Fancy Food Show Unveils Latest Epicurean Trends

About 25,000 vendors, distributors and foodies attend the 56th annual summer Fancy Food Show in New York City from June 27 to 29, 2010.

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The Fancy Food Show in New York City hosts 2,500 exhibitors from 81 countries from June 27 to 29 in the summer of 2010.
Fatima Kelley
Earth-friendly draws attention at the 2010 Fancy Food Show. While the president of Earthy Delight, Edward Baker, didn't have the all-natural organic movement in mind when he named the company 25 years ago, it certainly attracts health-conscious customers now. Earthy Delights specializes in all-natural products like mushrooms and truffles.
While Earthy Delights is based in Michigan, Zabars and Garden of Eden Gourmet Market sell the company's products in New York City.
Free-Trade is also a buzz word at this year's Fancy Food Show New York. Wholesome Sweeteners touts all-natural products from Mexico, Paraguay, and Malawi.
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Wholesome Sweeteners launched a line of flavored agave syrups, which are just now hitting store shelves. Brigitte Nguyen, a chef from Lexington, KY, said one of the brand's agave syrups helped her fulfill a customer's request for gluten-free, dairy-free, diabetic-friendly wedding cupcakes. Babycakes bakery in the Lower East Side uses agave syrup to sweeten many of their vegan desserts.
Gluten-free will prove a big money-maker this year and Manhattan Chocolates' kosher recipe is already made without gluten.
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Gary Landsman, a spokesman for the Manhattan Chocolates, said there's been a huge boost in customers with the growth in gluten-free products. The brand is based out of Bayonne, N.J., and sells at delis across the area.
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While few New York-branded products are still produced in the city, the Passaro family continues to make Manhattan Special espresso sodas in NYC since launching in 1895. The all-natural, drinks with no corn syrup turn up at pizzerias and gourmet stores throughout the Northeast.
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There's hype surrounding the weight-loss powers of the Acai Berry, but really the fruit just contains a lot of antioxidants, according to a spokesman for Tom and Sally's Handmade Chocolates.
The Vermont-based brand Tom and Sally's Handmade Chocolates sell their most popular product, Skinny Bars, at Whole Foods stores nationwide. While the bars contain roughly the same calories a regular chocolate bar would have, they are organic. Often people naturally confuse organic with low-fat, when that's not the case. Mind games!
If you're looking to spice things up in the kitchen with something that's organic, gluten-free, and eco-friendly, the Spicely seasonings come in earth-friendly packaging. Started in Sweden, but moved to the United States nearly a decade ago, the brand is sold at Whole Foods stores.
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Conte's gluten-free Italian foods are produced close-by in Vineland, N.J. The company started distributing along the East Coast more than two years ago, ahead of the anti-gluten curve.
Conte's latest product line is gluten-free frozen dinners. The company makes the only gluten-free ravioli in the United States.
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Goat Milk is also big this year. Happy Goat founder Michael Winnike, who started his business just nine months ago, said goat milk is naturally sweeter than cow milk and perfect for caramel-making.
Happy Goat caramels can be found at the Chelsea Market and will debut a line of coconut and lime flavored caramels in August.
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Jelly Belly asked attendees how many beans it took to make this Mona Lisa masterpiece - 14,212 jelly beans to be exact. Da Vinci would be...intrigued.
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