Trend Spotting

Conference Beat™ – Winter Fancy Food Show, San Francisco, January 2018

The Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show is the first major food industry forum of the year where buyers and sellers come to see the newest foods, flavors and ingredient trends. With over 1,400 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, this show attracts a wide range of food business segments including: specialty and gourmet retail, supermarkets, mass merchandisers, foodservice operators and distributors.


What’s In and What’s Out

Diets are out and culinary lifestyles are in.  Lifestyle diet choices are driving innovation.

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Conference Beat™ – Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum, New York, December 2017



The New York Produce Show and Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum brought together thought leaders in the domestic and international produce business with leading retailers and restaurateurs to explore what’s hot now and what’s on the horizon for fresh food.… More

Senior Food and Lifestyles Study – December 2017

This latest study from Culinary Visions® Panel, explores the dining expectations, attitudes and tendencies of senior consumers. The study interviewed 500 senior consumers over the age of 55 in the United States and these included participants living in independent senior communities, assisted living, skilled nursing care and life care. Seniors not currently residing in a senior community were asked to consider care preferences for themselves as well as a friend or loved one. Topics included senior community selection criteria, foodservice characteristics and preferences, senior community perceptions and senior preferences.


Read this Study to know more about:

  • The dining expectation of “new” seniors – seniors that are not yet living in senior communities – compared to those already residing there.
  • How fresh foods are craved by “new” seniors and how this interest will impact the menus at senior living communities.
  • What “new” seniors want when it comes to dining styles and snacking options.

Conference Beat™ – Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Newport Beach, CA, October 2017

Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier International gathered in Newport Beach, California for their international conference. This is a diverse group of culinary professionals in the food, fine wine and hospitality industry. It was a week of tasting, exploring and debating the hot topics and latest trends. There are always lively discussions and rarely unanimity on any issue when this group convenes.… More

Conference Beat™ – National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show, Chicago, October 2017

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Every year the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show attracts nearly 24,000 industry professionals. The attendees converge on the show floor and see the new trends, products and technology available for convenience stores.… More

Ethics on the Go Study – October 2017

Ethics On the Go is Culinary Visions Panel’s latest study in their Mindful Dining Initiative™ project. It surveyed 1,500 US consumers’ attitudes on ethical decisions that impact their dining choices of convenience and portable foods outside the home. The study finds that while all consumers care about ethical eating, consumers under 35 years pay the closest attention to responsible practices behind menus. Consumers under 35 years have a deep interest in how their meals are made which indicates that food choices aren’t just about the body anymore – they are about the mind too.


Read this Study to know more about:

  • How consumers view “trendy” restaurants as ones who commit to ethical practices
  • How age demographics separate consumers’ opinions on organic and ethically produced foods
  • Consumers’ willingness to pay a premium price for ethically produced snacks, as well as their desire for more ethical convenience items

Conference Beat™ – Foodscape, Chicago, August 2017



The future of food was the focus of this conference, where industry leaders and entrepreneurs with cutting edge new businesses met to share fresh ideas and new thinking on food and technology.… More

Conference Beat™ – International Dairy Deli Bakery Association Show, Anaheim, June 2017



Leaders in the dairy, deli and bakery business gathered in Anaheim to learn about the latest products and opportunities for their operations. Conversations focused on solutions to the challenge of consistently delivering fresh, healthful and delicious food to consumers.… More

Conference Beat™ – Sweets & Snacks Expo: Chicago, May 2017

The Sweets and Snacks Expo draws more than17,000 attendees and 760 exhibitors from around the world; buyers represent supermarkets, mass merchandisers and specialty retailers, who delight in the snacks and confections at almost every booth. The expo continues to grow, with over 200 first time exhibitors at this year’s show. It’s a captivating place to spot emerging trends in the sweet and savory snacks market.… More

Conference Beat™ – National Restaurant Show: Chicago, May 2017



The National Restaurant Association (NRA) International Foodservice Marketplace is an annual event where over 2,000 companies from around the world showcase their products to more than 45,000 foodservice professionals. This year’s show illuminated trends that are sure to have a lasting impact on the
foodservice industry.… More