Expo West 2015 NEXTY Award winners

Using local and organic grains and natural sourdough cultures traditionally used in sourdough bread, this Canadian company has created a soy-, nut- and dairy-free pasta with one-of-a-kind flavor and all of the gut-friendly attributes of naturally fermented foods. The NEXTY Popular Vote winner also received Non-GMO Project verification for its pasta in January and is working on new packaging in preparation to launch two new varieties in the U.S. and Canada this fall.

The votes are in, and the 2015 Natural Products Expo West NEXTY Award winners have been selected. These are the companies that voters and New Hope Natural Media editors believe represent what tomorrow's healthy living landscape will look like.

The Popular Vote and Editors' Choice winners (featured in this gallery along with the Popular Vote runners-up) will be profiled in our 2016 NEXT Forecast report, which publishes in June, and recognized at an awards ceremony at Natural Products Expo East.

More than 8,800 votes were cast in the Popular Vote contest, and New Hope editors were challenged to pick just one Editors' Choice winner in each category. So challenged, in fact, that for two of the three categories, we selected more than one winner. In food and beverage, we selected three companies that are taking different approaches to a majorly important issue: safe, sustainable seafood. And in the beauty and natural living category, we picked one company in the beauty space and one in the natural living space.

Here's where you can learn more about the criteria used to select NEXTY nominees and winners.

To see all of this year's nominees, visit this gallery. Or browse past nominees and winners here.

To learn more about NEXT: The Natural Products Industry Forecast, visit www.nextforecast.com.

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