The Specialty Food Association anticipated that 180,000 different specialty food products would be on the 2017 Summer Fancy Food Show floor.
So, it's safe to say that there was so much to see and learn at this year's show and luckily for you, Foodable had a front row seat!
As the Specialty Food Association's partner, we were able to talk to many of the innovators behind brands elevating the food industry as a whole.
We decided to highlight a few of the live coverage segments that were filmed at the show that you may have missed below.
Want the full scoop? You can watch all of the 16 segments filmed here.
New Age Food Development
In the segment above, Foodable's Paul Barron sits down with Mike Lee, founder of The Future Market and Erin Kim, communications director at New Harvest to discuss new food development ideas. Guests discuss innovative food sources that are in the research and development stage, how Amazon has entered the food market with its acquisition of Whole Foods, and on-demand delivery and take-out.
Products on the Radar
Want to know what products were especially hot this year at the show? Guest host and Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert sits down with Denise Purcell, the head of content at the Specialty Food Association as she names some of the products that consumers can't get enough of. For example, enhanced water and functional beverages are growing in popularity, along with plant-based proteins and beer-infused food items and beverages.
Artisanal Specialty Foods and the Power to Connect to Consumers
We also sat down with some superstar chefs Francisco Migoya of Modernist Cuisine and Maria Loi of Loi Estatorio to get their perspective on the specialty food market. These chefs discuss why artisanal products have become so popular with today's more adventurous consumers and how telling a product's story helps operators and brands to connect better with guests.