 4th & Heart Salted Ghee Butter Sticks
  • Award for Integrity: Good Food for Good Organic Plant-Based Classic Bolognese
About the Author

Dave Fusaro | Editor in Chief

Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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