Over the weekend I attended the opening day of the Summer Fancy Food Show 2011, held at the Washington, DC Convention Center. It was a sea of chocolates, cookies, sips and bites. Being vegan, I tried to scope out some family-friendly, healthier food trends. And I was pleased to see several healthy/fancy foods on display. My highlighted trends lean towards the healthier end of the fancy food spectrum. You won’t find “Bacon Air” on my list. Yes, that is an actual product. Here are the delicious, fancy, family-friendly trends I spotted..
I browsed the show floor – wall to wall eye candy of chocolates, cheeses, crackers, cookies and drinks. The trends that I noticed are shown in the slideshow below. These are trends and products that you may be seeing on your store shelves very soon.
About the Show. The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest market place for specialty foods and beverages in North America. It is operated by NASFT, National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. The show covers 318,000 square feet with over 18,000 expected attendees and 2,400 exhibiting companies. So you can imagine the variety of fancy food products that are on display.
Some fun facts about Fancy Food:
* In 2010, the top specialty food purchases were coffee, chocolate, olive oil/specialty oils, cheese and cold beverages.
* 63% of all consumers purchase specialty foods.
* 70% of specialty food consumers buy specialty foods to treat themselves.
* Farmer’s markets have grown to become the fourth most significant source of specialty foods.
*Natural food stores are the fastest growing retail channel for specialty foods.
*source: Today’s Specialty Food Consumer & Today’s Specialty Food Consumer 2010, NASFT
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