Editors' Choice winner (Food & Beverage): Radicle Salads
This pioneering new brand sells sustainable green-house grown, root-intact lettuces packaged in compost and wrapped in a recyclable sleeve. The result is a living plant that boasts twice the shelf life of bagged salad products and still tastes fresh, crunchy and delicious. Food waste: you’ve met your match.
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Popular Vote winner (Food & Beverage): Banza
How awesome would it be if you could achieve a higher daily protein goal while chowing down a big bowl of pasta? Banza to the rescue. Two energetic brothers from Detroit created this high-protein, high-fiber pasta made of chickpeas and a few other non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan ingredients. It cooks quickly, tastes good and, thanks to the ridiculously high 13 grams protein and 7 grams fiber per serving, won’t leave you with a post-pasta blood-sugar crash.
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Popular Vote runner-up (Food & Beverage): Cook Simple
Cook Simple is natural’s answer to Hamburger Helper, helping time-pressed folks create healthy, delicious meals by combining legumes, grains or gluten-free pasta with unique spice blends. Winner of the Next Accelerator Pitch Slam, this non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free product has real potential to inspire eating well on a large scale.
Editors' Choice winner (Supplements): Nordic Naturals
Popular Vote winner (Supplements): New Earth Dynamics
The key to much GI discomfort is in so-called “tight junctions” that tie together the gastrointestinal tract’s epithelial lining. When the gut gets inflamed, the cellular lining loosens, and everything from nutrients to toxins leaks out. Mayhem ensues. Restore, a unique liquid supplement based on colloidal minerals, aims to protect these tight junctions and maintain intestinal integrity.
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Popular Vote runner-up (Supplements): Natural Factors
The Whole Earth & Sea Bone Structure product, part of the Natural Factors' Whole Earth & Sea line, contains dozens of ingredients from organic whole-food sources. The linchpin ingredient is Polycan, a patented polysaccharide complex fermented from a novel strain of black yeast shown in studies to activate bone-forming osteoblasts and suppress osteoclasts.
Editors' Choice winner (Lifestyle): #MPWR
This company targets the tween and young-teen market with a meticulously formulated four-product line that addresses these young consumers’ concerns (think an organic pimple spot treatment made with arnica and willow bark). Why do we love it? For starters, each of the products has earned the USDA Organic stamp of approval. But what may be most admirable is that the company empowers young shoppers (boys and girls) to make smarter decisions about the products they put on their bodies at a critical time in their lives.
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Popular Vote winner (Lifestyle): Buff Her House of Exfoliation
Buff Her has captured something here: The easiest way to connect the dots between what you put in your body and what you put on it is to use the same ingredients. Buff Her undoubtedly brings a fun, fresh perspective with ingredients like sweet potato, adzuki beans and poppy seeds.
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Popular Vote runner-up (Lifestyle): PRZMan
This company totally nails masculine branding and natural formulations. For example, the shave "lube" blends organic white tea, green tea and vitamins for a clean shave that the company describes as safe for all "MANkind." All products are free from artificial fragrances and colors, and the brand’s website includes “men’s living” info such as awesome recipes, “a man’s guide to yoga” and more. Oh, and the brand even has its own television series, entitled “Manhood TV.”