Chocolate In Danger? Let’s See at Upcoming Gargantuan Smorgasbord of Javits Summer Fancy Food Show

Where it all begins: Ivory Coast chocolate beans dampened for 180,000 ton shortfall – Chocolate lovers will visit Summer Fancy Food Show to be reassured by offerings in market now touching $30 billion, or will they? (workers drying cocoa beans in the village of Goin Debe in August 2015 from Reuters, Luc Gnago)

Vast array of new concoctions, combinations, ingredients to eat, drink and assess

With American chocolate soothing our anxieties at the rate of $30 billion a year visitors to the Summer Fancy Food Show at Javits can explore the endless varieties of this essential food now available amid the Javits display of more than 180,000 alternative ways of feeding your face and your business with tasty tidbits and quaffs of all kinds which might have to serve as alternatives if the Ivory Coast rainy season impacts the market with its 180,000 ton shortfall, but few will notice the additional challenge – this gargantuan show offers a whole universe of novel approaches to preparation of food and drink ever more tilted to organic and vegan which would literally take three weeks for any one taster to work through entirely. Are chickpeas the latest core ingredient fad? What new and perhaps unlikely mixtures have been dreamed up this year? Which deserve to stick?

First indications are given by the SOFI Awards winners and finalists listed at the Specialty Food Association page which include the following winners: pickled brussel sprouts, Hungarian goathorn peppers, ginger hemp granola, Bijou goat cheese, honeyed chocolate, smoked honey whiskey sour, salted caramelized fig spread, sea salt and vanilla goat milk caramels, pimento sauce with preserved lemon, organic cocoa coconut butter, bourbon matured maple syrup, Belize drinking chocolate, ripe mango sorbetto, radish, parsnip and apricot ravioli, Austrian pumpkin seed oil, North African chermoula dressing, pumpkin seed salsa, hickory smoked spicy candied bacon, coconut snacks, Parmesan snacks, balsamic nectar vinegar.

The Specialty Food Association which awards the SOFIs is the engine behind the Summer Fancy Food Show. The Show, established in 1954, is now the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages in North America. The Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs, owns and produces the show. Today the Association has 3,200+ member companies worldwide. The Fancy Food Show has helped launch such brands as Popchips, Honest Tea, Ben & Jerry’s, Stonewall Kitchen, Walker’s Shortbread, Tate’s Bake Shop, ZICO Coconut Water and Vermont Creamery.
Dates: June 26 – 28, 2016
Location: Javits Center, New York
Total Square Footage: 363,000
Number of Exhibiting Companies: 2,670
Number of Attendees Expected: 25,000
Partner Country: Tunisia

From New York to Hawaii to Louisiana to Maine, more than 1,370 U.S. specialty food companies will present the latest chocolate, cheese, olive oil, baked goods, jams, salsas, tea and other products. New York boasts the largest state presence with more than 267 food companies, followed by California, New Jersey, Texas, Massachusetts and Florida.

is the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show’s partner country sponsor. Some 40 food companies will present Tunisian olive oil, pasta, dates, biscuits, confections, spicy harissa,
candies, jam, tuna and organic products in a special pavilion. There will be chef demonstrations and tastings each day throughout the show.

The largest international pavilions are from Italy, Spain, China, France, Canada and Turkey. International newcomers include pavilions from Latvia, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Denmark and Lithuania. Taiwan is back after a long absence

Registered attendees include Whole Foods, Kroger, Formaggio Kitchen, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, UNFI, KeHE and Southern Season. Others signed up include Dean & DeLuca, Barnes & Noble College, Zingerman’s, Marriott, and thousands of buyers from local specialty food markets.

49 Industry Newcomers
The “New Brands on the Shelf” pavilion will feature 49 up-and-coming specialty food producers who are Specialty Food Association Member Candidates. They will showcase dozens of niche and artisanal specialties including air-popped sorghum snacks, chocolate chip hummus, dairy-free coconut-based ice cream, matzo chips, and savory yogurt snacks. The tabletop displays are located on Level 1, behind 3400 Aisle.

Here are the hours of SFFS16 in NYC, June 26-28. 2016 which will feature more than 180,000 products, 25,000 buyers, and 2,550 exhibitors:
Sunday, June 26, 2016: Show Open 10am – 5pm*
Monday, June 27, 2016: Show Open 10am – 5pm*
Tuesday, June 28, 2016: Show Open 10am – 4pm*
* North Hall opens at 9:30 am each show day.

The SOFI awards

The 2016 sofi Awards winners include flavors of North Africa, Southern Italy, and virtually every region of the U.S. Pumpkin seeds, honey, and bacon make several appearances on the list of winners and finalists. The latest vegan darling, aquafaba, or chickpea water, made the list, as did chicken fat and coconut sugar.

Since 1972, the sofi Awards have helped the Specialty Food Association advance culinary excellence and creativity worldwide by recognizing the outstanding work of its members. From mouthwatering sauces to delectable desserts to savory snacks, the 2016 honorees were chosen from a record 3,200 entries by a national panel of culinary experts in a blind tasting. Those that reach the level of sofi Winner and Finalist serve as ambassadors for the industry and represent the best of what specialty food has to offer.

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