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Sherpa Power wins a 2016 NEXTY Award

“Sherpa Power Tea was our successful product that we are proud of, but we decided to discontinue it to focus more on
Yacon Syrup, medicinal and culinary herbs, because they more directly benefit the farmers.” (March, 2020)

Sherpa Power from Global Family Farms was recently represented at Natural Products Expo West, and became one of just 19 winners of the coveted NEXTY Awards. New Hope Network awards this honor to outstanding new products in the natural products industry. Sherpa Power won for Best New Beverage out of over 500 nominations.

Sherpa Power was one of 57 finalists selected by a national panel of natural products industry experts. The finalists were narrowed down to one winner in each of the 19 award categories, which included distinctions such as Best New Mission-Based Product, Best New Organic Food, and Sherpa Power’s winning category, Best New Beverage. Winners were announced and presented with the awards on March 12, 2016 at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.

Natural Products Expo West is the leading trade show in the natural, organic, and healthy products industry. It allows those in the industry to expose their innovative products to the public and gain notoriety in the industry. Awarded at the twice-annual expo, the NEXTYs were created to further recognize the most game-changing and inspiring products in the consumer packaged goods market today.

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. 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.


Global Family Farms took home the Best New Beverage award with its trio of Sherpa Power teas in mango, pomegranate, and peach ginger flavors. The ready-to-drink teas are notable in the industry due to their use of yacon—a low-glycemic sweetener produced from a high mountain tuber—as well as powerful Ayurvedic herbs Amla and Ashwagandha. Sherpa Power is made from high-antioxidant tea from Nepal and supports the organic farming cooperative that grows it, as well as a Nepali women’s organization.

“We are thrilled to win Best New Beverage from over 500 nominations,” says Shane Zisman, VP of Operations at Global Family Farms. “Our partner farmers in Nepal have endured a lot through the earthquakes of 2015. We are excited to deliver such great news and to continue our work together making an impact on economic, social, and environmental well-being of farmers in Nepal.”

“These 19 products represent the future of the natural products industry where sustainability and transparency are the norm,” says Jessie Shafer, content director at New Hope Network and one of the NEXTY judges. “Our industry can have a huge influence on how big manufacturers and mainstream buyers think about consumer packaged goods. The winners of our NEXTY awards inspire change and integrity in everything from ingredients to packaging.”

This is an exciting mark of recognition for Global Family Farms and our partners in Nepal, but we are also thrilled for what healthy products like Sherpa Power can do to influence the consumer packaged goods industry as a whole.

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