Category: Food Biz

The Fancy Food Show took place this year in Washington D.C., instead of its normal location at the Javits Center in New York City, which is under renovation.  Surprisingly, the July timing (very hot and humid in D.C.) and change of venue did not seem to have a major impact on attendance. The show was packed on the two days that I attended and most companies I spoke to reported having quality visitors in their booths.   I observed some common trends and innovative new products which I will describe in more detail here.  Click here for the Summer Fancy Food Show

A recent article about “the great food trends mystery” recently caught my attention. Just how do food trends start? Why is bacon such a big deal in food these days and what, I mean really, what is the big deal about cupcakes? Other recent “hot” food trends are sliders, bubble tea, and food trucks. What is the source of these trends? Not so long ago, before the web played such a big role and the explosion of food-related cable TV shows on media outlets like the Food Network, the genesis of trends was fairly straightforward. There were authorities like Gourmet

Once again the Winter Fancy Food Show did not disappoint those seeking exciting new products, flavors, and product concepts. To give you a flavor of the show’s highlights, I have bundled my thoughts into 6 categories: 1) Products with whole grains or healthy ingredients, 2) Healthy products for kids, 3) Hummus in great variety, 4) Products made with or to be consumed with wine, 5) Gluten-free products and 6) A sampling of unusual items. Whole Grains/Healthy Ingredients I was looking for new products featuring healthy whole grains and ingredients and saw many such items. TruRoots and Urbane Grain showed easy-to-use,