Specialty Food Magazine

Summer 2018

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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Our large, soft-baked cookies (3 inches in diameter) are made with butter, whole egg and a whole lotta love. Please give them a taste. It won't disappoint. F R E S H F R O M Baked & distributed by J&M Foods, Inc. 800.264.2278 • www.janis-melanie.com Summer Fancy Food Show, Booth 5227 m at i z category spotlight Summer Fancy Food Show Booth 5227 Summer Fancy Food Show Booth 1673 Here are noteworthy trends to keep an eye on. Cold brew innovation. Total U.S. retail sales of refrigerated cold brew coffee grew 460 percent from 2015 to 2017, according to Mintel. Category leaders like Stumptown Coffee Roasters and La Colombe Coffee Roasters and some lesser knowns such as Rise Brewing Co. and Sail Away Coffee, are innovating within the segment, moving from the traditional bottle to a can and adding flavors, carbonation, and even nitrogen to the drinks. "RTD nitro cold brews [which pour similarly to Guinness] have a craft appeal and a creamy mouth-feel," notes Rob Craig, beverage technologist, Synergy Flavors, a global manufacturer and supplier of f lavorings, extracts, and essences. "They, and the hype around them, are definitely here to stay." Companies that want to stand out in the nitro category, says Craig, will incorporate spicy and f loral f lavors to their brews. At Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, Texas, where RTD has been growing 25 percent year over year, packaged manager Niki Nash says cold brews are going strong with local newcomer Cuvée Coffee piquing interest with its canned nitro black coffee. But cold brew isn't just for coffee and is slowly picking up momentum in the tea segment. According to "The State of the U.S. Tea Industry 2017-18 Tea Market Review & Forecast" from the Tea Association of the U.S.A., cold brewed iced teas will be a key area of growth, showcasing mellower f lavor profiles. Clean Cause Sparkling Yerba Mate. 82 ❘ SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE specialtyfood.com

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