Top 5 Trends

Trendspotter Panel Picks 5 Top Trends of Winter Show

After searching the exhibit halls at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco since the show opened on Sunday, a panel of food writers and journalists have picked the top five food trends.

Here are the trends with product examples of each:

Sriracha's Homecoming

Sriracha, the fiery Thai chili sauce, was one of the biggest flavor trends – showing up in snacks, chocolates, and jams.

Crunch Time

Snacks have evolved well past the common potato chip as the specialty food world continues to seek out and deliver exciting flavors and ingredients for more mindful snacking choices.

Low-Sugar Sips

Shoppers will be seeing more low-sugar beverages – a switch from the trend in recent years towards alternative sweeteners.

Commit to Mint

After years in the background, mint is taking a leading role as a popular flavor in a number of treats, reflecting a turn towards the revival of simple, familiar tastes.

Condiments Dressed Up

Some classic items like ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise are getting a makeover with unexpected ingredients.

In selecting the trends, this year’s panel of trendspotters carefully explored the show’s thousands of products. The trendspotter panel included: Ashley Koff, RD, founder of The AKA List; Nancy Hopkins, Better Homes and Gardens; Kara Nielsen, CEB Iconoculture Consumer Insights; Denise Purcell, senior director, content, for the Specialty Food Association; Jerry James Stone, blogger at Cooking Stoned; and Joanne Weir, host of PBS’s “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence.”


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