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Winter Fancy Food Show Coverage

For every healthy food introduced at the 2015 Winter Fancy Food Show, January 11-13 in San Francisco, there was a decadent delight to counter it.

I’m going to glaze over the bacon-wrapped popcorn and foie gras-flavored ice cream and share my list of the best new foods to try in 2015. 

 

  • Sprouted foods look like they may start replacing life-giving protein bars.
     
  • Soy sauce is getting crazy complex and you want to get on the inside track, like wine enthusiasts.
     
  • Superfruits do more than nourish. Some even cleanse. Pitaya Plus is the body cleansing superfruit.
     
  • Sauces make it a cinch to cook complex cuisine like Sharwood's Pan Asian flavors and Gaucho Ranch, which makes chimichurri and dulce de leche milk caramel sauces.
     
  • Honey continues to get more complex. I discovered Kidd Brothers Honey’s delicious flavors.
     
  • There are new ways to get your vitamins, especially vitamin A. Sioma Red Palm Oil is a great for cooking with and getting more antioxidants at the same time.
     
  • Tuna got an upgrade with Tonnino’s exclusive jarred and flavored Yellow-fin.
     
  • Before hummus, there were beans and Better Beans is the new way to get your bean fix.   These are conveniently packaged and flavored and ready to go without the can. 
     
  • The spice category continues to heat up with innovative flavors from Spiceologist and Spice Hunter
     
  • Dairy-free is the next gluten-free and companies like DF Mavens are making it easy because their ice cream is gourmet-grade delicious.  
     
  • Super seeds like SuperSeedz gourmet pumpkin seeds are replacing nuts for trendy people in the know and even showing up on ingredient lists.
     
  • Animal rights is not just for vegetarians. David Rio Chai is involved in funding wellness initiatives.  
     
  • Overall, we’re seeing more nutrients, less cans, innovative flavors and international flair.

 

Keep moving in the right direction food world! WF

 

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Nancy Trent is a writer and speaker, a lifelong health advocate, a globe-trotting trend watcher and the founder and president of Trent & Company, a New York-based marketing communications firm.  Trent & Company grew out of Nancy’s personal commitment to helping people live longer and healthier lives.  A former journalist for New York magazine, Nancy has written seven books on healthy lifestyles, serves on the editorial boards of several magazines and travels around the world speaking at conferences and trade shows on trends in the marketplace. She is a recognized expert in PR with more than 30 years of experience creating and managing highly successful campaigns. Nancy can be reached at (212) 966-0024 or through e-mail at nancy@trentandcompany.com.  You may also visit www.trentandcompany.com.

 

Posted on WholeFoods Magazine Online, 2/4/15

 

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