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    Coconut, Gluten-Free Rank Among Top Trends at Winter Fancy Food Show

    The top five food trends for 2010 have been picked by a panel of food experts at the 35th Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.

    The top five food trends for 2010 have been picked by a panel of food experts at the 35th Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The show, which concluded on Monday, is the largest marketplace for specialty food and beverages on the West Coast and has 80,000 products on display from the U.S. and more than 32 countries.

    The trends are:
    Good-for-you foods
    Coconut
    Gluten-free
    Exotic citrus
    Nostalgic foods

    Others identified are fermented foods, including pickled everything; smoked foods, including numerous new twists on bacon; and snacks for grown-ups such as spicy popcorn and baked potato chips with jalapeno.

    The experts, including Lessley Anderson, senior features editor, CHOW; Kara Nielsen, trendologist, Center for Culinary Development; Tanya Henry, restaurant reviewer, Marin Independent Journal; Nancy Wall Hopkins, deputy editor, food and entertaining, Better Homes & Gardens, and Kay Logsdon, editor, among others -- are part of the Food Trend Challenge, a contest created by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc., the show’s owner.

    For further information, visit www.specialtyfood.com.

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