Every year we walk the aisles of Expo West, the biggest trade show in the USA for natural products – including gluten-free. There were over 80,000 attendees and over 3,000 vendors (many of which are gluten-free!). Needless to say, our feet still hurt.
Please keep in mind that this is a trade show, and that means that many of these products are not available to us – the end consumer, the gluten-free shopper – for weeks, months, or even years. Sometimes it’s fun to know what’s coming down the grocery store pipeline, but sometimes we don’t have enough patience to wait!
We’re so excited about these products and we hope this post brings excitement to your homes (and your tummy!) as well! We’ll list our favorite in alphabetical order, because we certainly can’t choose our favorites out of our already favorite products – they’re all so good!
Upcoming GF Products in 2018
Canyon Bakehouse: Canyon Bakehouse Hawaiian Sweet Bread (dairy-free too!)
Coconut Bliss: Raspberry Acai in Chocolate Frozen Dessert Bars
Daiya: 100% Plant-Based Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Burrito (in a handful of tasty flavors)
Daiya: Salted Caramel Swirl Frozen Dessert Sticks (like a Dairy Queen Dilly Bar)
Enjoy Life Foods: Chocolate Protein Bites in Dipped Banana
Envirokidz: Frosted Amazon Flakes (think, gluten-free limited ingredient better-for-you Frosted Flakes)
GF Harvest: NEW Muffin in a pouch (a purity-protocol based oatmeal muffin made in the microwave
Good Karma: NEW shelf-stable flax milk (perfect for lunches)
Harvest Stone: Organic Sprouted Hummus Crackers
Lundberg: Organic Grounded Snacks in Vanilla Chai
Lotus Foods: Rice Ramen Noodle Soup in Tom Yum
MadeGood: Soft Baked Mini Cookies (great for lunches)
Mary’s Gone Crackers: Organic Real Thin Crackers in sea salt (tastes just like Wheat Thins did)
O’Dough’s: All Free Brownie Bites (top 8 allergen free)
Once Again Nut Butter: Hazelnut Spread Amore with Cocoa and Milk
Pamela’s Products: Cassava Flour (new paleo and grain-free flours)
Pascha: Quinoa Chocolate Baking Chips (tastes like a nutty nut-based butter, but nut free!)
Raised Gluten Free: Vegan Spinach Quiche (top allergen free savory pies)
Schar: Puff Pastry Dough (yes, it’s dairy-free!)
Schar: Chocolix (like a gluten-free Twix)
Siete Family Foods: NEW flavors of Grain Free Tortilla Chips (all dairy-free)
Simple Mills: Soft Baked Snickerdoodle Cookies (paleo too!)
So Delicious Dairy Free: NEW Frozen Dessert Flavors in Blueberry Cardamom
With over 3,000 vendors, we sure covered a lot of ground, and this is definitely not an exhaustive list of all the cool products we saw on the show floor.
Beth, our food editor, for example, just loved seeing all the cauliflower trends on the show floor. She loved seeing new crackers and pretzels, made with cauliflower flour. She also loved seeing cauliflower frozen pizza brands and now even packaged cauliflower flour so you can experiment on yoru own cauliflower-based recipes!
There were so many new protein bars and powders that it will take us weeks to go through and taste them all to find the best ones around. And water – yes, even water gets a makeover at the natural products show. We found functional water with added fiber (yes, fiber), and black water made from volcano ash! We also saw about 20 different gluten-free bath and beauty vendors that are still sorting through – everything from gluten-free bath bombs, shampoo and condition, make-up and face masks galore! It’s not just gluten-free cookies – it’s packed full of all the things you can’t even imagine!
We can’t wait to see these on the store shelves near us soon. What products do you think are most exciting?Originally posted March 2018