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Specialty Food Association Trendspotter Panel Selects Top Trends at 2019 Summer Fancy Food Show

NEW YORK, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Specialty Food Association Trendspotter Panel scoured six football fields of exhibits at the 65th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show. The show, which took place June 23-25 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, had over 200,000 specialty foods and beverages on display. Building on previous findings and predictions, the panelists tasted their way through the show, identifying products currently attaining prominence in the specialty food industry.

"It's fascinating to observe the ever-evolving specialty food marketplace, which has grown into a nearly $150 billion industry," said Denise Purcell, director of content for the SFA. "From the uptick of members showcasing West African products to the blossoming of foods and beverages addressing sustainability and social concerns, the Fancy Food Show always reveals inspiring companies and products to our Trendspotter Panel."

The Summer Trendspotter Panel included Melanie Zanoza Bartelme, global food analyst, Mintel; Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D., professor, Drexel University Center for Food and Hospitality Management; Tonya Hopkins, founder, Food Griot; Vallery Lomas, founder, Foodie in New York; Kara Nielsen, vice president, Trend Practice, CCD Innovation; and Victoria Jordan Rodriguez, director of sponsorships, James Beard Foundation.

Top Trends from the 2019 Summer Fancy Food Show
1.  Upcycled Foods
2.  Mission-Driven Companies
3.  New Sources of Protein on the Go
4.  West African Foods in the Spotlight
5.  Global Hot Sauces
6.  Raising the Cocktail Game
7.  Frozen Dessert Renaissance
8.  Water Everywhere
9.  Nutritious Grains
10.  Mushroom Love


Upcycled Foods
"With consumers learning more about food waste and the power of upcycling, we're seeing some interesting applications of otherwise discarded ingredients," said Trendspotter Melanie Zanoza Bartelme.

Mission-Driven Companies
Companies and products powered by environmental and social concerns were visible throughout the show.

New Sources of Protein on the Go
The protein and convenience trends converge in new innovations.

West African Foods in the Spotlight
"Glad to have witnessed signs of what I hope are a growing variety of artisanal products from West Africa, and their continued influence in New World regions and food cultures in the Americas, i.e. United States, Caribbean/ West Indies, Central and South America," said Trendspotter Tonya Hopkins.

Global Hot Sauces
Hot sauces touting flavors from around the globe?many based on family recipes?were prevalent at the show.

Raising the Cocktail Game
A slew of new mixers, tonics, and garnishes helps consumers make bar-quality cocktails at home.

Frozen Dessert Renaissance
A 2019 trend named by the Trendspotter Panel, frozen desserts' makeover began with ice creams offering high-protein varieties, dairy alternatives, and international flavors. It has since expanded to include cakes, cobblers, and other treats.

Water Everywhere
According to the SFA's State of the Specialty Food Industry report, 2019-2020 Edition, specialty water is the top category forecast to grow over the next five years.

Nutritious Grains
Grains are being hailed for their nutrients including sprouted varieties that offer activated nutrition as well as fiber-rich options like barley and buckwheat.

Mushroom Love
Interest continues to grow in mushrooms for their taste and flavor as well as nutrition and medicinal benefits.

Functional Foods and Beverages
Foods and beverages with added functionality or health attributes continue to be a priority for many consumers.

Plant-Based Snacks
Plant-based ingredients continue their reign not only in alternative meats and dairy but in categories like snacks.


About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,800 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofitm Awards honoring excellence in specialty food.

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