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Refreshingly NEW: O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water

You may have seen some new beverage launches hitting your supermarket shelves and your tv screens. People are looking for ways to get their buzz on without the negative effects of too much alcohol. We all know that alcohol dehydrates you but with this new beverages category, you won’t have to worry about that. Joining the new spiked water category is an infused water that tastes spiked but isn’t spiked at all. Say hello to O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water, the first spring water infused with the spirit of wine.

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We had the pleasure of discovering this alcohol-free (yes, it truly is alcohol-free), prestigious water during the Summer Fancy Food Show and fell in love. What makes the elegant O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water so wonderful? Aside from it’s incredibly refreshing and delicious tastes, it is made by upcycling wine grape skins and seeds to create a wine grape infused water that’s uniquely light, dry, crisp, low calorie and filled with antioxidants. It also won Best New Water Concept at the prestigious 2018 Global Bottled Water Awards in Evian, France. The result is a thirst-quenching and nutritious water that makes you think you’re enjoying your favorite wine.

O.Vine wine-essence water

Created by Anat Levi, O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water is available in four varietals: White Wine Essence Water, Red Wine Essence Water, White Wine Essence Water – Gently Sparkling, and Red Wine Essence Water – Gently Sparkling. The O.Vine White Wine Essence Water and Gently Sparkling version are made with Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnay wine grape skins and only 15 calories per serving.  The Red Wine Essence Water and Gently Sparkling version are made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Petit Verdot wine grape skins and only 20 calories per serving.

They recently added two new varietals to their lineup – O.Vine Chardonnay Wine Essence Water and O.Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Essence Water. These two new flavors are a collaboration between Israel’s award-winning Galil Mountain Winery and O.Vine. Still alcohol-free, they bring the distinct essence of these renowned much-loved wines to refreshing water, without intoxicating effects.

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The Cabernet has a dark, red fruity character with a note of chocolate and a gentle tart twist. The Chardonnay imparts more tones of lime and apple, with notes of caramel. Both are equally refreshing and delicious.

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All of the O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water has only 4g natural sugar per serving, no preservatives or added color, are Sulfite-free, and kosher. As we see sparkling beverages become increasingly popular as alternatives to soda, mixers for cocktails, and as cocktail alternatives altogether, we know these

The original O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Waters are currently available both online, on Beverage Universe, and at Neiman-Marcus, New York. The refreshing beverages are also slated to hit the shelves of higher-end retail stores this summer.

 

Pereg Natural Foods Ancient Grains

The Latest Exotic Spices and Ancient Grains From Pereg Natural Foods

One of our favorite things about attending the Summer Fancy Food Show is the introduction of new foods, food trends, and seeing what’s new from our favorite food brands. One of our favorite brands, Pereg Natural Foods, a brand we’ve previously written about, has added lots to their lineup. Along with new flavor additions to old favorites, like their exotic spices and ancient grains, they’ve introduced new products to make your meal even more healthy and delicious. Let’s get to know them……..

Fine Breadcrumbs & Seasoned Panko

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Pereg’s seasoned breadcrumb collection just got even bigger with the introduction of three delicious new flavors: Thai Sweet Chili Panko Crumbs, Whole Wheat Panko, and Golden Crisp Bread Crumbs. They join a crunchy family that includes Classic, American, Viennese, Mexican, and Italian Fine Bread Crumbs and their Japanese cousins Spicy Panko, Coarse Panko, and Fine Panko. Grab the 9 oz re-sealable bags for $4.85 each.

Pereg’s Whole Wheat Panko Crumbs are baked to an airy, lightly textured goodness to enhance your favorite recipe. They add a distinctive crunch to vegetables, baked macaroni & cheese, meatloaf, seafood, or chicken dishes. You can use it as a coating on sliced potatoes and bake as an alternative to frying.

