Posted by: AlisonSeibert in: Food/Beverage -
This July, I attended the Fancy Food Show on behalf of LANE PR. The Fancy Food Show, organized by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, is the country’s largest specialty food and beverage marketplace expo. For the first time in the show’s history, it was held in Washington DC—attracting attention to DC as a foodie destination, and bringing a new spotlight to the importance of food in America’s culture.
Besides sampling new food and beverages (tough job!) and meeting some of the nation’s and the world’s most interesting and innovative purveyors, I was able to spot some of the hottest trends in the food and beverage industry today.
Two trends I spotted from exhibitors across the board? Gluten-free. Gluten-free snacks, meals, and drinks were everywhere—and many attendees were even asking specifically for gluten-free goodies. On the high-brow trend side, truffle also seemed to be one of the “hot” ingredients of the year. Besides the traditional truffle salts and oils, truffles even popped up in jams and on popcorn. Not the most original trend we’ve ever seen—but one that I’ll certainly be enjoying nonetheless.
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