2017 Winter Fancy Food Show
January 31, 2017
With more consumers demanding transparency and healthier alternatives; the specialty food and beverage industries are showing serious trends towards better, more natural and higher quality products.
With over 1400 exhibitors, many products seemed to have been redesigned to meet the latest health craze of this country. Fewer new products seemed to have surfaced at the show this year.
With less sodium and sugar in most products; herbs, spices and exotic seasonings are adding new dimension to many products. Hemp seed powder and grains are used to increase protein content in many prepared foods. Low-glycemic, lactose-free and gluten-free products have seen a study growth in 2016 and demands are expected to continue to grow in 2017. Sticky rice, super grain bars, flavored seaweeds and vegetables based snacks are on the rise.
With the increase interest in the Mediterranean diet; pulses (beans, lentils, chickpeas), marinades, pilafs, grass-fed meats, fish, organic dairies (particularly goat) and dark chocolate are in high demand.
Indian and Asian sauces are also showing high consumer interest, as they facilitate preparing quick exotic meals at home. Coconut water, milk and other products are slightly slowing down, but still considered in demand.
Cauliflower, used as a protein source, is considered trendy. Microwavable cauliflower rice and cauliflower based snacks are among the new products that attracted my attention.
Kale appeal is on the decline, while a variety of greens are on the rise. Among them are Arugula, Bibbs, Butterhead, Chard, Mache, Romaine, Spinach and Purslane which is high in Omega-3.
Colorful Mochi ice creams, natural fruit bars, and homemade style ice creams continue to be popular in the world of frozen treats.
Manufacturers of detoxing and relaxing drinks continues to pursue a variety of teas. Citrus, pear, apple cider, onion, ginger, garlic, Asian mushrooms, turmeric, peppercorn and pepper are omnipresent in many products. Matcha is not just for tea anymore, new flavored snacks attracted show attendants. Organic coffees are going strong and demand is expected to continue to grow.
We shall finish with quite an impressive international presence. It was hard to resist the delicious old world cheeses, cured meats, sausages and goodies. In growing demand, especially around the holidays, are sweets and desserts. Among them are: Crepes, Macarons, individual Tarts and St. Michel Buttery Madeleines or Galettes (France) - Cookies, Cannoli, Pistachio & Hazelnut Nut Mousse and Marrons/Fruits Glacés (Italy) – Churros, Crema Catalana and Cookies (Spain) – Baklavas, Olive Oil Cake and Almond Cookies (Greece) – Cardamom Buns, Chocolate Balls and Rye Cookies (Sweden) – Marzipan Candies (Germany and Denmark) - Shortbreads, Puddings and Mini Tarts (Scotland).