San Francisco was a popular destination for retailers in January, with nearly 17,500 visitors attending the Winter Fancy Food Show — up 4.5 percent from last year. Here, we highlight just a few of the noteworthy new products displayed by the more than 1,300 exhibitors at Moscone Center in nearly 200,000 square feet of space — up 6 percent from 2010.
Terrapin Ridge Bleu Cheese Steak Sauce
Terrapin Ridge is back. Under the leadership of Mary O'Donnell, the company has not only re-introduced tried-and-true favorites, but also unveiled some modern classics, developed by the company's co-founder, Susan Furst, who still is doing product development for the brand. One of their homeruns, unveiled at both the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the Winter Fancy Food Show, is Bleu Cheese Steak Sauce. It contains a trifecta of indulgence — cream, blue cheese and butter. Each 9-ounce bottle has a suggested retail price of $8. For more information, call 800-999-4502 or visit www.terrapinridge.com.
Single-Serving Packs of 34 Degrees Crispbread
No more soggy crackers ... 34 Degrees Crispbread now comes in single-serving snack packs that are enclosed in a moisture-proof film, making it suitable for merchandising at cheese and deli counters. Available in Natural and Whole Grain varieties, each snack pack contains 8-10 crackers packaged in a protective cardboard sleeve. The crackers come in 144-unit cases, including four flat, reusable merchandising caddies that highlight the benefits of the crackers. The product is baked without oil and made from natural ingredients. The Whole Grain flavor contains just 35 calories, 0 grams of fat and 12 grams of whole grains, while the Natural variety contains just 65 calories and 1 gram of fat. Each package has a suggested retail price of 89 cents. For more information, call 303-861-4818 or visit www.34-degrees.com.
Low-Glycemic Ice Cream from Agave Dream
One of the stand-out products in the Savor California pavilion at the Winter Fancy Food Show was the Agave Dream line-up of ice cream that's no-sugar added and sweetened with agave nectar. Cinnamon and Lavender are new additions to the low-glycemic line. Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, Vanilla and Cappucino also are available. All Agave Dream ice creams and sorbets come in pint-sized containers at a suggested retail price of $5.99. For more information, call 818-425-7378 or visit www.agavedream.com.
Partners' MiaDolci Line
Cookie meets cracker in the new MiaDolci line from Partners, a tasteful choice company. Made with all-natural ingredients, the crispy treat comes in four flavors: Lively Lemon, Cinnamon Crisp, Toasted Hazelnut and Chocolate Vanilla Swirl. The American-made cookies can be paired with coffee or tea, sorbet or ice cream. A single serving of seven contains just 4 grams of fat. The suggested retail price per 6.5-ounce box is $4.99. For more information, call 800-632-7477or visit www.partnerscrackers.com.
Dessert Dips from Hammond's Candies
Since 1920, Hammond's Candies in Denver has been making sweet treats such as oversized candy canes and spun ribbon candy. At the Winter Fancy Food Show, the company unveiled its line of sweet dessert dips. Each one has a flavor profile inspired by one of Hammond's candies. Flavors include Luscious Lemon Drop, Caramel Apple Pie, White Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Peppermint Patty, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Cherry. The Hammond's Candies website features recipes and uses for the dips. Each 9.5-ounce jar has a suggested retail price of $8.99-$9.99. They will ship on April 1. For more information, call 800-226-3999 or visit www.hammondscandies.com.
Kusmi Tea's Boost Variety
Among the many tea makers that exhibited in San Francisco was Kusmi Tea. Boost is the latest introduction to the Parisian company's wellness line, which also includes Detox (an antioxidant-rich blend of green tea leaves and lemon grass), Sweet Love (a blend of Black China tea, licorice root, spices, guarana seeds, pink pepper and other spices) and Be Cool (a blend of verbene, rosehip seeds, licorice and peppermint) varieties. An all-natural blend of maté and green tea, Boost is meant to energize the mind and body. Suggested retail prices are $14.90 for a box of 20 muslin tea bags, $18.40 for a decorated 4.4-ounce tin and $35.50 for an 8.8-ounce tin. For more information, call 212-355-5580 or visit www.us.kusmitea.com/en/.
Poco Dolce Bittersweet Bars
Sweets, including chocolate, figured prominently into the landscape of the Winter Fancy Food Show. Take Poco Dolce, whose new Bittersweet Bar line features the following flavors: Olive Oil with Sea Salt, Peanut Butter, Mayan Chile, Five Spice, Hazelnut and Bittersweet with Sea Salt. All bars feature a dairy-free 62% Bittersweet Blend and are made with simple, all-natural ingredients. The handmade product is produced in small batches in the company's San Francisco production kitchen. The suggested retail price per bar is $6-$6.50. For more information, call 415-255-1443 or visit www.pocodolce.com.