Fancy Food News Bytes
The E-Newsletter of Fancy Food & Culinary Products magazine
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Winter Fancy Food Show celebrates record numbers
The 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show ended on a high note last week with the strongest attendance and largest exhibit space in the show's 41-year history. Owned and produced by the Specialty Food Association, the show saw sold-out exhibit halls with 1,500 exhibitors from across the United States and 28 countries. The exhibit space covered 215,000 square feet, enough to fill more than four football fields with food. The trade-only event ran Jan. 17–19 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Amid record sales in the $109 billion specialty food industry, the show drew close to 20,000 attendees, a 16 percent increase above 2015 numbers. Italy served as the show's country partner, with more than 60 companies, a wine bar and gelato station. Special exhibits included Incubator Row featuring Northern California start-ups and New Brands on the Shelf with 34 emerging food entrepreneurs launching brands like bone broth in K Cups and birch tree "water." Show firsts included "Party with a Purpose," an opening night bash that supported the Specialty Food Foundation's efforts to fight hunger and increase food recovery, and "Shelf Showdown," a specialty food pitch competition for first-time exhibitors. The winner was Jack Kuo, founder of Fuller Foods, whose winning pitch was for Seriously Cheesy Puffs. Show dates for the Summer Fancy Food Show are June 26–28 at Javits Center in New York and Winter Fancy Food Show are Jan. 22–24, 2017 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.