Fancy Food Trade Show Trends

Growthwise Group
The Fancy Food Show is a tradeshow that showcases specialty and artisanal food and beverage products from around the world. It is organized by the Specialty Food Association, a trade organization representing the specialty food industry in the United States.
 
Specialty foods and beverages are in high demand, and the 67th Summer Fancy Food Show delivered! The sold-out Show featured 2,200+ makers and manufacturers from six continents, offering the newest and best products across 40+ specialty food and beverage categories.  
Observations from our Team
PETER O'GRODNICK
PETER O’GRODNICK
CLIENT MANAGER
  • Honey: The event showcased a wide variety of companies offering traditional honey and an assortment of flavored options, including the popular hot honey trend.

  • Fermenting: There was a notable presence of products related to fermentation, indicating a growing interest in this ancient preservation technique and its potential health benefits.

  • Non-Alcoholic Cocktails: The show significantly focused on non-alcoholic cocktails, highlighting the rising demand for sophisticated, alcohol-free beverage options.

  • Sustainability: A strong emphasis was placed on food and beverages that incorporated upcycled or regeneratively grown ingredients, reflecting the industry’s commitment to environmental consciousness.

  • Beneficial Bean Snacks: The show exhibited many chip products featuring beans as a healthy and nutritious alternative, offering consumers a satisfying snack.

  • Tempeh: The event witnessed a large presence of tempeh, a traditional Indonesian food made from fermented soybeans. This showcased the growing popularity and versatility of this plant-based protein source.

  • Balanced Health: Products promoting overall well-being and balanced nutrition were prevalent, indicating a consumer shift towards holistic health and wellness.

  • High-Quality Meal Prep: The show highlighted various high-quality meal prep options, catering to individuals seeking convenient yet nourishing meal solutions.

  • Starters, Bases, Kits for Convenience: The convenience factor was evident through the availability of starters, bases, and kits that aimed to simplify the cooking process, making it more accessible for consumers.
JIM DRAGOVICH
JIM DRAGOVICH
FOOD SERVICE CLIENT MANAGER
  • Plant-based products were more prominently featured at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York compared to the Winter Show in Las Vegas. It appears that the NY show attracts a more diverse international audience, including a larger segment of plant-based enthusiasts.
 
  • Plant-based industry manufacturers increasingly recognize the importance of offering healthier and cleaner-label options. Many are actively seeking ways to improve their products’ taste and nutritional value.
 
  • Turkey is emerging as a notable source of high-quality produce and upscale products, gaining recognition on a global scale.
 
  • It seems that newly established startup brands are consistently being embraced by the same retailers with a track record of being early adopters in the market.
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