New in Food Finds 2019

Our observations of food trends from the 2019 Fancy Food Show.

THE ART OF THE DRINK

Ever in search of new alcohol inspired experiences, people are clamoring for unique flavors to imbibe. Artisanal mixers and cocktail vinegars are the perfect alcohol enhancers and conversation starters when it comes to this growing trend. Some mixers, like sriracha-lime or orange-clove, offer acidity and heat, while others, like hibiscus-rose or lavender-honey soothe with familiar floral notes. Even spices such as turmeric, star anise and cinnamon are being utilized in simple syrups to create new and unexpected tasting adventures.

FLOUR POWER

Once only thought to be a necessity for people with gluten sensitivity, alternative flour sales are on the rise, spurred on by Paleo, Keto and raw dietary trends. Not only are they gaining in popularity, but there’s also a plethora of choices when it comes to alternative flours. Now consumers can readily find nut/seed-based flours, like teff, buckwheat, and almond, as well as gluten-free rice and tapioca flours. Even vegetables like cauliflower and chickpeas are getting into the act, showing up in pizza crusts and flatbreads.

THE NON-DAIRY
MOO-VEMENT

Dairy-Free beverages are nothing new. In fact, almond and coconut milks are well-established dairy alternatives suitable for pouring over your favorite breakfast cereal. What is new is the variety of plant-based sources being utilized to create “milk” and other dairy products like yogurt and cheese. From grains (barley, flax, rice, quinoa) to nuts (cashews, pecans) to plants (peas, hemp), milk substitutes are growing in variety and in popularity along with vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.

LESS IS BEST

In general, the trend in all things food related can be summed up in one word: LESS. Less in every aspect. From fewer ingredients to minimal design and innovative packaging, the industry continues to move toward a goal of improving quality while minimizing wasteful practices. Clean, simplified designs coupled with clear messaging reinforces the promise of a wholesome product, a happier consumer, and a better, sustainable planet. It’s definitely a case of less creating more.