Natural Products Expo East took place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland Sept. 11-14. Here are a few companies that incorporated tea and herbs into innovative products.
Soda Press Co.
Bondi Beach, Australia-based Soda Press Co. produces the first Certified Organic Shelf-Stable Kombucha Concentrate. The company currently manufactures its Kombucha Syrups in three flavors: Original, Cola Nut & Kaffir Lime, and Passionfruit & Tangerine, all of which can be prepared with a SodaStream machine. Organic black and green teas are used to make the syrups, which are low in sugar and high in probiotics.
Virginia First Tea Farm
Newport News, Virginia-based Virginia First Tea Farm manufactures tea soaps and other personal care and cleaning products that incorporate organic green tea. The company’s philosophy is that “nature’s way is the best way” and utilizes green tea because of its antioxidants as well as its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Among the company’s clever, natural products are: Jasmine & Green Tea Castile Soap for Face and Body, All-in-One Natural Tea Shampoo & Conditioner (Peppermint and Green Tea), and Dish Soap with green tea.
Van Nuys, California-based Teaonic produces functional herbal tea tonics and shots. Each is formulated for different purposes, including: relieving stress, clearing skin, aiding digestion, detoxing the liver, supporting adrenals, and more. The company was founded by a mother and daughter who are both Certified Health Coaches by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a pioneering institution in holistic education. Teaonic currently offers eight tonics and four shots.
Tornoto, Canada-based Organic Traditions introduced its Yerba Mate Mint Latte with Matcha and Probiotics. The dairy-free packaged blend contains coconut milk and 1 billion heat and shelf stable probiotics per serving. It is easily prepared with hot or cold water and the taste is smooth and satisfying with a hint of mint. The beverage is uplifting without inducing jitters. Organic Traditions’ focus is to offer Certified Organic superfoods and functional blends “for prevention, regeneration and longevity,” states the company’s website.
The Maple Guild
The Maple Guild, which is based in Island Pond, Vermont utilizes the state’s famous maple syrup in tea. The company’s eight organic teas are lightly sweetened with maple syrup harvested from more than 16,000 acres of sugar maple trees making them “the largest single-source producer of maple in the world” according to MapleGuild.com. The Maple Guild employs its very own Steam-Crafting™ method, rather than using direct heat to boil the maple syrup so as to preserve all of its natural flavor nuances. Its eight organic tea flavors are: Black Tea, Black Tea Lemon, Black Tea with Mixed Berry, Black Tea Peach, Black Tea Raspberry, Green Tea, Green Tea Ginger, and Green Tea Mint.