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‘I like to call it the super-nutrient, the super plant,’ says Spike Mendelsohn, the Washington-based former ‘Top Chef’ contestant behind fast-casual restaurants including Good Stuff Eatery. More recently, he’s a partner in the CBD-infused ‘wellness drink’ PLNT Blend, which comes in such flavors as turmeric and ginger, and matcha and mint and, for now, is available in a healthy-leaning fast-casual restaurant chain.
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PLNT Blend is already using hemp-derived CBD oil, and claims its products offer more than just the benefits associated with CBD. Its waters include other trending botanicals including several that are thought to deliver a variety of health benefits, such as turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper and chamomile.
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Another new brand featured at the show is PLNT Blend, which offers hemp-infused waters in varieties including turmeric and ginger, mint and matcha, and pineapple and chamomile. ‘Plant-based is driving a lot of innovation in the category.’