At every Natural Products Expo, New Hope Network poses the question: “What’s next in natural?” The answer at Natural Products Expo West 2018—at least in part—is Bay State Milling’s SowNaked™ Oats. SowNaked™ has been named one of two Nexty finalists in the Best New Ingredient category, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Last month, New Hope Network editors, Sterling-Rice Group staff and a group of industry judges whittled down the record number of submissions in their 22 categories to 72 finalists. The panel will select winners in each category as well as an Editors’ Choice winner at Natural Products Expo West. The Nexty awards will be distributed on the show floor on March 10.
The Nexty Awards are built on the three I’s of innovation, inspiration and integrity. While most awards are given out at Natural Products Expo East and West, the Best New Ingredient honor is only awarded at Expo West as part of Engredea.
Here’s what the judges said about SowNaked™ Oats:
“Not your run of the mill oats, SowNaked™ Oats provide a higher protein yield grain, providing an innovative vegetarian protein solution from a sustainable source. These oats are kinder to the farmer and the environment. They are grown from a hull-less oat cultivar in a closed system, traceable to the seed. Because these oats are hull-less, they provide a 30 percent improvement in grower returns. They are minimally processed, requiring no heat or steam, plus “mindfully farmed oats” are identity preserved to the individual farm and grower. We like it!”
Here’s what we said about SowNaked™ Oats becoming a Nexty Finalist:
“I think it’s terrific and exciting that one of our new ingredients – SowNaked™ Oats – was nominated for a Nexty. Who would have thought that 119-year-old wheat miller would be capable of creating such a novel product? I am grateful and proud of Dan Collins (Bay State Milling’s Entrepreneur in Residence) and the team for the years of work that have gone into this effort. SowNaked™ is such an awesome example of how Bay State Milling is connecting agriculture and food to support our core purpose and exemplify our approach to the business. I also hope this is the first of many accolades that our innovative ingredients will earn.”
– Peter Levangie, President and Chief Executive Officer
“The criteria for the NEXTY award is well aligned with our Bay State Milling values; Innovation, Inspiration, and Integrity. I am grateful to be part of a company whose values and core purpose drive us toward the type of work which would receive such prominent industry recognition.“
–Daniel Collins, Entrepreneur in Residence
“I am thrilled for our organization, our farmers and our team that dedicated so much time and effort to launching this wonderful new ingredient. While it is an honor to be one of two finalists, it would be an amazing win for Bay State Milling, as we recently celebrated our 119th year in business and we are still highly committed to delivering innovative ingredients for our valued customers. We have a number of new opportunities that will be crossing the goal line and a number that are in the pipeline. It is an exciting time.”
–Michael Buscaino, Director of Emerging Business
“I’m thrilled! I always make a point of looking at the Nexty Award displays to see who’s been nominated in each category and stop by those companies’ booths to see their product, so it’s very exciting to see SowNaked™ Oats get recognition as a finalist for Best New Ingredient.”
– Courtney Christie, National Account Manager