The U.S. is a nation of immigrants, so it’s no wonder most of us can choose to eat meals influenced by Italy, Mexico, France, Greece, China, India, Japan and more on any given day. The influence of global cuisines is perhaps most apparent in the many savory, sweet, spicy, earthy and sour ways that worldly flavors are popping up in natural foods. Family businesses are infusing the tastes and ingredients of their traditional cultural foods in new product formulations and categories. Here, Jessie Shafer, RD, editor-in-chief of Delicious Living magazine and Jenna Blumenfeld, senior food editor for New Hope Network, take a flavor trip around Natural Products Expo West 2017.

Products featured:

Peak Sherpa
Toom Dips
TaDah Foods

About the Author(s)

Jenna Blumenfeld


Jenna Blumenfeld lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she reports on the natural products industry, sustainable agriculture, and all things plant based. 

Jessie Shafer, RD

Director of Influence & Health Education, New Hope Network

Jessie Shafer, RD, is New Hope Network's director of influence and health education. In this role, Jessie curates opportunities and appropriate partnerships for New Hope's health and wellness influencer audience, as well as health practitioner and nutrition expert audience. Jessie is a Northwestern University graduate, registered dietitian, and long-time health journalist, having worked for more than 17 years at four major publishing houses on consumer-facing health brands, including Meredith Corporation and August Home Publishing and holding the role of editor-in-chief of Delicious Living for four years. Jessie and her husband relocated from Iowa to Colorado in 2015 where they enjoy riding their bike, hiking in the mountains and being mom to a cute and curious toddler. 

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