Pereg’s Thai Sweet Chili Panko Crumbs are also baked to an airy, lightly textured goodness to enhance your favorite recipe. They add a deliciously flavorful crunch to chicken wings, seafood, and pasta dishes. Boasting a delightful balance of sweet and spicy, your taste buds will love the kick of flavor. Try it as a coating on sliced potatoes and bake as an alternative to frying.

Flavor Infused Quinoa

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In addition, Pereg features new flavors of Quinoa side dishes, including ginger sesame, quinoa with lentils (pictured above), quinoa with nuts and berries, and quinoa with roasted garlic in 6 oz boxes retailing for $3.99. Quinoa, the “mother of all grains”, is a healthy and easy food to prepare. It holds a pleasantly light, fluffy texture when cooked, with a mild and slightly nutty flavor. We love the flavor varieties and how they paired perfectly with things like Freshé ready-to-eat superfood; a meal in a tin (see them pictured together above).

Freekeh Grain 

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If you’re tired of rice or just looking to cut it out of your diet. We have a great alternative for you. Freekeh is a young, green wheat that is roasted over an open flame for a rich smoky flavor and cracked to reduce the cooking time. This grain makes a great alternative to rice or couscous for a delicious and healthy side dish. Grab a 5 oz bag for only $3.99.

Gluten-Free Flours

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Gone are the day when only one type of flour existed. Thanks to Pereg Natural Foods, you now have six flour varieties to bake with, including Almond, Banana, Buckwheat, Chickpea, Quinoa, and Coconut.  Available in 16 oz. re-sealable stay-fresh bags, the flours are the perfect healthy alternative when you want to create sweet treats and savory dishes. Imagine Buckwheat, Quinoa, or Chickpea dumplings or homemade pasta. How about flavorful cookies made with banana, almond or coconut flour. With these Gluten-Free Flours, the possibilities are endless. Get them all for $4.99 each.

Are you up to trying out these specialty flours, exotic spices and ancient grains from Pereg?

The Ginger People Ginger Products

Food Trends: All Things Ginger From The Ginger People

For the past several weeks, while office AC units have been set to Siberia levels of cold, overindulging in delicious foods and drinks, interacting with a few sick people, not getting enough sleep, and basically running ourselves ragged. Normally, all of this would result in us being very sick right now, but NOT surprisingly we’re not and that is thanks to products from one brand – The Ginger People. No, we’re not talking about a group of cool redheads; we’re talking about the makers of the most wonderful ginger-based products we’ve ever had.

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We are now all aware of the amazing health benefits that ginger has to offer and the products from The Ginger People are what we have to thank for getting us healthily through everything we mentioned above. Ginger energizes and stimulates the circulatory system, it helps with nausea, is an amazing anti-inflammatory food, a powerful anti-Cancer, helps with digestive issues and anti-flatulence, is a fantastic cold and flu remedy, a great migraine reliever, highly antioxidant, and of course wonderful as an aphrodisiac. We had the pleasure of getting to know the delicious product from The Ginger People including Ginger Rescue Ginger Shots, Turmeric Latte Mix, Gin Gins Ginger Candy, Ginger Soother Tonics, Arjuna Organic Ginger Bites with Turmeric, and Ginger Rescue Chewable Ginger Tablets.

Ginger Rescue Ginger Shots

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Enjoy a healthier day with one shot of caffeine-free boost of energy. The Ginger Rescue Shots are available in three flavors: Wild Turmeric, Lemon & Cayenne, and Coconut. All three offer a potent supply of proven health benefits your body will thank you for. Each shot is intense and made with 30% ginger juice. Non-coffee drinkers will love this as a caffeine alternative. You’ll love the sweet creaminess of the coconut, the earthy and peppery taste of the Wild Turmeric, and the hot and spiciness of the Lemon & Cayenne. We highly recommend this for those sluggish feeling days.

