Specialty Food Association

Specialty Food Association

The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, purveyors, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they sell. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,000+ members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association (formerly the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.) owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi Awards honoring excellence in specialty food.

Top 5 Specialty Food Trends from 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

specialtyfood.com With more than 1,500 exhibitors from around the world showcasing 80,000 different specialty food and beverages, there were plenty of items for the Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter Panel to consider. This year, the panel selected the following top trends, each represented by particular products.

Industry Voices: What is the biggest trend or buzzword in food now?

From plant-based proteins to health and wellness to gluten-free, six food producers and supplies share which attributes or catchwords they think are hot, on-trend, or emerging in specialty foods and beverages.

Industry Voices: How do you feel about the recent change in nutrition labels?

Earlier this year, the FDA unveiled its new required nutritional label for packaged foods, the label’s first significant makeover in 20 years. The new label now includes grams of added sugars, daily recommended limits for sodium, and serving size adjustments in addition to making the calorie and serving size information larger and more visible. Here, […]