Enlightening nutrition science research — both basic and applied. Fascinating new product ideation — from botanical formulations to trending gut-health concepts. Scintillating “Taste-It” sessions that allowed attendees to sample the latest in sweetener alternatives and new flavoring frontiers. Networking — oh, the networking! Industry heavies and thought leaders casually mingled and told stories out of school about business models, ingredient trends and new product development ideas. And the unveiling of the 2013 NutrAwards for best new ingredient of the year and best finished product featuring a functional ingredient. It was all that, at the 2013 Nutracon, which kicked off Engredea and Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim.