5 Top Trends at the Fancy Food Show

August 1, 2011

With 180,000 foods and beverages from around the world in one place for three days, the Fancy Food Show is the perfect place to discover what trends and products will be the next big thing. At the recent Summer Show, July 10-12, in Washington, D.C., a group of food writers, myself included, assembled for a trendspotting panel and hit the aisles. Here are the top five food trends we found, plus some related products, that you can expect to see in stores soon.

By Denise Purcell

Beer Brittle

1. Booze-Infused Foods

Wine-, beer- and alcohol-laced foods were everywhere at the show, in crackers, chocolates, snacks and even olives.

  • Anette’s Beer Brittle (right)
  • Gil’s Gourmet Chardonnay Olives
  • Happy Goat’s Scotch Caramel Sauce

Bada Bing Cherries

2. Cherries

Cherry is the it flavor of the moment, thanks in part to its antioxidant value. Everything from teas to jams was touting the fruit and in Bada Bing Cherries we even found a natural makeover of that less-than-healthy childhood classic–maraschino cherry.

  • Tillen Farms Bada Bing Cherries (left)
  • The Gracious Gourmet Spiced Cherry Spread
  • Honest Tea Cocoa Nova Cherry Cacao

My Cup of Cake

3. Give it a Try Kits

Assembly kits for baked foods and the like are forever popular with time-pressed home cooks. But there’s a new batch of DIY kits that allow the adventurous a chance to make their own cheese, or even grow their own mushrooms.

  • Back to the Roots Mushroom Growing Kit
  • Roaring Brook Dairy Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit
  • My Cup of Cake Make Your Own Souffle Kit (right)

479 Popcorn

4. Popcorn Pops Up Everywhere

Amid aisles of snacks at the Fancy Food Show, popcorn was a standout whether mixed with chocolate as a sweet treat or in savory flavors such as wasabi, ginger or truffle.

  • 479 Degrees Black Truffle and White Cheddar Popcorn (left)
  • Metropolitan Bakery Bourbon-Infused Popcorn
  • Crave Canyon Wasabi-San Gingerly Popcorn

Gummy Pandas

5. Japanese-Inspired Eats

The exotic flavors of Japan are touching teas, cooking sauces and candy.

  • Bissinger’s Candies Yuzu Gummy Pandas (right)
  • Kobe Barbecue Tan Tan Sauce
  • Rishi Tea Matcha & Sencha Tea

Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, DC: Deadline is this Friday, June 3.

May 31, 2011

Last chance to register for the Summer Fancy Food Show at a discounted rate, North America’s largest trade event for the Specialty Food Industry! Deadline is this Friday, June 3! After June 3 rate goes up to $60!

The Summer Fancy Food Show will be held in Washington, DC July 10-12, 2011… Click here to register http://www.specialtyfood.com/fancy-food-show/summer-fancy-food-show/attend/

Discover DC: Washington DC, July 10-12, 2011

February 15, 2011

The Nation’s Premier Specialty Food & Beverage Marketplace is coming to Washington, DC and you’ve got to be there.

What makes the Fancy Food Show worth discovering?
• 180,000 specialty foods and beverages
• 2,500 exhibitors from 81+ countries
• 24,000 attendees from around the world
• Keynote Address & sofi Awards Red Carpet Ceremony
• Exclusive discounts for attendees: hotel, travel, restaurant, parking, attraction and more!

Learn more and register today at fancyfoodshows.com

Interested in Exhibiting? Get pricing and general exhibit information here.

The Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco is just 2 days away!

January 15, 2011

The Winter Fancy Food Show kicks off this Sunday, January 16 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. The Show runs through Tuesday, January 18. $35 Pre-Registration is still open—but for just  for a few more hours.  After midnight tonight the onsite registration fee goes up to $60. REGISTER NOW Online!

California specialty food producers are making a big splash, with 320 exhibitors, the largest state presence, followed by 100 companies from New York. Italy has bragging rights as the largest international pavilion with 115 exhibitors, followed by Canada with 70. Products from California, home to the Winter Show for 36 years, include truffle chevre from Petaluma, açai pomegranate black tea from San Francisco, and organic apple tomatillo relish from Hollywood. Find exhibitors and booth numbers to make a navigation plan before the Show.

Be sure to follow the NASFT Fancy Food Shows on Facebook and Twitter as NASFT’s social media team provides live coverage of the Winter Show from January 16 – 18.   Hope to see you there!

NASFT Consumer Research Shows More Americans Report Buying Specialty Foods

October 11, 2010

Specialty Foods are enjoying a resurgence, according to the NASFT’s annual report,  “Today’s Specialty Food Consumer 2010.”   The top specialty food purchases reported were coffee, chocolate, olive oil/other specialty oils, cheese and cold beverages.   New data from NASFT and Mintel reveals 63 percent of American consumers purchased specialty food in 2010, up from 46 percent in 2008. Women buy the most. Want more? Click here for the full release: http://bit.ly/aaTYwd

And don’t miss our live webinar on the data with Q & A from experts this Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 2pm ET.  Link here to register: http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/nasft/index.php . The session will also be available for purchase online and for replay later this month at specialtyfood.com.

August New Members

September 14, 2010

Congratulations to these new NASFT members accepted in August 2010!

City Olive

Datz Delicatessen

Eden Chocolates USA, Inc.

The Epicurean Connection

French Embassy Trade Office

Golden Edibles

Gourmet Gardens Specialty Foods, Inc.

KMJ International

Lemley’s Catering

Luck Chen

Mani Imports

Mother-in-Law’s Kimchi

Mrs. Munchies

My Brother’s Salsa

Nut Nation

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine

Skipping Stone Productions

Surdyk’s Cheese Shop & Liquor Store

Tell City Pretzel Co.

30 Minute Seder

Up With Paper

Vermont Cookie Love

Villa Gourmet

Virginia Artesian Bottling Company

Woodstock Farmers’ Market

Zydeco Spice

Happy Anniversary!

August 24, 2010

Congrats to these NASFT members celebrating big milestones as of July 1, 2010!

50-Year Member:

Byrd Cookie Company

25-Year Members:

Independent Can Company

Long Grove Confectionary Company

Good Groceries Company

Lynch Specialty Foods, Inc.

Sohn Manufacturing, Inc.

10-Year Members:

Panola Pepper Corporation

Rose Hill Enterprises, LLC

Anthony-Thomas Candy Company

Devine Foods, Inc.

Mama Lil’s Peppers

Art Mart Corporation

Howard Imprinting Machine Company

Screamin’ Mimi’s Salsa, Inc.

Superior Quality Foods, Inc.

Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc.

Wald Imports, Ltd.

Arizona Pepper Products Company, Inc.

Mom ‘n Pops, Inc.

ESM Metro New York

Food For Thought, Inc.

Stone Silo Foods, Inc.

Los Chileros De Nuevo Mexico

Thomas Catanese and Company

Valley Fig Growers

Q&B Foods, Inc.

Sisters Gourmet, Inc.

Mrs. Prindable’s Handmade Confections

FAGE USA Dairy Industry, Inc.

That’s A Nice!

Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods, LLC

Tortuga Rum Cake Company, Ltd.

La Panzanella, LLC

Arturo’s Hot Flavors of Hawaii

5-Year Members:

Wholesome Sweeteners, Inc.

Aussie Crunch, LLC

Dominion & Grimm USA

Original Gourmet Food Company, Inc.

New Grass Bison Company

La Dolce Vita

Langford Foods

SaltWorks, Inc.

Casanova Wine Imports, LLC

Housewaresdirect, Inc.

Pastor Chuck Orchards, LLC

Savor California

Hint, Inc.

Oh Sugar, LLC

Wine-A-Rita, LLC

Celtic Passions

Tidewater Foods & Catering, LLC

Stella Cadente Olive Oil Company

Ariston Specialties, LLC

Rosa Mexicano Kitchen

Fresh Food Sales and Marketing

Ellie’s Country Delights, Inc.

ZT Packaging & Merchandising, Inc.


El Pinto Foods, LLC

Koeze Company

Sunshine International Foods, Inc.

Great Atlantic Trading, Inc.

Mishima Foods USA, Inc.

Kernel Season’s, LLC

Meyenberg Goat Milk Products

Mareblu Naturals

American Natural & Organic Spices

Brockmann’s Chocolate, Inc.

Creative Foods, Inc.

War Eagle Mill, Inc.

Marque Foods, Inc.

We are announcing this year’s 50-year and 25-year milestones today. http://bit.ly/domvUM

Congratulations to everyone!