RVA’s disruptive food & beverage hub

The Richmond Region’s Food & Beverage industry covers a large and growing range of products, processes and packaging options. Due to an increased demand for healthier food in recent years, organics are growing in popularity and impacting the region’s food & beverage industry like never before. Richmond’s health consciousness mindset has brought about successful startups like Health Warrior – a chia seed-based protein bar firm that went from selling their healthy bars online through Amazon to being in countless retail stores including Whole Foods, Wegmans, and Target.

Health Warrior: startup to success

Shane Emmett had been a college athlete and was a happily practicing lawyer, working for then-Governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine. Then seven years ago, he got bitten by the chia bug. He and his college buddies learned from the book “Born To Run” that Tarahumara Indians hid from the Spanish conquistadors for hundreds of years in a vast rugged canyon in southern Mexico and lived on a diet featuring chia seeds, which were so nutritious and filled with so many Omega-3 fatty acids that Tarahumara people could run 25, 50, even 100 miles barefoot. The more they read about and pondered the state of nutrition in America, the more convinced they became that Americans needed to eat healthier foods. “Most food Americans eat is packaged food and the great majority of that packaged food is junk food,” he says. “The packaged food industry is a big part of the obesity and diabetes crisis that is killing us slowly.”

The three former college athletes decided to find the best and most reliable source of chia seeds, which turned out to be a company in Chile. On the side, apart from their day jobs, they started importing chia seeds and paying a contract manufacturer to turn them into high nutritional content, low sugar energy bars. They gave a few to professional athletes who were friends and sold a few on Amazon.com over the course of six months — just for fun. “I had 25,000 pounds of chia seeds in the hallway of my condo while I was practicing law,” Emmett recalls.

Then in 2012, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal saw their chia bars in a couple of different National Football League locker rooms and wrote a story headlined, “The NFL’s Top Secret Product.” Emmett’s company, called Health Warrior, sold 100,000 bars in an hour on Amazon, wiping out its entire inventory. Then Whole Foods called and said it wanted to distribute the bars, which come in a variety of flavors. “We did not have employees,” Emmett says. “We really had no idea what we were doing in consumer goods, but we knew the mission was right on.” After Whole Foods, Health Warrior moved into distribution nationwide, including accounts like Target, Wegmans, and Sprouts Farmers Market. Suddenly Health Warrior had a national distribution footprint of 13,000 retail outlets. In October of 2018, Health Warrior was acquired by PepsiCo as part of “The Hive,” an entity in PepsiCo focused on developing smaller brands in line with emerging trends.

Born in Richmond, Va.

What city gave birth to Health Warrior? Was it Boulder, Colo., or Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg section? No, it happened in Richmond, Va., which is emerging as a hub for new concepts in the food and beverage industries as Americans seek healthier lifestyles. It’s happening for a number of reasons: the region celebrates fine cuisine, judging from its emerging restaurant scene, and agriculture still is the state’s largest export, meaning high quality ingredients are readily available. Early stage venture capital for food and beverage companies has become available thanks in part to the Ukrop family, who immigrated from Slovakia in 1900 and dominated Richmond’s supermarket scene for decades before selling to Holland’s Ahold. Now among other activities, the family runs New Richmond Ventures (NRV), which was an early investor in Health Warrior.

Other factors:

  • Richmond’s cost structure is much lower than larger, better-known regions,
  • Major markets on the East Coast are within easy striking distance, thanks to I-95, I-64, Amtrak and the expanding Richmond International Airport,
  • For international food companies, the Port of Virginia makes it inexpensive to import or export bulky foodstuff products,
  • and it’s become relatively easy to attract executive and creative talent from around the country.

Large companies operating in the Richmond area include AMF Bakery; C.F. Sauer, a maker of spices and cooking oils; major milk producer Dean Foods; Mondelēz International (formerly Kraft-Nabisco), which makes cookies and crackers; Sabra Dipping, maker of hummus and dips; and San-J International, which makes Tamari sauce, the gluten-free equivalent of soy sauce. Those companies employ 4,000 employees and have created a deep pool of skilled labor.

