winter fancy food show 2020 trends


A short list of 2020 foods trends were observed at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco – the event of the season to see what’s hot and trending in specialty foods from around the world.

Plant-based Food

Plant-based food

Over the last few years, plant-based food and beverages have been one of the most notable trends in the industry. The show dedicated an entire room to plant-based foods, and many more could be found across the rest of the booths. Products featuring meat alternatives were on display. Innovation also came in the form of whole vegetables.
Specialty snacks showcased at Winter Fancy Food included lotus root chips, popped water lily seeds, avocado puffs, and tomato jerky. There were a variety of cauliflower snacks: puffs, sticks, crackers, dips and even noodles, whole-vegetable cauliflower snacks, a twist on veggie chips made from powdered vegetables.

Dairy Alternatives

Oatmilk has recently surged in new products presentation and was visible on its own and added into coffee drinks and even chocolate. This alternative milk is taking center stage, finding its way into everything from coffee creamer and cheese to yogurt and ice cream. We also noticed sesame milk and even hazelnut and walnut milk.

Fermented Food

As with last year, the show featured probiotic beverages, kombuchas, drinking kinds of vinegar and tonics of all kinds.
Probiotic products like kimchi – even a vegan version minus the fish sauce, fermented tea drinks, pickles made from ugly produce and even fermented tea leaves for a Burmese take-home kit to make a specialty tea salad.

Global Cuisines

Brands are going beyond borders and introducing products with globally-inspired flavors and ingredients. The trend of global cuisines with a regional focus definitely continues.
There were presented products that are inspired by or made from traditional foods in the Caribbean and southwestern Asia, especially.
An Irish tomato relish and a Korean kimchi aioli were among globally inspired condiments launched at the show. Also featured were elevated ramen and instant noodles in the style of Indonesian and Singaporean cuisines: chocolate with rose and cardamom, popcorn with za’atar, mushroom jerky with Thai spices, etc.


Companies are being challenged to demonstrate how they are doing their part in protecting the planet. At the show, this could be seen in a variety of ways.
Environmentally friendly packaging, as well as edible cutlery, were highlighted by brands at the show. Several companies demonstrated regenerative agriculture and sustainable sourcing and manufacturing practices.
Increased focus on environmentally-friendly practices has makers turning to up-cycled ingredients. Up-cycled foods are grabbing lots of attention, as they underscore sustainable, earth-friendly fare.

Alimentaria 2018

Our impressions: Alimentaria Barcelona food expo

Every second year, Alimentaria becomes the international business hub of the food, beverage, culinary and hospitality equipment industry, one of the most important food fair in Spain and one of the most important in Europe. 

Alimentaria Barcelona 2018


The event catered to various segments within the industry and included shows such as Intervin (focused on wine, with the special Vinorum Think forum, Intercarn (meat) , Interlact (airy products and cheeses) and Restaurama (restaurants, hotels, catering).

Alimentaria Barcelona Intercarn


Hundreds of new products were presented at the Alimentaria food and drink trade show in Barcelona in April 2018 and standing out was the abundance of organic and ‘free’ products across all categories: such as free of sugar, salt, fat, lactose, gluten or frying. Many of the innovations also responded to the growing demand for organic and functional foods and drinks among consumers, who also want them to be pleasurable and without need for much preparation.

Alimentaria Barcelona Olive Oil


Also on hand were a variety of free-from, clean-ingredient, plant-based, protein-rich and other better-for-you options.
The commitment to quality products involves offering more natural flavors, less processed and purer. Dairy products and sausages are focused on the gourmet customer willing to pay a little more to have higher quality products.


The event halls cover over an acre dedicated to the world of cuisine, full of activities and tastings. There will also be specially organized live cooking shows, one in which 4 chefs will all prepare a classic dish with the objective to put their own innovative spin on it. There will also be seminars on food innovation where you can discover the trends and brands of today.

Alimentaria experience


Apart from at exhibitor stands, the Alimentaria Hub was the place to learn about prevailing trends and within it, the Innoval exhibition showcased more than 300 new products. The hub was also the site of the Taste of Tomorrow exhibition featuring displays of startup projects aimed at revolutionizing food and gastronomy.

Alimentaria Barcelona


There were a lot of different activities, masterclasses, workshops, and show-cooking sessions.

Visit Alimentaria Barcelona exhibition was a real opportunity awaits professionals, and lovers of food will appreciate the unique and hard to find food products as well as the opportunity to taste practically everything from all corners of the world and find competitive suppliers for years of cooperation.