The specialty food industry is once again leading the charge in new trends and flavors. A panel of trendspotters at the Winter Fancy Food Show named chocolate teas, seaweed chips and truffle ketchup as just a few of the products that are all part of a larger trend towards thoughtful indulgence.
The trends were identified from a careful review of more than 1,350 specialty food producers who took part in the 39th Winter Fancy Food Show held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Exhibitors showed off the latest in artisanal cheeses, chocolates, vinegars, sauces, healthful foods and more. This year’s panel of trendspotters, comprised of top food media and personalities, carefully explored the show’s thousands of products to determine the most promising trends of the coming year for this $86 billion industry.
“These trends capture the creativity of specialty food producers, and the care they put into crafting exciting taste experiences, whether they are reinventing familiar products with unexpected flavors or opening an audience to lesser-known ingredients,” said Denise Purcell, senior director of content for the Specialty Food Association, and one of this year’s trendspotters.
Here are the trends:
- The Jam Stand, Not Just Peachy, Sriracha Jam
- Hope Foods, Hope Hummus Organic Sriracha Hummus
- Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks, Simply Spicy Sriracha Tortilla Chips
- The Popcorn Factory, Lite Works Popcorn! Sriracha
- Vintage Italia, Pasta Chips, New Brands on the Shelf
- Simply 7, Quinoa Chips
- Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks, Pitaaah Chips
- 479?Popcorn, Toasted Sesame + Seaweed Popcorn
- Rhythm Superfoods, Super Food Chips
- Califia Farms, Pure Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Xumma, Xumma Semi Sweet Cola, New Brands on the Shelf
- Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale “66”
- Numi Organic Tea, Indulgent Tea, Chocolate Earl Grey
- Big Tree Farms, Coco Hydro
Commit to Mint
- Torn Ranch, Dark Chocolate Mint Mélange
- Silk Road Soda, Cucumber with Mint, New Brands on the Shelf
- GoodPop All-Natural Frozen Pops, Hibiscus Mint
- Seely Mint, Mint Patties
- Victoria’s Kitchen, Mint & Licorice Almond Water
Condiments Dressed Up
- Victoria Amory, Fine Herbs Mayonnaise
- Stonewall Kitchen, Truffle Ketchup
- Fischer & Wieser, Salted Caramel Mustard Sauce
- Amoretti, Premium Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil infused with Kalamata Olives
- Lillie’s Q Barbeque Sauces & Rubs, Ivory
In addition to Denise Purcell, this year’s panel of trendspotters included Ashley Koff, RD, founder of The AKA List; Nancy Hopkins, Better Homes and Gardens; Kara Nielsen, food and beverage consumer strategist; Joanne Weir, host of PBS’s “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence”; and Jerry James Stone, blogger at Cooking Stoned.
The Specialty Food Association will be hosting a Foodie Chat with some of the trendspotters on January 27 from 8-9:30 PM EST that can be followed along via the #foodiechats hashtag.