Turmeric Latte Mix

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Another of The Ginger People’s great turmeric and ginger combinations is their Turmeric Latte Mix. It’s double the health benefits in an addictive hot creamy beverage. This caffeine-free, plant-based powdered mix is supercharged with ginger and Curcumin, the power behind turmeric. All you have to do is add your favorite milk and prepare to indulge in this nourishing hot drink. If you’ve ever enjoyed a golden milk, this will blow you away.

Ginger Soother Tonics

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Say goodbye to your upset stomach with these delicious, soothing tonics. These stomach-settling ginger elixirs are available in two flavors: Lemon & Honey and Turmeric. They are made with antioxidant-rich, fresh-pressed punchy Peruvian ginger, lemon juice and pure honey and wild Fiji Red “Aromatica” turmeric respectively. These should be your go-to drink whenever you and your stomach has a disagreement.

Gin Gins Original Chewy Candy

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Chewy ginger candy is one of our favorite things and to say we’re addicted to The Ginger People’s delicious original ginger chews is an understatement. As the #1 selling ginger candy in North America, we know it will be your favorite as well. You’ll never worry about the fear of nausea again once you grab a bag of these. In fact, the only thing you have to worry about is how to stop eating Gin Gins. We’re still working on that.

Ginger Rescue Chewable Ginger Tablets

The Ginger People Ginger Rescue Chewable Tablets
For those who need a little more potent way to fight nausea, just grab a pack of The Ginger People’s 24 chewable and tasty tablets. These drug-free tablets boast greater ginger actives to help promote digestive health, relieve motion sickness, and ease gas and indigestion. Available in two options, Strong and Mighty Mango for kids and those with sensitive stomachs, one tablet works wonders, especially when you need fast relief.

If you’ve been looking for a way to integrate ginger into your health and wellness regime, check out all the products from The Ginger People. You’ll thank us.

Pereg Natural Foods Debuts New Super Foods and Ancient Grains

Attending the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC has always been an amazing and informative experience. We’re always introduced to new, innovative foods and food products, or rediscover healthy ingredients that have been around for centuries. Take for example the recent launches from Pereg Natural Foods, producers of all-natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and much more. Responding to the ongoing demand for natural, farm-to-table and healthy foods, Pereg Natural Foods introduces a new range of new super foods and ancient grains.

The new launches include a new line of Kaňiwa (baby quinoa), as well as new blends and flavor-infused varieties of Freekeh, Teff, Farro, Basmati Rice and Quinoa, as well as other all-natural, and kosher certified products. Some of the new launches are pictured.

Baby Quinoa


Dark reddish-brown in color and about half the size of a tiny quinoa seed, kañiwa cooks up quickly to resemble a smaller version of red quinoa. Unlike regular quinoa, kañiwa doesn’t have saponins, the coating that gives quinoa a somewhat soapy, slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed properly. Kañiwa is actually easier to process due to the absence of saponins. (Note that all quinoa from Pereg is pre-rinsed and ready to cook from the package.) Another advantage kañiwa has over quinoa is that it’s an even better source of iron. Kañiwa is also an excellent source of complete protein and amino acids and is gluten-free. This grain cooks up with a crunchy texture and offers a nutrient rich food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Retail: 5 oz. boxes ($3.57); Re-sealable 16 oz. bags ($5.50).

Freekeh Grain


Pereg’s Freekeh is available in green roasted, ginger sesame and vegetable flavor blends. Freekeh is young, green wheat that is roasted over an open flame to give this grain a delicious slightly smoky flavor and chewy texture similar to bulgur. Freekeh is lower in fat than brown rice, higher in fiber than quinoa or brown rice, also a great source of calcium. It can be used in soups, casseroles or enjoyed seasoned up as a side dish; freekeh makes a great alternative to rice or couscous. Retail: $3.99

