Fancy Food Show’s New Product List 2014: My Top Picks

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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Many of you have been to San Francisco to enjoy the scenic walk on the famous bridge or have taken in some great food along the wharf. I can just taste it now. But, I go to the big city to have an opportunity to visit the hundreds of food booths and taste what’s new, find the Sophi’s winners (the annual award for best food in many categories) and meet more people in the food industry.

This year Laura Bashar with (Family Spice), myself and our husbands are venturing up the coast to actually be involved in an olive oil booth promoting the release of our new hardbound cookbook  “Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil”.  George Menzelos graciously asked us to be in his booth, Arianna Trading, to promote and make olive oil shots for everyone. Yup! Olive oil shots. We prepared ourselves by making up our t-shirts, flyers, and order forms for pre-orders. We decided to drive up and hopefully stop at a few olive oil groves on the way up and introduce ourselves. But other than that we will be combing the booths when we are not in the olive oil booth promoting, promoting, and promoting.


When attending a food show you are always there to see the new products and what foods are the new trend for the upcoming year. I have selected a few products for you to preview from the comfort of your home.  To see the past award winners of the Sophi Awards for best product they are listed on here. Hopefully I’ll be coming home with the new 2014 Sophie Winners as well as more information and trends we can talk about.

New Products for the Fancy Food Show


Arianna Trading Company :Sesame Herb Salt; Wild Thyme Honey; Vositzza Currants; Mono-Varietal olive oil; Olives packed in olive oil; Strained Heirloom Tomato; and Throumbra Olives of Thassos. Booth 619

Untitled-16983 Your beautiful macaroons will now stand tall with the new trays offered by Available in clear or brown.


CocoaPlanet Chocolates:CocoaPlanet, Inc. :Premium Dark Chocolate with Pearls of Flavor™ gives you More Taste, Less Sugar™! Under 100 calories, Net Carbs 9-g or less. All Natural, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher. 2013 sofi Finalist! Flavors: CocoaMint, Mandarin Orange, Deep Dark Truffle, Vanilla Espresso and Salted Caramel. Booth 752



EcoTensil Inc. iScoop, the revolutionary ice cream taster, is made from sustainable, silky-smooth paperboard. Surprisingly sturdy, passing a sample is much easier! Material efficient, they take up 1/5 the space of plastics in shipping, storage & waste streams. Booth 282


Rishi Tea: Organic, gourmet & aromatic, Rishi’s tea travels the world every year collaborating with artisan tea farmers during the peak growing seasons. This allows us to source organic teas and herbs of an epicurean caliber, infusing everything we create with a signature quality and story. Booth 2540


Ocean Beauty Seafoods: Meet the newest addition to the Ocean Beauty Seafoods line of retail products. Available in Teriyaki, Black Pepper and Original flavors, it’s perfect for jerky lovers and anyone who wants a great-tasting snack. Proudly made in the USA using only 100% natural ingredients.Booth 5211


Nuttyness: Perfect Fusion of European Tradition and Irresistible California Flavors. Nuttyness bars are made of premium Marzipan from California almonds & dark chocolate, featuring unique flavors. Pure Almond, Almond Pistachio, Almond Hazelnut, Orange Cayenne, Coffee Vanilla, Lemon Ginger. Booth 5302


GoodSeed, LLC: Premium seed butter in four varieties–Original Creamy, Crunchy, Vanilla Bean and Chocolate. Peanut free, nut free and gluten free; safe for school and work. Share its silky texture and rich roasted flavor with everyone; they don’t have to know that it provides superb nutrition! Booth 2710



Wok Mei Natural Asian Standards:Golden West Specialty FoodsWe are pleased to announce that the Wok Mei Gluten Free line of Asian Standards–Oyster Flavored Sauce, Hoisin Sauce and Plum Sauce–is now officially Gluten Free! A note of caution: Wok Mei sells fast, usually taking grocery buyers by surprise! Made in the USA, of course.Booth 3025


The Spice Lab: These 12 tube premium sampling selections of gourmet sea salts or spices are attractively displayed in a wooden base crafted from sustainable bamboo. Choose Salts of the World, the Ultimate Gourmet Salt Sampler or Spice Sampler #1. Collections of 4, 6 or 11 tubes also available.Booth 216


Sartori Cheese: This sweet, buttery BellaVitano cheese is steeped in Remy Martin Cognac and aged at least 18 months. It’s a unique and complex celebration of smoky, nutty, oaky flavors with toasted notes of vanilla and caramel. The rind is meant to be eaten and is part of the tasting experience! Booth 4929


Saffron Road Foods: Non-GMO Project Verified & Made with Organic Chickpeas. Experience this guilt-free snack with a unique Korean kick! Booth 1454


Roland Foods: The pinnacle of elevated comfort food can now be made easily at home! Indulgent truffles and rich white cheddar cheese flavors meld together over fluted macaroni for a sophisticated meal that is charmingly informal. It’s an affordable, gourmet treat that’s sure to please. Booth 4219


Sonoma Harvest Foods: Sonoma Harvest is proud to present its fine line of flavored balsamic vinegars and infused olive oils. Elegantly packaged and incredibly delicious. Bringing the Wine Country lifestyle to your pantry. Eat! Enjoy! Share!Booth 276


The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg: Our exclusive Honey Roasted Virginia Peanuts are dusted with cocoa and habanero seasonings. Available in 10.5-oz. and 20-oz. tins Booth 984



Sencha Naturals: Introducing Green Tea +C: an effervescent drink mix for immune support. We blend potent Green Tea, natural Vitamin C, coconut electrolytes, and traditional herbs for an antioxidant-rich powdered blend. Available in Original, Dragonfruit and Citrus Ginger. Sugar/Gluten/GMO-free.Booth 1074


Simply 7 Snacks: Our new Quinoa Chips are available in 4 great flavors: Sea Salt, Cheddar, Barbeque and Sour Cream & Onion. Our bite-sized snacks are gluten-free certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher certified, have no preservatives, contain nothing artificial and are Simply Delicious! Booth 1654


Sutter Buttes Olive Oil Co.:Our newest gift offering! An 8-pack of our 2-oz bottles of Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars in a branded Sutter Buttes Olive Oil Co. gift tin. Booth 617


Savannah Bee Company:The Book of Honey is a collectable honey sampler book for the person who has everything. The honey sampler contains nine of Savannah Bee’s best honeys with tasting notes to lead you through a fanciful journey of nature’s flavors. Booth 415

Watch for pictures of the show on my Instagram, Facebook  and Twitter.



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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Oakley @ Friedas

You’re making me hungry just looking at these pictures! I’ll have to forward the gluten-free Asian sauces to a few friends.

2 Katina Vaselopulos

Hi Mary! What a wonderful blog!

I can spend the whole day here and not have enough! Lots of interesting things…foods and recipes!

Unfortunately, right now I am pressed for time. Don’t give up on me…keep coming to my inbox and as soon as I can I will be back! So wonderful meeting through the Greek Dinner party. Looking forward to knowing you better. You can always get in touch with an email. I invite you to visit my site and learn more about me.

Blesings and Light,


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