Years ago, when we first started coming to Natural Products Expo West, if you asked someone if their product was vegan, often you’d get a blank stare, or sometimes: “ummm… well… it’s gluten-free!” Veganism just wasn’t something that was on everyone’s radar. Now, fast forward to 2016. Nearly everyone you ask knows what’s vegan and what’s not. And even if their product isn’t vegan, most likely they know why not – “these three are vegan, but this one isn’t because it has honey”, or whatever the case may be. Veganism is officially a thing! Sure, it's been a thing for a while, but for me it really stood out at this year's Expo.
The show is, of course, huge. I feel like I saw 5% of it, and I was there all weekend…! But here are some of the great vegan products I saw this year: