A few weeks ago I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show (SFFS); the largest specialty food trade event in North America and the leading showcase of industry innovation, bringing specialty food’s top manufacturers, buyers, and thought leaders together under one roof for three days of delectable discovery. Over 2,000 vendors from more than 80 countries around the world converged upon New York City to showcase nearly 200,000 products at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show. From pumpkin salsa, agave sweetened ice creams, and gluten free brownies to martini mixes, truffle oil and everything in between, there was no shortage of products on display this past weekend, and I was there to sample the gluten free goods and chat with some of the creators and manufacturers behind them.
I was so impressed with the number of gluten free items at the show. So many brands are coming out with new gluten free products or breaking into the gluten free industry for the first time. It’s nice to have so many more options! Below is a recap of some of my favorites!
is a NJ/NY tri-state farmer’s market staple and purveyors of the coolest line of all-natural, locally made BIG PASTA SAUCES. At the SFFS, I had the chance to meet the owner and creator, Brad Finkel.
Hoboken Farms pasta sauces are SO GOOD. They are so good, that I was eating it straight from the jar with a spoon! All 3 pasta sauces – Big Basil, Big Red Marinara, Big Boss Vodka – are gluten free and taste freshly made! Once you try Hoboken Farms, it will be impossible to go back to any other pasta sauce. You can purchase all three sauces online
breaks the mold of modern condiments, boldly creating a whole new category of food, and standing alone in its realm of flavor. Gone are the days when traditional ketchup, mustard, mayo or relish will impress anyone! Cool and crisp, Slawsa is, in essence, a cabbage based-relish with a salsa twist. While it contains other vegetables, mustard and vinegar, the mustard and vinegar are not overwhelming, allowing it to be used in various ways. It begins on the palate as sweet and transfers heat undertones that make it addictive atop grilling fare such as hotdogs.
Slaws is proudly a 100% bootstrapped and woman-owned business and on a mission to change people’s perceptions of how they view the traditional relish. It can be healthier, more versatile and far more flavorful. Maybe one day, cabbage will earn some respect.
Cafe Britt was originally founded in 1985 to export Costa Rican coffee, but has diversified to now produce fine chocolates, including dark chocolate covered coffee beans and guava jelly.
The Dark Chocolate covered guava is an exotic treat with rich, traditional Costa Rican flavors. Costa Rican guava is known for its strong, sweet fragrances, and flavors reminiscent of strawberry and pear. Cafe Britt’s Dark Chocolate Covered Guava is made with 100% all natural guava grown in Costa Rica, and covered in premium dark chocolate, and just delicious!
Nutterly By Nature cookie snaps are packed full of nuts – nature’s rich source of protein, fiber and healthy fats. These uncomplicated cookies are made with complex flavors and a clean label – meaning they only use real foods. Letting go of traditional flour-based recipes, Nutterly treats are anything but cookie cutter. Each snap is primarily made of one of nature’s finest ingredients; nuts, harvested from growers in California and Oregon. Nutterly snaps are available in 3 flavors: Almond, Hazelnut and Pistachio.
The Hazelnut cookie snap has a rich flavor and pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea.
Traina Foods’ Sun Dried Tomato Ketchups are redefining ketchup—one bite at a time. From its family ranch in California’s Central Valley, Traina Foods grows, sun dries and packs premium dried fruit products for industrial food ingredient and foodservice customers around the world, and for their own line of retail products including the only sun dried tomato ketchups on the market today!
The SunDried Tomato Ketchup is savory, rich, and has a gourmet taste of sun-dried tomatoes. I love this unique twist on classic ketchup!
Califia Farms is already well known for its delicious and innovative Almondmilks and creamers and its award-winning iconic, curvy bottle. The company has led the charge in premiumizing alternate dairy and was named “Brand of the Year” by BevNet in 2015, while CEO and beverage visionary, Greg Steltenpohl, received a Specialty Foods Leadership Award for his social, economic and environmental impact through innovation.
I enjoy Califia Farms ready-to-drinks (RTD) more than any Starbucks cold drink I’ve purchased. The functionally-enhanced RTDs, include Full Shot cold brew, a vegan protein and MCT-oil bolstered, clean energy drink, and the no-sugar Black & White!
