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.
- It was hard to ignore all the many ways in which veggies are being incorporated into snacking these days. These veggie chips, made with kale, were delicious – the Jalapeno Ranch were my fave!
Purple corn is getting more attention – and was the base for these PopGrains snacks. We showcased purple corn at this year’s Innovation Roadshow® in our Peruvian-inspired Chicha Morada beverage. By the way, these were crisp, flavorful and incredibly satisfying.
Way back during our 2012 Innovation Roadshow®, we mentioned Quinn popcorn during the opening presentation, the Roadmap to the Roadshow. The flavors of their microwaveable popcorn stood out to us then and now they’ve extended their lineup with some unique ready-to-eat options, like kale, coconut oil and olive oil flavored farm-to-bag popcorn.
Seaweed-based snacks were ALL OVER! I would say it’s the top new standout trend for me at this year’s show. Keep an eye out for sea-borne foods and beverages, because they’re riding the trend wave in. And you grimaced when we innovated with blue-green algae at this year’s Roadshow…
Truffle cheese drizzled with lavender honey is insanely incredible. Truly exemplary of what the sensory indulgence trend is all about…the aromas, the textures and the complexity of opposing but complementary flavors draw you in with every addictive bite.
The expanding world of yogurt has come to a fork in the road. And one of the prongs leads down a long, savory road. We can expect to see a lot more products like this hitting shelves soon. The spicy vegetable yogurt spread was a great combination of savory, creamy and smooth.
Stay tuned for the next post, where I’ll share with you some of my favorite sweets from the show!