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What’s Next In Specialty Food?

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Chuao Chocolatier's Strawberry Waffle Wild Milk Chocolate, called part of the "Breakfast All Day" trend, was spotted at the Winter 2015 Fancy Food Show.

Last updated on June 14th, 2024 at 10:30 am

A panel of food trend experts earlier this week “nibbled” their way through the largest Winter Fancy Food Show in its 40-year history to identify the top five trends bound for store shelves in the coming year.

The West Coast’s largest trade show devoted exclusively to specialty food wrapped up Tuesday at Moscone Center in San Francisco. The exhibit halls showcased more than 80,000 examples of the latest chocolate, cheese, olive oil, granolas, salsas and charcuterie from across the U.S. and 30 countries, enough to fill four football fields.

Here are the trend experts’ top five picks for what’s ahead:

Cheese Twists

• Yancey’s Fancy—Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Artisan Cheese

• Sonoma Creamery—Mr. Cheese O’s

• Silva Regal Spanish Food—Manchego-Style Cheese Flavored Olive Oil

• Angie’s Boomchickapop—Caramel & Cheddar Mix

Breakfast Served All Day

• Chuao Chocolatier—Strawberry Waffle Wild Milk Chocolate

• Uncle Andy’s Jerky—Bandito Loco Spicy Coffee Beef Jerky

• The Republic of Tea—Cinnamon Toast HiCaf Tea

• Dang Foods—Savory Bacon Coconut Chips

Time for Turmeric

• Rishi Tea—Turmeric Ginger Tea

• HealthVerve—Turmeric Rice

• Bruce Cost Ginger Ale—Passion Fruit Ginger Ale with Turmeric

• Navitas Naturals—Turmeric Tamari Almonds

Cruciferous Crusade

• Creative Snacks—Broccoli Chips

• Alive & Radiant—Arugula Cabbage Veggie Krunch

• Wonderfully Raw Gourmet—Tamarind Almond Crunch Brussel Bytes

• Genuine Grub—Spicy Pickled Cabbage

Vanilla Bean-anza

• Heber Valley Artisan Cheese—Vanilla Bean Cheddar Cheese

• Choctal—Single-Origin Vanilla Ice Creams

• Dancing Deer Baking Co.—Pure Vanilla Bean Shortbread

• Milkboy Swiss Chocolate—White Chocolate with Bourbon Vanilla

• Drink Daily Greens Enlighten Hemp Milk with Blue-Green Algae and Vanilla

“Consumers are craving food with taste appeal, a sense of adventure and a decided healthy glow. These new products at the show play right into that appetite,” said panelist Denise Purcell, editor of Specialty Food Media.

Last year’s trends are still going strong. The show featured plenty of gluten-free foods, ancient grains, coconut, sriracha and kale.

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