Expert Panel Spots What’s Next in Specialty Food

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 13, 2015) – A panel of food trend experts have nibbled their way through the largest Winter Fancy Food Show in its 40-year history to identify the top five trends bound for store shelves in the coming year.

The West Coast’s largest trade show devoted exclusively to specialty food ends today at Moscone Center in San Francisco. The exhibit halls are brimming over with 80,000 examples of the latest chocolate, cheese, olive oil, granolas, salsas and charcuterie from across the U.S. and 30 countries, enough to fill four football fields.

Is a new kale about to be born? Here are the trend experts’ top five picks:

Cheese Twists

Yancey’s Fancy – Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Artisan Cheese
Sonoma Creamery – Mr. Cheese O’s
Silva Regal Spanish Food – Manchego-Style Cheese Flavored Olive Oil
Angie’s Boomchickapop – Caramel & Cheddar Mix

Breakfast Served all Day

Chuao Chocolatier – Strawberry Waffle Wild Milk Chocolate
Uncle Andy’s Jerky – Bandito Loco Spicy Coffee Beef Jerky
The Republic of Tea – Cinnamon Toast HiCaf Tea
Dang Foods – Savory Bacon Coconut Chips

Time for Turmeric

Rishi Tea – Turmeric Ginger Tea
HealthVerve – Turmeric Rice
Bruce Cost Ginger Ale – Passion Fruit Ginger Ale with Turmeric
Navitas Naturals – Turmeric Tamari Almonds

Cruciferous Crusade

Creative Snacks – Broccoli Chips
Alive & Radiant – Arugula Cabbage Veggie Krunch
Wonderfully Raw Gourmet – Tamarind Almond Crunch Brussel Bytes
Genuine Grub – Spicy Pickled Cabbage

Vanilla Bean-anza

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese – Vanilla Bean Cheddar Cheese
Choctal – Single-Origin Vanilla Ice Creams
Dancing Deer Baking Co. – Pure Vanilla Bean Shortbread
Milkboy Swiss Chocolate – White Chocolate with Bourbon Vanilla
Drink Daily Greens – Enlighten Hemp Milk with Blue-Green Algae and Vanilla

Read more and see photos or go to specialtyfood.com/trendswffs15.

“Consumers are craving food with taste appeal, a sense of adventure, and a decided healthy glow. These new products at the show play right into that appetite,” says panelist Denise Purcell, Editor, Specialty Food Media.

Last year’s trends are still going strong. The show had plenty of gluten free foods, ancient grains, coconut, and sriracha. And yes, kale is still going strong.

The Specialty Food Association trendspotters are Emma Christensen, Recipe Editor, The Kitchn, Sarah  Fritsche, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle; Christine Gallary, Food and Cooking Editor, The Kitchn; Kara Nielsen, Culinary Director, Sterling-Rice Group; Denise Purcell Editor, Specialty Food Media; David Sax, Freelance food journalist/author; Nancy Hopkins, Senior Deputy Editor, Food & Entertainment, Better Homes & Gardens; and Ashley Koff, RD, Editorial Director, The Ashley Koff Approved (AKA) List.

About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they produce. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at specialtyfood.com.

Media Contact:
Louise Kramer, Public Relations Director, 646-878-0130, lkramer@specialtyfood.com