New Zealand's Best at Expo West - Booth #2043

By virtue of its clean atmospheric conditions, New Zealand grows some of the world's most nutritionally superior bioactive fruits and vegetables. In addition, more than 80 percent of New Zealand's plants are found nowhere else in the world. Here is a list of products that will be at Expo West.

Jennifer Boggiss, Director, Heilala Vanilla — Heilala Vanillawhich offers high-end vanilla products to the food and beverage industry, began when a New Zealand family conducted an aid project to help the people of the Republic of Tonga. After falling in love with the people and the environment, the family used its horticulture background to start a vanilla plantation. By practicing sustainability and partnering with the local people, Heilala Vanilla started to produce the richest grade of vanilla in the Asia Pacific region. The product has a distinctive aroma, shine and plumpness. Heilala Vanilla is then packaged for each order. Pure Extract and Vanilla Paste are manufactured and dispatched to executive chefs, gourmet food manufacturers and a selection of specialty retail stores.

Paul Paslaski, North American Manager, BioVittoria - BioVittoriais the world's largest producer and processor of monk fruit. Its product, Fruit-Sweetness, is a unique zero-calorie concentrate that comes from naturally occurring compounds in the monk fruit. The concentrate can be 300 times sweeter than sugar. The product just received GRAS notification (Generally Recognized As Safe) from the US Food and Drug Administration. Fruit Sweetness is the first and only all-natural, zero-calorie fruit concentrate sweetener to receive this notification.

Gursh Bindra, CEO, Vital Foods - Vital Foods was founded in 1991 by former agricultural scientist, Bruce Donaldson, who discovered a way to concentrate kiwifruit and blend with natural flavors to make a bioactive drink, Kiwi Crush. Kiwi Crush has been widely adopted by Hospitals and the medical community in NZ for its bowel health and regularity benefits. The company has gone on to develop a kiwifruit derived capsule, Phloe Healthy Bowel (, which has been clinically proven to keep you regular while helping to avoid episodes of bloating, wind and the 'feeling if fullness'. Phloe has a unique triple action of prebiotics, enzymes and fiber concentrated from fresh kiwifruit.

Other New Zealand Companies that will be at the show are: New Zealand Natural, Comvita, Fonterra Co-operative Group, Absolute Essentials, Simunovich Olive Estate, Taura Natural Ingredients, Just the Berries Ltd., and Living Nature.

For more information, please ask for Jennifer Barclay, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Business Development Associate at Booth #2043.

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