The 2017 Summer Fancy Food Show held at the end of June in New York has always been an ideal location for spotting trends. This year, with more than 2,600 exhibitors from around the world and more than 180,000 specialty food and beverage products, the Specialty Food Association put together an official Trendspotter Panel made up of diverse perspectives from retail, foodservice and culinary education. They included Ken Blanchette, FreshDirect; Jonathan Deutsch, Drexel University; Perla Nieves and Alysis Vasquez, Midnight Market; Alison Tozzi Liu, James Beard Foundation; and Elly Truesdell, Whole Foods Market.
"Overall, consumers are seeking out better-for-you foods and beverages made with quality ingredients. They want to make a good choice, even when indulging," said Denise Purcell, head of content for the Specialty Food Association, which hosts the event. "For instance, they are looking for foods that give them added servings of vegetables or are good sources of protein or have a health benefit. But they also need to be convenient, as frequent snacking and meals-on-the-go are the common ways consumers eat now. And above all, they need to taste good."
Click through to see the panel's picks of on-trend new-product innovations from the show.