Specialty Food Magazine

FALL 2019

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Interest continues to grow in mushrooms for their taste and flavor as well as nutrition and medicinal benefits. Examples: • Chaga Island beverages, made from slow-brewing Chaga mushrooms • Leep Foods Leepin' Blended Burger, a partially plant-based burger made of 30 percent organic mushrooms blended with 70 percent grass-fed beef • The Mushroom Benefit, Ltd. Cuisine Bags, flavorful blend of mushrooms in a sachet that is used in soups, stews, and marinades, and Umamis Crunchy Snack, dried crunchy mushroom snack • South Mill Mushrooms Shroom Splits, Filet Mignon + Portabella, meat snacks that pair slices of grass-fed beef with meaty portabella mushrooms Companies and products powered by environmental and social concerns were visible throughout the show. Examples: • Afia Foods Falafel and Kibbeh, a woman-owned company that supports Syrian refugees • Luv Michael Granola, gluten-free and nut-free granola made by a nonprofit organization that trains and employs people with autism • Sindyanna of Galilee Za'atar Peace Mix, a female-led nonprofit that promotes fair trade and access to education and economic opportunities, agricultural and financial advice, to Arab women Hot sauces touting flavors from around the globe—many based on family recipes— were prevalent at the show. Examples: • Auria's Malaysian Kitchen Lime Leaf Sambal Sauce, Malaysian hot sauce from a family recipe • Cantina Royal hot sauce, a line of Mexican-inspired hot sauces from Cantina Royal Restaurant & Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn • SD Sauce Nam Jim by Sutta, Thai hot sauce from a family recipe • Shaquanda's Hot Pepper Sauce Oooohmami, celebrates the flavors of Barbados and New York City, and is inspired by the creator's Bajan mother and grandmother • Volta West African Foods Sheto West African Hot Sauce, from Ghana. Through its blog, the company connects consumers with West African food, music, and culture mushroom love west african foods in the spotlight global hot sauces "Glad to have witnessed signs of what I hope is a growing variety of artisanal products from West Africa, and their continued influence in New World regions and food cultures in the Americas, i.e. United States, Caribbean/West Indies, Central and South America," said Trendspotter Tonya Hopkins. Examples: • Hapi African Gourmet Sunbutter Sauce, an allergen-free take on classic African peanut sauce • Yolélé Foods Fonio Chips, made from an authentic grain that's a staple in West African cooking • Zena Exoticfruits SA Cashew Apple Butter, made from the fruit of the cashew nut mission-driven companies PHOTO: LOOP SEVEN 74 ❘ SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE specialtyfood.com trend report

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