Teff Porridges


Pereg’s Teff porridges are available in brown or ivory varieties as well as mixed with nuts and berries or with chocolate. In addition to being gluten-free, Teff is higher in protein than wheat, is a great source of iron, calcium and amino acids. This ancient whole grain has a pleasantly sweet nutty flavor, and the small size makes it easy to digest. Whole brown and white teff can be toasted and used to add a little crunch to salads and muffins; boiled teff can be prepared with milk or water for a sweet porridge or spiced up as a side dish; raw teff can be ground into flour and baked into injera bread, a traditional Ethiopian dish. Pre-seasoned, flavored teff porridge makes a delicious breakfast, side dish, or even a healthy dessert. Just add water and boil this easy to prepare any time of day meal. Retail: $3.99

Farro Side Dishes


Farro side dishes from Pereg are offered in plain, or blended with mushrooms or new roasted garlic flavor. Farro is a hardy ancient grain and is a variety of wheat savored for its rich texture and mild flavor.It is a healthful grain that’s an excellent source of fiber, protein, magnesium, and iron. Farro is deliciously seasoned up as a side dish as an alternative to rice or quinoa, tossed with some protein and vegetables in a hot or cold salad, in soups or stews. For an extra boost of flavor try boiling farro in vegetable broth instead of water. Retail: 5 oz boxes, $3.99; Roasted garlic 12 oz canister, $5.99

Basmati Rice
In addition, Pereg will feature new flavors of Quinoa side dishes, including ginger sesame, quinoa with lentils, quinoa with nuts and berries, and quinoa with roasted garlic in 6 oz boxes retailing at $3.99. New re-sealable 16 oz bags of grain from Pereg will include buckwheat, black lentils, baby quinoa, brown and ivory teff.

Pereg products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and directly to you on www.pereg-gourmet.com.

Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water Launches New Ruby Rose Flavor

Last year, while attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, we were introduced to several wonderful drinks and beverage brands, once of which was an all-natural and organic sparkling beverage, Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, which we highlighted in our Good for You Summer Drinks blogpost. During our introduction to Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, we feel in love (at first sip) with their delicious flavors: Ginger Blossom, Lemon Flower, Mojo Berry, Summer Pear, and Zesty Orange. We were more than happy to get reacquainted with them as they launch their newest flavor, Ruby Rose.

The newest refreshing flavor to join the Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water range of sophisticated sparkling beverages is a combination of organic grapefruit, honey, and rosemary extracts. It has a refreshing, tangy kick from the grapefruit, with slightly sweet hints of honey, and a fragrant finish of rosemary. As with their other sparkling flavors, the Ruby Rose is USDA certified organic and lightly sweetened with agave. At the launch event, we were treated to some refreshingly delicious cocktails made with the new Ruby Rose flavor, as well as Zesty Orange and Lemon Flower. The three refreshing flavors were paired with Gin, Tequila, and Vodka respectively.

“We are really excited to be adding our sixth flavor to the line,” said CEO/Founder Beth Wilson-Parentice. “As with our other flavors, Ruby Rose’s ingredients are culinary-inspired, perfect for enjoying with a meal or mixing in a cocktail. I’m really looking forward to hearing feedback about the flavor at Expo East.”

We can honestly say that the new Ruby Rose flavor of Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water is our new favorite flavor taking over the title from Sipp’s Ginger Blossom – but not by much. When we had those few days of 90+ degrees, a cold 12oz bottle of this invigorating, sparkling beverage was just what the doctor ordered. Sipp Ruby Rose is available now and is available at Whole Foods, Fairway, Balducci’s, Wegman’s, Target, etc.

Hydrate with these Good-for-You Drinks on Hot Summer Days

If you have poked your head out from under your wonderfully air-conditioned apartment (if you’re one of the lucky ones), you’ll realize it’s hotter than hot today. On days like this, it is essential to stay hydrated. While drinking water is fantastic, sometimes you may need more than just hydration. Wouldn’t you love a beverage that revitalizes you, or packs your body with nutrients and vitamins? While attending the Summer Fancy food Show, we came across some wonderful good for you drinks to keep you refreshed and revitalized during these especially hot summer days. We’re highlighting delicious coconut waters, iced teas, and sparkling beverages that will rescue you on those unbearable days.

