Observations from our Team
- 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.
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- 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.