On Wednesday the 23rd of January, I attended the North East Youthtrade summit at the North East region’s Wholefoods headquarters in New Jersey. Youthtrade is a non-profit that supports consumer products entrepreneurs under 35 and helps them take their products and companies to the next level. Fifteen companies attended the summit, and I was impressed by the quality that all of their products had. Here are four of the best:
1. Raaka Chocolates: This company makes premium chocolates in Brooklyn, NY. Raaka has a variety of super flavors including Bourbon Cask Aged and Blueberry Lavender. Raaka’s packaging is clean and distinctive, and I could see the company being very successful although they have lots of competitors.
2. That Indian Drink: This company makes ready to drink lassi beverages. Lassi is an Indian drinkable yogurt beverage and That Indian Drink makes all of their own products, including their own yogurt. Their products are delicious and really stood out in my mind.
3. Off The Cob: This company makes tortilla chips from sweet corn, giving them a distinctive and bold flavor. Off the Cob is already available in all North Atlantic Wholefoods, and founder Cameron Sheldrake is a really cool guy.
4. Bollywood Delights: This company makes kulfi, a traditional Indian frozen dairy dessert in three flavors: pistachio, mango and original. All of the flavors tasted great. Currently Bollywood Treats is sold mostly in ethnic markets around Boston, but the company hopes to make it into Wholefoods later this year. Their products could be huge although the packaging might need to be changed to appeal to organic/natural foods consumers.