|Heading into the Fancy Food Show at the Javitz convention center|
|Food Fete all a-buzz|
Bequet Caramels at the Fancy Food Show stopped me in my tracks and it said nut-free on their sign, which is a rarity in the conventional sweets world. When I asked why they were making their caramels in a nut-free environment, their representative said because so many people are allergic, they wanted to make a safe for all treat. I’m looking forward to trying those! (Here's their allergen information, please note: Bequet Caramels are dairy-based.)
Gluten-free is still a hot topic and more and more stalls at the Fancy Food Show and Food Fete are claiming that their items gluten-free but with either confusing labeling or claims of certification with proper labels. Take Pepperidge Farms, for example. I had a chance to talk with them at Food Fete and they have launched a new series of products that are gluten-free which their representative said were made in a gluten-free certified facility. However, gluten-free was only mentioned once, on the back, near the nutritional labeling and there was no certification information.
|Front of the gluten-free goldfish puffs - notice no GF mention|
|Back of the gluten-free goldfish puffs bag. No certification symbols and one mention of gluten-free.|
Back at the Fancy Food Show, Sam Mills makers of Pasta d’Oro (gluten-free, corn-based based used in many New York City restaurants) has a whole line of other gluten-free pasta-based foods. No information on the Sam Mills website but here’s a picture; they do exist.
At Food Fete, Amy’s showcased their newest items: a dairy-free coconut-based ice cream with four new offerings. Not at all nut-free but might be a safe option for you dairy-free folks. Here’s more about Amy’s and here’s their extensive allergen policy and information.
At Food Fete, Organic Valley showcased some grass fed beef hot dogs – yum. I have a sample of those in my fridge right now waiting to be tried.
At the Fancy Food Show, Wild Garden hummus is shelf-stable and tree-nut free and they come in single packs; there are no tree-nuts in the facility. We all need safe travel foods, this might be an option for your family. (Note: They do contain sesame seeds.)
Thank you Fancy Food Show and Food Fete for showcasing hardworking food manufacturers!