COCONUT WATER

We all know the hydrating and replenishing benefits of coconut water, so of course, it is the number one good for you drinks on our list. Check out what we’re loving from Coco Community, Harmless Harvest, and FOCO.

COCO COMMUNITY

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Fans of Vita Coco will fall head over heels with their new range of organic coconut water, Coco Community. Partnering with the local community in the Ratchaburi Province in Thailand, they empower the community by making a long-term commitment to buying the Nam Hom coconuts exclusively from these farmers. The coconuts are picked during the 3-4 day period when they’re perfectly ripe, then washed and opened. The coconut water is then thermally processed to ensure a high level of food safety while preserving the nutrients and authentic flavor that make the Nam Hom so special. The Coco Community coconut water has no additives, preservatives, or anything else added!

HARMLESS HARVEST

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If you’ve ever walked into an organic store, then you’re familiar with Harmless Harvest Organic 100% Raw Coconut Water. This Fair Trade, and Fair for Life Coconut Water and Fair Trade Coffee Coconut Water has won the hearts of coconut lovers everywhere. Harmless Harvest was the first US company to use Nam Hom coconuts, to be 100% certified Organic, to pioneer a Multi-Step Micro-Filtration Processing, and to use High-Pressure Processing (HPP) to avoid heat pasteurization. They’ve also recently added an organic option for those who want both hydration and energy. Blending their coconut water with the bold flavor, of Fair Trade, organic Arabica coffee beans from Cajamarca, Peru, this new good for you drinks pack quite the organic kick.

FOCO COCONUT WATER

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100% pure coconut water is delicious, but sometimes you may want to add a bit of exotic fruit flavor.  Harvested from hand-picked young green coconuts, FOCO Coconut Water is a natural isotonic beverage that will hydrate your body as you enjoy its refreshing, pure taste. FOCO boasts five essential electrolytes and comes in a variety of flavors that combine the young, green coconut water with bold flavors, such as ripe juicy mangoes, the fresh exotic taste of Lychee, fragrant and crisp taste of pink guava, sweet, ripe pineapples, and the light, sweet and tart taste o pomegranates.

ICED TEAS

If you’re one of those who prefer a tall glass of iced tea in favor of coconut water, we’ve got some delicious options for you from Bolani Teas, Bare Nature, and Arteasan. These are not ordinary ice teas, these good for you drinks boast more than just a refreshing taste.

BOLANI ORGANIC ROSE CHAI LATTE

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Bolani is very new to us and we discovered it by accident at the Summer Fancy food Show. This month, they launched four organic iced tea flavors: Unsweetened Green Tea (only 3 ingredients), Soothing Mint Green Tea (Only 5 ingredients), Energizing Black Tea (only 4 ingredients), and Rose Chai Latte (no powders or extracts), and they’re all delicious. Bolani teas are made from 100% brewed Organic tea leaves with reverse osmosis water. They don’t use any powders or extracts in their teas and house them in TetraPak aseptic bottles. The teas contain ONLY 5 ingredients or less, are only sweetened with Organic cane sugar and only have 8g of sugar per serving. We were really taken with the Rose Chai Latte, which contains real rose water, known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The Rose Chai is a delicious, creamy escape that will have you continuously reaching for more.

BARE NATURE VITAMIN ICED TEA

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A delicious and utterly refreshing iced tea with the added benefits of vitamins. What more can you ask for in the nutrient-sapping heat of summer days! These good for you drink boast Vitamins A, C & E – Vitamin A is great for eyes and skin; Vitamin C keeps gums and teeth healthy; Vitamin E acts as a powerful antioxidant by neutralizing free radicals in the body that cause tissue and cellular damage. Not only are they delicious, the Bare Nature Vitamin Iced teas also contains antioxidants that help remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents in the body, protect from different diseases, slow down aging and boost immunity. They contain no preservatives, no artificial color or flavors.

