Beverage News

Specialty sector showcases rebound at Fancy Food Show

The $63 billion specialty food industry is on the rebound after two years of tightened spending, according to the latest consumer research from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Inc. (NASFT), which owns and produces the Winter Fancy Food Show. The Winter Fancy Food Show runs through today in San Francisco and featured more than 80,000 specialty foods and beverages from 1,300 exhibitors. The show is expected to attract more than 17,000 retail and restaurant buyers, NASFT reports.

Beverage innovations on display at the Winter Fancy Food Show include several new teas, carbonated drinks and more. Numi Organic Tea unveiled its new packaging that showcases the 100 percent real ingredients used throughout its product line. The Republic of Tea featured 14 new full leaf teas, including Coconut Pu-erh, Sencha Kyoto, Keemum 1110 and Milk Oolong varieties.

Ito En re-launched its Teas’ Tea line with a three-tier approach that includes Unsweetened, Low-Calorie and Classic varieties. The new Low-Calorie segment includes Teas’ Tea Blueberry Green, Lemon Black and Mango Oolong flavors. The flavors have 8 to 9 grams of natural cane sugar and 40 calories in each serving, the company says. The Teas’ Tea Classic varieties have 70 calories in each serving and are available in Crispy Apple and Country Peach flavors.

In the carbonated category, Fizzy Lizzy added its first new flavor in two years – Tangerine Passion Fruit – to its line of all-natural fruit juice with sparkling water. Hint also previewed its Hint Fizz line of lightly carbonated unsweetened essence waters. Sampled in Blackberry and Watermelon flavors, Hint Fizz is expected to launch later this year, the company says.

The show also hosted a number of beverage-makers across several categories. Ex Drinks LLC featured its line of Ex Aqua Vitamins at the show. The line is available in Lemon Lime, Raspberry and Peach Mango flavors that is sweetened with FruitUp, a low glycemic sweetener made from fruit. Powell & Mahoney Ltd. announced the expansion of its line of cocktail mixers at the show. The company added Peach Bellini, Red Sangria, Sour Mix with Bitters and Classic Simple Syrups varieties to its line of all-natural, vintage-style mixers.

Natural and organic made an impression with more than 100 exhibitors featured in the pavilion devoted to natural and organic products. In addition, International exhibitors had their largest presence yet at the Winter Fancy Food Show with a 20 percent increase in exhibit space from last year’s show, the association says. The show featured new pavilions from Mexico, Wales, Turkey, Jamaica, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

The Winter Fancy Food Show also hosted a New Brands on the Shelf Pavilion featuring some of the industry’s newest producers and their specialty creations. In addition, the hottest trends were on display at its What’s New, What’s Hot! Showcase. The NASFT also honors specialty foods and beverages in 33 categories in its Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation Awards Showcase for Outstanding Products of 2010.

 Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Beverage Industry.  

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

How beer brands are using social media to connect with consumers

Social media has become a buzzword for not just American consumers but also the business environment. Companies are turning to various social media channels to create brand awareness or possibly boost retail sales. Beer brands also are turning to social media to make their stories heard. Brand Chorus, a division of New York-based TippingGardner, conducted a Beer StoryScore Index for Beverage Industry. StoryScore is a quantitative measure of a brand’s storytelling through social management based on creativity, strategy and personality.

Click here to view infographic in PDF format.

2/18/15 2:00 pm EST

A Healthy Future: Analyzing the latest health and wellness trends in the beverage market

The beverage marketplace continues to evolve to meet new trends and regulations. Our expert speakers will share with you their insight on what health and wellness topics will be paramount for the future success in the beverage industry.


Gert van Manen, president of iTi Tropicals Inc., shares his insights on the U.S. coconut water market. Citing research from Krueger Food Laboratories, he also supplies information highlighting the difference between products that declare their added sugars and those that do not.

Beverage Industry Magazine

BI March 2015

2015 March

The March 2015 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on Lagunitas Brewing Co., as well as articles on the 2015 Beer Report, cocktail mixology, and more. Check it out today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Beer Category Trends

What trend will have the greatest impact on the beer category?
View Results Poll Archive


Cleaning-in-Place: Dairy, Food and Beverage Operations, 3rd Edition

This book addresses the principles of cleaning operations, water supply issues and the science of detergents and disinfectants.

More Products

Beverage Insider eNewsletter

Are you an Insider? Subscribe to Beverage Industry’s weekly e-newsletter to receive news headlines, new product information and magazine highlights.   


facebook40 twitter    youtubelinkedgoogle+ icon 40px


Beverage Industry Webinars are an easy, effective and convenient way to get educated and informed on the latest industry trends and topics. All Webinars are FREE unless indicated. For more information, check out our Events page!