Supporting startups

NRVBut in some ways, the area’s start-up scene is more exciting because smaller niche food companies and breweries are gaining traction and have the potential to change what Americans eat, particularly if they are acquired by much larger firms that then expand their offerings. At the heart of this entrepreneurial burst is Jim Ukrop and his NRV, which last year raised $33 million for its Early Stage Growth Fund. It offers more than money to emerging food companies because the Ukrop family ran a chain of supermarkets for two generations. Jim’s brother Bobby continues to operate a successful homestyle food operation. With this experience, NRV can advise start-up CEOs about how to build their businesses. “They have been investors who understand the challenges of the grocery industry,” says Emmett. “You can talk to them about things like distribution.”

Ukrop says NRV fills a gap in the region’s “capital stack,” or financial ecosystem for start-ups. “Start-up companies start out raising money from family and friends,” Ukrop explains. “Then the next step is angel investors. We come in after the angel investors and we help these companies grow up by bringing talent into them, giving them advice and counsel, so we can take them to the next level, which is the strategic investor stage.” Strategic investors typically are large companies that may invest in a start-up and eventually buy it to get access to its new products and ideas. Health Warrior, for example, already is collaborating with Nestle, the big Swiss conglomerate, on innovation. That could set the stage for investment at some point down the road. “Some big company out there is going to like the Health Warrior brand,” says Ukrop. “They’re developing a whole family of products, like soups and other healthy foods.”

A similar startup that received an investment from NRV is Nutriati, which is attempting to shake up the entire food industry by substituting flour made from chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, for regular flour, which contains gluten’s and other substances that are not ideal for human health. At a test kitchen in Henrico County formerly used by the University of Richmond’s Culinary School, the company is experimenting with using its flour in French fries, cookies, pasta and chocolate brownies. Chickpeas are high in protein and don’t cause allergic reactions that can sometimes result from the consumption of wheat, eggs or milk. In addition to funding from NRV, the company attracted an investment from a London-based firm, Tate & Lyle Ventures, that also specializes in expansion-stage food companies. CEO Richard Kelly told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that a brownie made with his company’s flour “is gluten-free, it has half the sugar and double the protein of a normal brownie.”

Another new piece of the Richmond entrepreneurial ecosystem for food and beverages opened in February 2019. Two local entrepreneurs, Austin Green and Brad Cummings, teamed up with Startup Virginia, a non-profit entity supported by Capital One – the region’s largest private employer — that encourages entrepreneurship, to create Hatch Kitchen. The kitchen, located in the Clopton Siteworks development, is a commissary kitchen for local food companies, a kind of incubator, where they can develop new concepts and have access to mentors, investors and marketers.

Riding RVA’s buzz

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Stone Brewing’s operation in Richmond, Va.

Newcomers to Richmond are also contributing to the food and beverage buzz. Perhaps the biggest is Stone Brewing, a $250 million to $300 million a year company headquartered in San Diego. A maker of unique craft beers, it noticed that its East Coast sales were increasing at the expense of mass brands such as Budweiser and Miller. “I think it’s part of the general trend of people wanting to be healthier and wanting to know more about the foods they eat and the beverages they drink, where they come from and who makes them,” says Stone Brewing co-founder Steve Wagner. “Craft beer really plays into that trend and helps drive it.”

Realizing it needed an East Coast production facility, Stone hired a search consultant and put out a request for proposals from different cities. It received 200 responses. The company narrowed it down to 20 locations and started visiting them. “We were surprised when we first went to Richmond to do some research,” Wagner says. “I hadn’t been there for about 13 years to attend a wedding. Frankly, back then, there wasn’t that much going on.”

But Richmond had changed and now had the “cool factor,” Wagner says. “The city fathers realized a while ago they had a problem in that young people would not stick around. They would move someplace else when they finished college and never come back. Leaders wanted to intentionally change their city and have a vibrant young population.” They developed local universities and recruited or developed companies to hire young people, which is why Richmond is now a favorite destination for millennials fleeing high living costs in other cities. “If you turn a town into a cooler, hipper place, then businesses will develop to cater to those folks,” says Wagner. “It’s a tribute to the adventurism of the younger people in Richmond. Whether beer or wine or different types of ethnic food, for that kind of scene of flourish, you have to have the people to patronize it.”

