By Maggie Jaqua and Rachel Appleton
What makes the WholeFoods Natural Choice Awards so special? The honorees are selected by natural products retailers who choose the products that have made the greatest impact on their business for the year. New this year, we’ve added two additional categories based on areas that have gained popularity in recent years: cognitive health and stress/sleep support. Europharma/Terry Naturally takes home the trophy for Full Supplement Line. Bluebonnet Nutrition, which claimed that spot for the previous three years, is the Runner Up in that category this year, and also wins in the Sports Nutrition category. Among the companies that received an honor for this first time this year is CV Sciences, which won in the stress/sleep category for its Plus CBD Oil. For each category, we tallied the votes and broke the ties using data compiled from our monthly What’s Selling column. Congratulations to all the winners and to the runners-up.
A special thank you goes out to all the retailers who voted through our printed ballot and our new digital voting system. This year, all who voted were entered into a drawing to have a $100 donation to Vitamin Angels made in their name. Congratulations to Spring Street Vitamins in Fairfield, OH, for winning the drawing.
SUPPLEMENTS: FULL LINE
Abiding by Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and Good Documentation Practices (GDPs), Terry Naturally Vitamins of Green Bay, Wisconsin, wins the National Choice Award for best full line. Some of the customer favorites include Adrenaplex (Energy & Stress Resister), AnxioCalm (Anxiety, Stress-Relief, Tension), Artery Strong (Vascular Elasticity and Strength), Clinical Glutathione (Vital Support), Clinical OPC (Absorption), CuraMed (Healthy Inflammation Response), Hemp Oil + Curcumin (Endocannabinoid Support), Curamin (Pain Relief) and CuraMed Brain (Brain Function).
955 Challenger Dr., Green Bay, WI 54311, www.europharmausa.com
Bluebonnet Extreme Edge
Extreme Edge is a pre-workout mix designed to ignite energy and mental focus.
12915 Dairy Ashford, Sugar Land, TX 77478, www.bluebonnetnutrition.com
Irwin Naturals System 6
System-Six is a specialized formula that supports thermogenesis, energy, mood, metabolism, carbohydrate support and antioxidants to assist with weight-loss goals when combined with a low-calorie diet and exercise program.
5310 Beethoven St., Los Angeles, CA 90066, www.irwinnaturals.com
Pure Essence JointEssence
Introduced to the market in 2013, Pure Essence JointEssence is designed to increase mobility, flexibility and promote overall joint health.
P.O. Box 95397, Las Vegas, NV 89193, www.pureessencelabs.com
Source Naturals Wellness Formulas
Wellness Formula combines over 25 vitamins, herbs, and nutraceuticals to support key body systems related to immune health.
23 Janis Way, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, www.sourcenaturals.com
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega
With 1,280 mg of omega-3s, this supplement supports heart and brain health, is certified non-GMO and third-party purified. The fish gelatin softgels benefit pescatarians and others with restricted diets.
111 Jennings Dr., Watsonville, CA 95076, www.nordicnaturals.com
Enzymedica Digest Gold
Enzymedica says Digest Gold is its most potent digestive formula. It contains amylase, lipase, cellulose and protease thera-blend enzymes to help the breaking down of carbohydrates, fats, fiber and protein.
771 Commerce Dr., Venice, FL 34292, www.enzymedica.com
Bio Nutrition Brain Wellness
This formula contains a blend of vitamins, herbs and more designed to work synergistically to support optimal brain health and function, boost memory and promote mental alertness.
3580 Oceanside Rd., Unit #5, Oceanside NY 11572, www.bionutritioninc.com
CV Sciences Plus CBD Oil
PlusCBD Oil Gold Formula contains a complex phytocannabinoid matrix including cannabidiol (CBD) from agricultural hemp, which the company says is a great option for those looking for high-intensity support.
10070 Barnes Canyon Rd., San Diego, CA 92121, www.pluscbdoil.com
Among the popular products from Gaia Herbs: Calm A.S.A.P., which provides anti-stress qualities; Golden Milk, a plant-based blend to support the mind; and Black Elderberry Syrup to support immune health.
