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For anyone who wants to see what the next hot products at retail will be, a visit to the Summer Fancy Food Show, running June 26-28 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, is in order. The gourmet/specialty channel is often where items capitalizing the latest trends in consumer eating habits are introduced, from which they filter into mainstream supermarkets.
The vast show floor – featuring more than 1,370 exhibitors from the United States, as well as another 1,300 from 55 additional countries – presented a stuffed-to-bursting, varied pantry of products representing every conceivable category. Following are some particularly strong trends noted at the annual event:
It’s no longer enough for many consumers that products be tasty and convenient – the products must also be good for them. This applies not just to food eaten as meals, but also to even the most indulgent snacks, some of them targeting specific demographics. Items at the show that fit this description included Miracle Noodle shirataki pasta, made from konjac root and touted as containing zero carbs and calories, as well as being gluten-free, vegan and diabetic-friendly; Green Leaf Foods’ all-natural, antioxidant-rich Raw Wraps, crafted from kale and spinach and originally created by a functional-medicine nurse practitioner for patients with food sensitivities; Melt Organic Probiotic Spread, a butter spread featuring virgin coconut, high-oleic sunflower and flaxseed oils and created in partnership with Ganeden; and Orto Foods’ JicaChips, made from low-glycemic jicama, which contains 50 percent of the calories and carbs of a potato while offering the prebiotic inulin, fiber, potassium and vitamin C, among other benefits.
On the confection front, Bar & Girls Naturals mini bars have been specially formulated to support the health and well-being of women age 40 and older, while better-for-you frozen treats include dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan Revolution Gelato; probiotic- and antioxidant-laden, gluten-free Brio, which also features 50 percent less fat than comparable super-premium brands; and EatPops, all-natural fruit and veggie ice pops containing no added sugar, whose varieties sport such names as Green Detox, Super Detox, Activate, Restore and Cleanse. In the beverage sector, Arteasan’s 5-calorie iced tea infusion offers “unique ingredients [that] naturally work together to deliver essential benefits such as calm, energy, focus and wellness.”
The idea of health has moved beyond one’s own body to take in the environment and the betterment of one’s community. Leveraging this trend, among many examples at the show, were Safe Catch tuna, which is sustainably caught, individually tested (the only brand to do so, according to the company), hand-prepared and packed in its own natural fish oils; Droga Chocolates’ Money on Honey wildflower honey caramels line – another 2016 sofi winner – which donates a portion of all sales to Project Apis M., a nonprofit dedicated to funding and directing research to enhance the health of honeybee colonies and improve crop production; and Chuao Chocolatier’s Enamored Collection of Fair Trade botanical-infused organic chocolate bars created to appeal specifically to women, with the company contributing $1 from every seven full-size bars sold to female-empowerment organization Girls Inc..