There were other factors in Stone’s decision. The city identified a site on the James River which offered an opportunity to retrofit the area and create a brewery and tasting room that felt contemporary. That appealed to Stone.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, attempting to woo Stone, also invited Wagner to the governor’s mansion, which was built on the grounds of the State Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson. That helped charm Wagner. Other governors had given him 10 minutes on the phone. Plus, Richmond lent $23 million to Stone, which it is paying back with interest over the course of a 25-year lease. Altogether, Stone has invested $76.2 million in its Richmond facility.

Yet another reason is the tone set by at least 30 other craft breweries in Richmond. Wagner spoke to some of them and did not encounter the attitude he expected: the big bad newcomers were going to drain business away. Instead, they welcomed Stone Brewing because they felt it would raise the tide for all their boats, helping establish Richmond as a destination for craft beer lovers. With the designation by Vinepair as the world’s top beer destination of 2018, it seems to have worked. Cheers!

Learn more about Food & Beverage in RVA

It is no secret that Greater Richmond is a top foodie destination. In the last two years, Richmond was voted a “Top Ten Best City for Vegetarians,” the “New Craft Beer Mecca of the American South” and a top 20 “U.S. City with an Unexpectedly International Food Scene.” These accolades are among many and do not go unnoticed, even by the prestigious James Beard Foundation.

The foundation highlights unique dining experiences ranging from favorite lunch spots to brewpubs to fine dining. The foundation has nominated restaurants in the region 22 times since 1995 and 15 times in the last five years.

This year, up for the award are Evrim and Evan Dogu’s Sub Rosa Bakery, Velma Johnson’s Mama J’s, An Bui’s Mekong and The Answer Brewpub and Sandeep Baweja’s Lehja. This is the third consecutive nomination for Evrim and Evan Dogu and second consecutive nomination for An Bui.

Not only is Greater Richmond a hub for fast-casual and fine dining restaurant experiences, it is also a major location for food and beverage production and packaging. The region is home to both domestic and international firms, including Mondelēz Global LLC, Maruchan and Sabra Dipping Company.

Interested to learn more about the region’s food and beverage scene? Read more here.

If you are looking for where to locate your packaging facility, look no further than Greater Richmond, Virginia. With a skilled workforce, affordable real estate, ideal location, and natural resources, the Richmond Region has everything a packaging company would need to succeed.

The workforce that the Greater Richmond area provides is highly skilled and logistically well-positioned for any company to locate operations in the region. Considering it is at the crossroads of Interstates 95 and 64, suppliers can easily distribute products to clients.

Paper Packaging

The paper packaging industry in the Richmond Region takes advantage of the abundant pulpwood supply that can be found throughout the state. Many companies take advantage of this resource as they use paper/pulp as the primary material. Another natural resource found in the Richmond Region are the water sources that can be found through the James and Appomattox rivers that help with the manufacturing process:

  • Cascades Inc., a Canadian company that manufactures paper tissue products and green packaging, recently purchased an existing facility in Hanover and plans to invest $275-$300 million into equipment upgrades.
  • Dominion Packaging, which makes folding cartons for huge companies such as Altria, McDonald’s and Anheuser-Busch, recently expanded their state-of-the-art facility. They have leased an additional 20,000 sq.ft. in Henrico to meet demand.

Packaging Machinery

Advanced manufacturing in the Greater Richmond area has always been successful. The region’s workforce has proven to be skillful and the community colleges and universities in the area offer degrees and certifications in relevant areas making it a great place to recruit employees:

  • UK-based ProSeal, which produces food tray machinery for the perishable foods industry, came to the Richmond area to expand the company internationally. It began in a home office, then moved to a small production site, and eventually expanded to a 50,000 sq.ft. facility in Chesterfield. Now they are looking at expanding again as demand for its machinery increases.
  • JASA Packaging Solutions, which produces machinery that is used to improve packaging, opened a sales office for the equipment that they make in the Netherlands. Opening a facility in the United States allows JASA to bring its packaging solutions directly to their clients in the country.
  • CSi Packaging, a Dutch company which supplies fully-integrated material handling systems and has installations throughout the world, came to the region from Florida.

