Fancy Food Show/NYC
Consumers are well traveled and informed ---and open to culinary adventures experienced or watched on some screen----feeding into consumption of exotic gourmet foods, flavors and ingredients. Even with their own home eating habits.
While there was plenty of European products as expected-at the Fancy Food Show -there was also more maybe not so familiar items from far flung lands-that USA consumer palates are ready to explore.
Featured aisles of dedicated by country and USA state exhibitors...included African nation Tunisia.
Also from Africa-Mozambique grown cashews...from the Sunshine Nut Company-founded by former Hershey executive Don Larson- who took to heart-the business model of people, planet, profits-by giving up the cushy USA life-and relocating to Mozambique...to begin the multi-year process of training/ employing and paying fair wages to orphan adults from local communities--to grow/roast cashews-as well as buying-renovating facilities and installing roasting equipment (read more here). NOW-available from coast to coast-and online -Sunshine Nut. Co. cashews come in several flavors and are delicious...big plump nuts of the finest quality. BONUS POINTS: 90% of proceeds aregiven to care for orphans and cashew farming communities. "Providing Hope Never Tasted So Good." Amen to that.
|COSTA RICA is an ecological destination for travelers...and has several Fair Trade coffee products from native growers...including ECO CAFÉ's assortment that included delicious Gold Mountain-rich full body brew reminiscent of Hawaii's Kona Beans that comes in ground and whole beans -grown in Miramar region (available online and on AMAZON ) and Eco Café Costa Rica- Tarrazu-smooth medium body drink-that also delivers in handy K-Cups.|
|Korea's spicy fermented kimchi probably pre-dates those other popular Korean popular exports-K-Pop and beauty products...and along those tasty lines- from BIBIGO-maker of real deal Korean pantry staples and prepared foods like dumplings- a trio of handy shelf stable favorable sauces... Gochujang Mayo Sauce (SRP: $5.50/9.3 oz.)—a spicy creamy interesting take on mayonnaise to put on everything from tacos to tater tots to sandwiches (center), Gochujang Barbecue Sauce (SRP: $5.50/11.5 oz.)—a bold, smoky and spicy sauce that adds full flavors to grilled BBQ foods-like short ribs and steak (pictured on right)... and Gochujang Hot & Sweet Sauce (SRP: $5.50/11.5 oz.)—a sweet & spicy sauce available in a new squeezable bottle that gives a tangy flavor to chicken or grilled shrimps.|
|Korean soy sauces-authentic rich taste...make you re-think those American imitator versions|
|MISO is a Japanese staple -for all three main meals-that happily as a soup-has been popular here for decades! Love the idea of a miso bar-and wonder why we have not seen it in NYC yet. From MARUKOME-Japan's oldest miso company (1854!)-many miso products are sold here-including tubs of organic miso paste that we buy at our local market and use to flavor anything instead of salt...for a richer sweet/salt flavor... also sell available in instant miso soup packets too-great for traveling and popular handy squeeze bottles.|