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The top five food trends you should be part of

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EVERYWHERE, USA: Forget organic and gluten free, these are the top five trends experts at the Fancy Food Show predict will shape what’s next on store shelves.

The Specialty Food Association held its annual trade show recently in New York where roughly 22,000 attendees sampled wares from the 2,600 food companies who exhibited at the Javits Center.

“The Specialty Food Association is in a perfect position to spot trends before they happen,” said Ann Daw, president of the association, the Summer Fancy Food show’s owner and producer. “Our show celebrates what’s next in specialty food as our exhibitors present the latest in specialty food to buyers eager to find new products and new twists on classics.”

In the spirit of “what’s next,” the association enlisted the aid of nine food experts to identify key trends and companies capitalizing on those trends that included the following:

Gazpacho to Go
Tio Gazpacho – Gazpacho de Sol
Gina Cucina – Watermelon Habanero Gazpacho
Bodega & Co. Mucho Gazpacho – Green Gazpacho
The Splendid Spoon – Market Gazpacho

Can’t Beat Beets
Love Beets – Beet-Blueberry Bar
Health-Ade – Beet Kombucha
Eat Well Embrace Life – Beet Hummus
Gringo Jack’s – Beet, Orange & Quinoa Salsa

Flower Power
Belvoir Fruit Farms – Elderflower & Rose Lemonade
Masala Pop – Saffron Rose Popcorn
Rogue Creamery – La-Di-Da Lavender Cheese
Vosges Haut-Chocolat – Blood Orange Hibiscus Caramel Marshmallows

Cocktail Culture
Bissell Maple Farm – Pappy & Company Bourbon Barrel-Aged Syrup
Colonel Pabst – All Malt Amber-Lager Worcestershire Sauce
Brooklyn Brine Co. – Hop-Pickles
Nancy Silverton’s Nancy’s Fancy Gelato – The Manhattan

The Maize Craze
Kiddylicious – Sweetcorn Rice Rounds
Off the Cob – Sweet Corn Tortilla Chips
Pop Art Snacks – Tandoori Yogurt Popcorn
Pipsnacks – Pipcorn

Other trends spotted include condiments with Asian flavors, intensely flavored ice creams and frozen desserts, new flavors and forms of jerky and compound butters. Trends with staying power from past Fancy Food Shows included coconut in even more forms, artisanal sodas, ginger beverages and sweets, complexly flavored cocktail mixers, vegetables in everything from chips to pops to yogurt, and continued expansion in gluten-free items.

The trendspotters at the event included, Suzy Badaracco, owner of Culinary Tides; Pat Cobe, senior editor, Restaurant Business Magazine; Faith Durand, executive editor, TheKitchn; Cecily McAndrews, food dditor, Every Day with Rachael Ray; Nancy Hopkins, senior deputy editor, food and entertainment, Better Homes & Gardens; Ariel Knutson, engagement editor, TheKitchn; Greg Morago, food editor, Houston Chronicle; Kara Nielsen, culinary director, Sterling-Rice Group; Charles Passy, reporter, MarketWatch/Wall Street Journal; and,Denise Purcell, editor, Specialty Food Media.

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