For our last glimpse into this summer’s Fancy Food Show, here’s a handful of products that really stood out to me either because they are riding a high trend or because they are incredibly unique…
So we’ve covered savory and sweet products, now here are some of the beverages that caught my eye at this summer’s Fancy Food Show.
As promised, here’s some of the sweet side of innovation that we experienced at this summer’s Fancy Food Show.
While it’s hard to believe that it’s already July, another fabulous Summer Fancy Food Show has come and gone. This summer’s NASFT (National Association for the Specialty Food Trade) Summer Fancy Food Show was hosted in NYC June 29th through July 1st and was attended by foodies from around the world.
As always, walking the Fancy Food Show floor means an eyeful (and many mouthfuls) of innovation and adventure. Check out some of the savory products that stood out to me this year.
As promised, here are some of the savory products that caught my eye at the NASFT (National Association for the Specialty Food Trade) Fancy Foods Show this year in NYC.
It’s that time of year again…the sun is shining, birds are chirping and the sweet smell of innovation is in the air. It can only mean one thing: another Summer Fancy Food Show is upon us! Last week’s NASFT (National Association for the Specialty Food Trade) Summer Fancy Food Show was held in NYC and was attended by foodies from around the globe. Check out some highlights below of show sweets that really stood out.
For the second installment of what caught my eye at last week’s Fancy Food show, I saved my favorites. Here’s a hint for future reference: my favorites tend to involve chocolate, beer or just about any kind of sweet. Now you know.
The Fancy Food show was no stranger to frozen treats, like these handcrafted Luna Pops – small batch frozen ice pops made with simple ingredients like fresh, ripe fruit, local milk and vanilla extract. Flavors include cookies & cream, hibiscus lemon and rhubarb lime among others. They were perfectly refreshing and simply delightful.
I tasted A LOT of ice cream products throughout the show and I have to say, Chozen had some unique flavors in the category. Their ice cream, inspired by traditional Jewish treats and desserts, is made with all-natural ingredients and dairy from a local farm. Their flavor line-up includes coconut macaroon, apples & honey, matzoh crunch and Ronne’s Rugelach.
With the revival of craft beer trending high, the market is ripe for beer-related products. These Beer Flats™ are artisanal flatbread crackers – in a Pilsner and a Porter variety – that are made with craft beer and whole grains. Serving recommendations include smoked salmon, prosciutto, pate, charcuterie, dips, spreads and hummus. But if you ask me, I would prefer these served with the Chimay cheese that I sampled just a few booths away. It’s a brew-lover’s perfect party snack.
So I’ve just professed my love for the beer flats above, but I’ve saved my absolute favorite for last. I was extremely impressed with Chuao’s lineup of specialty chocolate bars. New flavors on display included a Maya bar, a Maple Bacon bar and a Firecracker bar, which has sea salt, chipotle and – get this – popping candy! It was unlike any chocolate I’ve ever tried, the popping sensation was definitely a fun twist and the name, Firecracker, is just perfect. As delicious as that was, my favorite flavor in the line was the Potato Chip bar made with crisp kettle cooked chips and sea salt – truly a junk food lover’s dream.
The 2012 Summer Fancy Food Show® certainly didn’t disappoint! If I could sum up the show in one grammatically incorrect sentence, it would look like this: Coconut water, honey, maple, all natural, gluten free, salted caramel, cheese, floral flavors, functional beverages and kits.
Close your eyes and picture paradise…now picture a foodie’s paradise…if you’re visualizing thousands of different, exotic and exciting foods and beverages, lined up tightly for aisles and aisles on end, just begging to be tasted, then you’re envisioning the foodie haven that is the Summer Fancy Food Show®.
This week’s NASFT (National Association for the Specialty Food Trade) Summer Fancy Food Show® marked the 58th year for this delicious annual event that is adored and attended by foodies from around the globe. Check out some highlights below.
A bird’s eye view of the first floor exhibit – or at least as much of it as I could fit in the frame.
Convenience kits were very prominent at the show, especially in sweets and desserts, so these savory brine kits by Fire & Flavor really stood out from the rest. The all-natural and gluten-free line of quick brines are intended to be used for everyday cooking with pork, chicken and beef. Fire & Flavor also makes a cool line of fry seasonings like sea salt & vinegar and sweet ancho chile. Oh and did I mention they also have pickling and canning seasonings, salmon and burger seasonings and a huge array of salts and rubs? Yep – well they do. Behold the beauty and convenience of meal kits – Fire & Flavor certainly does.
If you’ve been keeping up to date with our Fast Track Fast Trends newsletters, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that gluten-free was all over the place at the show including this line of gluten-free, organic, popped grain snacks from Kim’s by Delice Global™.
