Taste Radio: Our Picks For The Best New Products From Expo West 2022

After three days spent exploring the cavernous halls of the Anaheim Convention Center and meeting with hundreds of exhibitors at Natural Products Expo West 2022, Taste Radio hosts Ray Latif and John Craven have compiled a list of their picks for the best new product introductions from the annual event.

Artistry in sugar reduction: the Cargill sweetener portfolio

You wouldn't believe the results Cargill can help you achieve with less sugar. Rich mouthfeel… light refreshment… clean sweetness….flavor modification. Our comprehensive sweetener portfolio features some of today's most innovative ingredients – including stevia-based sweeteners, polyols and a new stevia-enhancing technology launching at Expo West – so you can create a masterpiece.

Howard Schultz Named Interim Starbucks CEO After Johnson Steps Down

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is returning to the company on an interim basis, following the resignation of chief executive Kevin Johnson, effective April 4. Schultz, will also rejoin the company’s board of directors as it searches for a permanent replacement, according to media reports this morning.

Expo West 2022: Vanessa Hudgens Dives Into Beverage with Caliwater

Since joining cactus water brand Caliwater as a co-founder last year, actress Vanessa Hudgens has been a passionate advocate for the company as it seeks to establish itself as a better-for-you hydration option. In this video from Natural Products Expo West 2022 in Anaheim, California last week, the Tick, Tick…Boom! star discussed her experiences promoting the brand at sampling events, the company’s charitable initiatives, and teased a new kid’s line coming later this year.

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Taste Radio: Troy Aikman Always Had Deft Touch. And It’s Key To His New Beer Brand. Plus, An Investor’s Take On NFTs In CPG.

This episode features an interview with NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman who has taken his talents from the gridiron to behind the bar as the co-founder of premium low-calorie beer brand Eight Beer. We also sat down with LDR Ventures co-managing director Maxine Kozler Koven for the second edition of “The Maxi Minutes,” in which she shared her thoughts on the wild world of NFTs.

Growth, Culture Creating Obstacles for Oatly, Reports WSJ

Oatly took a broadsheet broadside yesterday, with the Wall Street Journal reporting on the ways that problems around the company’s attempts to scale over the past two years are affecting the faith of the markets. The story came as the stock price for the oat milk pioneer continued their steep descent Monday, bottoming at less than $5 per share, or less than ⅕ of a mid-June high of $29.

Expo West 2022: Editors Discuss Trends and News From Day Three

To wrap up our daily dispatches from Natural Products Expo West 2022 in Anaheim, California, BevNET managing editor Martin Caballero and NOSH editor Carol Ortenberg discuss their observations from the trade show’s third day, including a return to familiar flavors in beverage, how some brands are using legumes to cater to the plant-based trend and an exploration of how the return of consumers to brick-and-mortar shopping has impacted food and beverage packaging.

Expo West 2022: Soda Surges on Flavor & Function; Nuun, Waterdrop Growing

In this first post-Expo West dispatch, we look at how classic soda flavors are being embraced by next generation brands. As well, powders at the show proved prominent, several new awards honoring deceased industry veterans were given out, and Jones Soda provided a first look at its anticipated cannabis line.

Expo West 2022 Gallery: Hops, Barley, Probiotics, Prebiotics and More

Expo West’s status as one of the beverage industry’s top showcases for new natural products remained strong in 2022 with young and established brands unveiling their latest innovations. In this gallery, the first of several covering the Expo’s new product launches, we take a look at some of the functional beverages, sparkling waters and plant-based milks that stood out on the show floor.

Expo West 2022: Trends and Observations from Day Two

As Natural Products Expo West 2022 moves past the halfway point, BevNET and NOSH editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman and BevNET reporter Brad Avery offer their takeaways from day two of the trade show in this video.

Taste Radio: The Triumphant Return Of Expo West – What We Saw (So Far) And Loved

On the ground in Anaheim for Natural Products Expo West 2022, the Taste Radio team reflected on a pulsating first day at the annual trade show, which returned live for the first time since 2019. They also commented on notable brands and products exhibited in the event’s bustling North Hall and Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace Tent, including several innovative plant-based, probiotic and savory sips and snacks.

Expo West 2022: Molson Coors Launches Barley Milk; NBA Star Booker Buys Coco5

Covering day two of Expo West, we cover the latest news and notes from the show, including Molson Coor's new barley milk Golden Wing, Frey Farms' renewed focus on beverages, RISE Brewing's innovative new cold brew nitro shot and NBA star Devin Booker's move into the industry with Coco5.