Candy Industry Names Top Fancy Food Show Trends August 21st, 2014

Summer may be winding down, but this summer’s Fancy Food Show continues to bask in the glory of its biggest numbers yet. Candy Industry reports that 2,700 exhibitors, 300 of which were there for the first time, came to the show.

Gourmet food now is an $88.3 billion industry, and the magazine reports that artisanal foods, smaller portion sizes, nutritional claims and clean labels are key considerations that consumers are taking into account when purchasing from the category.

Veteran trend spotter for Candy Industry, Curtis Vreeland, noticed five trends that caught his eye at the show, all of which have been helped along with the sweet taste of honey.

  1. Spirits. Vreeland noticed that craft confectioners and craft distillers are producing more spirit-infused and/or flavored sweets. Victorian Truffles Peanut Butter & Honey Whiskey Milk Chocolates combine honey, peanut butter and American Honey Whiskey for divine truffles with a slight kick.
  2. Smokey. Show lovers craved a little smokey in their bellies, and Duke’s Honey Bourbon Beef Jerky hits the spot. This slow-smoked beef jerky uses honey blended with Jim Beam bourbon, salt, spices, dried onion and dried garlic. It’s all-natural with no preservatives or colorings.
  3. Fiery. Attendees were fired up over anything that spiced up their taste buds. With a blend of honey powder, a pinch of paprika and spicy chili peppers served on a golden baked chip, “fiery” seekers can look to Kettle Brand Bakes Potato Chips.
  4. Coconut. This fruit (yes, coconuts are technically classified as fruits) seems to be on everyone’s trend radar in 2014, and the Fancy Food Show was no different. Sanders Fine Chocolates Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bar blends coconut with honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, cherries, dark chocolate and granola. The snack bar is gluten-free.
  5. S’mores. It seems Americans want “s’more” of these tasty campside treat. Try gluten-free S’moreables by Kinnikinnick Foods. They are made with honey, pea starch and non-hydrogenated shortening. With gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free and casein-free claims, these crackers are sure to sweeten the deal for clean label lovers.
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