ARTEASAN

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Ready for some exotically flavored teas bursting with ingredients to help heal your body? With great flavors like passion fruit and elderberry (be well), blueberry and ginseng (energy), mango and passionflower (calm), and peach and rosemary (focus) paired with green, white, black and yerba teas, these delicious infusion of teas, fruits and botanicals can help restore, refresh, and replenish your body.

SPARKLING DRINKS

Sometimes a sparkling beverage is just what you need to cool yourself down on a blistering hot day. The effervescent bubbles are a healthy way to enjoy the satisfying sensation of drinking a soda without the unhealthy things artificial sodas contain. These good for you drinks can be flavored sparkling drinks or organic sodas, like those we’re featuring from La Croix, and Sipp gives you all the benefit of delicious refreshment that’s a perfect way to cool down.

LA CROIX CURATE

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Known as the #1 sparkling beverage in the US, LaCroix adds a new product extension to their sparkling beverage, LaCroix Cúrate. These new sparkling waters are calorie, sweetener, and sodium free, boast more robust flavors, combine French and Spanish languages and flavors, such as Cerise Limón (Cherry Lime), Pomme Bayá (Apple Berry), Piña Fraise (Pineapple Strawberry), and Melón Pomelo (Cantaloupe Pink Grapefruit). For those looking for a change from artificially flavored, and artificially sweetened carbonated beverages, add the 100% natural, calorie-free, sugar-free, and sodium-free 12oz tall LaCroix Cúrate cans to your grocery list.

SIPP SPARKLING CRAFT SODA

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It was love at first sip (pun intended) when we came across these handcrafted, certified organic sodas. Sipp Sparkling Organics are wonderful drinks boasting blended fruits and herbs in a refreshing sparkling beverage. You’ll love the available flavors, which includes Ginger Blossom, Lemon Flower, Mojo Berry, Summer Pear, and Zesty Orange. Whether you drink them right out of the bottle or in a mixed drink, you’ll love its subtle carbonation and light sweetness. Sipp is sweetened with agave and only contains 100 calories per 12oz bottle. So go ahead, have a sip or two.

What do you think of these good for you drinks? Will you be adding them to your summer must-haves to stay hydrated and replenished during these hot summer days? We’ve added them and our body loves us for it.

Scenes from the Summer Fancy Food Show

We don’t know how we did it, but we survived attending the Summer Fancy Food Show. For three days, we got to know, tasted, and learned all about the newest food items hitting the market. Over 2,670 food brands exhibited their specialty foods at the famed industry food event at the Jacob Javits. We’ll be highlighting some of our favorite finds separately but today, we’re just celebrating the wonder that is the amazing Summer Fancy Food Show show.

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The Summer Fancy Food Show itself is too massive to cover completely, so we’re going to highlight the new products in the What’s New Showcase and The Sofi Awards. The three-day show (and you need all three days to properly enjoy the show) is a great way to discover new culinary items. As you can imagine, there were hundreds, maybe thousands of new products on display. This year’s Summer Fancy Food Show featured almost 400 first-time exhibitors presenting everything from chips made from various grains and vegetables in international flavors such as Indian, and Japanese; wonderful spices and sauces; frozen superfruit smoothies; nut butters, and dessert toppings, etc.

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Aside from the new products display, the Summer Fancy Food Show celebrates award-winning specialty foods with the Sofi Awards. On the first night of the show, the Sofi Award celebrated the 2016 winners and finalists with an Opening Night Party filled with cocktails, food, and music. The 2016 honorees were chosen from 3,200 entries to represent the best in specialty foods. A display highlighted the best of the best.

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Some of the categories from the Sofi Awards include Hot Beverage, Cheese, Chocolate, Dairy or Daily Alternative, Cooking, Dipping, or Finishing Sauces, and so on. As previously stated, we’ll be sharing some of the wonderful new specialty foods we discovered while attending the show. How do you discover what’s new in the food industry?