La Tourangelle is an authentic and traditional producer of specialty oils, handcrafting a wide range of delicious artisan nut oils both in California and France. La Tourangelle nut oils sold in North America are made in an artisan mill located in Woodland, CA following the 150-year-old methods of its French sister oil mill. La Tourangelle is the proud recipient of a time-honored tradition with origins in the Loire Valley of France.
Driven by passion for the best nut oils, La Tourangelle has established partnership with handpicked selection of like-minded high quality oil producers, chosen to bring you the best artisan oils from around the world. Whether it’s pumpkinseed oil from Austria, sesame oil from Japan or Fairtrade virgin coconut oil from the Philippines, La Tourangelle only works with oil makers who share its belief in respecting nature, fruits and the people handling them. La Tourangelle is multifaceted: local and global, organic and Fairtrade, Californian and French – but always driven by passion to bring you the best possible artisan oils from around the world.
La Tourangelle recently added two new oils to its line:
- Amazonian Nutriblend oil with sacha inchi oil (soon to be a new super oil due to its health properties), high in vitamin E and omega 3s
- Sweet Almond oil, one of the best oils for both high-heat cooking and skin nourishment. The oil is all natural and expeller-pressed in California. This oil has a neutral scent and mild taste.
Leonardo’s Pizza Sauces are one of the first flavored pizza sauce lines on the shelves and are available in Original, Asiago, Garlic and Chipotle flavors, each in 16-ounce jars. So unique! I’ve seen some of these flavors before. The sauce recipes are based off of recipes used at Leonardo’s Pizza, a 25-year-old successful retail delivery and carryout pizza company in Burlington, Vermont and Portland, Maine. Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce was developed for the ‘foodie’ home chef, who will enjoy the sophisticated tastes, and the everyday shopper who simply wants variety and a high quality product.
Pizza is fun food. And the better the ingredients are, the more fun it is. Leonardo uses delicious vine-ripened tomatoes, the finest cheese, extra virgin olive oil and selected spices to produce intense flavors, setting a strong foundation for your homemade pie. You can purchase Leonardo’s Pizza sauce online here.
Lawless Jerky is made from 100% grass-fed beef and hormone-free, antibiotic-free pork free. The brand features 7 world-inspired flavors including Sweet Sriracha, Pho, Japanese Curry, Honey Chipotle, Mango Habanero, and BBQ Spare Rib. And with the exception of Pho, all Lawless Jerky flavors are gluten-free. You won’t find any shiny, sugary coating or strange chewiness; the meat tastes like carefully flavored meat. No added nitrates/nitrites. No added MSG. No corn syrup. Yes, handcrafted goodness and quality ingredients in every bite.
Lawless was founded my Matt Tolnick who left his career as a lawyer to pursue his passion for making meat snacks and the brand has found success as “America’s Craft Jerky,” proudly made in Arizona. Unlike almost all major beef jerky brands, Matt still creates every flavor from scratch, made by hand in microbatches. Lawless Jerky can be bought in stores throughout the tristate area, as well as nationwide at Fairway, Rite Aid, Wegman’s and Walmart, to name a few, and of course, online. Click here to find a store location nearest you.
Viki’s Granola, the fastest growing granola brand in the U.S., is made with real ingredients. It is Gluten Free, Non-GMO Verified, Cholesterol Free, Trans Fats Free, Sodium free, and Dairy Free. Flavors include, Original, Blueberry Almond (my favorite), Maple Cranberry, Banana Walnut and Apple Cinnamon. Enjoy it right out of the bag, sprinkle it over yogurt, or add into oatmeal for an extra burst of natural, fruity goodness!
88 Acres is a Boston-based company crafting healthy and delicious bars that are free of most common food allergens; gluten-free, nut-free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, and non-GMO 88 Acres snacks are created with simple and wholesome ingredients that can be enjoyed by everyone, including those with nut or gluten allergies. The bars come in three delicious flavors: Apple & Ginger, Chocolate & Sea Salt, and Triple Berry.
88 Acres carefully sources ingredients from the best farms and suppliers, and in many cases, are traced all the way back to the point of production.Knowing exactly where their ingredients come from is what makes 88 Acres unique and allows them to ensure that each bar is fresh and delicious! You can taste the freshness in each bar!