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- ExpoEast 2023
A retrospective on one of the biggest CPG trade shows
hello there from the trade floor 👋
ExpoEast 2023 was definitely one for the books, partly because it was the last show after 38 years. On the morning of the event, New Hope Network surprised everyone by announcing that it would be the final ExpoEast, with Newtopia Now set to take its place in Savannah, Georgia in 2024 (read more here).
But despite it being the grand finale, ExpoEast 2023 didn't disappoint. I had the chance to discover some incredible products, connect with inspiring founders, and reunite with old friends.
Every time I attend events like these, it reminds me of just how much I adore this industry. It's a space where you can meet and learn from people from all walks of life, whether they're the creative minds behind new products, the savvy buyers, or the hardworking service providers. Everyone has a role to play, and that's what makes it so special.
Before I get into the trends, here was Jess and I’s favorite bites and sips at the show:
RoRo’s Baking Company takes the win for my favorite bite at the show. It’s pure deliciousness and no fuss. I will be buying these again and again.
Uncle Waithley’s takes the wine for my favorite sip at the show. It’s the best ginger beer I’ve tried and the scotch bonnet gives it a lovely additional bite that is hard to ignore!
My favorite non-edible product has to go to Flourish, a new plant fertilizer brand for your houseplants! 🪴
Here are some notable mentions, brands I thought were interesting from a taste and product perspective.
4Guage - I’m a sucker for some novelety, though a bullet is not my taste. However, I will say that this has a super clean label and tastes and functions great as a pre-workout.
Surthrival Black Walnut Protein - This one was an interesting one. It’s wild foraged black walnut protein powder. And yes I said wild foraged, so they don’t have any land or agriculture.
CariBBrew - Had some of the best tea I’ve ever had, very pleased with this product!
Gear Hugger - A first of its kind plant-based , non-toxic lubricant. Think plant-bases WD-40!
Drought - Genius to put juice shots in a bulk box. Tasted great and the price per shot decreases significantly.