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While I love championing the little shops and new businesses, I have to know what's going on with the big boys and international food trends.
This January, I went to the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. It is like the ComiCon tradeshow for all Specialty Food businesses. I was impressed by the recurring flavor trends of matcha and genmai tea, the expanding kombucha and hemp industry, the paleo packaging, gluten-free labeling, cheese sticks (not crackers), creative floral spices in cheese and nut free kinds of spreads. I had the best Wagu beef and highest quality tuna there.
The most impressive show stopping thing I saw, I couldn't eat. It was a DIY Japanese miniature food model kit.
If you are in the food business, I highly recommend you attend annually to keep up with the industry and get inspired or just to eat 5000 samples in a day. Or if you like all the free samples at Costco. This is your scene.
This Friday, shoppers will forego the generic malls filled with hysterical crowds and endless lines on Black Friday. Instead, they'll sport their favorite plaid shirts...