Plant-based food finalists for 2018 SupplySide CPG Editor’s Choice Award – image gallery

Mac n’ cheese featuring complete-protein pasta and fresh bread boasting a full serving of vegetables are among the top five products vying for the 2018 CPG Editor’s Choice Award in plant-based foods.

With dynamic speakers, unique programming, expert panel discussions and workshops, and a vibrant exhibit hall, SupplySide West is the go-to event for natural products professionals. The creative collaborations and innovative ingredients that are a hallmark of the event are also the driving force behind the thriving marketplace. Now in its 7th year, the SupplySide CPG Editor's Choice Awards recognizes some of the coolest new launches of consumer packaged goods (CPG) products in nearly 30 categories.

A 2017 survey of U.S. consumers revealed 83 percent of respondents wanted to add more plant-based foods to their diets in order to improve their health and nutrition, according to Statista. Additional responses included eating plant-based for weight management (62 percent), the desire to eat “cleaner” (51 percent), health concerns or diagnosis (24 percent), to save money (17 percent) and environmental concerns (14 percent).

A forecast report from Baum + Whiteman predicted plant-based as the top food trend of 2018. The international food and restaurant consultancy noted most dining trends are driven by restaurants; however, it credited innovation in consumer packaged goods (CPGs) for leading the movement in plant-based.

Among the selling points of this year’s plant-based ECA finalists are:

  • meat-free protein that offers a meat-like experience,
  • foods that embrace the colors and nutritional benefits of plants,
  • cleaner labels that appeal to discerning consumers, and
  • better-for-you options that are easy to prepare or ready to serve.

One winner in each category will be announced on the SupplySide Central Stage at SupplySide West 2018, held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The supplement winners will be revealed Thursday, Nov. 8, from 1:30 to 2 p.m., followed by the food and beverage winners on Friday, Nov. 9, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Click the following link to learn more about the networking event or to register for SupplySide West.

A display case showcasing all the finalists’ products will be available in the Expo Hall. To get the full list of ECA categories and finalists, click the colored text link.

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