First we talked to Tio Gazpacho founder & CEO Austin Allan, who gave us an update on the progress of his innovative chilled soup-in-a-bottle products.
Says Allan (who was walking the floor, but not exhibiting at the show): "We think we can double, triple or quadruple our business very quickly."
Dylan Myers at Pok Pok Som, which is building a presence in the drinking vinegar category.
Says Myers: "The whole fermentation thing is really taking off and I think this kind of fits in with that, with kombucha, kimchi and so on."
Amit Pandhi at Arctic Zero, which has just unveiled a new look for its 150-calorie-a-pint frozen desserts.
Says Pandhi: "Consumers are looking for products that are nutrition-packed and guilt-free but still satisfy their sweet tooth, and I think our product does that better than anyone else."
Greg Steltenpohl at Califia Farms, which was showcasing its new almond-milk based non-dairy creamers.
Says Steltenpohl, when asked what the reaction has been like from retail buyers: "In a word? Awesome."
Smári Ásmundsson at SMÁRI organic Icelandic yogurt, which is looking to persuade us that Greek yogurt isn't the only game in town.
Says Ásmundsson: "I think we have the healthiest yogurt on the market. It's hard to get consumers to try a new brand, but once people try it's game over, and they are loyal consumers."
Click HERE to watch our snacking trends video from the show, featuring Eat Well Embrace Life hummus, Snacks 101 baked popcorn, SexyPop, KRAVE Jerky, ips chips protein chips, and Way Better Snacks.
Click HERE to see our trendwatching gallery from the show.