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Rainforest Awards

Welcome To The 5th Annual Rainforest Awards


The winners of a Rainforest Award are...


Ingredient of the Year
Celery Juice



Celery juice has had a great 2018, with this ingredient finding its way into a number of products as well as seeing consumer demand skyrocket. Celery juice is believed to contain a number of nutrients such as vitamin K, beta carotene, and flavonoids,, making it a great choice for formulation from snack foods to beverages and everything in between.


Most Popular Non-US Ingredient
Huanarpo Macho



Huanarpo macho hit the ground running in its international debut this year. This herb comes from South America where people like to enjoy it as a tea. Huanarpo macho is well-known for its plant chemicals, such as sapogenins, flavonoids, and alkaloids. This makes the herb a great choice for antioxidant formulations and more.



Best Functional Support Ingredient



Although cacao is famous worldwide as its variant cocoa, the vital ingredient for chocolate, this ingredient is beginning to get recognition as a nutritional powerhouse. Cacao is a great source of flavonoids, but it is also known to contain nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, iron, and much more. This makes cacao a versatile ingredient and Ecuadorian Rainforest can even offer organic cacao powder!



Best Newcomer Ingredient
Golden Berry


Golden berry has come into the scene as the new superfruit in the industry. A fruit that is native to Brazil, golden berry is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Golden berry is full of vitamins A and C, also fiber.


Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018
Chanca Piedra



Chanca piedra has worked tirelessly since its debut in the nutraceuticals industry. Starting off as a niche South American herb, chanca piedra made a name for itself through a couple formulations, notably encapsulation and functional beverages. Now, chanca piedra enjoys its fame in near endless ways. This is due to the plant chemicals found in the herb which includes alkaloids, astragalin, ellagic acid, and more. So hat’s off to you, chanca piedra, you made it!


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