Applegate’s The New Food Collective Sausages, an American Grassfed Association Certified Pastured Pork Product, Win a 2019 NEXTY Award

Applegate’s The New Food Collective Sausages, an American Grassfed Association Certified Pastured Pork Product, Win a 2019 NEXTY Award
Named 1 of only 23 winners for the coveted NEXTY Awards at Natural Products Expo West

Denver, CO (March 14, 2019) – Applegate’s The New Food Collective is one of only 23 winners of the New Hope Network 2019 Expo West NEXTY Awards for outstanding new products in the natural products industry. The New Food Collective won for their AGA certified pasture pork line of sausages.

NEXTY Awards are given to products that display the utmost in innovation, integrity and inspiration and help forward the work of the natural products industry to deliver more healthful, trusted and sustainable products to consumers.

The AGA Certified Pastured Pork Sausage line was one of 74 product finalists selected by a national panel of natural products industry experts from more than 890 entries across 23 Awards categories, such as Best New Organic Food, Best New Natural Living Product, or the one awarded to The New Food Collective, Best New Mission-Based Product. Winners were announced and presented with their awards on March 7, 2019 at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.

Gina Asoudegan, Applegate’s vice president of mission and innovation: “The American Grassfed Association standard is a leap ahead of anything else out there. The organization’s name focuses on pasture — and these new sausages deliver on that. But AGA also stands for no antibiotics, no genetically modified feed and the highest animal-welfare standards. You’d need five separate logos to replace what AGA does.”


“AGA has worked diligently to create a certification that not only meets consumer expectations, but realizes the work and dedication of our certified farmers to maintain healthy rural economies and healthy animals on healthy pastures,” stated Carrie Balkcom, Executive Director of American Grassfed Association. “Working with Applegate has created another avenue for our farmers to get their products into the marketplace to satisfy the demands of consumers and continue to build the AGA brand that includes grassfed beef, bison, lamb, goat, dairy, and pastured pork.”

NEXTY Awards are a twice-annual award connected to New Hope Network’s Natural Products Expo shows in March and September. They were created to recognize the most game-changing and inspiring products in the natural/organic CPG market today and are awarded to products that represent the future of natural products where transparency and sustainability are the standard. Products are nominated and winners are chosen through a two-tier judging process by the New Hope Network content team and a panel of industry judges. Learn more about the NEXTY awards at

American Grassfed Association:
Carrie Balkcom, Executive Director, 877-774-7277,

New Hope Network’s PR Contact:
Carrie Kocik, Public Relations, 617-694-5971,

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