Last week, Vegan Cuts Founder Jill and I (Stephanie, your friendly Sales + Community Manager) embarked on an adventure of epic proportions. The Natural Products Expo West was an enormous showcase of thousands of products from food to bath & body to cosmetics to supplements to home goods. The Vegan Cuts team is on a never-ending search for the best new vegan products to pass on to our members, so it is part of our duty to go to shows like Expo West—but we also had a ton of fun!
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Just as fast as “Tofurkey” became part of the American lexicon, veganism as a stand-alone business model has become an exciting venture bridging the divide between those seeking a greater health consciousness and impassioned environmental politics. From the evolving science on gluten allergies to the renewed interest in raw foods, combined with new opportunities of a “green marketplace,” the concept of vegan business has moved from the outer fringe to a proper seat at the table.
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There’s an exciting, new event taking place in New York later this month and we want you to be there with us. On June 16-17, we’ll be participating in The Seed: A Vegan Experience – Two Full Days of Vegan Immersion. What’s it all about, you ask?
See.. Eat.. Hear.. FEEL VEGAN. Two days of vegan exploration await you. Nourish your taste buds on scrumptious plant-based food from New York’s famed vegan restaurants – the best in the world! Get inspired by world-renowned speakers, champion athletes, and top chefs. Provoke new thoughts with award-winning films and their directors. Discover the vast market of cruelty-free products and services. And much more.
The Seed invites the vegan-curious, vegan-skeptical, and vegan choir to explore what veganism has to offer today. You’ll gain understanding of the endless benefits of a compassionate, healthful, and earth-conscious existence of the vegan lifestyle.
The Natural Products Expo West extravaganza has come and gone. If you haven’t been reading along, you’re welcome to go back and read about day one and day two. Basically, I jammed an insane amount of eating, walking and talking into this past weekend. When I finally stopped and laid down on Sunday night, I slept for 13 hours. I think I’m still recovering, but finally finding time to reflect on the whole experience. One of my favorite things about ExpoWest was having the chance to meet up with a bunch of our past Vegan Cuts partners. It was such a pleasure to visit the folks from Sprout Skincare, Hail Merry, Kaia Foods, NewTree Chocolate….
Wow. People told me ExpoWest was big and crazy, but it’s impossible to imagine just how big and crazy it really is. Huge and elaborate exhibitor setups, free samples galore, intense crowds, celebrity spokespeople (I saw David Wolfe and Fabio was in the house)…it’s nuts! Yesterday was a whirlwind of zipping through rows of exhibitors, sampling vegan goodies, and catching up with blogger friends. I’ve already picked up way more samples than I know what to do with. I literally don’t know how I’m going to get them all home.
I’ll be heading back over to the convention center to do more of the same all day today, but here’s a quick recap of yesterday’s events.
ExpoWest 2012! I’m here! After many months of dreaming about this weekend, it’s finally arrived. I’ve seen that big, beautiful ExpoWest welcome sign on the Anaheim Convention Center. Heck, I’ve even taken a pic in front of it (see above!!). Yesterday was the preshow, so after registering I strolled around the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace with Jackie of Vegan Yack Attack and Demetrius from Vegucated. We tried lots of new products and I’m sharing my top finds with you…