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Summer Fancy Food Show Highlights Food Trends

Kale Pops

Bacon might finally move out of the spotlight to make way for kale pops, chia pods and simmer sauces with global flavors—just some of the trends spotted at the 59th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.

The show was held June 30-July 2 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The show is the largest marketplace in North America for specialty foods and beverages, with 180,000 products from more than 2,400 food manufacturers, importers and entrepreneurs on display.

Five trends were predominant in the show:

Reinvented Frozen Treats

Green Wave Smoothies—Kalelicious Smoothie Pops

DeeBee’s Organics—Tea Pops

Bar Gelato by Naia—Blue Bottle Coffee Bar

Grains and Seeds in New Places

The Chia Co.—Chia Pods

La Pasta Inc.—Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Kale Ravioli

Flamous Brands—Sprouted Multigrain Zatar Chips

Global Meal Starters

Saffron Road—Harissa, Korean Stir Fry and Thai Red Curry Simmer Sauces

Kaldes Bros. Trading Co.—Greek Cooking Sauces

Kitchens of Africa—Maffé Peanut and Yassa Onion Simmer Sauces

Retro Mania Done New

Callie’s Charleston Biscuits—Callie’s Cheese Crisps

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams—Orchid Vanilla Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich

Southern Culture—Short Stacks Banana Pudding Pancake Mix

Be Your Own Mixologist

Sociale—Lavender Martini Mocktails

Luke’s Heirloom Tomato Juice—Bloody Delicious Mary Mix

Owl’s Brew—Tea Crafted for Cocktails

Other trends identified are single-serve snacks with calorie counts, Vietnamese flavors, chickpea and seaweed snacks, maple products and sweet and savory cookies. Some existing trends are staying strong, like coconut, salted caramel and gluten-free foods.


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