Food Trends from the Fancy Food Show

by Laura on January 28, 2013

in Featured, Food, Purchasing


Last week I spent two days walking the Winter Fancy Food Show, a gathering of hundreds of vendors from around the world, each showcasing their newest specialty food offerings to the trade. While a lot of my search was focused on the beverage category (a current project I am working on), I did have the chance to taste test lots of great new introductions from crackers and cheese, to chocolates, oils, and snacks.

As part of the show round-up, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) which puts on the show, gathered a panel of food writers and journalists to pick the top five food trends for 2013. Here is what they found:


Botanical Beverages

Oil Nouveau

Blue Cheese Redux

So Many Seeds

Top Banana

Other trends identified included fruit-infused vinegars, chips with a healthy glow such as fuji apple chips, peppery sweets such as cayenne shortbread, agave and single-serve sizes.

I also noticed a lot of products from beverages to yogurt in which the goodness of cherry and coconut were added. Lots of tea, lots of oils and tons of chocolate are just a few of the benefits of visiting the show.

Here are a few products that represent only a small fragment of products soon to hit the market. Keep and eye open.

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