The Specialty Food Association’s 65th Summer Fancy Food Show drew thousands to New York City to
show off innovative new products and learn about the hottest trends in the food marketplace.
BY REBEKAH MARCARELLI AND NATALIE TAYLOR
More than 2,600 exhibi- tors and thousands of attendees escaped the New York City heat at he Jacob K. Javits Center,
June 25-27, for the Specialty Food Association’s
(SFA) 65th Summer Fancy Food Show, where
Turkey was this year’s featured partner country. A whopping 180,000 specialty food products were on display at this year’s show, which
introduced a stronger buyer-focused registration process and, in turn, delivered more verified business contacts on the show floor.
A new attraction, LevelUP, was also added
to the 2017 lineup to showcase global food
innovations, industry research and data to
help attendees understand consumer habits
and trends across multiple purchase channels. The LevelUP attraction also featured a
diverse lineup of industry speakers, such as
Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert, who moderated a panel discussion among a group
of traditional and e-commerce buyers. The
lineup also included Chef Francisco Migoya
with “Insights from Modernist Bread;” Bertha
Jimenez, RISE Products, on “The Resurrection
of Food Waste: Brewery to Table Cuisine;” Jon
Taffer of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue on the “Reality
of Small Business Success;” and more.
The sofi Product of the Year award – which
generated 3,000 entries across 39 categories
– was presented to Anastasia Confections
Coconut Cashew Crunch with Chocolate
Drizzle. In addition to winning the competition’s highest overall honor, Coconut Cashew
Crunch also nabbed the Gold sofi in the Sweet
Grocery Headquarters staff had the opportunity to sample some of the exciting and
innovative new products on the show floor.
Here are some highlights:
AMPLIF Y SNACK BRANDS
Amplify Snack Brands has expanded its line of
SkinnyPop better-for-you popcorn with two
new flavors that are made with real cheese.
The new Aged White Cheddar and Pepper
Jack flavors are non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher
and contain no artificial ingredients or flavors.
“SkinnyPop has the best brand fans around
and they’re always asking for more ways to
enjoy our popcorn,” said SkinnyPop brand
manager Kyle Banahan. “There’s large demand
for cheesy popcorn and we saw an opportunity to bring everything our fans love about
SkinnyPop to this large and growing segment,
this time with a bigger burst of flavor.”
Aunt Dottie’s All Natural Foods had new
products to show off on the floor, including its
Greenjoy snackable vegetable bar and three
new dressing flavors.
The Greenjoy bars contain two cups of
veggies each and are available in three flavors: Beets & Greens; Cacao & Greens; and
Pomegranate & Greens.
The Bluffton, S.C.-based company also
expanded its dressing line with the launch of
its Turmeric Maple, Pumpkinseed Vinaigrette
and Orange Poppy Seed dressing flavors.
The algae oil-based salad dressing provides
consumers with a way to increase their superfood intake. Combining algae oil with flavorful superfood ingredients, the new dressings
appeal to the super health conscious and the
better-for-you demographic, company officials say. Like all of Aunt Dottie’s products, the
dressings are all-natural, made with no added
sugars or emulsifiers and are gluten-free.
BLOUNT FINE FOODS
Blount Fine Foods officials showed off their
Noodle and Rice Bowls, which have just
launched nationally. The company also sampled its new Organic Oatmeal Cups.