Las Vegas Event Illustrates Push for Sustainable Food Products
Author: Ron Tanner
The specialty food industry gathered en masse at the recent Winter Fancy Food Show earlier in February 2022, and some noteworthy industry transformations were apparent, influenced by the pandemic and changing consumer preferences. The pandemic inspired two overarching trends: a rise in the consumption of comfort foods, and an increased concern about sustainability, food waste and the environment - and those trends were clearly evident at the Fancy Food Show. At the outset of the pandemic, consumers retreated to traditional favorites - pasta with marinara sauce, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, and chicken nuggets, for example. Those staples soon grew tiresome, however, and specialty food manufacturers, especially, built on the basics, often with a plant-based element.