Natural Products Expo WEST

The Natural Products Expo (West) is taking place next weekend, March 5-8, in Anaheim, California.   For those of you who work or associate in any way with the natural products industry, this is a fabulous place to network and to find out what’s new and happening in the market this year. 

From natural foods manufacturers, to grocers and independent retailers, health care practitioners, and even pet care products, you can find it all here.  It’s a fun and festive environment with free samples everywhere you look and a lot of great people to talk to behind those booths.  
Soy Happy won’t be attending this year, due to budgetary constraints, but we look forward to sharing updates and products from exhibitors and attendees.  Go visit our Affiliate, Lightlife Foods in Booth 2560!   Tell them hello if you get the opportunity to visit.

Lightlife turns 30!

Soy Happy is proud to promote Lightlife Foods as one of our Affiliate manufacturers. During the past several years, we have helped to introduce Lightlife’s veggie dogs to Major League Baseball stadiums.  Last season, they were offered by the Giants, Phillies, Dodgers, Mets and Padres.  

In addition to their veggie dogs, Lightlife makes a wonderful variety of meat-free, non-GMO products, including veggie burgers, vegetarian chili and quick microwavable meals.   They are very focused on creating good environmental policies and pursue a ‘green’ approach to manufacturing, in every way possible.  Their philosophy is this:

“From our beginnings to now, our mission remains the same.  We’re in this business because we care about the food that people eat and the earth on which we live, and we go to great lengths to ensure that our customers get the very best.”
Thirty years ago, Lightlife was started by a couple of “hippies” selling tempeh to local businesses.  They’ve come a long way.   Soy Happy extends a very warm and celebratory, “Happy Birthday, Lightlife!”

It’s baseball menu time!

(Photo by George Nikitin for the Los Angeles Times.)

Baseball stadiums are now preparing for the 2009 season.  This means that they are currently looking at their concession menus and assessing whether to keep, remove, or add any food items for the coming year.   Most Major League Baseball concession managers have recognized that there’s a fan base out there that wants healthier options and yummy vegetarian fare.  As of 2008, fifteen Major League stadiums offered veggie dogs to their fans.  (Check out the fab Phillies menu, too.  It’s fan-tastic!)  

This is the time to contact your favorite ballpark with your menu feedback!  They will be looking to fans’ comments as they finalize the 2009 concessions menu.   If they already offer the items you want, THANK them.  If they don’t yet offer veggie dogs or other options of your choosing, let them know you’d like them to do so.  Tell them Soy Happy is here to assist with samples and promotions, too.  (We’ve helped almost all of the existing veggie dog parks to date.  Our motto is to combine fun with profit.  We celebrate veggie menus!)
Help us help YOU by putting in your two cents at the ballparks you frequent.  Do it today. Every day, after all, is a Soy Happy Day.  If you’re interested in heading up the effort locally, and there’s no Soy Happy Manager listed for your stadium, contact us.  We welcome new SH Managers to our fabulous roster!
We’ll keep updating the site as we get new menu confirmations from ballparks.   If you have any updates for us, please let us know.  We rely on fans to keep us posted, too!

MaggieMudd in L.A.-have your say!

If you have not tried MaggieMudd’s Mudslinger’s Free Style dairy free ice cream, you’ve been missing out.   Those of us in the San Francisco Bay Area have been salivating over this delicious frozen dessert for years.  If you live in the L.A. area, you’ve only had the opportunity to purchase their fare at Whole Foods.  That might change!  Yesterday, Soy Happy received a query from MaggieMudd’s founder, Michael Juarez, asking for our suggestions on possible L.A. neighborhoods where they might open a shop.  We thought it’d be fun to take it directly to supporters in the area and get their feedback.  They said, “good idea!”

Here’s your chance to chime in.  Where do you think they should open a shop?  Do they open one in Santa Monica?  In Eagle Rock?  Studio City?  We want your suggestions. Where do you think a fabulous vegan ice cream maker should set up shop in L.A.?  Offer your comments below.  Or send an email our way and we’ll share it with them.