Buying Guide: Tasteful Trends
The future of food lies in "fine eating", not "fine dining" - meaning the focus is on food without the formality. This fuss-free approach is driving a resurgence in bistros, cocktail lounges, bakeries, and most importantly, in food, tabletop, and kitchenware for our industry. While the the experience is still extremely important, it is in a more relaxed setting. We are also seeing a resurgence in nostalgic flavors. Consumers are indulging in childhood favorites like lunchables, cereal, s'mores, etc. but this time with a grown-up touch thanks to gourmet ingredients, alcohol, and more.
Our tasteful buying guide highlights food and entertaining products that are trending for the holidays and 2023.
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Get On Board with Charcuterie
Charcuterie boards will likely never go out of style! In fact, consumers and retailers are just scratching the surface of the serving board trend. Charcuterie continues to gain momentum as shareable gourmet snacking experiences. Shared food experiences feed the need for connection that consumers crave today. Over the past few years, the notion of charcuterie has broadened from basic meats, cheeses, and fruits to include skillfully assembled specialty foods such as chocolate-covered strawberries and unique items such as gourmet marshmallows and plant-based cheeses.
Sriracha Ranch Snack Mix
Snack Gift Pack - One each flavor peanuts and one snack mix
Maple Fig Jam
Aged Parmesan Cheese Sticks
8 oz Sea Salt Caramels Dark / 3 ct
“Charcuterie boards represent community, something we all crave,” says Mike Buononato, chef and senior VP of Creative Food Solutions, a food innovation consultancy. “They are by design a shareable, artistic execution of flavors, visuals, and textures meant for people to experience together.”
CHEESE MARKERS S/4 (F21)
12 x 12 x .5" Acacia Fete Set Round - Charcuterie Stacked
Clement Round Board Large
Mother of Pearl White Marble Cheese Board & Knive Set
Sq. appetizer tray, Fine stoneware, Square, White
VIDA Nube Extra Large Rectangular Tray (White)
The Cocktail Craze Continues
The past few years have changed many aspects of consumer habits, including the way people buy and consume beverages. Consumers have traded up to higher-quality drinks during the pandemic, and the premium cocktail craze is here to stay! Whether you are at a fancy lounge or in sweatpants on your sofa, sipping on a beautiful cocktail always makes you feel fabulous. Everyone should be able to make great cocktails at home and our selection of brands make that possible. Then, step up the experience with signature barware.
1pt Tequila Lover Kit
1pt MiniBar - Old Fashioned
Sea Salt Espresso Martini Mixer
Pomegranate Cosmo Mixer
1pt Cocktail Pack - Orchard Mule
Fall is a great time of year to host some fun cocktail parties! Just break out the festive napkins, serveware and glassware, and rock the cocktail shaker for a memorable night.
Whiskey Wedge - Single
MID CENTURY WINE GLASS IRIDESCENT (S21)
Glass Stemmed Coupe Gold/Clear Stem 12.5oz
GLASS Audrey Stemless Flute with Gold Rim Set of 4 (Clear and Gold)
This Day Deserves booze Rocks Glass
LEXI MARTINI GLASS GRAY (S21)
Bigger and more experimental breakfasts have been trending this year. With hybrid working models, and fewer of us commuting, breakfast has become more of a focal point. Gone are the days of overnight oats and rushing out the door. Rather than confining breakfast to being eaten first thing, we are spreading our breakfasts out across the morning – making times for things like eggs benedict or shakshuka. In fact, the consumption of eggs has increased over 68% in the last year. Our experimentation with breakfast foods has no doubt spilled over to a not-so-basic weekend brunch, with Bloody Mary and Mimosa bars continuing to be an essential part of the brunch experience in 2023.
