The HOT List—Top Trends from ANUGA 2017

November 3, 2017

Coconut water, gourmet ramen, poke bowls—that’s all so 2017. So what will be the next big thing in food and beverage? To find out before the rest of the world, associates from Daymon’s European Resource Center traveled to Cologne, Germany to attend the world’s largest food and drink trade fair—Allgemeine Nahrungs-und Genussmittel-Ausstellung (ANUGA). Held biannually, the event draws together over 7,000 exhibitors from more than 100 countries to showcase the most innovative ideas and up-and-coming flavors in the world of food and beverage.

According to Pedro Carmo, Director of Global Sourcing for Daymon, ANUGA is seen as one of the most important business platforms for the international food industry. At this year’s “Taste” show, nine categories of innovation were showcased, including meats, fine foods, bread & bakery, frozen foods, dairy, hot beverages and drinks. Carmo, along with Ricardo Agualusa Pires, Daymon Associate Business Manager – Global Sourcing, culled through the thousands of offerings on view to identify five products they believe could be among the hottest new trends for 2018 and beyond.

  1. Our Little Rebellion® Protein Crisps
    Tapping into consumers’ continued love affair with protein—and snacking—these plant-based protein chips are packed with 10 grams of protein per serving. Available in flavors like Sweet & Smokey BBQ, Hot Buffalo and Wasabi Ginger, the company touts them as a tasty alternative to protein bars and powders, with “all the powerful protein, but none of the GMOs, preservatives, gluten or junk that ruins snacking.”
  2. Popp Feinkost Sweet Potato Baked Potatoes with Herb Spread
    More consumers than ever are eating on-the-go and seeking out easy, yet healthy alternatives to fast food. This microwavable baked sweet potato is pre-seasoned with a tasty herb spread that makes it easier than ever to have a healthy, tasty snack or meal in the car, on the train, at work or anywhere in between.
  3. Taste Inc.™ Chargrilled Chicken Fillet
    Following in the healthy on-the-go eats theme, Taste Inc. has introduced pre-grilled, individually wrapped spicy and original chicken fillets designed to be eaten anytime, anywhere. The company promotes them as “the perfect snack—rich in protein, low in saturated fats, salt and also low-calorie… Simply tear open [the pouch] and take a bite.”
  4. N1CE® Frozen Cocktails
    Originally created for the legendary nightclubs of Ibiza and Stockholm, these frozen cocktails are now extending their reach to capitalize on the global craft cocktail craze. The twist is that instead of drinking these creations, you eat them from an icicle-shaped pouch, similar to Italian ice. Flavors include strawberry daiquiri, piña colada, mojito and margarita.
  5. Eternity Capsules Collagen Espresso Coffee
    Further proof that shoppers’ view of health and wellness is moving from a reactive stance to a proactive one, these Nespresso-compatible pods offer up a cup of espresso with skin-, hair- and bone-building collagen built right in. You can have your morning café—and your vitamins, too!