I attended the Natural & Organic Products Europe 2016 event in London this past weekend.
If you’re not familiar with the show, this is a dynamic and energy-filled (trade-only) event showcasing the newest and most innovative products from the natural health industry.
In addition to the many exhibition stands, attendees could also attend one of many informative seminars and cooking demos that took place throughout the event.
One particularly interesting seminar was delivered by Rick Hay (also know as “The Super Foodist”). He presented some of the latest trends in superfoods, including some those that are making their way into the market for the first time, and others who are making a comeback.
Rick also spoke about the increasing demand towards superfood powdered blends—such as protein powders blending with other superfoods (such as quinoa or moringa) and wholefood smoothie blends (that encompass vitamins, minerals and probiotics).
It was also interesting to see a live cooking demo by Dale Pinnock (“The Medicinal Chef”) in the Natural Food Kitchen demonstration area.
The audience really enjoyed Dale’s simple approach to cooking and eating nutrient-dense foods. Throughout his cooking demonstration, Dale emphasized the importance of balancing blood sugar and enhancing omega 3 intake. Dale’s approach presented a sensible and easy way to incorporate healthy eating into everyday life. I will definitely be purchasing his cookbook and trying some of his recipes very soon!
As always, it’s a great event to see new products that come to market. One of the products that I had not tried before was cactus water, which was promoted by True Nopal (based in Scottsdale Arizona).
Cactus water is touted as being full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It’s believed to give your immune system a boost, and including anti-inflammatory benefits. It tasted like water with a slight sweetness. A True Nopal consultant commented that beetroot powder was added to give the it a slight, reddish colour.
In the Natural Beauty section, I came across Carishea, a company I had not heard of before that manufactured beauty products produced from shea butter, such as soaps and lotions.
I was pleased to learn of the high quality products but particularly intrigued by the core values behind their business—which is quite inspiring. Carishea’s business motto is “transforming lives, transforming skin”.
The company works with communities in Ghana to create employment opportunities for women, the women harvest the shea nuts to produce the butter. Carishea then imports it to the United Kingdom, where they then employ local workers from disadvantaged communities. What an inspiring business philosophy!
Natural & Organic Products show 2016 did not disappoint and I look forward to attending next years show!