101 Gaia Herbs Dr., Brevard, NC 28712, www.gaiaherbs.com
Nordic Naturals Nordic Berry
With vitamins A, B, C, D3, E, zinc, and more, this gummy multivitamin comes in classic sweet-and-sour citrus and cherry berry flavor.
111 Jennings Dr., Watsonville, CA 95076, www.nordicnaturals.com
So Delicious Dairy Free Cheese
Free from dairy and soy and Non-GMO Project Verified, the line includes Mozzarella, Cheddar, and Cheddar Jack.
1130 Shelley St., Springfield, OR 97477, www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com
Health Ade Kombucha
Health Ade Kombucha is made from 100% cold pressed juices and is free from preservatives. Flavors include Maca-Berry (black currant, aronia, maca root), Power Greens (wheatgrass, spirulina, camu camu) and the seasonal Holiday Cheers (allspice, ginger, cacao).
2012 Abalone Ave., Torrance, CA 90501, www.health-ade.com
FOOD – ORGANIC
From cooking oils to natural sweeteners and nuts to gluten-free natural baking mixes, NOW food products are non-GMO, Kosher and peanut-free.
244 Knollwood Dr., Bloomingdale, IL 60108, www.nowfoods.com
Pamela’s offers natural and gluten free baking mixes, cookies and snack bars. Pamela’s products use high quality sugars including fruit juice, agave, coconut sugar, brown rice syrup and molasses, as well as minimally processed grains like certified gluten-free oats, brown rice, millet and sorghum.
1 Carousel Ln., Ukiah, CA 95482, www.pamelasproducts.com
Garden of Life
Garden of Life products are made from whole food ingredients and are Certified USDA Organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, NSF.
4200 NorthCorp Pkwy., Suite 200, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, www.gardenoflife.com
HABA – SKIN
Derma E offers a full line of natural skin care products that are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and botanicals. All products are cruelty free, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, recyclable, paraben free, and do not contain sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil or artificial colors.
2130 Ward Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93065, www.dermae.com
HABA – PERSONAL CARE
My Magic Mud Charcoal Toothpaste
This toothpaste is formulated with essential oils, coconut oil, bentonite clay and xylitol to clean, polish and whiten teeth without the use of fluoride, SLS, GMOs or Glycerin. My Magic Mud is also vegan and comes in peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen and cinnamon clove flavors.
1965 Post Rd., Suite 600, New Braunfels, TX 78130, www.mymagicmud.com
HABA – HAIR
Giovanni is a full-range, salon-inspired hair care brand that provides gel, mousse, hair spray, leave-in conditioners, vitamin hair treatments and hair re-constructors.
2555 South Dominguez Hills Dr., Compton, CA 90220-6402, www.giovannicosmetics.com
Vital Planet products are made with a balance of soluble and insoluble fiber, omega-3s, probiotics and enzymes formulated to support the dietary needs of canines.
133 Candy Ln., Palm Harbor, FL 34683, www.vitalplanet.com
Natural Choice Awards Runners-Up
Supplements – Full Line: Bluebonnet Nutrition Corp.
Supplements – Sports Nutrition: Vega Sport Nutrition System
Supplements – Weight Loss: Enzymedica weight loss support products
Supplements – Heart Health: Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract
Supplements – Bone/Joint Health: Bio Nutrition Joint Wellness
Supplements – Immune Health: Nature’s Way Sambucus
Supplements – Digestive Health: Bio Nutrition digestive health products
Supplements – Cognitive Health: Europharma/Terry Naturally Curamed Brain
Supplements – Stress/Sleep: Pure Essence Ionic-Fizz Magnesium Plus
Supplements – Herbs: Nature’s Way herbal products
Supplements – Children: Child Life assorted products
Food – Organic: Bob’s Red Mill assorted products
Food – Vegan: Pamela’s Products (vegan mixes, pastas and more)
Food – Sensitive Diets: Food for Life assorted products
Food – Nutrition Bars: RX Bar assorted products
Food – Beverages: Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
HABA – Skin Care: Mychelle assorted products
HABA – Hair Care: Alaffia assorted products
HABA – Personal Care: Natracare assorted products
Pet Care – NOW assorted products