“It’s like a family reunion.” That’s how my colleague Monica Watrous with Food Business News described the vibe at this year’s Natural Products Expo West taking place in Anaheim, California, until tomorrow, Saturday, March 11, 2023. I agree. And it’s a family reunion where we are all on the same page in terms of formulating food for the better good of people and the planet. (OK, there’s a few outliers. They are in every family!)
Nestlé USA sponsored an educational session on Thursday titled “Eat Like Your Life Depends On It, Because It Does.” Registered Dietitian Elizabeth Ward addressed the nutritional needs through various life stages and emphasized that “as quality of diet declines, obesity increases.” With those in the 2- to 18-year range, “it is clearly a public health concern as these [trends in poor diet] tend to track into adulthood.”
She emphasized, “They don’t get enough dairy.” OPPORTUNITY CALLING!
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“Teens are not equipped to think about their health in the long term. ‘We’ need to do it for them and give them the nutrients to help them out,” she said. OPPORTUNITY CALLING!
Registered Dietitian Jim White, said, “Sustainability is a high priority for younger consumers. And, ‘health is their wealth.’” OPPORTUNITY CALLING!
Ward added that older adults (over 65 years of age), “They want you to take their money. They are very hungry for your innovation. Older adults need more protein.” OPPORTUNITY CALLING!