Bourbon Smoked Pepper Bacon
SUPER COCKTAIL PICK SET/4
1pt Single Blend Pack - Bloody
Bloody Mary Olives
Peppadew Sriracha Bloody Mary Mixer
1pt Cocktail Pack - Rossa Mimosa
Wavy Dinner Plate Mimosa/8pkg
Glass Flute - 7oz Double Pack - Clear
ETCHED GLASS CHAMPAGNE FLUTE GOLD (H20)
Bakery products are staples in US households. The baking craze ramped up during the pandemic, with approximately 30% of consumers reporting acquiring new baking skills during the pandemic. Online searches for sourdough, banana bread, brownies, and even pizza dough reached all-time highs, according to Google Trends. While the baking craze may seem to be on the decline, Google searches reveal that these foods have remained more popular than before the pandemic. Pandemic rookies have turned into lifelong bakers, as consumers are turning to baking as a way to unwind.
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Mix
Triple Chocolate Chewy Cookie Mix*
KIDS COOKIE CUTTER WITH SPATULA SET UNICORN (F21)
KIDS COOKIE CUTTER WITH SPATULA SET DINO (F21)
MADE WITH LOVE BAKING MAT
CERAMIC Small Oval Baker with Gold Handles (Blue)
BLUE CERAMIC COOKIE JAR
Bakers Gunna Bake Spatula
Festive Flavors & Favorites
From drinks to dinners, table settings to sweets and everything in between, customers will be treating themselves during the holiday season. This year, consumers will be reinventing traditions, serving familiar classics with modern twists to impress loved ones and make the holidays special.
Laura Strapp, head of buying at Cotswold Fayre, told Speciality Food “We are expecting customers to go all out for Christmas this year despite continually seeing the cost of living rising. Where consumers are looking to make cutbacks, we think they will still look to then treat themselves at Christmas and go for all the trimmings.”
We are all seeking the cozy feeling that comes with retro flavors, foods from the past, and dishes we loved as kids. Digging out family recipes and our selection of festive favorites is a sure way to serve up some nostalgia this holiday season.
CHOCOLATE SAUCE - Bourbon Smoked Cacao Nibs & Bourbon
Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce
Halloween Pups, Vinyl Placemat
Halloween Magic Napkin-Beverage
Gourmet Gobbler Turkey Brine & Rub Kit
Hot Pepper Cranberry Jelly
BOURBON BARREL APPLE BUTTER
Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread Mix - Seasonal*
Thanksgiving Printed Dishtowels Mixed Dozen
Pumpkin Serving Board
INDIVIDUAL PUMPKIN BAKER
Gluten Free Cornbread Mix
12x12x1" Modern Acacia Square with Curved Gold Handles - Thankful Grateful Blessed
Gingerbread Mix - Seasonal
Sugar Cookie Mix - Seasonal*
Gingerbread Cookie Mix - Seasonal*
SPATULA AND COOKIE CUTTER SET SNOWFLAKE (H21)
SUGAR COOKIE KIDS APRON
Christmas Bunch - Set of 4 Assorted Plates, Serveware Plates (RTS)
Silicone Christmas Lg/Sm Spatula Gift Set S/12
GIFTABLES Holiday Christmas Tree Mini Platter
It can be hard to find thoughtful, meaningful gifts for the ones we love. But, if there is one thing that will be sure to delight even the hardest-to-please friend or family member, it is food - especially if it is packaged the right way. No matter the person or occasion, there is a food gift that will make their day. Even though a box of homemade Christmas cookies can be extremely meaningful (and delicious) not everyone has the ability or time to bake, decorate, wrap, and deliver handmade goodies. Our featured foodie gifts will feed your customers stomachs and their souls.
Eat Your Bourbon Cookbook
3-Spice Gift Pack
Woodford Bitters Dram Set
1pt Midwinter Mulled Kit
1pt Festive Cheer(s) Kit
3, 3oz in Artisanal Sampler Blue Wrap
1pt Master Kit
Curating Choices for Shoppers
Consumers are spending less money on gifts and more on experiences. Food, conveniently, is both a gift and experience. Over the past few years, food has become extremely giftable if it is packaged the right way. Whether you are just starting to offer food or looking to elevate your current assortments, we've put together a list of popular seasonal merchandising stories with food and tabletop product recommendations to elevate what you offer.
Football and Tailgating
Friendsgiving & Thanksgiving
Baking and Kids Holiday