Avocado toast, despite being very “yesterday,” won a FABI (Food and Beverage Innovation) Award this year.
The National Restaurant Association celebrated its Centennial anniversary this week in Chicago, with more than 65,000 food industry professionals in attendance.
FABI award winners included Beyond the Butcher’s plant-based, gluten free (not certified GF), non-GMO Uncut Breakfast Sausage Patty; Beyond Meat’s plant-based ground beef alternative; Fora’s Faba Butter dairy-free, plant-based butter; and plant-based Impossible Burger from Impossible Foods, highlighting a recent love for meatless meat and dairy-less dairy. Of course, there were meats among the winners, too, including a turducken and a handheld breakfast sausage and gravy stuffed hashbrown. But vegan and non-GMO featured among the winning desserts as well. Congratulations to Longmont, CO-based Wild Flour Bakery for their Bravadough! gluten free (not certified) vegan cookie dough (we had a chance to visit and taste-test the baked cookies), and GS Gelato for their gluten- dairy- and GMO-free Plant-based Cold Brew Coffee Frozen Dessert.
The trend toward clean and sustainable continues in the food service world, including non-GMO and Made in the USA. We proudly displayed our Made in the USA placard and received many thanks and commendations for our certified gluten free, nut free and food allergy-friendly desserts being made here in the US. (BTW, all our ingredients are sourced here in the US as well through vetted suppliers.)
We were blessed with opportunities to sample our desserts straight to potential buyers who will then be able to provide them to you. We also found time to walk the show floors and attend sessions, meeting other company representatives like us, looking for potential partnership opportunities to improve our business, and to share the wealth with you. As we continue to grow our show presence, we learn more and more every year. There is no doubt that our focus on providing top quality desserts that are gluten free, nut free, vegan and allergy friendly is right on track with the trends of the industry. We are pleased to continue to grow and serve the food allergic community. Remember to check out our Events and Specials page to see what’s coming up, and feel free to be in touch any time to let us know your thoughts and needs.