SupplySide West and Food Ingredients North America brings together leading experts of the health and nutrition industry from all around the globe.  Pharmatech was in full attendance for this premier event, exhibiting amongst some of the most prominent companies in the world of nutraceuticals.  Tradeshows are a great opportunity to learn from the industries finest, and we’re here to share the inside scoop of the latest trends seen at this year’s show!

Functional Snacks

Snack-aholics can rejoice in the news that there are now many brands offering good-for-you ingredients for all your snacking needs!  Sweet, salty, savory – it’s all been covered in the newest innovations for casual grazing.  One of our favorites was a granola bar with Lifenol, an ingredient that helps support post-menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and weight gain. Another was an energy shot in the form of chocolate peanut butter cups (think Reese’s meets 5 Hour Energy), and lastly a spicy snack mix with Turmeric, the active ingredient being Curcumin that produces anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Unique Applications

SupplySide West isn’t just for the newest innovations in products and ingredients.  There were many suppliers showcasing new ways to consume your supplements!  We saw a gusseted bag with a Bottle Blender feature for consuming a pre-work out mix.  Just add water to the indicated line and shake, all within the supplement bag itself!  Stick packs are commonly added with water or other beverages for consumption, but we saw a children’s nutritional supplement meant to be taken straight from the pack just like Pixy Stix! There’s never been an easier way to get your kids their added nutrient support than from a stick that looks and tastes just like candy!

Ashwagandha Everything

An ingredient that has been around for thousands of years, yet newer to the nutritional supplement scene, is Ashwagandha.  This cure-all ingredient has been on the rise in recent years because of the wide umbrella of health benefits it covers.  It’s been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, boost fertility, and support cognitive functioning and memory.  We saw it in all forms at this show: gummies, drink shots, stick packs, and more!  This ancient medicinal herb is available in just about any way one can consume their daily supplements.

Bottom Line

We could go on for days about the latest and greatest innovations witnessed at this year’s SupplySide West in Las Vegas!  Whether it’s meeting people at our booth, walking the show floor, or attending the educational events, we always walk away with new ideas to bring to our clients at home! This tradeshow was not only just informative, but a fun way to get to know fellow professionals and reconnect with old friends in the industry.  We hope you enjoyed this breakdown of some of the trending topics from the show and can’t wait to bring even more from the next one!

Pharmatech Labs

Pharmatech Labs is a nutritional contract manufacturer specializing in liquid and powder supplements. We keep our customers at the forefront of everything we do to ensure the highest satisfaction levels from concept to fulfillment. If you’re looking for a contract manufacturer to package what you make, look no further. Contact us today with any questions you may have and to get your free quote!