The Publisher’s View
The Editor’s View
January is a busy show month for
the Gourmet Business team. First
up was the AmericasMart Atlanta,
where attendees braved the worst
winter weather in years, and showed
up in force to get the first glimpse
of the new and exciting products for
the coming year. If this enthusiastic
group of buyers was any indication,
it’s going to be a great year.
Next, it was on to the Winter Fancy
Food Show in San Francisco, where
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we found many exciting products to share with you.
The show was well attended by many specialty food
retailers who were elbow to elbow in the packed hall –
our kudos to the NASFT for another great show. One of
the themes we found pervasive in the myriad of specialty
food offerings was the concept of taking comfort foods
to a higher level of taste. Specialty food suppliers
seemed to be sticking to traditional recipes made with
the finest ingredients to achieve great-tasting products.
Many of the foods even featured ingredients gathered
from local farms to add to the freshness, and emulate
the principles of the farm-to-table movement.
The show season is off and
running. As you read this,
we’ve already covered the
San Francisco, New York and
Atlanta markets for specialty
food and kitchenware. And
now we’re off to Frankfurt
for the first major interna-
tional housewares show of the
season, the precursor to the
bounty we’ll discover at the
U.S. housewares event of the
year – the International Home + Housewares Show
It’s the season for new introductions, where retailers
search the aisles in the hopes of discovering the next
‘big’ thing. I have to say that this year, we’re off to a
great beginning. There are new innovations in every
category of the business just waiting to tell a story in
your store – to spark the desires of your customers.
We’ve gathered a bushel of these new products
and previewed many in the pages that follow. We’ve
included some video from my esteemed colleague
James Mellgren and added another element that
will only get better with time – our merchandising
photo shoot grouping product together to tell a story
all its own.
I am also taking some of my own advice in the Retail
2.0 story and working on some social media projects
that will soon debut on the Gourmet Business Web site.
Until then, I will see you in the aisles!
Executive Editor, Gourmet Business
Vice President of Sales
Advertising Sales – Northeast
Advertising Sales – Midwest
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