A lot of the Fancy Food buzz this year was about honey – and I mean a lot! There were so many honey brands on display that I honestly lost count. Shown here is just one of the many brands; 72-year-old Tropical Blossom Honey company based out of Edgewater, Florida. Tropical Blossom’s signature honeys includeTupelo, Key Lime and Palmetto varietals just to name a few. There were honey companies on display from as far away asNew Zealand, like the 112-year-old brand Airbone Honey with line extensions that include lozenges, marinades and occasion-specific honeys that include baking honey, coffee honey and topping honey. I, personally, can’t get enough of Manuka honey (a monofloral honey fromNew Zealand and Australia), so if I had to pick a favorite of those I sampled, Manuka hit my sweet spot.
Stay tuned for the next post, where I’ll share my favorite products from the show with you!
So much food, so little time…
I was pleasantly surprised at the 479° Popcorn booth. How exciting can flavored popcorn be? That’s what you’re thinking, right? Me too. But their flavors –Vietnamese Cinnamon Sugar, Madras Curry Coconut & Cashews, and Black Truffle & White Cheddar – were both creative and delicious.
And speaking of creative, I just loved the breakfast pitas, with real fruit pieces, from Ozery Bakery. Available in apple cinnamon, cranberry orange, and breakfast muesli, they make a fabulous substitute for your usual morning bagel, toast, etc. (I’m thinking the cranberry orange wouldn’t be too shabby with a lunchtime turkey sandwich either!)
Granola Flats weren’t much more than an ultra-thin flattened granola bar (Nature Valley type), but they were darn tasty! Plus, they’re sold as a “chip” rather than a bar which means I have something to snack on now when hubby dives into the Fritos during a baseball game.
When it comes to food, I’ll try anything once. (Whether I’ll try it again is a different story.) But there is the occasional product that my brain just won’t allow past my lips. That’s been true in the past of vinegar drinks brought to me by my wonderful co-workers at David Michael Beijing. I love vinegar – so much, that I load it up on my salads to the point of mouth numbing. But the idea of drinking it, like juice – I just couldn’t get past that. So, when I spotted Hong Cho’s pomegranate vinegar drink, I decided to go for it. And you know what? It’s pretty good! The vinegar is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Since there are a number of health-benefits linked to vinegar drinks, I’m officially adding this to my radar. With the right marketing (a downplay of the word “vinegar” I’m thinking) this could be a future trend to watch.
Other fun finds at this year’s show? I was excited to spot macqui berry at Honest Tea’s booth in the new Macqui Berry Mate – keep your eyes peeled for more of this superfruit. There was lots of prickly pear and blood orange flavored goodies, mostly drinks. I found Parisian macarons at a number of booths, including the frozen macarons at Galaxy Desserts – perfect for foodservice. The Naan Pizza at Tandoor Chef was awesome – it’s about darn time we had something like this on the market. And, Chobani Greek Yogurt now offers Chobani Champions, said to be the only Greek yogurt made for kids.
And my favorite product of the show? Nothing too crazy here – my personal favorite were the falafels at Falafel Republic. Lightly fried balls of ground chick peas, falafels are typically served in a pita from your favorite street vendor. This version needs only seconds in the microwave to heat up, and the falafels are satisfyingly savory and filling. Served with tzatziki sauce, I could eat them every day, with or without the pita.
Probably the most innovative product I spotted at this year’s Fancy Foods Show was the Brazilian import, Bacon Krisps. Distributed by Acme Import Co., Bacon Krisps are very interesting little snacks. A minute in the microwave, and voila, these little wheat nuggets puff up into perfect little red, white and tan striped bacon-flavored snacks (you know, the kind of striped coloring you wish your at-home bacon actually looked like). And bonus: they’re vegetarian! And on a side note, this was just one of many air-popped snacks for kids and adults on display.
Danielle’s Crispy Veggie Chips sells a line of exotic dehydrated fruits and veggies, including jackfruit, roasted coconut, spicy carrot and okra. What I most surprised by was how popular the durian was at the show. If you’re not familiar with this tropical fruit, the durian is a highly prized fruit of Southeast Asia – even though it is actually banned in most public places due to its pungent odor. But, durian lovers (and there are many), are more than willing to withstand the smell to get to the custard-like filling of this spiny, football-shaped pod. Apparently, Fancy Food Show goers couldn’t wait to taste it either – by the time I made it to the booth, it was all gone…
And speaking of Fancy Food hits, I was lucky enough to sample from the last pint of Vosges’ Bacon Toffee Ice Cream. I’m a HUGE fan of their bacon chocolate bars, so I was pretty excited to sample this new, not-yet-available-in-stores treat. The verdict? Smoky, caramel, and a little meaty. Not sure I could eat a whole bowl, but I imagine a scoop melting atop the right dessert would be pure heaven.
And speaking of chocolate – my main source of sustenance at the show – an unexpected favorite was the Toasted Corn chocolate bar from Philly’s own Eclat Chocolate. And I don’t even like corn-flavored things! But this was excellent – crunchy, toasty and tasty.