Trendspotters for the National Association Sprecialty Food Trade (NASFT) have announced the five leading food trends to emerge in 2013. At the end of January, after searching the exhibit halls at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, a panel of food writers and journalists have picked the top five food trends for 2013. The trends are: Botanical Beverages, Oil Nouveau, Blue Cheese Redux, So Many Seeds and Top Banana. The show, which will be at the Javits Center in New York this summer, is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages with 80,000 products that were displayed including cheeses, snacks, olive oils, vinegars, chocolate, and natural and organic products from the U.S. and 35 countries and regions.
The five trends indicate a serious movement towards more organic and natural foods. Here are the trends with product examples of each.
Botanical Beverages: Numi Organics Broccoli Cilantro Tea, Wild Poppy Juice Co. Blood Orange Chili Juice and The Republic of Tea Moringa Super Herb Tea
Oil Nouveau: Arette Foods Organic Tea Seed Oil with Sundried Tomatoes & Chili Pepper, Culinary Imports Stöger Cherry Seed, Chile Seed and Tomato Seed Oils and La Tourangelle Artisan Oils Organic Coconut Oil.
Blue Cheese Redux: Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier Point Reyes Blue Cheese Wine Grapes, Rogue Creamery Blue Heaven Blue Cheese Powder and Mt. Sterling Co-op Creamery Smoked Sterling Bleu Goat Cheese.
So Many Seeds: Enjoy Life Natural Brands Crunchy Flax Chia Cereal, K.L. Keller Imports Dukkah and Lundberg Family Farms Hemp-a-Licious Organic Rice Cakes.
Top Banana: Vosges Haut-Chocolat Wild Ophelia Peanut Butter & Banana Milk Chocolate Bar, PB Crave CoCo Bananas Peanut Butter and GoodPop Frozen Banana Cinnamon Pops.
Other trends identified were: fruit-infused vinegars, chips with a healthy glow such as fuji apple chips, peppery sweets such as cayenne shortbread, agave and single-serve sizes.
Many of these specialty food items can be found locally at gourmet markets such as Sickles Market in Little Silver.
The trendspotters were: Maureen Clancy, Matters of Taste; Narsai David, CBS San Francisco; Nancy Wall Hopkins, Better Homes and Gardens; Sara Moulton, “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” Good Morning America; Kara Nielsen, CCD Innovation; Denise Purcell, Specialty Food Media; Stephanie Spencer, Sunset Magazine; Stephanie Stiavetti, NPR, Susie Timm, Girl Meets Fork, and Joanne Weir, “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence,” PBS.
The NASFT, which celebrated its 60 anniversary last year, is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 3,075 members in the U.S. and abroad. The NASFT's website for consumers, foodspring.com, provides an insider's look at specialty foods and the companies, food entrepreneurs and artisans behind them. For more information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, jump to NASFT.
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