The Return Of Expo East. What We Loved, And The One Thing We (Ray) Didn’t.


It was an unconventional convention, yet Natural Products Expo East 2021 was nevertheless a memorable event. Following a one-year hiatus, the annual trade show settled into its new home in Philadelphia where Taste Radio hosts Ray Latif, John Craven and Mike Schneider met with dozens of food and beverage brand exhibitors along with many early-stage founders and first-time attendees who walked the floor. 

In this episode, Latif, Craven and Schneider discussed the general mood and reception for Expo East 2021 and what it means  for the future of in-person industry events. They also highlighted several new and recently launched products featured at the show and later debated the merits of traditional ingredients when crafting a host-favorite cocktail.

In this Episode

0:34: Ripping The Band-Aid Off, Startup Parties And A Call For Campari — The hosts chatted about the positive energy of attendees at Expo East, what it was like interacting mask-to-mask, sampling at the event and what made it a manageable show. They also spoke about investor and retail presence at Expo East, a unique pizza record player, attending industry parties and looking forward to more in-person events and competitions coming in December at BevNET Live, NOSH Live and Brewbound Live. Later, Ray recalled an unfortunate (first-world problem) moment experienced at Expo East that led to a conversation about negronis and what should and shouldn’t be included in the cocktail.

Also Mentioned

Caulipower, TBH, Aura Bora, Shaka Tea, Not Just Co., Humm Kombucha, Papa’s Pops, Honey Smacks, Deux, Miss Jones Baking Co., Dream Pops, RIND, St. James Tea, AriZona Beverages, Other World Foods, Oats in Coats, Hummii, Campari, Forthave Spirits, Aperol, Boissiere Vermouth, Bottega Bacur