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Natural Product Reviews

Natural Food Merchandiser's Food Editor Kelsey Blackwell tastes and rates the best (and worst) new natural products on the market. Each product is given a rating for flavor, packaging, quality standards and ingredients. Here's a key:

1 bite: Junk food
2 bites: Meets some (but not many) quality standards
3 bites: Solid product, but room for improvement  
4 bites: Nearly perfect
5 bites: Amazing in every way

  • First Bite: Video product reviews

    • Jul 11, 2013
      Video
      New Hope Videos

      Missed out on Fancy Foods? Walk the floor with us

      Walk the floor with Senior Food Editor Kelsey Blackwell as she highlights the best natural and organic food products on the show floor at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show....More
    • Feb 6, 2013
      Video
      Natural Foods Merchandiser

      First Bite: Inside the tomato-flavored products trend 1

      Enjoy rip tomato flavor in the dead of winter with these four new natural and organic products which feature the forbidden fruit in unexpected and innovative ways. Join Senior Editor Kelsey Blackwell as she zeros in on the tomato trend at the 2013 Winter Fancy Food Show....More
    • Nov 20, 2012
      Video
      Natural Foods Merchandiser

      First Bite: Hot tea 10

      Americans are increasingly settling in for a warm cup of tea as they connect weight loss and antioxidant properties with a good leafy brew. Here are a few new favorites to try....More
    • Nov 6, 2012
      Video
      Natural Foods Merchandiser

      First Bite: Meal replacements 20

      How do three natural meal replacement options fare on taste and nutrition? Food Editor Kelsey Blackwell shares her reviews on the latest episode of First Bite....More
    • Oct 23, 2012
      Video
      newhope360

      First Bite: Frozen natural pizza 11

      Is it possible to see frozen pizza as something more than a college diet staple? With the right quality ingredients, Natural Foods Merchandiser’s Kelsey Blackwell thinks so. Combat thawing sales with new options that deliver flavor and nutrition....More
    • Oct 2, 2012
      Video
      newhope360

      First Bite: Wholegrarian foods from Expo East 2012 1

      Get a taste of three new natural products following the wholegrarian trend. Product reviews by senior food editor Kelsey Blackwell at Natural Products Expo East 2012....More
    • Aug 7, 2012
      Video
      Natural Foods Merchandiser

      First Bite: Delicious non-dairy product picks 6

      In this segment, Kelsey Blackwell highlights three non-dairy products that are as good (and maybe even better) than their lactose-laden counterparts....More
    • Jul 24, 2012
      Video
      New Hope Videos

      First Bite: 3 great pickled products

      What kind of pickled products should you pick? Kelsey Blackwell looks beyond predictable peppers and even casual cucumbers to review three unique foods transformed by vinegar, sugar and a few special spices....More
    • Jun 19, 2012
      Video
      New Hope Videos

      First Bite: Natural chocolate bars 3

      In this episode of First Bite, Kelsey gives her take on three new natural chocolate bars that could encourage you to expand your chocolate horizons....More
    • May 23, 2012
      Video
      Natural Foods Merchandiser

      First Bite: Best new granola products 22

      Forget those dry, cardboard-tasting granolas of yesteryear. Granola has undergone an indulgent makeover, making many of today’s products more gourmet than grungy. In this episode, Kelsey Blackwell zeros in on three of the latest options. See which brand gets top honors for nutrition and flavor....More
    • Jul 10, 2012
      Video
      New Hope Videos

      First Bite: 3 great gourmet cheeses 6

      Eating cheese that isn't good just isn't any fun. So for this episode of First Bite, Kelsey Blackwell chooses three great cheeses to review....More
    • May 9, 2012
      video
      Natural Foods Merchandiser

      First Bite: Kids snacks 6

      In this First Bite video, Natural Foods Merchandiser's Kelsey Blackwell talks about three new healthy snack products that moms and dads can feel good about....More
    • Apr 19, 2012
      video
      Natural Foods Merchandiser

      First Bite: Nutrition bars 6

      Natural products consumers are clamoring for healthy nutrition bars. Senior Food Editor Kelsey Blackwell reviews some of the newest offerings....More
    • Mar 20, 2012
      video
      Natural Foods Merchandiser

      First Bite: Chia seeds 3

      Natural Foods Merchandiser's Kelsey Blackwell weighs in on three chia-based products that use the seed in new and interesting ways....More
    • Feb 8, 2012
      video
      Natural Foods Merchandiser

      First Bite: Mediterranean with a twist

      In the first episode of First Bite, Kelsey Blackwell checks out the 2012 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and dishes on three favorite Mediterranean foods....More
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