Advances in Packaging

Innovation and improvements in the packaging industry have been happening here in the Richmond area since cellophane and aluminum cans were first produced locally. The technological advancements that can be found in the region are among the best due to the infrastructure that is currently put in place. There are incubators and co-working spaces all throughout the city that breed creativity. The region is also home to colleges that offer degrees in the relevant fields which has added to technological advancement:

  • WestRock’s Research and Development division is testing its newest packaging equipment at a local facility near Richmond International Airport.
  • TemperPack, which develops sustainable insulated packaging for the perishable foods and pharmaceuticals industry, expanded to a new facility in Henrico and created 141 new jobs and now employ about 250 people. They recently signed a distribution deal with Albertsons pharmacies to use TemperPack’s ClimaCell packaging in hopes to reduce waste.
  • Liqui-Box, which manufactures plastic bag-and-box packaging, moved its corporate headquarters from Columbus, Ohio, to Richmond, Virginia. Paul Kast, Liqui-Box Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, said that Richmond “is a great city — there’s a great talent pool to integrate with.” The company recently agreed to acquire DS Smith PLC’s plastics division for $585 million.

Greater Richmond, Virginia, has an abundance of things to offer any packaging company which make it an attractive prospect to create a facility or headquarters.

Advanced Manufacturing in Greater Richmond

Did you know you can reach 55 percent of the U.S. population within a two days’ drive from Greater Richmond? The region’s central location connects companies to numerous markets and brings many benefits to those operating in Greater Richmond. Its proximity to interstates, the Richmond International Airport and the Richmond Marine Terminal provide companies with a multitude of distribution options.

Greater Richmond’s location on the American East Coast has made it a hub for several supply chain and logistics companies, including Riverside Logistics, C.H. Robinson and Orbit Logistics. FedEx and UPS Freight also operate regional distribution hubs in the area.

Greater Richmond is also home to many food and beverage companies, including Sabra Dipping Company, Mondelēz Global LLC and Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods. These food suppliers need quick access to the market and benefit from the Richmond Region’s network of transportation options.

E-commerce giant Amazon also operates multiple facilities in the region, including a warehouse in Chesterfield County and two distribution centers in Hanover and the City of Richmond. Greater Richmond is also home to one of Amazon’s Prime Now distribution hubs in Henrico County, fulfilling customers’ orders within the hour.

In addition to its prime location, Greater Richmond has an ideal workforce, comprising of over 680,000 individuals from more than 40 localities statewide.

Read more about the supply chain industry here and about the workforce in Greater Richmond here.

Richmond makes history as a Food and Beverage hub

Fortune 50 firm PepsiCo recently acquired local start-up Health Warrior to expand the company’s product offerings into the nutritious food market. Founded in 2010, the super food maker sold their products to over 12,000 retailers nationwide from their headquarters in Richmond.

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GRP’s Grace Festa (left) chats with a representative from Richmond-based Health Warrior.

Greater Richmond has a long history of being a hub for food and beverage manufacturing, especially packing and delivery systems. The region produced and sold the very first beer can in 1935 along with the first recyclable all-aluminum can in 1963. Reynolds Wrap was pioneered in Richmond in 1947 and locally-produced foil is still wrapping Hershey’s Kisses and Rolos. Plastic cellophane was first created by DuPont in 1963 in Richmond as well.

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Fast forward and both domestic and international food manufacturers have found the Richmond Region to be an advantageous location for production of a wide variety of goods. More than 50 food processing companies currently operate in the region including Mondelez Global, the second largest bakery in North America, and Sabra Dipping, the largest hummus facility in the world. Other companies located in Greater Richmond include Maruchan, Tyson Foods, San-J, and Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods. Distribution comes easy with the help of over 100 local freight companies and brokers and the region’s access to 45 percent of the U.S. population in a day’s drive. The Richmond Marine Terminal connects to the Port of Virginia, a certified foreign trade zone, via the James River.

For food startups, Hatch Kitchen RVA offers a 9,000-square-foot kitchen designed for multiple users and outfitted with an array of cooking equipment and work stations. The coworking space is expected to be operational early in 2019 with a variety of food makers as members.

The area is a proven location for food and beverage related R&D with companies such as Sabra Dipping and WestRock, a leader in product packaging, both gathering data in Greater Richmond. With over 5,000 people working in the industry and a skilled labor force that is comfortable with 24/7 operations, the region has a lot to offer.

International companies are lining up to invest in the “Top mid-sized city in the U.S. for foreign direct investment” (fDi Magazine). And companies from the United Kingdom are leading the pack.

