Trendspotter Panel: Top 5 Trends of Winter Fancy Food Show
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 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
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
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.
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