After scouring the exhibit halls at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, a panel of food writers and journalists have picked the top five food trends for the 2015 Show. Here are the trends with product examples of each.

 

Cheese Twists

Cheese is a mainstay at each Fancy Food Show, but this year presented new takes on the classic category, whether through flavors, usage, or types.
Yancey's Fancy Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Artisan Cheese
Sonoma Creamery Mr. Cheese O's
Silva Regal Style Spanish Food Manchego-Style Cheese Flavored Olive Oil
Angie's Boomchickapop Caramel & Cheddar Mix

Breakfast Served All Day

Traditional breakfast foods showed up as ingredients across categories, from sweets to snacks to condiments.
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

This ancient, flavorful spice has been used medicinally for generations but now its health benefits are really catching on.
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

Kale's surge in popularity seems to have opened the floodgates for crunchy nutrient-packed vegetables.
Creative Snacks Broccoli Chips
Alive & Radiant Arugula Cabbage Veggie Krunch
Purity Organic Orange Carrot Turmeric Mango 
Wonderfully Raw Gourmet Tamarind Almond Crunch Brussel Bytes

Vanilla Bean-anza

Plain vanilla this is not. Producers are putting the bean front and center, with an emphasis on varietals.
Heber Valley Artisan Cheese Vanilla Bean Cheddar Cheese
Choctal Single-Origin Vanilla Ice Creams
Dancing Deer Baking Co. Pure Vanilla Bean Shortbread
Drink Daily Greens Enlighten Hemp Milk with Blue-Green Algae and Vanilla

Other trends the panel reported from the Winter Show include kombucha, peanut butter in grown-up flavors, and chickpea and seaweed snacks.

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, senior director, content development, Specialty Food Association; David Sax, freelance food journalist/author; Nancy Wall Hopkins, senior deputy editor, food & entertainment; Better Homes & Gardens; and Ashley Koff, RD, editorial director, The Ashley Koff Approved (AKA) List.