Fancy Food Show Trends: A Roundup of Trendspotting

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The 40th Winter Fancy Food Show just wrapped up in San Francisco, where more than 1,400 exhibitors touted everything from artichoke water, toasted coconut shavings, and seaweed chips to Wagyu beef jerky and  insta-beef pho broth.  The breakout flavors and ingredients:  coconut, turmeric, seaweed, chickpeas and maple.  While I didn’t get a chance to attend the show myself (which is convened by the Specialty Food Association),  I’ve been intently reading the trends spotted by others.  Here’s a roundup of what was hot at the annual Fancy Food Show, with a link to the sources at the end.



Chips or crackers made from coconut, brussels sprouts, broccoli, parsnips, seaweed and egg whites with whey protein; meat snacks (fancy jerky); roasted chickpeas; nuts and seeds (including toasted hemp seeds, chili pumpkin seeds); adult nut butters (garam masala, spicy Thai coconut); pasta bites; baked popcorn and hummus (made with various beans beyond chickpeas and dark chocolate); real fruit bars



Artichoke water, hemp water, soda for grown ups (especially flavored ginger ales), tea, drinkable vinegars

Hot lips soda

Fancy condiments 

Bacon jams, boozy jellies, meyer lemon and other upscale marmalades, truffle ketchup, kimchi, gochujuag


Hand-crafted specialty cheese spreads, burrata, flavored cream cheese, Icelandic yogurt, almond milk coffee creamers, whole-fat dairy


Toast, quinoa pop cereals, high-protein pancakes, gluten-free


Dark chocolate (85% cocoa), non-dairy desserts

Check out the stories highlighting what’s hot:

Toast is a Flavor USA Today

Top 5 Trends of Winter Fancy Food Show Specialty Food Association

Trendspotting at Winter Fancy Food Show Food Navigator

Top New Culinary Finds from 2015 Fancy Food Show San Fransisco Chronicle

6 Hot Trends from 2015 Winter Fancy Food Show Inside Scoop SF

Snack Makers Take a Fresh Look at Healthful Fare Los Angeles Times

Snacking Trends at Winter Fancy Food Show 2015 Food Navigator

Heating Up at Winter Fancy Food Food Business News

Winter Fancy Food Show Trends Food Business News

Meat Snack Revolution Food Business News

Cheese Innovations Food  Business News

Adult-Oriented Sodas on Display at Fancy Food Food Business News

The Best New Products You Need to Taste in 2015 PopSugar

2015 Food Trends Christian Science Monitor

10 Delicious Things from the Winter 2015 Fancy Food Show Cooking with Amy



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