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Grocery Showcase West 2014

I had a chance to attend the Annual Grocery Showcase West. This closed-to-the-public tradeshow is a showcase of the newest trends and products coming soon to grocery stores across BC.

I was overwhelmed by the size of the tradeshow. Over 350 exhibitors and millions of products, it was a food lover’s wonderland.

Of all of those products, these are my favourites:

SEVA Maple Water

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This product is available now at Urbanfare and is one of my favourites. Canada’s answer to coconut water, the taste is crisp and fresh with just a hint of sweetness. The water is full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

The water is delicious to drink, but also great to cook with! You can use it to make ice cubes for cocktails, soups and vegetable broths, even making coffee with it.

Violife Vegan Cheese

This product is not available yet here, but I’m dying for all of you to try it.

This vegan cheese is nothing like anything you’ve ever tasted. Violife has a firm texture with a buttery flavour and it makes a wonderful pizza. It melts so prefect, it’s hard to believe it has no dairy.

Their pizza cheese is completely dairy and gluten free. It melts and stretches like real cheese and is also ideal for pasta dishes.

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SodaStream

This isn’t a new product, but man oh man I love my SodaStream. It’s so easy to use and great for the environment and your wallet.  Their new line of syrups is available now, including a line of kool-aid flavours and finally – grape! my favourite.

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The Farmhouse Cheeses

I was impressed by this local business because of the ethical treatment of their animals and the fact they don’t use pesticides, hormones or antibiotics. Also their Instagram is full of cute pictures of their happy cows and goats – maybe that’s why their cheeses taste so good – photogenic, happy cows.

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Urban Mac & Cheese Balls

For the makers of Risotto Balls (one of my faves), comes the genius that is Urban Mac and Cheese Balls. These are not available to the public YET, but oh they’re coming! Just imagine – perfectly crispy mac n cheese outside with a gooey melty cheese middle. I for one, can’t wait!

 

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Protein Shot XL

For all of you workout fanatics, this is a must product. Each 30z bottle of Protein Shot XL contain 28 grams of protein. It’s made with real fruit, contains zero fat, and it’s only 120 calories per bottle. Their Hydromaxx™ protein is a hydrolyzed protein blend that’s 100% absorbed by the body which makes it the most efficient, bio-available protein available anywhere. Most importantly, it taste really good!

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Iogo

Owned by Canadian dairy farmers, this is one of the yummiest yogurts in the market right now. It’s made even better now by using stevia extract as a natural calorie free sweetener alternative instead of other chemicals. When used in very small quantities, stevia extract can replace some of the sugar generally used in food products.

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Keep an eye out for these products, and many others, coming to the shelves of your favourite grocer soon!
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