Forty-four UK firms have facilities in the region, making up 20 percent of the total 220 international firms. Germany is a close second with 42 total facilities – and like the UK — mostly advanced manufacturing companies.

“(Greater Richmond’s) pro-business attitude and business-friendly environment made the decision much easier,” said David R. Holt, CEO of UK-based BGB Technology, manufacturer of slip ring assemblies.

Recent UK investments include:

  • WDM, a leading global manufacturer of road surveying equipment and provider of survey services and asset management software solutions, anticipates adding employees to its sales and survey office to build towards a possible U.S. manufacturing operation in the years ahead.
  • UK suppliers are drawn to the proximity of Rolls-Royce, which operates a turbine blade facility in the region. Both graphite electrodes maker Erodex Ltd. and aircraft parts labeler Pryor Marking Technology were attracted to continued service for one of its main customers at the new U.S. facility – while providing an opportunity to break into the American market.

International firms often ‘test the waters’ in the Richmond Region with small offices before expanding. Proseal USA and ITL Group are two companies that started with modest operations.

Thomas Jull of ITL Virginia

Proseal USA, manufacturer of food packaging machinery, recently expanded its operations in Chesterfield County by doubling its space to 50,000 square feet and outfitted a second production building next door to its existing plant. With demand for its equipment growing, the company is even considering constructing a 200,000-square-foot facility.

ITL Group, a Kent-based medical device firm, opened a U.S. facility to service existing clients in Hanover County. Thomas Jull, VP of Operations (US) for ITL Group, said having an office in the U.S. has improved relations with existing clients and eliminated delays caused by operating in different time zones.

“We could have located the business in Boston or in Florida, or anywhere else on the East Coast, but here there’s a really good industry… people are just extremely helpful,” explained Jull.

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Companies large and small have chosen Greater Richmond for North American operations. Overall, the Richmond Region is host to more than 200 internationally-owned facilities in the area that employ over 21,000 workers. The products and services provided by these firms range from industrial machinery to specialty foods and from transportation to consulting services.

Greater Richmond has seen significant interest from two specific industry clusters: Advanced Manufacturing and Food & Beverage makers.

Advanced Manufacturing:

  • A locally-based Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility helped lure two suppliers, Erodex and Pryor Technology. The two UK-headquartered companies were seeking to improve existing customer relations while expanding its offerings.
  • German company iMPREG Group is expanding into manufacturing after a successful phase I. Their product, a fiberglass pipe liner, was first imported for distribution.
  • Polykon Manufacturing, a joint venture between two Air Liquide entities, is completing its facility to produce consumer cosmetics.

Food & Beverage

  • Sabra Dipping Company operates the world’s largest hummus factory in the region.
  • Brazil-based Mavalerio produces sugar confectionery toppings for North American distribution. The company chose the Richmond Region “because we can reach 55 percent of the U.S. population within 750 miles.”

Two-thirds of the Greater Richmond Partnership’s prospect pipeline is internationally-owned – meaning that more foreign companies are on the way to the Richmond Region. The Partnership has helped locate more than 100 international businesses since its inception, so is well equipped to guide your business through the steps necessary to establish your U.S. presence in the Richmond Region.

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The Greater Richmond Partnership is continually on the road, visiting with prospects and attending industry-specific conferences and tradeshows to bring new capital investment and jobs to the region. In the last few weeks, the team partnered with local economic development offices on two marketing missions: Hannover Messe and BrewExpo.

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GRP’s Olga Molnar and Henrico County’s Micah Kemp at the Hannover Messe tradeshow.

Last month, Vice President of Global Investment Olga Molnar attended the Hannover Messe/CeMAT tradeshow with Henrico County Economic Development Authority’s Micah Kemp. Hannover Messe is one of the largest tradeshows in the world, with a total of 5,800 exhibitors and 210,000 attendees from 75 countries.

The 4th industrial revolution (artificial intelligence, machine learning, e-mobility, etc.) was on full display. As the Chairman of the German Engineering Federation Thilo Brodtmann said, “Hannover Messe is where the future of industry is discussed and presented…” For those who would like to have a glimpse into the future, there is no better tradeshow than this.

The team met with many of our existing companies as well as potential investors. The team also attended SelectUSA’s reception which drew a number of international advisors and consultants.

The Hannover Messe was followed by a two-day marketing mission. The team met with several companies that are considering opening a facility in the U.S., including the Richmond Region. We also spoke with industry leaders and consultants who shared their insights into what drives German companies to expand to foreign markets.

On this side of the pond, GRP’s Rowena Fratarcangelo and Hanover County Economic Development’s Susan Deusebio attended BrewExpo, the trade show connected to the annual Craft Brewers Conference, in Nashville, Tenn.

GRP’s Rowena Fratarcangelo and Hanover County’s Susan Deusebio at the BrewExpo.

More than 700 companies from 13 countries and 44 states exhibited at the trade show. Products ranged from Adhesives to Yeast Supply. The Richmond Region’s purpose in attending was to connect with vendors and suppliers that would be interested in having a location in Greater Richmond to serve the growing craft beverage industry in the region, state, and along the East Coast. Educating potential prospects about the many business advantages of Greater Richmond – as well as educating ourselves on industry trends – can prove invaluable.

Rowena and Susan also visited with numerous Richmond-area companies that were exhibiting, giving them the chance to say hello, express appreciation for their presence in the region, and get updates on how things are going with their business and customers.

Blue Bee Cidery was the first urban cidery in Virginia.

Richmond, Virginia, is basking in accolades related to its incredible craft beverage industry. From being recognized as the “Best Beer Destination in the World” by VinePair, to being named a top three “Best Beer Scene 2018” by USA Today, the scene has exploded since 2012. The industry has come a long way since Richmond-based Gottfried Krueger Brewing sold the nation’s first canned beer in 1935.

Today, the Richmond Region boasts over 30 craft breweries, meaderies, cideries, wineries and distilleries. Success has been swift for new and upcoming beverage companies due to changing tastes and communal atmospheres found in tasting rooms.

With a rich history of manufacturing and food production, the region is populated with over 5,500 food workers, eight craft beverage distributors, and the U.S. headquarters of UPS Freight. With firms such as Sabra Dipping Company and Kraft’s Mondelēz unit leading the way, Richmond is becoming the top location for food and beverage manufacturers and suppliers.

Local universities have pulled up a seat, too, offering certificate brewing programs to help increasing interest of career jumpers. Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond have developed classes that include distribution, draught system management, recipe creation and fermentation. The colleges also work with state alcohol and beverage control officers to ensure regulatory compliance for future craft brewers.

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GRP’s Grace Festa (left) chats with a representative from Richond-based Health Warrior.

The Greater Richmond Partnership recently traveled to Los Angeles for the Natural Products Expo to meet with business prospects and companies that are seeking a location on the East Coast. The Expo is the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, hosting more than 3,500 exhibiting companies and 85,000 attendees. While there, we spotted a few interesting trends at the show:

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Grace Festa visits the San-J booth at the Natural Foods Expo. The company has a major facility in Henrico County.
  • Natural products are no longer a niche – they’re everywhere. While talking with vendors and food producers, it became evident that natural products are no longer just for foodie elites. As more consumers demand healthier and more natural options, traditionally conventional retailers are fully involved in the natural foods scene these days. In fact, Walmart is becoming a favored buyer because they pick up their orders directly from the processor’s factory instead of forcing small producers to find their own distribution routes.
  • The Paleo diet is as popular as ever and natural food companies are ready to meet the demand of cutting grains from their diets. Coconut and even cauliflower flours are being used for everything from pizza crusts to sugar-free cookies. Coconut and almond milk replaces dairy. Ready-to-cook Zoodles and cauliflower rice are replacing spaghetti and rice grain.
  • As consumers focus on more plant-based dietary options, producers are adding them to naturally-processed foods in unexpected ways. Feeling peckish? Grab a bag of chips made from beets or carrots. Want to indulge? Your chocolate cake may have been made with cauliflower. Thirsty? Chilled drinkable soups (think of it as a savory smoothie) are one of the newest trends to hit the market.
  • Demand for gluten-free products continues to grow and it seems that nearly all baked goods or processed foods that contain gluten now have a gluten-free equivalent on the market. But the easy availability of these products is only half the story. Tremendous improvements have been made to the flavor and texture of these products, thanks to new ingredients, new processes, and other innovations.