The Specialty Food Association (SFA) Trendspotter Panel has recognized 10 themes from its lately held Fancy Meals Present in Las Vegas that would affect the merchandising choices of residence décor retailers who provide gourmand meals of their shops.
“Merchandise that make residence cooking extra handy and restaurant-quality are in demand, whether or not meal starter kits, distinctive salts or butters, condiments from world wide or meals from totally different international areas accessible as frozen entrees,” stated Denise Purcell, SFA’s vice chairman of useful resource growth. “Sustainability and well being in stability are prime pattern themes, too, with meals and drinks that use upcycled or regeneratively grown elements, in addition to better-for-you indulgences from tempeh, water lily seed, or bean snacks to alcohol-free cocktails.”
The complete record of developments noticed embrace:
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Tradition
Alcohol-free drinks are dominating in the ongoing cocktail trend, giving customers refined, well-crafted and flavorful choices in elegant packaging, equal to their conventional counterparts. Ladies- and diverse-owned firms are taking the lead in innovation in a number of merchandise, panelists stated. Examples embrace Abstinence Spirits’ alcohol-free botanical spirits and aperitifs and Three Spirits’ non-alcoholic wine and spirits.
Fermented for Perform
As customers acquire understanding of the significance of digestive well being to general well-being, fermentation in new makes use of is creating healthful value-adds to meals and drinks.
“The pattern extends to pickles, drinks made with koji, sauces and adaptogentic vegetation,” stated one trendspotter. Examples embrace drinks like Gutsy Kombucha’s Adapt2 with fermented adaptogenic herbs and Hicifuku Brewing’s natural white soy sauce.
Honey Is Scorching
The honey market is heating up – actually and figuratively. Honeys now include adaptogen infusions (adaptogens are pure substances thought to assist the physique relieve stress), specialty flavors, scorching taste profiles showcasing totally different spices and even forest-grown varieties with choices together with issues like Runamok Honey’s Szechuan peppercorn-infused scorching honey and King Island’s Pure Manuka Honey.
New Packaging Kind and Utility
Taste just isn’t the one factor essential to customers. Modern packaging that addresses portability and comfort, in addition to inventive methods to devour conventional merchandise, is main innovation from meal cups to tea discs to freeze drying merchandise like sweet and salsa. Freeze Nums’ freeze dried sweet, Mr. Kipling’s individually sealed cake slices for portion management and Salsa Queen’s freeze dried salsa are just some of the choices accessible.
Starters, Bases, Kits and Shortcuts for Comfort
Comfort in at-home cooking is a prime 2023 pattern, based on the panel, as customers have ambitions to maintain up their pandemic-era residence cooking however lack the time they might have had throughout lockdown. The Winter Fancy Meals Present introduced a number of meal starters, sauce starters, frozen meals and different shortcuts to the forefront from manufacturers like Meat Shredz, Rill Meals, Two Fish and Chilau.
Pantry With out Borders
Trendspotters noticed a crop of condiments, sauces, oils and seasonings made to assist individuals get pleasure from international and regional tastes at residence as a prime pattern for 2023. That held agency on the winter present the place the pattern additionally prolonged to snacks, cookies, drinks and different grocery staples. World goodies embrace KTM Companies’ Hawaiian taro cookies and Three Amigos’ elote Mexican avenue corn snack combine.
Sustainable, Upcycled, or Regeneratively Grown Components
Surroundings well being continues to be a prime shopper concern, opening the door for extra merchandise which might be responsibly grown or produced, ethically sourced, use upcycled ingredients or include sustainable packaging. Merchandise vary from plant-based sushi to a brand new spirit comprised of upcycled whey. Examples embrace 40 Beneath’s fruity whey, Avocado Tea Co.’s avocado leaf tea and Konscious Meals’ plant-based sushi.
Excessive-High quality Meal Prep
Exhibitors on the Winter Present showcased a number of merchandise to assist residence cooks. Merchandise providing restaurant-quality elements and high-end flavors for residence cooks have been noticed all through market and ran the gamut from cold-pressed almond oil from Sunnygem to smoked and sea urchin butters from Marin Meals.
Well being in Steadiness
Whereas the previous few years, particularly, have put Well being and immune system boosting meals are prime of thoughts of thoughts after the previous few years, however customers nonetheless wish to indulge. Higher-for-you snacks and treats like Surprise Monday low carb, low sugar, excessive protein cheesecake and Hero Bread low carb and 0 carb breads and baked items proceed to dominate.
Helpful Beans (and Lentils)
From crisps to snacks to seasoned varieties to new to-go packages and pouches, beans similar to black, pinto, and fava, in addition to lentils, dominated on the Winter Present as protein options and better-for-you chip choices. Some merchandise similar to South African Chakalaka are “various owned and new concepts available on the market,” stated Trendspotter Jonathan Deutsch. Different examples embrace BeanVIVO’s natural seasoned beans in pouches, dips, and snack packs and Chakalaka Manufacturers Chakalaka, a bean-based conventional South African dish.
The SFA’s Winter Fancy Food Show Trendspotter Panel included Patsy Ramirez-Arroyo, meals and sustainability guide; Nicole Brisson, govt chef of Brezza and Bar Zazu; Jonathan Deutsch, professor and director of the Drexel Meals Lab; Kantha Shelke, principal of Corvus Blue LLC; Kimberly Lord Stewart, meals and well being content material specialist; and V. Sheree Williams, founding father of The World Meals & Drink Initiative and editor and writer of Delicacies Noir.