This month The Specialty Food Association hosted the annual Summer Fancy Food Show at Javits Center to roaring applause. This year gained top points for electrifying presentations from world-renowned vendors from across the planet.
The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food industry event in North America. Exhibitors showcased the best in delights and tastes to thousands of attendees who came to sample and network.
Our favorites included specialties from delicious popcorn, spicy relish and divine truffles. The unity of vendors to find ways to make consumers smile was the sweetest take-away of them all.
Top products included:
Urbani Truffles are delicacy sensations from heaven. Chef Michele Casadei Massari and others were on site with pasta dishes featuring the brand in all of its glory.
Popsalot California Popcorn had the crowds popping with joy at the center. Featuring incredible tastes from around the planet including Costa Rican Cocoa, California Almond, Southern Pecan, and Moroccan Harissa. Every person in your household will find their own delight to fall in love with for the perfect snack.
Fourth Creek Foods relish selections are simply fantastic. Topping everything from hot dogs to pita breads make food a hit in your home. Try the Red Pepper Relish for the perfect kick to your taste buds.
Perfectly sweeted My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream has great vegan options with flavors of Salted Caramel, Cookies & Cream and Green Tea.
La Femiere French Yogurt comes in a variety of sophisticated flavors to please any kind of desire.
And these are just a few of the thousands of products that are bringing outstanding tastes to the industry. The most recent SFA annual State of the Specialty Food report reveals that specialty food remain one of the fastest-growing segments of the food business. Fueled by increasing interest from both consumers and retailers, total sales jumped 11% between 2015 and 2017, hitting $140.3 billion last year. Specialty food sales outpaced the growth of all food at retail – up 12.9% vs. 1.4%. Product innovation and the wider availability of specialty foods through mass-market outlets is also playing a part in the industry’s success. Sales through food service increased 12.8% and online by 21% as U.S. consumers make specialty food a regular part of their diets both at home and when dining out.
“The specialty food industry is a business that is constantly evolving,” said Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association. “Consumers of all ages are embracing specialty foods and making purchases everywhere they happen to be – from convenience stores to big box retailers to online, as well as in traditional gourmet shops and groceries. Foodservice and retailers are relying more and more upon our products. The industry’s growth has been building and will continue to maintain momentum for years to come. Our research provides a comprehensive picture of where we are today and can be used to help businesses prepare for future success.”
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 3,600 members in the U.S. and abroad with resources, 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 sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at specialtyfood.com.