by Dwight Casimere
Venially Managing Director Stevie Kim at the Vinitaly Wine Bar
Venially Director General Giovanni Mantovani
NEW YORK, NY -ITALY, BRAZIL GERMANY, GREECE and a host of international pavilions greeted visitors to the Jacob Javits Center for the Summer Fancy Food Show. Vintaly hosted the Vinitaly Wine Bar and specialty food items, including brick oven pizza prepared, in part by Vinitaly Managing Director Stevie Kim and presided over by Vinitaly Director General Giovanni Mantovani.
Over 200,000 products awaited the Specialty Food Association Trendspotter Panel at the 64th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show. Held June 30 to July 2, the show encompassed six football fields worth of specialty food and beverages. Members of the panel were armed with predictions from earlier in the year as they tasted their way through the show, confirming some current, and identifying new and emerging trends.
“The specialty food industry has grown to over $140 billion. Innovation is a key growth driver, and we definitely saw that at the Summer Fancy Food Show,” said Denise Purcell, head of content for the Specialty Food Association. “We’re seeing new flavors and new formats of food. Plant-based foods are growing from a trend into an overall movement, and upcycling is huge. Spins on classics continue to surprise us, and flavors from around the world continue to grow prominent in the marketplace. No matter where you look, something exciting is happening.”
WORLD CUP SOCCER DOMINATED THE ATTENTION OF MANY AT THE SHOW